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Bloomquist VL Lucas Oil Speedway

Scott Bloomquist at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Ron Mitchell)

Lucas Oil Series: Francis Dominance Ends in Disappointment; Bloomquist Gets "Diamond Nationals"

James Essex

WHEATLAND, Mo. – July 16. After inheriting the top spot when race leader, Steve Francis suffered driveline failure with six laps to go, Scott Bloomquist went on to lead the rest of the way to win the fifth annual CMH "Diamond Nationals" on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.  
 
Tyler Reddick led the first 15 laps of the race before Bloomquist took over with 18 laps scored. Bloomquist’s lead was short-lived as Francis took his car to the high side of the track and swept by Bloomquist for the lead on lap 21. 
 
Tyler Reddick and Dad at Lucas Oil Speedway
Tyler Reddick with his Dad after the California teenager set fast time, won his heat race, and led the first 15 laps of the "Diamond Nationals" before finishing an impressive fourth at the Lucas Oil Speedway event. (Ron Mitchell)
 
John Blankenship and Jimmy Owens at Lucas Oil Speedway
John Blankenship moves under #20 Jimmy Owens before completing to strongest run of his season to date with second place at LOS. (Ron Mitchell)
 
Francis pulled away from Bloomquist as he continued to power around the top side of the track. Bloomquist ran a solid second during this stretch as a terrific battle for third was going between Reddick, John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, and Bub McCool went back-and-forth for the rest of the race. 
 
Francis was in command with an eight to ten-length lead and appeared to be on his way to his first win of the year, with two lapped cars between himself and Bloomquist as the sizable lead looked strong enough at the time. With six laps to go, however, Francis slowed suddenly on the backstretch as his
 
Ray Cook - Chris Simpson - Jared Landers
Iowa's Chris Simpson scopes out #53 Ray Cook and #777 Jared Landers before moving by both to finish seventh as his stats continue to improve. (Ron Mitchell) 
 
Scott Bloomquist and Steve Francis at Lucas Oil Speedway
Scott Bloomquist (#0) inherited the lead when #15 Steve Francis' big lead ended with driveline failure with just six laps to go in the "Diamond Nationals" at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Ron Mitchell)
 
driveline failed, ending his night. Bloomquist then inherited the lead, but a caution with five laps to go for Jared Landers set up a five-lap dash to the finish. Reddick held second briefly, but a three-wide race between Reddick, Blankenship, and Owens resulted in Reddick getting shuffled back. 
 
Blankenship and Owens tried their best to stay with Bloomquist, who went on to win for the ninth time in LOLMDS competition this season. He extended his points lead to 60 over Owens. “Sometimes you have to be lucky and we were
 
Reid Millard at Lucas Oil Speedway
Reid Millard takes a slow roll during during heat race #1 at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Ron Mitchell)
tonight," Bloomquist said. "Francis went to the top before I could get there and he was strong tonight - no doubt about it. It looked like we were going to finish second again here, but to come home with the win, it feels good. The car is running exceptionally well.” 
 
Blankenship matched his career best, followed by Reddick, Owens, and McCool.  
 
Earl Pearson Jr and Chris Simpson at Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Racing Series regular Earl Pearson, Jr. stops in at Chris Simpson's pit.  Simpson, a frequent competitor with the Cornbelt Clash Series, knocked down a respectable seventh at LOS. (Ron Mitchell)
 

July 16 - Lucas Oil Series at Lucas Oil Speedway

1) Scott Bloomquist, 2) John Blankenship, 3) Jimmy Owens, 4) Tyler Reddick, 5) Bub McCool, 6) Billy Moyer, 7) Chris Simpson, 8) Don O'Neal (prov.), 9) Brad Neat, 10) Ray Cook, 11) Steve Casebolt, 12) Jared Landers, 13) Eric Wells, 14) Earl Pearson, Jr., 15) Frank Heckenast, Jr., 16) Steve Francis, 17) Dale McDowell, 18) Tim Isenberg, 19) Al Purkey, 20) Kyle Berck, 21) John Anderson (prov.), 22) Jeremy Payne, 23) David Turner (prov.), 24) Terry Phillips, 25) Eric Turner, 26) Bryant Goldsmith (prov.)
Fast Time (36 entries): Reddick (15.180) Heat winners: Reddick, Francis, Bloomquist, Blankenship; B-Main winners: Phillips, Pearson

Ron Mitchell photo

 

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