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DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park - 2/19 Results
02/19/14 at 9:18pm
 
DIRTcar Nationals/UMP Late Models
Volusia Speedway Park
February 19, 2014
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Bloomquist Blasts To $10,000 Triumph In DIRTcar Late Model Finale At DIRTcar Nationals
Hall of Fame Driver Reaches Victory Lane At Volusia For Fourth Consecutive Year

by Kevin Kovac
BARBERVILLE, Fla. (February 19) - A slower track surface played right into Scott Bloomquist’s hands on Wednesday night at Volusia Speedway Park.

Making his first start in a new car he designed in a collaboration with noted parts manufacturer Randy Sweet, the 50-year-old superstar from Mooresburg, Tenn., mastered the sprawling half-mile oval to capture the 40-lap A-Main that closed the DIRTcar Late Model portion of the 43rd annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

Bloomquist swept past fellow Hall of Famer Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., for the lead on lap 20 and never looked back in the caution-free event. He pocketed $10,000 for his ninth career win during the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit.

“The racetrack was awesome tonight,” said Bloomquist, who began the six-night full-fender meet at VSP with finishes of sixth (Monday) and fifth (Tuesday). “It’s a little different when you just don’t sit out there and have everybody hold it on the floor all night. You gotta have a little bit of foot, a little bit of patience.”

Bloomquist showed plenty of those traits on his way to crossing the finish line 1.497 seconds ahead of Chickamauga, Ga.’s Dale McDowell, who made a strong advance from the 14th starting spot. McDowell reached second on lap 30 and briefly closed on Bloomquist before losing ground and settling for runner-up money.

Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., who started fifth, climbed as high as second on lap 24 before being overtaken by McDowell six circuits later and placing third – his second podium finish in the week’s three DIRTcar Late Model events. Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., started and finished fourth and Moyer faded to fifth at the checkered flag after starting from the outside pole and leading laps 1-19.

In a race completed in a rapid 12 minutes, 35.182 seconds, Bloomquist started third and chased Moyer and polesitter Rick Eckert of York, Pa., through the early circuits. Bloomquist wrestled second from Eckert on lap 15 and quickly ran down Moyer.

With a burst off the inside of turn four, Bloomquist shot past Moyer to assume command for good as lap 20 was scored.

“We moved around and just tried to find where we could work well on the racetrack,” said Bloomquist, who won an A-Main during the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit for the fourth consecutive year. “I really felt great all over the racetrack, but finally we got to the middle of (turns) three and four. It looked like not too many guys could carry that much speed through the middle.

“(Moyer) looked like he was just kind of fading and we were coming to him,” he continued. “He might have went with a little different tire combination. But I knew all the guys up front had the same thing, so we just had the superior piece and I felt like we drove a pretty good race.”

Putting the new car in Victory Lane in its debut gave Bloomquist a definite confident boost.

“We finished this car while we were racing in Tampa (last week at East Bay Raceway Park),” said Bloomquist. “We’ve had a pretty rough two-week period, so to get the car finally done and get out here – this is the first laps on it this week – we really know we got something going on with this race car. I think there’s gonna be a lot of victories to come.”

McDowell, 47, appeared primed to stop Bloomquist’s march after surging past Lanigan and Wells to claim second place on lap 30. The veteran drew his Team Dillon Warrior within a half-second of Bloomquist before his bid stalled.

“I got to gaining a little bit there but just got to turning hard,” said McDowell, who was chasing his first DIRTcar Nationals by Summit victory since the 1999 finale. “I got kind of balanced out the last five, six laps, and got a little bit tight, and Scott was good rolling right through that middle. We’ll try to fix that problem and see if we can’t get up front the rest of the week.”

Eckert finished sixth after running in the top five until just past the halfway point. Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., placed seventh, advancing from the 15 th starting spot. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., started and finished eighth; Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., slipped two spots from his starting position to finish ninth; and sixth-starter Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., rounded out the top 10.

With 42 cars signed in for action, group qualifying was utilized to set the starting lineups for four heat races.

Moyer registered the fastest overall qualifying lap at 15.999 seconds – the second time in three nights that the veteran was quickest overall. Other group fast-timers were Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill. (16.320), Sheppard (16.146) and John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va. (16.153).

Heat winners were Eckert, Moyer, Bloomquist and Lanigan. The B-Mains were captured by Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.

The DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit continue on Thursday night (Feb. 20) with the first of three straights of competition featuring the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. A 50-lap WoO LMS A-Main paying $10,000 to win will top the program, which also includes a 30-lap feature for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

Race time is 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

For more information on the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH, log on to www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

UMP Late Models
February 19, 2014

A-Main
1 3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $10,000
2 14 17m Dale McDowell Chickmauga, GA
3 5 18 Eric Wells Hazard, KY
4 4 29 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY
5 2 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
6 1 24 Rick Eckert York, PA
7 15 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
8 8 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY
9 7 1 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL
10 6 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
11 22 2 Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI
12 18 32c Vic Coffey Caledonia, NY
13 19 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
14 24 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
15 13 81 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
16 17 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
17 27 4ds Chad Hollenbeck Montrose, PA
18 10 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA
19 20 38 Kenny Pettyjohn Millsboro, DE
20 25 1b Jeff Babcock Wayne, OH
21 23 14M Morgan Bagley Longview, TX
22 11 99Jr Frankie Heckenast Orland Park, IL
23 28 5j Eric Jacobsen Seacliff Beach, CA
24 12 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA
25 16 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
26 9 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA
27 21 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA
28 26 16H Mike Hammerle St. Charles, MO


