Scott Bloomquist races by a slowing #44 of Earl Pearson,
Jr. on his way to another "Shootout" win at Dixie Speedway and his second Lucas Oil Late Model Series title.
Pearson lost his lead to a flat tire (Michael
Scott Bloomquist with Dixie Speedway owner Mickey Swims
and a couple of underfed Barbie dolls. (Michael
Lucas Oil Series: Bloomquist Outguns Shootout Field, Puts Second
Straight Title On Ice
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Oct. 9.
Taking charge of the lead after Earl Pearson's early flat tire, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg,
Tennessee went on to clinch his second consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series national title by winning
his fifth Lucas Oil “Dixie Shootout” on Saturday at Dixie Speedway. The 46-year-old veteran also
collected the 501st win of his career and his eighth national driving championship.
Steve Francis, back in the red and yellow that he wore two decades
ago, ultimately won his race with John Blankenship at the scales, as the #23 was disqualified for coming in
light. (Michael Moats)
Bloomquist led the final 41 laps to take
the $10,000 first place prize ahead of a late-race charge from Shane Clanton, Chris Madden, 16th starting
Shannon Babb, and 23rd starting Jimmy Owens, who finished fifth after John Blankenship weighed in light at
“Earl fired off real good at the start, I
am not sure what tires he had on, but he was running up in the rough and I knew if he kept doing that the tires
couldn’t take the punishment and he eventually had the flat. We tried to be
his traditional scary Halloween motif in the spirit of the season, #57 Bub McCool races outside of area driver
David Payne (#8) and #25 Josh Richards. (Michael
smooth from then on after what happened to
Pearson, I tried to stay lower than the cushion and it worked out good, I didn’t know how much of a lead I had,
but we’re glad to wrap up the title with this win. Now we can relax heading to Rome, knowing it’s sewed up,”
said Bloomquist who captured his all-time series leading 26th win.
Bloomquist and four-time series champion
Pearson started on the front row. Pearson led the first eight circuits until he developed a right
rear flat tire under caution. Pearson pitted for a new tire, but he was relegated to the rear of the field for
Indiana's Steve Casebolt finds himself surrounded by a trio of
Georgia racers, David Payne (#8), #17 Dale MCDowell, and #101 Casey Roberts. Casebolt's race ended at the wall
late on lap 36. (Michael Moats)
Bloomquist inherited the lead after
Pearson’s misfortune as he led Clanton, Madden, Don O’Neal and Randy Weaver to the green flag. O’Neal, who was
solid early on in the race, started to fade with right front suspension problems on his car as he yielded to
Weaver and Steve Francis in the running order.
Bloomquist had a six-car length lead over
Clanton as the final caution flew on lap 36 when Steve Casebolt contacted the front stretch
wall. After the restart, Clanton made one-last lap ditch effort as he closed to a car length
and a half on Bloomquist, but Bloomquist held him off.
Oct. 3 - Lucas Oil Series - Dixie
1) Scott Bloomquist, 2) Shane Clanton, 3) Chris Madden,
4) Shannon Babb, 5) Jimmy Owens (prov.), 6) Steve Francis, 7) Brady Smith, 8) Dale McDowell, 9)
Chris Wall, 10) David Payne, 11) Josh Richards, 12) Don O'Neal, 13) Brad Neat, 14) Casey Roberts,
15) Randy Weaver, 16) Steve Casebolt, 17) Earl Pearson, Jr., 18) Ray Cook, 19) Tony Knowles, 20)
Bub McCool, 21) Mike Marlar, 22) Clint Smith, 23) Frank Ingram, 24) John Blankenship
Time (57 entries): Bloomquist (14.136); Heat race winners: Bloomquist, Clanton,
O’Neal, Pearson, McDowell, Madden; B-Mains winners: Smith, Neat.