Bloomquist, Owens Take Weekend LODLMS Victories

Jimmy Owens scored the victory in Sunday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race at Tazewell Speedway. Photo: LODLM Media/Twitter

Scott Bloomquist and Jimmy Owens both picked up victories in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action over the weekend.

Bloomquist was the winner on Saturday night at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, while Owens scored the victory on Sunday at Tennessee’s Tazewell Speedway.

On Saturday, Bloomquist scored his fourth career Ralph Latham Memorial victory at Florence Speedway. Bloomquist led all 60 laps, but traffic at the end of the race allowed both Tim McCreadie and Josh Richards to make it a close finish.

McCreadie got around Richards on the final lap to finish in second. In his first Florence appearance in five years, Richards was third at the finish line. Don O’Neal and Darrell Lanigan, finished fourth and fifth respectively.

“With all of the rain they had this week, we all thought the track would be rough or different than it is most of the time,” Bloomquist said. “With the no cutting or siping rule on the right-rear tire, you would hit a slick spot and you didn’t know where the car would go. I got to those last few cars towards the end and I went to the outside of them. I was just hoping I didn’t leave the door open for someone else.”

Bloomquist saw Earl Pearson. Jr. mount a challenge early in the race. McCreadie started sixth, and then climbed through the field to pressure Bloomquist for the lead. Several times McCreadie would have an opportunity to get close to Bloomquist, but each time a caution thwarted his run. With less than five laps to go, Richards closed to within a car length as Bloomquist was attempting to lapped traffic in front of him.

Bloomquist veered to the outside and cleared them enough to gain the victory. McCreadie went to the top side of the track with two laps to go in turns one and two and that enabled him to squeeze by Richards on the final lap for second.

Pearson, Jr., Steve Casebolt, Devin Gilpin, Hudson O’Neal, and Shanon Buckingham rounded out the top ten.

On Sunday, Jimmy Owens used his outside front row starting spot for the Toyota Knoxville 50 to his full advantage, and went on to win at Tazewell Speedway.

Owens led all 50 laps for his first LOLMDS win of the season and became the tenth different winner this season on the tour. Don O’Neal finished in second place, by Pearson, Jr., SBuckingham and McCreadie.

“It’s Tazewell,” said Owens in relation to the caution flags that dotted the event and seemed to be the only thing that would slow Owens all night. “The track’s a little different, but considering the weather it was a great race track. I especially want to thank my crew. They have worked their butts off and I feel I have let them down at times this year. I am glad to finally get to victory lane. “

Owens won the second of the three heat races and earned the outside front row starting spot for the main event. Owens started alongside fast qualifier and heat race one winner, Darrell Lanigan. Owens got the jump on Lanigan heading out of the turn two and was never seriously challenged throughout the rest of the race.

Steve Francis, Gregg Satterlee, Richards, Lanigan and Bloomquist rounded out the top ten.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Florence Speedway – Union, KY
Ralph Latham Memorial – May 6, 2017

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $13,100
2 6 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $6,200
3 7 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $4,200
4 8 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $3,550
5 12 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $2,950
6 4 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $2,600
7 9 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN $1,500
8 16 1G Devin Gilpin Columbus, IN $1,300
9 14 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $2,000
10 1 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $1,100
11 13 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,875
12 15 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA $1,750
13 21 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $1,725
14 19 77 Adam Bowman Seymour, IN $1,000
15 11 31 Nick Latham Winchester, OH $1,000
16 3 97 Michael Chilton Salvisa, KY $1,000
17 20 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $1,700
18 5 4G Kody Evans Camden, OH $1,100
19 18 21X Robby Hensley Walton, KY $1,000
20 10 4B Jackie Boggs Grayson, KY $1,000
21 23 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,700
22 17 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $1,000
23 24 4 Cody Mahoney Hanover, IN $1,000
24 22 16 Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN $1,000
25 25 75g John Gill Mitchell, IN $1,000

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Tazewell Speedway – Tazewell, TN
Toyota Knoxville 50 – May 7, 2017

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $10,900
2 4 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $6,300
3 5 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $4,300
4 6 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $2,750
5 12 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $2,950
6 21 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $2,500
7 14 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA $2,300
8 3 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $2,000
9 1 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $1,900
10 7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $2,100
11 15 7b Brian Smith Barbourville, KY $1,075
12 8 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,750
13 11 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $1,725
14 17 21 Robby Moses Maryville, TN $1,000
15 10 144 Chris Barton Middlesboro, KY $950
16 19 21K Dakotah Knuckles Ewing, VA $925
17 13 201 Billy Ogle Jr. Knoxville, TN $900
18 23 99BX Ethan Burgess Sharonville, OH $875
19 9 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,550
20 22 97 Michael Chilton Salvisa, KY $825
21 18 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $800
22 16 3s Steve Smith Powell, TN $800
23 20 10 Chad Ogle Sevierville, TN $800

 

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