Scott Bloomquist looks under leader Steve Francis
before taking the lead on lap 25 and leading the rest of the "USA 100" at Virginia Motor
Speedway. (Kevin Fisher)
Lucas Oil Series: "USA 100"
Gives Bloomquist Weekend Sweep, New Series Points Lead
JAMAICA, Va. - Sept. 18. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. took the lead for good on
the 24th lap from Steve Francis and went on to win the rain-shortened Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series-sanctioned "USA 100" on Sunday at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway.
Bloomquist and Francis staged a terrific race for the lead in the first 24 laps of the race until
Bloomquist began to pull away. Rain then hit the track and the main event was halted with 31 laps
complete. Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn. was third, followed by Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., and Jamie
Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md.
Scott Bloomquist made it 13 wins on the season with a rain-delayed "USA 100"
triumph at Virginia Motor Speedway on Sunday. (Kevin
Francis grabbed the lead at the start with Bloomquist and Steve Shaver in tow. Francis held the lead
for most of the race with Bloomquist edging ahead of him on lap seven. Francis quickly charged back by
Bloomquist for the lead. The two continued a side-by-side battle with Francis leading the way until lap 24 when
Bloomquist passed him exiting turn four in traffic.
Bloomquist swiftly put three lapped cars between himself and Francis. Rain started to fall on lap 31,
forcing a red-flag. With more precipitation on the way and being past the half-mark, VMS officials and
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials decided to call the event with 19 laps remaining out of the
Dale McDowell races with Brad Neat, driving brother Dustin's #25 car at
Virginia. (Kevin Fisher)
It was Bloomquist’ first ever win at Virginia Motor Speedway as he completed the weekend sweep in
Virginia. “It sounds good to win both of these races; we had never won at either of these tracks. We knew
we would get one eventually, the car was good all day, it was a little hard to pass in the heat race. The tire
set up we chose worked great for getting to the bottom and get something done down there,” said the 47-year-old
who captured his 13th series win of the year and the 39th of his career.
“Steve (Francis) was running well, he got boxed in some traffic and I was able to get under him. We raced
close and clean, we both run Roush-Yates Engines and they were great today. Thanks to the fans for coming out
today, it’s a shame the weather didn’t cooperate,” said Bloomquist, who with the win took back over the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points lead from Owens.
Bloomquist drives his own Bloomquist Race Cars Ford sponsored by Base Racing Fuels, Hawkeye Trucking,
Sweet Mfg, Miller Brothers Construction, Hoosier Tires, Lane Automotive, Allstar Performance, Dixie Chopper and
Ohlins. His win in the Sunday’s USA 100 was the third of his career with his previous victories coming in
1993 and 1994 when the event was held at Beckley (WV) Motor Speedway.
Lucas Series regular Don O'Neal (71) and Jason Covert race for eighth place at
VMS. (Kevin Fisher)
Francis in his Valvoline, Harbaugh Amusement, MasterSbilt #15 took second in the final results. “We
had a real good car today, we went with the smaller motor thinking the track would slick up some and it
did. I tried to hold my line there, if we just could have kept the lead for about five more laps we
would’ve won, but once Scott got by me, I knew I was in trouble.”
Marlar in the Bryson Motorsports Rocket claimed third and was happy with his run. “To finish third to
these guys, it is quite an accomplishment. We’ll take third and go to the next race, I was just waiting for the
final 20 laps, and I felt like we had a car that could’ve won.”
Walker Arthur races outside of Gary Stuhler before becoming the first out of the
hunt early in the race. (Kevin Fisher)
Lucas Oil Series at Virginia Motor Speedway
1) Scott Bloomquist, 2) Steve Francis, 3) Mike Marlar,
4) Jimmy Owens, 5) Jamie Lathroum, 6) John Blankenship, 7) Steve Shaver, 8) Don O'Neal, 9) Jason
Covert, 10) Dan Stone, 11) Ricky Elliott, 12) Jared Landers, 13) Gary Stuhler, 14) Eric Wells, 15)
Steve Casebolt, 16) Tyler Reddick, 17) Dale McDowell, 18) Kenny Moreland, 19) Brad Neat, 20) Ray
Cook, 21) Mark Pettyjohn, 22) Roland Mann, 23) Earl Pearson, Jr., 24) Walker Arthur
Time (32 entries): Mike Marlar (17.363); Heat winners: Francis, Marlar; B-main winners: Stuhler,
Scott Oglesby photo