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Lucas Oil Series: Bloomquist Over Owens in Portsmouth "River Days Rumble"
PORTSMOUTH, Oh. - Sept. 3. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. withstood
all of Jimmy Owens’ challenges to win the "Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble" on Saturday at Portsmouth Raceway
Park. Owens started 22nd and finished just behind Bloomquist at the stripe. He was followed by 14th
starter, Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., Brad Neat of Dunnville, Ky., and Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt
Scott Bloomquist catches race-long leader Scott
James (83) before finally taking control with less than ten to go in the annual "River Days Rumble Saturday
at Portsmouth Raceway Park. (Mark
Scott James grabbed the lead at the start of the $10,000 to win race. He was
in control for most of race, holding a good-sized lead through traffic. A heated race for second place was
going on between last year’s winner, Dale McDowell and Bloomquist, who eventually seized the spot.
Bloomquist then caught James as the two ran side-by-side for a dozen laps with
Bloomquist leading for the first time on lap 39. A lap later it was James at the stripe. Then a caution
came out for a flat tire on Ray Cook’s car. On the restart, Bloomquist gained the point in turn two as
James’ left rear tire went flat forcing the final caution of the race.
Rod Conley won the fast time award at Portsmouth. (Mark
This set up a nine-lap shootout between Bloomquist and Owens. On the
restart Bloomquist led Owens, but Owens closed right on Bloomquist’ rear with five laps to go. Bloomquist
changed his line on the track to prevent Owens from stealing the win away from him. He went on for his 11th
series win of 2011. The win for Bloomquist cut Owens’ points lead to 110.
“The track was great all night, we started in the fourth row and it only took a
couple of laps to get to the front,” said Bloomquist, who earned career win number 514 with the
triumph. “You could run anywhere on this track. We had a real good race there with Scott [James], we ran
Chris Wilson loses an engine early on at Portsmouth. (Mark
touching, I don’t know if he thought I got into him or what, it was accidental if
I even did. Then he had the flat and went out. Holding off Jimmy there at the end was tough because he was
coming on strong from where he started.”
Bloomquist in his Bloomquist Race Cars Ford is sponsored by Roush-Yates, Base
Racing Fuels, Ohlins, Miller Brothers Construction and Sweet Manufacturing.
Owens came into the event with a 130-point lead over Bloomquist and was excited
with his finish. “I just started too far back, the car was great at the end, but Scott was just a little
bit better,” said the driver of the Mike Reece-owned, Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford.
Sept. 3 - Lucas Oil Series at Portsmouth
1) Scott Bloomquist, 2) Jimmy Owens, 3) Jared Landers,
4) Brad Neat, 5) Eddie Carrier, Jr., 6) Dale McDowell, 7) Don O'Neal, 8) Steve Francis, 9) Frank
Heckenast, Jr., 10) John Blankenship (prov.), 11) Bub McCool, 12) R.J. Conley (prov.), 13) Eric
Wells, 14) Ray Cook, 15) Kenny Christy, 16) Jason Montgomery, 17) Tyler Reddick, 18) Jackie Boggs,
19) Earl Pearson, Jr. (prov.), 20) Chris Brown, 21) Scott James, 22) Ben Adkins, 23) Josh Bocook,
24) Doug Drown, 25) Steve Casebolt, 26) Mark Frazier
Fast Time (51 entries): Rod Conley;
Heat winners: Drown, O’Neal, James, McDowell. B-main winners: Brown, Adkins.
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