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Scott Bloomquist - Volusia SW Park

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World of Outlaws: Bloomquist Earns Outlaw Sweep With Second Volusia Victory

Kevin Kovac

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 19. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., completed an unprecedented sweep of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series events during the 40th DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio, holding off Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., to capture Saturday's 50-lap A-Main at Volusia Speedway Park.

Duplicating his triumphant performance in the tour's season opener on Thursday, Bloomquist advanced from the fourth starting spot to pass Billy Moyer for the lead on lap 31 and was never headed. He spent the final 15 circuits repelling intense pressure from Smith to become the first driver to win both WoO LMS features that are annually part of the mid-winter racing extravaganza at the half-mile oval outside Daytona Beach.

"This is a tough field,"”Bloomquist said after pocketing $10,000 for his 21st WoO LMS victory since 2004. "This is a tough place this week - very demanding on the car, drivers, engines. It feels good to do what we've done this week.”

Smith, 33, settled for his second consecutive runner-up WoO LMS finish to the builder of his Team Zero car. The winner of last year's World of Outlaws finale during the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH was just 0.637 of a second behind Bloomquist at the checkered.

The 53-year-old Moyer slipped to third in the final rundown after surging forward from the third starting spot to lead laps 1-30. Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, Wis., who started 13th, scored a DCN-best placing of fourth.

Scott Bloomquist VL - World of Outlaws final

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Of the top six finishers, only Moyer was not behind the wheel of a Team Zero chassis constructed by Bloomquist. That fact added even more significance to Bloomquist's victory.

"It makes me feel good,"”said Bloomquist, who owns four career WoO LMS wins at Volusia. "If I would've gotten beat by one of my own cars - hey, so be it. I really like the group of guys that I've got and enjoy working with them, and I enjoy the respect that they give me back.

Bloomquist, 47, had to withstand an especially strong assault from Smith, who started sixth, overtook Moyer for second on lap 33, and two circuits later, began bidding for the lead. Smith made repeated attempts to pass Bloomquist over the late stages of a race that ran caution-free from lap seven to the finish. He drew to the outside of Bloomquist at least twice and even got close enough to bump the rear bumper of the 2004 series champion's car rounding turn four on lap 37, but Bloomquist stuck to the inside groove and didn't make a mistake.

"I think I was faster on that end (turns three and four) but on this end (one and two) he was a little bit better than I was,"”said Smith. "The bottom had more traction than the middle or the top. I drove as hard as I could - that's how I race," he added. "I felt like we had a car that could do it, but at the same time I feel like I did everything I could do, so maybe we were the second-place car".”

Four caution flags and one red flag slowed the race - all by lap seven. The most significant crash was a multi-car incident on lap seven in which Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark., rolled once in turn four, but wasn't injured. Series regular Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., tour Rookie of the Year contender Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., were also involved in the tangle.

Feb. 19 - World of Outlaws DirtCar Nationals
1) Scott Bloomquist
, 2) Brady Smith, 3) Billy Moyer, 4) Dan Schlieper, 5) Rick Eckert, 6) Chris Madden, 7) Don O'Neal, 8) Josh Richards, 9) Austin Hubbard, 10) Brent Robinson, 11) Eddie Carrier, Jr., 12) Clint Smith, 13) Dennis Erb, Jr., 14) Jonathan Davenport, 15) Darrell Lanigan, 16) Tim McCreadie, 17) Tyler Reddick, 18) Tim Fuller (prov.), 19) Steve Francis (prov.), 20) Jason Feger, 21) Brandon Sheppard, 22) Chub Frank (prov.), 23) Shane Clanton (prov.), 24) Ricky Weiss, 25) Dan Stone, 26) Jack Sullivan (prov.), 27) Mike Marlar, 28) Pat Doar, 29) Jimmy Mars (prov.), 30) Ryan Unzicker.
Fast Time (60 entries): Marlar (16.142 seconds); Heat winners: Feger, Sheppard, Moyer, Carrier, Brady Smith. B-Mains winners: Marlar, Lanigan, Clint Smith; Dash winner: Vic Coffey

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