latemodelamerica.com - May 22 - LaSalle Speedway Part 1
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After dueling polesitter Mark Burgtorf (#7) Scott Bloomquist led all the way for his sixth win of the season in the Lucas Oil Series "Spring Shootout" at LaSalle Speedway. (Below) Things didn't go quite as well for Jeep Van Wormer, who flipped his race car after a tangle with John Blankenship (left) and Steve Casebolt (#c9) during the third heat race. Matt Miller (#7) cleared the melee', then later advanced to fourth place in the feature.  (Mike Ruefer) 


LaSalle wreck - May 22

Bloomquist VL - May 22

Arryanna Izzo presents Scott Bloomquist with his check and hardware after his Lucas Oil Series win at LaSalle Speedway.   (Mike Ruefer)

Bloomquist Battles to LaSalle "Spring Shootout" Victory

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LA SALLE, Ill. - May 22. Before one of the largest crowds in the history of La Salle Speedway, reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. raced to the win in the annual "Spring Shootout" on Saturday.  Bloomquist earned $10,000 for his triumph after crossing the line ahead of 11th starting Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla. Pearson passed Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. on the final lap for second. 

Earl Pearson - Jimmy Owens - May 22

Earl Pearson got by #20 Jimmy Owens for second on the last lap of the LaSalle event.   (Mike Ruefer)

Owens saw his three-race win streak end by finishing third, while 18th starting Matt Miller finished fourth ahead of fellow Ohio racer Doug Drown.

Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier Mark Burgtorf and Bloomquist made up the front row for the eighth appearance for the LOLMDS at La Salle Speedway.  Bloomquist grabbed the early lead, setting the pace, followed by Burgtorf, Mike Marlar, Drown and Ray Cook.  Marlar challenged Drown for third as the two went back-and-forth for three laps with Drown finally regaining the spot.

 Up front, Bloomquist held a narrow lead over Burgtorf, who was making his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series start of 2010. At the same time, a tremendous battle for third was taking place between Drown, Marlar, and Cook.  Drown, who had broken away from Marlar, began to put the pressure on Burgtorf for second by lap ten. 

Matt Miller - Dennis Erb - May 22

Matt Miller made one of his best showings of the season to date with fourth place at LaSalle after starting 18th, while the ever consistent Dennis Erb, Jr. (#28) grabbed sixth.  (Mike Ruefer)

 Drown cleared Burgtorf for second on lap eleven as he started to make a run on the leader, Bloomquist.  Bloomquist had started to pick-up the tail end of the field by lap 15, allowing Drown to close even closer.  Bloomquist put, Quarter Master Rookie of the Year contender, Eric Wells, a lap down. Wells then stayed between Bloomquist and Drown until the first caution of the race came out on lap 25 for a spinning Dale McDowell. 

 On the restart, Bloomquist was out in front for the Delaware double-file restart with Drown and Owens. With 30 laps in the books Bloomquist was starting to receive some heavy heat from Owens and Pearson, who was now

Matt Miller - Ray Cook - Mark Burgtorf

18th starting Matt Miller (#7) and #53 Ray Cook race their way past a fading polesitter, Mark Burgtorf, at LaSalle Speedway.  (Mike Ruefer)

 up to third, as he had come from the inside of row number six. Matt Miller was now in the hunt as the 18th starting spot driver had moved within striking
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