JACKSON, Minn. — Scott Bloomquist led all 50 laps in the first appearance by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Jackson Motorplex.
The first super late model event at the half-mile oval in 30 years did not disappoint. Jonathan Davenport and Josh Richards tracked down Bloomquist in the final laps of the race, but came up second and third, respectively.
Bobby Pierce was in the hunt the entire race and came home in fourth. Brandon Sheppard recovered from a lap one collision to take the fifth spot.
The 54-year-old, three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion went to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the series-leading seventh time this season.
“I don’t know what it is because we have no notes going into these first-time tracks,” Bloomquist said. “I told the crew when we pulled in that we were a lock for the win. We just came here to rock-and-roll and let her go. This is quite a beautiful facility. The track reminds me a lot of Knoxville. It has the berm on the bottom and you can race on this track. It holds moisture very well. We need to go to more tracks like this. I ran hard out there. I am ready now to head to Nebraska and try to take their $53,000 on Saturday night.”
Davenport maintains the point lead heading to Nebraska for three nights of racing.
“We have gotten better every time we’ve gone out in the last couple of weeks, the crew has been working hard and we keep improving,” Davenport said. “That is all you can ask for. What a great facility they have here, they should be proud of it. We had a few gremlins there that raised their head early on. We were better in the long runs. I thought before that last caution I was going to have a shot at the win.”
Richards earned his second-straight podium finish and was complimentary of the race track and facility.
“They have done a tremendous job here with this facility,” Richards said. “The track raced great. The bottom was dominant for a while then the top came into it. On one of the restarts my carburetor stumbled there a little bit. We had a good hot-rod tonight. I was watching the water temperature close there at the end. I don’t know if Scott slowed up at the end, but me and Davenport really closed in on him. This is a beautiful place. I hope we get to come here more often.”
Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Bronson, Ricky Weiss, Mason Zeigler, Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Dennis Erb Jr., Tad Pospisil, Scott Ward, Blair Nothdurft, Tim McCreadie, Mike Marlar, Gregg Satterlee, Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Mars, Clay Daly, Jeff Massingill, Hudson O’Neal, Don Shaw.