||Scott Bloomquist Takes Fourth Career Jackson 100 Win Saturday at Brownstown
BROWNSTOWN, IN - Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN won his fourth consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race as he won the Jackson 100 on Saturday Night at Brownstown Speedway. The event sponsored by Bryan Bowman Dodge/Jeep earned Bloomquist $20,000. The victory also makes him the first 4-time winner of the annual event. Bloomquist had to hold off the late race charges from Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN to take the win. Owens finished second followed by 19th starting Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN; Jared Landers of Batesville, AR; and Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN.
Brad Neat paced the field for the first 34 laps, until he spun in turn four while leading the race. Bloomquist, on the restart then inherited the top spot. Owens and James battled it out for second as O'Neal, made his way into the top three around James on lap 48.
At the halfway mark, Bloomquist was followed by Owens, O'Neal, James, and John Blankenship. The race was red-flagged with 57 laps scored when Josh McGuire flipped his car in turn number one. McGuire was unhurt in the incident.
Owens and O'Neal raced side-by-side for several laps as Bloomquist stretched his lead out. Owens finally cleared O'Neal on lap 72, and then he set his sights on Bloomquist. Bloomquist maintained a good-sized lead over Owens as the race wound down. Owens started his rally with ten laps to go and when Bloomquist hooked a rut in turn four, the #20 closed right on the back of Bloomquist. Bloomquist re-grouped, but lost the gap between himself and Owens, who was all over him in the final laps. As the two entered some traffic Owens dove to the bottom groove and challenged Bloomquist for the lead on the final circuit, but Bloomquist managed to barely hold on and take the victory.
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 14th time this season, Bloomquist, was elated with the win. "The car was good all night, Brad was running well there for a long-time and I don't know what caused him to spin. Once we got the lead, I thought we had pulled out enough over Jimmy, but I hooked the rut down there in four and it nearly cost me," said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame driver.
"We fortunately got it back going again and I saw Jimmy there, then I had the traffic to deal with, Jimmy made it close at the end, but we held on," said the driver of the Miller Brothers Construction, Hawkeye Trucking, Sweet Mfg, Base Racing Fuels, and Ohlins sponsored Bloomquist Race Cars Ford powered by a Roush-Yates engine.
Bloomquist now holds a 40-point lead over Owens heading into to the series' next race, Tuesday Night at La Salle (IL) Speedway. "I thought I might get him there at the end," said Owens, who started alongside Bloomquist in row number three. "The car was fast all weekend, I saw him hit that hole in four, and I thought maybe I had a chance on the last lap, I tried to get underneath him, but I just didn't have enough grip to pass him," said the driver of the Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford.
O'Neal had the crowd on its feet as well with his charge through the field. "That's why they are the two best drivers in the country right now," said O'Neal, who maintains third in the series points. "The car was awesome, we were just behind the eight ball after the heat race, if we could have started closer to the front it might have been a different story."
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Saturday Night, September 24th, 2011
32nd Annual Jackson 100
Brownstown Speedway - Brownstown, IN
Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:
Jimmy Owens / 14.198 seconds (Group A and Overall)
Justin Rattliff / 14.750 seconds (Group B)
Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, Brian Birkhofer, Kent Robinson, Don O'Neal, Tyler Reddick, Chad Stapleton, Michael Chilton, Brian Wilhite, Greg Kendall
Wiles Driveshafts Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Jared Landers, Eric Wells, Jared Hawkins, Greg Johnson, Dillan White, Zak Blackwood, Lindsay Wade, Dustin Neat-DNS
Sweet Manufacturing Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Scott James, Josh McGuire, Dale McDowell, Joe Janowski, Chris Streeval, Ray Cook, Ron McQuerry, Shannon Reed
HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Scott James, Josh McGuire, Dale McDowell, Joe Janowski, Chris Streeval, Ray Cook, Matt Boltnecht, Ron McQuerry, Shannon Reed
JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Tyler Reddick, Don O'Neal, Jared Hawkins, Dillan White, Greg Kendall, Lindsay Wade, Chad Stapleton, Zak Blackwood, Michael Chilton, Brian Wilhite, Greg Johnson
Wrisco Aluminum Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Mike Jewell, John Mason, Ray Cook, Jeremy Hines, Matt Boltnecht, Alan Magner, Chris Streeval, Ron McQuerry, Shannon Reed
Jackson Dash (6 Laps - Winner Advances): Dillan White, Jeremy Hines, Alan Magner, Chad Stapleton, Chris Streeval, Brian Wilhite
Feature Finish - 100 LapsFINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
2 5 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
3 19 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
4 11 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
5 4 81 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
6 21 37 Jared Hawkins Fairmont, WV
7 2 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
8 12 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
9 1 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
10 16 6J Joe Janowski Carmel, IN
11 24 44k Greg Kendall Paoli, IN
12 17 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
13 7 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
14 10 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN
15 8 41 Josh McGuire Grayson, KY
16 20 72 John Mason Millersburg, OH
17 22 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
18 25 54W Dillan White Crofton, KY
19 3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
20 9 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
21 13 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN
22 15 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
23 23 30J Greg Johnson Bedford, IN
24 18 9J Mike Jewell Scottsburg, IN
25 14 16 Justin Rattliff Campbellsville, KY
Lap Leaders: Brad Neat (Laps 1 - 34); Scott Bloomquist (35 - 100)
Caution Flags: Kent Robinson (Lap 5); Tyler Reddick, Ray Cook (Lap 6); Brian Birkhofer (Lap 34); Josh McGuire (Lap 57); Steve Casebolt (Lap 59); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 67)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none
Red Buck Cigars Fast Time Provisionals: Greg Johnson, Greg Kendall
Brownstown Speedway, Jackson Dash Provisional: Dillan White
PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Don O'Neal (Started 19th; Finished 3rd; Advanced 16 positions)
Allstar Performer of the Race: Scott Bloomquist
K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr.
Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jared Landers
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Roush Yates Racing Engines
Janowski Insurance Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Outerwears Challenger of the Race: Don O'Neal
Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Josh McGuire
DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Cody Mahoney (Don O'Neal)
Time of Race: 54 minutes 02 seconds