Lucas Oil Series: Bloomquist Runs Down
Cook For Uitca-Rome Victory
By James Essex
VERNON,N.Y. - July 29. Defending
series champion Scott Bloomquist of withstood a one-lap shootout with Ray Cook to win his sixth Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series event of the season Thursday at Utica-Rome Speedway. Bloomquist earned $10,000
for the 492nd win of his career. Cook, last year’s series winner at the track, finished second after
starting ninth. 18th starting Dale McDowell finished third.
tonight, the car was about as perfect as it gets,” exclaimed the 46-year-old driver, “Last year, after
the American Racer tires beat us, Hoosier went to work and had a great tire for us tonight. I wasn’t really
nervous on that last restart, because I knew Ray would run me clean. It would have been a shame to lose the race
on the last lap after the night we had”.
Bloomquist dominated the field
for a majority of the race. He already held nearly a half-lap lead over Cook when the caution came out with
seven laps to go. Bloomquist then had to be patient through two more cautions in the final two
circuits, setting up a one-lap dash to the finish. As Cook tried valiantly to steal the win, Bloomquist was able
to outrun the #53 into turn one on the final lap and score the win
extended Bloomquist's series points lead over Jimmy Owens, whose engine erupted in flames after the fuel
line came off on lap ten while Owens was running second, ending his night in last place.
“I have to thank Bob and Barb
Miller, Miller Brothers Construction, Hawkeye Trucking, of course the Roush-Yates Engine ran superb,
and all the crew, Tommy (Hicks) and everybody else,” said the winner. “They [crew] do a great job, and
with the tough competition on this series you have to be on top of your game night in and night out to stay up
front. We gained a lot of points tonight on Jimmy and we look forward to coming back up here. This is a very
good race track and the fans treated us just super”.
Cook in the D&R Racing owned
MasterSbilt, captured the win at Utica-Rome a year ago, but could not quite overcome his ninth starting spot as
he crossed the line behind Bloomquist. McDowell in the Clint Bowyer Racing, Dollar General
sponsored Warrior Impala SS salvaged a credible night after the battery lost power in his car during the heat
race. He was relegated to an outside ninth-row starting spot and came home third.
Lucas Oil Series - Utica-Rome Speedway
1) Scott Bloomquist, 2) Ray Cook, 3) Dale McDowell, 4) Earl
Pearson, Jr., 5) John Blankenship, 6) Billy Decker, 7) Steve Casebolt, 8) Don O'Neal, 9) Tyler Reddick,
10) Tim Isenberg, 11) Brad Neat, 12) Dylan Yoder, 13) Tim Devendorf, 14) Dan Schlieper, 15) Vic Coffey,
16) Joseph August, 17) Chris Wall, 18) Daniel Stone, 19) Dale Caswell, 20) James Cornell, 21) Jon
Rohacevich, 22) Jimmy Owens, 23) David Zona, 24) Eric Wells
Fast Time: Bloomquist (26
entries); Bloomquist, Pearson, Blankenship; B-Main winner: Schlieper
Jimmy Dearing photo