2011 Lucas Oil Late Model Series
Bloomquist, Wall Honored at Indy
By James Essex; photos by Rick
CORONA, Ca. – Nov. 20. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series wrapped up its 2010 season with its awards banquet
at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. was crowned the 2010 National
Champion for the second time, and Chris Wall of Springfield, La. took the Quarter Master “Rookie of the Year”
Lucas Oil Series Champion Scott Bloomquist shows off his hardware, flanked by Series
representative, runner up Jimmy Owens (left) and third place Earl Pearson, Jr. (right). (Rick Schwallie)
For the 47-year-old Bloomquist, the 2010 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship marks the eighth
national touring title of his Hall-of-Fame career. Bloomquist picked up the 500th win of his career in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned “Jackson 100” at
Brownstown (IN) Speedway in September. It was among his series-high 9 main-event wins this season. His career
total of wins on the series is now at 26, which leads the series all-time wins list. He also recorded 26 top five
finishes and 34 top ten finishes, both which were the most of any driver on the series tour in 2010.
Bloomquist also picked up several other awards to go along with his $75,000 check from the points fund for
winning the championship. Bloomquist Race Cars Chassis took top honors in the Chassis Builder Challenge for the
second year in a row. Bloomquist Race Cars scored 18 wins in the 39-race series schedule with Bloomquist’
aforementioned nine series wins. Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, who finished second in the final points standings for
the second year in a row, won eight times. Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, WI, who finished tenth in the points, took
the other series win this year for Team Zero.
Chris Wall of Springfield, La. with his crew and wife Missy after receiving his series "Rookie
of the Year" award at Indianapolis.
Bloomquist also took home a $500 product certificate from AFCO for the most heat race wins, a $1,500 check from
E3 Spark Plugs for second place in the E3 Spark Plugs TV Challenge, a set of rods from Dyers Rods and 10 sheets of
aluminum from Wrisco Industries. He also received a product award from Wiles Drive Shafts, a set of four springs
from Eibach Springs, and a product award from Performance Bodies.
Tommy Hicks, Bloomquist’s Crew Chief, was honored for the second year in a row as the DirtonDirt.com "Crew Chief
of the Year". Hicks received a check for $500 and a trophy for the honor.
In his victory speech, Bloomquist thanked a multitude of people including his family, sponsors, crew, and
acquaintances “Winning championships are definitely about finishing races. This year we won a lot more
races than last year and we are really proud to be a part of this series and I hope everybody else is too. My crew
did a great job this year as well, and I have to thank them for all of their help.” Bloomquist’ crew consists of
Bruce Nunnally, Robbie Jones, Tony Wiggins, Jesse Kerns and crew chief Tommy Hicks.
“I have to thank Bob and Barb Miller for their support, they are like family to me, they couldn’t be here
tonight, but we are thinking of them and all I can say is thank you,” to the couple who are longtime supporters of
Bloomquist with their Miller Brothers Coal and Hawkeye Trucking sponsorship.
“Of course I have to thank my wife Katrina, my mother Georgie, and my daughter Ariel, they couldn’t make it to
all the races, but I just want to thank them for being there for me and for their help with the souvenir trailer. A
special thanks goes to the promoters for having Lucas Oil events and all the fans that came out to support us. This
was our 30th year of racing and it feels good to cap it off with a
“The sponsors we have have played such a significant role in our success over the years and this year was no
exception. I have to thank Allstar Performance, Sweet Manufacturing, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires, Arizona Sports
Shirts, Lane Automotive, Roush-Yates Racing Engines, Ohlins, and all the rest of our product sponsors that help us
out, we appreciate all of you.”
“I want to thank Forrest Lucas for all he has done for racing, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the best
series from top to bottom in racing. With the news that CBS will be televising the Show-Me 100, hopefully that will
open some more doors along the way for everyone in the sport. By far, the Lucas Oil Series has the best TV package
right now of any dirt-racing series,” said Bloomquist who noted that he will be back to try for a three-peat in
Chris Wall of Springfield, LA also had a big night during the awards ceremony. The 42-year old driver was named
as the winner of the ApplianceZone Driver Development program. Wall will receive a $70,000 sponsorship from
ApplianceZone for the 2011 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season. Wall also took home top honors in the Quarter
Master “Rookie of the Year” earning a check for $10,000 plus several product awards from Cruise with the Champions,
Wiles Drive Shafts, Hyperco, Performance Bodies, Sweet Manufacturing, FAST Shafts, Dominator Race Products and Weld
Wheels. Wall, who finished seventh in the championship point’s standings also received 10 sheets of aluminum
courtesy of Wrisco Industries, a set of rods from Dyers Rods, and a $2,250 check from Speedco.
In 2010, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned 39 events in 18 states with 13 different winners
getting to victory lane. The average car count per event was 46.4 entries and nearly 500 drivers competed at least
once with the series this year with 14 drivers earning perfect attendance.
The Mike Swims Award of Excellence was presented to Bill and Debbie Reed of Dirt Racing Outreach. The annual
award is given in memory of Mike Swims, and is presented to persons that gone above and beyond the call of duty in
the racing industry, and have made a lasting impact on the lives of racers, crews, and fans.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series announcer, James Essex and Keli Snyder from SPEED Channel, hosted the awards