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34 Raceway (Lucas Oil) - 5/13 Results
05/13/11 at 9:34pm
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
34 Raceway
May 13, 2011
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Birkhofer Ends Bloomquist's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win Streak Friday Night at 34 Raceway



by James Essex
BURLINGTON, IA (May 13) - With his homestate fans on their feet and cheering, Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IN ended the four-race win streak of Scott Bloomquist. He captured the 50-lap $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Friday Night at 34 Raceway. Bloomquist rebounded from a poor start to finish second, but was several car lengths behind the winner at the finish. Steve Francis of Ashland, KY finished third followed by Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN and John Blankenship of Williamson, WV.

"Man, to win this race in front of my homestate crowd is just awesome! I know they had to be cold up there, and to win for Johnny Johnson, he put so much into this place, it's a great facility, I just can't say enough for what that man did for me and the sport of late model racing," said the 39-year-old Birkhofer, who was joined by his sons Cruz and Creed in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

Brad Neat outgunned fellow Kentuckian Steve Francis to take the lead at the start. Francis, who was debuting a new MasterSbilt Race Car vaulted to the point a lap later. Francis held the top spot for two circuits, when Birkhofer, who had started fourth, eased into the lead.

Birkhofer's stay at the top of the scoring pylon was short-lived as Francis blasted back by to regain the lead on lap seven. The first of two caution flags came out for Billy Moyer, who spun in turn two. The second came out for Tyler Reddick on the backstretch on lap 23.

After the caution for Moyer, Francis looked solid as he built a seven-to-eight car length advantage over Birkhofer with 15 laps scored. Birkhofer made up quite a bit of ground in a short period of time, cutting Francis' lead to a car length by lap 21, a lap later he was around Francis to take the lead for good.



Birkhofer then pulled out to a straightaway lead over Francis with 20 laps remaining and a few laps later he had picked up the tail end of the field to begin lapping cars for the first time in the race. Bloomquist powered by Francis in the top groove on lap 34, but by then Birkhofer was well out in front. Bloomquist cut the lead down as the two took the white flag, but Birkhofer held a several car lengths lead at the finish.

"Thanks to all my sponsors, we had a great car tonight. Anytime you beat that Zero car you've done something. I have so much respect for him. I didn't know if I could catch Francis there for a while, but our car came into it. I am down on crew help here lately, but thanks to everyone who pitched in tonight, and we will go get 'em at La Salle tomorrow night.

It was Birkhofer's 12th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory came aboard his J&J Steel, Zens Flooring, ASi Racewear, VP Fuels, Pro Power Engines, MB Customs Chevrolet.

Bloomquist, who was attempting a series-record fifth consecutive race, settled for second in his Base Racing Fuels, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford. Francis in his Valvoline, Estes Racing Engines, MasterSbilt Race Car placed third to move to fifth in the series points.

Completing the top ten were Chris Simpson of Oxford, IA; Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL; Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY; Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN; and Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN.

In preliminary action Francis was the Red Buck Cigar Fast Qualifier among the 37 entrants with a lap of 14.954 seconds. Heat race winners were Francis, Bloomquist, Neat, and Birkhofer. The B-mains went to Dale McDowell and Jared Landers.

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will be on Saturday Night, May 14 for the Spring Shootout at La Salle Speedway in La Salle, IL paying $10,000 to win. For more information, go to www.lasallespeedway.com.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series' office at (951) 532-2503.


A-Main  
1 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
4 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
5 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
6 32S Chris Simpson Oxford, IA
7 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
8 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
9 36 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
10 81 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
11 57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS
12 F25 Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
13 71w Chris Wall Springfield, LA
14 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
15 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
16 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
17 55 Jeep Van Wormer Pinconning, MI
18 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
19 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
20 32D Darren Miller Milledgeville, IL
21 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
22 25S Chad Simpson Mt Vernon, IA
23 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
24 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
25 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Orland Park, IL
26 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
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B-Main #1  
1 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
2 25S Chad Simpson Mt Vernon, IA
3 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
4 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
5 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
6 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Orland Park, IL
7 7B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL
8 s9 Dan Schlieper Sullivan, WI
9 15H Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA
10 93J Jay Johnson W Burlington, IA
11 61 Jon Rogers Freeport, IL

B-Main #2  
1 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
2 F25 Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
3 32D Darren Miller Milledgeville, IL
4 71w Chris Wall Springfield, LA
5 c9 Steve Casebolt  Richmond, IN
6 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN
7 9T Tim Isenberg Marshfield, WI
8 16b Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA
9 31U Jason Utter Columbus Junction, IA
10 45 Denny Woodworth Mendon, IL
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Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Jimmy Owens, Scott James, Billy Moyer, Chad Simpson, Don O'Neal, Dennis Erb Jr., Dan Schlieper, Mark Burgtorf, Jay Johnson

Wiles Driveshafts Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Chris Simpson, Shannon Babb, Bub McCool, Dale McDowell, Tyler Reddick, Frank Heckenast Jr., Jeremiah Hurst, Jon Rogers

Sweet Manufacturing Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Brad neat, John Blankenship, Earl Pearson Jr., Mike Marlar, Jason Feger, Steve Casebolt, Kent Robinson, Tyler Bruening, Denny Woodworth

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Brian Birkhofer, Eric Wells, Jeep VanWormer, Ray Cook, Jared Landers, Darren Miller, Chris Wall, Jason Utter, Tim Isenberg

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Qualifying Results                        
1 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 14.954
2 32S Chris Simpson Oxford, IA 15.000
3 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY 15.086
4 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 15.097
5 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 15.105
6 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA 15.117
7 25S Chad Simpson Mt Vernon, IA 15.165
8 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Orland Park, IL 15.170
9 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR 15.221
10 57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS 15.230
11 81 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN 15.257
12 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL 15.258
13 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 15.260
14 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 15.276
15 7B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL 15.305
16 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 15.352
17 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 15.352
18 55 Jeep Van Wormer Pinconning, MI 15.385
19 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 15.393
20 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 15.403
21 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC 15.432
22 36 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 15.536
23 61 Jon Rogers Freeport, IL 15.556
24 93J Jay Johnson W Burlington, IA 15.573
25 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 15.579
26 c9 Steve Casebolt  Richmond, IN 15.720
27 32D Darren Miller Milledgeville, IL 15.841
28 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN 15.876
29 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 16.026
30 F25 Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 16.085
31 71w Chris Wall Springfield, LA 16.095
32 45 Denny Woodworth Mendon, IL 16.168
33 15H Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA 16.304
34 31U Jason Utter Columbus Junction, IA 16.475
35 s9 Dan Schlieper Sullivan, WI 16.512
36 16b Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16.871
37 9T Tim Isenberg Marshfield, WI 17.405
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Re: 34 Raceway (Lucas Oil) - 5/13 Results
Reply #1 - 05/14/11 at 1:16am
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
34 Raceway
May 13, 2011
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Photos courtesy of John Vass


Brian Birkhofer in victory lane at 34 raceway after winning the Lucas Oil 50 lap feature


Brian Birkhofer winner of the Lucas Oil 50 Lap feature at the 34 Raceway


Early leader Steve Francis works to hold back Brian Birkhofer


Scott Bloomquist works to get by Jimmy Owens


Jimmy Owen and Brad Neat duel for position at 34 Raceway


Scott Bloomquist chased Birkhofer to the line but settled for second.


Don O'Neal and Eric Wells race hard for position at 34 Raceway
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