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Scott Bloomquist - WVMS Hillbilly Hundred winner

Lucas Oil Series: Bloomquist In Hillbilly Heaven After Big Win at WVMS

James Essex

MINERAL WELLS, W.V. – Sept. 5. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tennessee, won his first career "Hillbilly Hundred" on Sunday at West Virginia Motor Speedway.  The defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion collected $42,000 for his win after taking the lead from Don O’Neal on lap 82 and racing unchallenged the rest of the way. 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the seventh time this season, the 46-year-old celebrated with his crew as he graciously accepted the winner’s check from promoter Carl Short. 

Brad Neat - Earl Pearson - WVMS Lucas Oil Late Model Series

Teammates Brad Neat (#41) and Earl Pearson, Jr. race back at midfield at WVMS. (Rick Schwallie)

“A hundred laps here are kind of tough on equipment, I can’t say enough about the tires. They held up real well. We were a little cautious through traffic, and O’Neal was running hard on the cushion. I saw that and backed off a little bit and then his tires went away and we were able to get by him for the win,” said Bloomquist, who maintained his series points lead with his victory.  

Bloomquist started on the outside of the front row and jumped to the lead at the start of the race.  Dale McDowell, who had won two of the previous three LOLMDS events, ran a solid second to Bloomquist for the first 14 laps, until O’Neal was able to get around him for second. 

Steve Shaver - Jonathan Davenport - WVMS Hilly Hundred

Fast qualifier Steve Shaver gives way to #49 Jonathan Davenport in the battle for second place at WVMS. (Rick Schwallie) 

Bloomquist held his lead through heavy traffic as O’Neal pressured him for the top spot.  O’Neal was finally able to make the pass for the lead on lap 29.  O’Neal held the lead through several caution flag periods as Bloomquist maintained second.  At the halfway mark it was O’Neal, Bloomquist, Steve Shaver, Bart Hartman, and Jonathan Davenport running in the top six.

O’Neal continued to stay out front until Bloomquist raced past him after a restart on lap 82. O’Neal’s tires went away as he slowed in turn four to bring out the final caution of the race.  On the restart it was all Bloomquist until the checkered flag fell as no one was able to muster a late-race challenge. 

In preliminary action Steve Shaver topped the 49 entrants in Red Buck Cigar Time Trials.  Heat race winners were Dale McDowell, Bart Hartman, Scott Bloomquist and Don O’Neal.  The B-Mains went to Freddy Smith and Brad Neat.

“Hillbilly Hundred” - West Virginia Motor Speedway
1) Scott Bloomquist, 2) Jonathan Davenport, 3) Steve Shaver, 4) Don O'Neal, 5) Eddie Carrier, Jr., 6) Zack Dohm, 7) Jimmy Owens, 8) John Blankenship, 9) Kennie Compton, 10) Tim Isenberg, 11) Ray Cook, 12) Earl Pearson, Jr., 13) Chris Wall, 14) Chris Madden, 15) Steve Casebolt, 16) Donnie Moran, 17) Brad Neat, 18) Dale McDowell, 19) Bart Hartman, 20) Stephen Evans, 21) Davey Johnson, 22) Vic Coffey, 23) Jacob Hawkins, 24) Tim Dohm, 25) Chris Parsons, 26) Mark Banal, 27) Freddy Smith.
Fast Time (49 entries): Pearson; Heat Winners: McDowell, Hartman, Bloomquist, O’Neal; B-Main winners: Smith, Neat.

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