distance of the leaders.
A caution for debris on lap 36 slowed the field once more. Bloomquist
had to fight off challenges from both Owens and Pearson. On the restart Owens and Pearson crowded Bloomquist on
his deck lid as the duo made the Team Zero captain work hard for the lead.
Owens tried lap after lap to
sneak to the inside of Bloomquist coming off of turn four. He pulled even with Bloomquist coming down the main
straightaway multiple times, but Owens could not clear Bloomquist to take over the lead. With six
laps to go, the final yellow came out for Steve Casebolt.
Bloomquist re-fired for the
final restart of the race and pulled away from Owens. Bloomquist went on unchallenged the remainder of the race
to pick up his fourth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season. The duo of Bloomquist and Owens are
now tied for the Lucas Oil Championship Points Standings with 1565 points, and Pearson closely behind in
Chris Wall rolls
under #12 Jason Hughes at mid-pack, where he finished. Hughes was among the first out of the
In Victory Lane, Bloomquist mentioned that the last restart was to his benefit
and felt that it killed Owens’ chance for the win. “The car fired real well out of the corner, we had a
push across the corner on the other side, I saw his nose a couple of times before the caution, but under the
caution we slowed down enough to keep the tires warm, because I knew he (Owens) went with a little harder on the
left rear, I have to thank Tommy Hicks, my crew chief and the entire crew, they did a great job getting this car
ready, we’ve run the Jay Dickens and the Vic Hill, both are great engines.”
The 46-year-old Bloomquist
drives his own Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Miller
Brothers Construction/Hawkeye Trucking/Sweet Mfg/VP Racing Fuels/Hoosier Tires/Arizona Sport Shirts/Ohlins and
Pearson finished second, passing
Owens on the last lap, in the Bobby Labonte Racing/Lucas Oil Products/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger to maintain
third in the points standings. Owens, who fell into a tie with Bloomquist for the points lead after
entering the event leading by 30, was third.
Completing the top five were
Miller, who charged from 18th to earn the PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race was fourth in the
McCullough Industries/Gressman Racing Engine/MasterSbilt; with Drown scoring his best ever Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series finish in fifth.
Track officials dig Jeep Van Wormer out from his race car after he flipped in a
heat race at LaSalle. The Michigan driver was not injured. (Mike