GREENWOOD, Neb. — Scott Bloomquist led all 80 laps to win the fourth annual Silver Dollar Nationals on Saturday Night at I-80 Speedway.
Bloomquist, in his Ole Smoky Moonshine, Sweet-Bloomquist Ford earned $30,000 for his first victory in the event. Brian Birkhofer finished second, followed Jimmy Owens, Billy Moyer, and Jason Feger.
The event was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil Midwest Racing Ass’n.
“We have run well all year long, but it has been frustrating the last month with all the second place finishes,” Bloomquist said. “Finally all the testing we’ve done has paid off. We had timing issues with the car yesterday, and seriously considered running the back-up, but the crew worked their tails off and got us out there. We were fortunate enough to start on the pole. The track was just tremendous. We could run anywhere on it. I didn’t want to see those last cautions.”
It was Bloomquist’s 50th LOLMDS win.
Bloomquist darted out to the lead with Jaosn Feger running in second. Bloomquist held the lead through traffic which was developing quickly after only 14 laps. The first caution came out on lap 38 when fifth-place running Ryan Gustin ended his night with a blown tire, putting him up against the turn two wall. Bloomquist then battled heavy traffic with less than 20 laps to go. Bloomquist’s lead started to shrink as both Birkhofer and Owens closed the gap on Bloomquist.
Birkhofer was closing in on the leader when back-to-back cautions came out with 14 laps to go. On the final restart Bloomquist pulled away from Birkhofer and headed to the finish line for his fourth series win of the year.
Birkhofer, in his ASi Racewear, Cheap Cars, Rocket Chevrolet came up short in trying to become the first two-time winner of the event.
“No, I didn’t want to see those last cautions, because our car was better on the long runs. After those restarts, there was no way we could keep up with him (Bloomquist). I was just trying to hold off Jimmy (Owens) for second,” Birkhofer said. “Once he (Bloomquist) cleared those three cars he had in front of him, it was pretty much over. I had fun racing these guys tonight and in front of this huge crowd! It was great to put on a show for the fans.”
Owens maintains the LOLMDS points lead and was in the hunt to win back-to-back Silver Dollar Nationals, but he had to settle for third.
“We had a good car all night long,” Owens said. “We were able to roll through the corners better than almost anybody. Birky and I raced hard, and it seemed like we were out there forever. He was up top and I was in the bottom to the middle. I really like this track. We could run anywhere on it and I am sure the fans saw a good show these last few nights.”
Scott Bloomquist, Brian Birkhofer, Jimmy Owens, Billy Moyer, Jason Feger, Don O’Neal, Brandon Overton, Chad Simpson, Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., Eddie Carrier Jr., Travis Dickes, John Blankenship, Jason Utter, Jared Landers, Jason Hughes, Jason Papich, Earl Pearson Jr., Chris Simpson, Tony Jackson Jr., Scott Lewis, Jesse Stovall, Rodney Sanders, Terry Phillips, John Anderson, Ryan Gustin, Jeremy Payne, Tad Pospisil, Dave Eckrich, Andrew Kosiski, Bill Leighton Jr., Kyle Berck, Jason Krohn.