- Sept. 3 - Portsmouth Raceway Park by Sam Holbrooks

Scott Bloomquist at Portsmouth Raceway Park
Mark Bias photo
Lucas Oil Series: Bloomquist Over Owens in Portsmouth "River Days Rumble"
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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 Rock, W.V.

Scott Bloomquist and Scott James at Portsmouth Raceway Park

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 Bias)

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 fast time at Portsmouth
Rod Conley won the fast time award at Portsmouth. (Mark Bias)
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 side-by-side without
Chris Wilson at Portsmouth Raceway Park
Chris Wilson loses an engine early on at Portsmouth. (Mark Bias)
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 Raceway Park
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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