B-Main #1  (top 4 transfer)
1 1 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
2 3 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
3 9 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA
4 7 14M Morgan Bagley Longview, TX
5 2 4ds Chad Hollenbeck Montrose, PA
6 6 11b Stacy Boles Clinton, TN
7 5 18c Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS
8 4 18x Jack Sullivan Greenbrier, AR
9 11 1b Jeff Babcock Wayne, OH
10 12 27 Jeff Beyers Pana, IL
11 10 57 Chuck Julien Apopka, FL
12 8 16H Mike Hammerle St. Charles, MO
dns J4 John Garvin Jr. Sarver, PA
dns 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL

B-Main #2  
1 2 32c Vic Coffey Caledonia, NY
2 1 38 Kenny Pettyjohn Millsboro, DE
3 4 2 Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI
4 8 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
5 6 19 Tim Fuller Watertown, NY
6 7 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA
7 9 5j Eric Jacobsen Seacliff Beach, CA
8 3 21d Dan Stone Thompson, PA
9 10 7 Jason Fitzgerald Jacksonville, FL
10 12 17J John Winge Sioux Falls, SD
11 5 99b Rick Briggs Bear Lake, PA
dns 28 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL

Heat #1  (top 4 transfer)
1 1 24 Rick Eckert York, PA
2 3 18 Eric Wells Hazard, KY
3 2 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA
4 4 81 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
5 5 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
6 7 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
7 6 18c Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS
8 8 14M Morgan Bagley Longview, TX
9 9 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA
10 10 1b Jeff Babcock Wayne, OH
11 11 27 Jeff Beyers Pana, IL

Heat #2  
1 4 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
2 2 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
3 1 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA
4 3 17m Dale McDowell Chickmauga, GA
5 7 4ds Chad Hollenbeck Montrose, PA
6 6 18x Jack Sullivan Greenbrier, AR
7 5 11b Stacy Boles Clinton, TN
8 9 16H Mike Hammerle St. Charles, MO
9 10 57 Chuck Julien Apopka, FL
10 8 J4 John Garvin Jr. Sarver, PA
dns 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL

Heat #3  
1 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
2 3 1 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL
3 4 99Jr Frankie Heckenast Orland Park, IL
4 5 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
5 2 38 Kenny Pettyjohn Millsboro, DE
6 8 21d Dan Stone Thompson, PA
7 6 99b Rick Briggs Bear Lake, PA
8 9 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA
9 7 5j Eric Jacobsen Seacliff Beach, CA
dns 28 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL

Heat #4  
1 1 29 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY
2 2 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY
3 5 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA
4 4 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
5 7 32c Vic Coffey Caledonia, NY
6 3 2 Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI
7 6 19 Tim Fuller Watertown, NY
8 8 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
9 9 7 Jason Fitzgerald Jacksonville, FL
10 10 17J John Winge Sioux Falls, SD

Qualifying Results    
1 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR 15.999
2 1 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 16.146
3 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 16.153
4 38 Kenny Pettyjohn Millsboro, DE 16.235
5 2 Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI 16.273
6 28 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 16.275
7 17m Dale McDowell Chickmauga, GA 16.287
8 81 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 16.320
9 18 Eric Wells Hazard, KY 16.326
10 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 16.333
11 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 16.391
12 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA 16.433
13 29 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 16.433
14 99Jr Frankie Heckenast Orland Park, IL 16.450
15 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 16.467
16 24 Rick Eckert York, PA 16.479
17 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 16.488
18 19 Tim Fuller Watertown, NY 16.500
19 32c Vic Coffey Caledonia, NY 16.537
20 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 16.559
21 99b Rick Briggs Bear Lake, PA 16.579
22 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 16.593
23 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 16.630
24 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA 16.634
25 18c Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS 16.722
26 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 16.734
27 5j Eric Jacobsen Seacliff Beach, CA 16.770
28 11b Stacy Boles Clinton, TN 16.775
29 14M Morgan Bagley Longview, TX 16.798
30 21d Dan Stone Thompson, PA 16.819
31 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA 16.834
32 18x Jack Sullivan Greenbrier, AR 16.850
33 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA 16.857
34 1b Jeff Babcock Wayne, OH 16.962
35 4ds Chad Hollenbeck Montrose, PA 16.962
36 J4 John Garvin Jr. Sarver, PA 17.075
37 7 Jason Fitzgerald Jacksonville, FL 17.082
38 27 Jeff Beyers Pana, IL 17.354
39 17J John Winge Sioux Falls, SD 17.442
40 16H Mike Hammerle St. Charles, MO 18.287
41 57 Chuck Julien Apopka, FL 18.914
42 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL no time

results are unofficial
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