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April 5th, 2014
Bloomquist Wins COMP Cams Super Dirt Series Opener at Ark-La-Tex
Vivian, Louisiana (04/05/14) – The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) presented by Lucas Oil lifted the lid on the 2014 season on Saturday night as they co-sanctioned, a $10,000-to-win event with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) at Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana), and it proved to be a true thriller as Scott Bloomquist took the lead in the closing laps to claim the victory.
Scott Bloomquist raced to his 47th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win on Saturday Night, and his first ever with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series presented by Lucas Oil at Ark-La-Tex Speedway in thrilling fashion. Bloomquist took the lead on the 48th lap and led Ray Moore and Ryan Gustin to the checkered flag in a close finish. Bloomquist took over the second spot on lap 20 and trailed Moore until the two entered lapped traffic in the final ten laps when he began closing on Moore's rear bumper.
"This is our first time here," said Bloomquist, who became the 10th different winner in 11 LOLMDS races this season. "I heard the racing would be two and three wide easily here. Well it is definitely true! I hope the crowd enjoyed that one. Our Sweet-Bloomquist car has been good all year. I have to thank Hawkeye Trucking, Durham Racing Engines, Lucas Oil Products, and Penske Shocks."
"The track in the heat races was great and we could run anywhere, then the top started getting dominant during the feature. We set up our car for the end with our tire choice. When we caught him (Moore), there were a few cars in front of us, and I just picked the right line to get by him. He drove a heck of a race, we had just enough laps to catch him and pass him," said Bloomquist afterwards.
Moore and Gustin battled with Bloomquist to the very end. "This would have been the biggest win of my career with the competition that was here tonight. We won the Pelican here and that was huge for us. Scott is just too good. Once he got by me; I knew I was in trouble. I was trying to hang on for second ahead of Gustin," said the driver of the Moore Wireline, MB Customs entry. "I really wanted to win for the home-state fans as well as they have been behind me since I started my racing career. We came up a little short tonight, but we will be back and try again" stated Moore.
Gustin, in his first-full year of Late Model racing nearly stole the win at the end. "We were coming up quickly in the final five laps. The top was going away, and our car just didn't work as well on the bottom to middle part of the track. To run third against these guys says a lot about our team as we continue to grow. We have a lot to learn about these cars, but I think once we get the hang of it, we are going to get some big wins," said the driver of Gressel Racing, Rocket Chassis, #19G.
Jimmy Owens, the 3-time and reigning series LOLMDS champion charged from 18th to fourth and fast qualifier, Don O'Neal rounded out the top five. Completing the top ten were Chris Wall, Brian Shirley, Tim McCreadie, Ray Cook, and Earl Pearson Jr.
In preliminary action, Don O'Neal set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 51 entrants, with a lap of 13.607 seconds. Ryan Gustin set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.095 seconds.
Morgan Bagley won GRT Race Cars Heat Race #1 with Eddie Carrier Jr. winning Allen Manufacturing Heat Race #2. Tim McCreadie raced to victory in ROCKHARD Powder Coating Heat Race #3, while Ray Moore won Woodco Inc. Heat Race #4. Heat races five and six were won by Scott Bloomquist and Billy Moyer.
Kyle Bronson and Earl Pearson Jr. raced to victory in the Boston's Sports Bar & Restaurant b-main. Chandler Petty and Clay Fisher utilized CCSDS presented by Lucas Oil provisionals to start the finale.
Jimmy Owens received the Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger Award for advancing from the 18th starting spot to a 4th place finish, while Tommy Surrett was the recipient of the Keith Craft Racing Engines Hard Luck Award after falling just short of earning a feature starting spot.
The CCSDS presented by Lucas Oil warriors were scheduled to contest an event for the first time ever at Outlaw Motor Speedway (Muskogee, Oklahoma) on Sunday evening, but Mother Nature has forced the event to be canceled.
The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series presented by Lucas Oil will next return to action on April 11th-12th with a pair of $2,000-to-win events. On Friday, April 11th the tour will make their only appearance of the season at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Arkansas) before traveling to Northeast Arkansas Speedway (Harrisburg, Arkansas) the next night. For more information please visit www.COMPDirt.com .
The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series presented by Lucas Oil is sponsored by and would like to thank all of their sponsors including- COMP Cams, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Racing Tires, Kuntz & Company, Larry Shaw Race Cars, Quarter Master, Allen Manufacturing, GRT Race Cars, Woodco, Inc., New Vision Graphics, ROCKHARD Powdercoat, Inc., Mark Martin Kia, Keith Craft Racing Engines, SRC Sampson Racing Radios, Beach Veterinary Services, Killer Coatings, MSR Mafia.com Marketing Services, Racing Head Service, BSB Manufacturing, Five Star Bodies, Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar Pizza, speedliquidators.com, Schoenfeld Headers, Surrett Contracting, Powerhouse Products, and FSR Racing Products.
For the latest information on the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series presented by Lucas Oil, please visit www.COMPDirt.com .
COMP Cams Super Dirt Series – April 5th, 2014
Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana)
1) Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN)
2) Ray Moore (Haughton, LA)
3) Ryan Gustin (Marshalltown, IA)
4) Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN)
5) Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN)
6) Chris Wall (Springfield, LA)
7) Brian Shirley (Chatham, IL)
8) Tim McCreadie (Watertown, NY)
9) Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC)
10) Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)
11) Dennis Erb Jr. (Carpentersville, IL)
12) Morgan Bagley (Longview, TX)
13) Jason Papich (Arroyo Grande, CA)
14) Jason Hughes (Westville, OK)
15) Kyle Beard (Trumann, AR)
16) John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)
17) Jared Landers (Batesville, AR)
18) Eddie Carrier Jr. (Salt Rock, WV)
19) Kyle Bronson (Brandon, FL)
20) Randy Weaver (Crossville, TN)
21) Shane Hebert (Lafayette, TX)
22) Clay Fisher (Dewitt, AR)
23) Chandler Petty (Cabot, AR)
24) Billy Moyer Jr. (Batesville, AR)
25) Billy Moyer (Batesville, AR)
26) Steve Francis (Ashland, KY)
27) Jesse Stovall (Galena, MO)
28 Jack Sullivan (Greenbrier, AR)
DNS: Brandon Smith, Lynn Beach, Kody Mea, Bub McCool, BJ Robinson, Anthony Burroughs, Jeff Chanler, Jon Mitchell, Brett Frazier, Tommy Surrett, Robbie Stuart, Rick Hearnsberger, Lee Davis, Odie Green, Robert Baker, Allen Murray, Timothy Culp, Raymond Merrill, Wendell Wallace, David Payne, Chris Brown, Shannon Scott, Kevin Ray
Fast Qualifier: Don O'Neal (13.607 seconds)
GRT Race Cars Heat Race #1 Winner: Morgan Bagley
Allen Manufacturing Heat Race #2 Winner: Eddie Carrier Jr.
ROCKHARD Powder Coating Heat Race #3 Winner: Tim McCreadie
Woodco Inc Race #4 Winner: Ray Moore
Racing Head Service Heat Race #5: Scott Bloomquist
Quarter Master Heat Race #6: Billy Moyer
Boston's Sports Bar & Restaurant B-Main Winners: Kyle Bronson, Earl Pearson Jr.
New Vision Graphics Pole Sitter: Morgan Bagley
Keith Craft Racing Engines Hard Luck Award: Tommy Surrett
Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger: Jimmy Owens (18th-4th)
COMP Cams Top Performer: Scott Bloomquist
Leaders: Ray Moore (1-47); Scott Bloomquist (48-50)
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