collective feet. McDowell led lap 28,
but a circuit later Madden was scored as the
leader. Madden then took a five length lead over McDowell on lap 32 and looked to have the car to beat in the remaining
laps, but McDowell re-grouped and closed quickly.
Don O'Neal, John Pursley, and Clint Smith all have the right
idea at Cherokee Speedway, "Wherever there is, get there before he does." (Rick Schwallie)
Bloomquist and Weaver had managed to get around Wall back on lap 38 to take over third and fourth,
but they looked to be too far out of it to
make a run in the final laps until after Bloomquist went around Madden on lap 45, a caution flew with four to
McDowell was under
constant pressure from Bloomquist at that point, and as the two drivers took the white flag,
McDowell moved up just enough out of
the groove to allow Bloomquist room on the bottom to pull even, then slide up in front of McDowell through turn four on the
final lap. Bloomquist got the win by one car length as a stunned crowd looked on.
In the Lucas Oil
Victory Lane for the 20th time in his career, the reigning series champion was out of breath
in his post-race interview. "Well the
car wassuper, it just got better and better as the race went on, everything went well today for us, Chris (Madden)
is good at this place, and we share a lot of information. If he would have had my tire combination on, he would
have won," said the 46-year-old driver who is quickly approaching 500 career wins.
Bloomquist, swamped in confetti after his Lucas Oil Series win at Cherokee Speedway. (George