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Lucas Oil Series: California Teen Reddick Standing Tall; Stuns Gulf Coast Crowd With East
TAMPA, Fla. - Feb. 9. Fifteen-year-old Tyler Reddick of Corning, Cal. grabbed the
lead from Dan Schlieper with eight laps remaining and went on to his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series win on Wednesday at East Bay Raceway Park during the 35th annual
Reddick, who started third, tracked Schlieper for the first 21laps of the 30 lap
main event. He grabbed the lead heading into turn number three. Opening night winner Scott Bloomquist
finished second, followed by Steve Francis and Don O’Neal.
“I can’t believe this,” said Reddick who will be running for the Quarter Master
“Rookie of the Year” for the series in 2011. “I was just so excited there at the
Don O'Neal (71) fights to hold off Scott
Bloomquist, who advanced to second in the main event. O'Neal settled for fifth, while #41 Brad Neat brought a
lap 24 caution and fell out of the hunt. (Neil Eric
end, the car was fast all night, I knew Dan (Schlieper) wasn’t going to
give it to us, we were going to have to earn it.” Reddick showed the patience of a veteran in
becoming the youngest winner in series history and the youngest late model driver to win an event at the famed
“Clay by the Bay”.
“I kept looking for Scott (Bloomquist) and Don (O’Neal) out there. I knew
they’d be in the mix at the end, waiting through those cautions was a little
Tyler Reddick slips past Dan Schlieper with eight to go to race to a resume' building win in
Lucas Oil Series action at East Bay Raceway.
Tyler Reddick (left) earned his first win in a big way after overtaking
fast qualifier and early leader Dan Schlieper (right) at East Bay Raceway Park on Wednesday
unnerving, but I can’t thank my mom and dad enough, they have supported me from
the start of my racing career, I have to thank Scott for building a great race car and Gaerte Engines for
coming on board,” said Reddick who also receives sponsorship from Broken Bow Records, America’s Incredible
Pizza and Wiles Driveshafts.
Schlieper and Jimmy Owens started on the front row as Schlieper bolted to the
lead at the beginning of the $5,000 to win main. Reddick moved into second on lap two and the two the put
on a close, competitive race as Reddick was finally able to clear Schlieper with eight laps to go. A
heated battle for third between Bloomquist and O’Neal saw those two drivers run wheel-to-wheel over the last
half of the race.
Veteran Dale McDowell takes a low wide past #7 Rick Weiss in preliminary
action. (Neil Eric Miller)
Reddick then had to wait through two cautions flags before he was finally able to
finish first in front of the standing, cheering crowd. Bloomquist, the opening night winner at East Bay
finished second in his Base Racing Fuels, Bloomquist race Cars Chevy. Francis, who started ninth, made a
late charge to finish third ahead of Schlieper.
Feb. 9 - Winternationals Race
1) Tyler Reddick, 2) Scott
Bloomquist, 3) Steve Francis, 4) Dan Schlieper, 5) Don O'Neal, 6) Jimmy Owens, 7) Eric Jacobsen, 8)
Mike Marlar, 9) Dale McDowell, 10) Rick Eckert, 11) Jared Landers, 12) Josh Richards, 13) Dennis
Erb, Jr., 14) Austin Hubbard, 15) Jason Feger, 16) Donnie Moran, 17) Justin Rattliff, 18) David
Breazeale, 19) Ray Cook, 20) Wayne Chinn, 21) Brad Neat, 22) Wendell Wallace, 23) Chris Wall, 24)
Tim Dohm, 25) Terry Casey, 26) Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Fast Quallifier (61 entries): Schlieper
/ 14.296 seconds; Heat Winners: Schlieper, Reddick, Owens, Neat, Bloomquist, O'Neal; B-Main
Winners: Dohm, Carrier.
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