ATTICA, Ohio — Making his first visit to Attica Raceway Park, Scott Bloomquist survived a two-lap dash to the finish for his fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season.
Bloomquist led all 50 laps in his Ole Smoky Moonshine, Lucas Oil Products sponsored Sweet-Bloomquist entry. Bloomquist earned his 51st career LOLMDS victory out dueling Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens and Mason Zeigler to round out the top five.
“This is our first time here; everyone knows our winning percentage at new tracks in my career is pretty good. This is really a nice track. I hoped the fans enjoyed this show,” said the 50-year-old veteran. “The frontstretch had some issues early in the night, but they went out and tried to fix it. I thought I felt a vibration or something going wrong on that last restart. We sure didn’t need that final caution. The car fired great nonetheless and we were able to pull away.”
Both Francis and Pearson took a shot at Bloomquist in the final two circuits, but they came up short of going to victory lane.
“It’s our second straight runner-up finish,” said Francis. “We are really running well here lately. It’s great to be back in the mix for a win. Scott was too tough tonight. I slipped back to fifth at one point, and the car was so much better up top. We just didn’t have anything for Scott on that final restart. The way it turned out, we were fortunate to hold off Earl for second.”
Pearson finished third in his Bobby Labonte Racing, Lucas Oil Products, Longhorn Chevrolet.
“With the way our season has gone this year, I didn’t know what was going to happen on that final restart,” he said. “The car was good all race long, it would run better down low on the track. I thought I was going to get by Steve there a couple of times, but we will take this finish and head to Portsmouth tomorrow night.”
Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 31 entrants, with a lap of 14.329 seconds.
Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Mason Zeigler, Don O’Neal, Brian Birkhofer, John Blankenship, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jared Landers, Dennis Erb Jr., Jason Hughes, Ryan Markham, Matt Irey, Jason Papich, Chris Keller, Devin Moran, Shane McLoughlin, Mike Bores, Jeff Babcock, Rocky Owens, Ryan Missler, Larry Kingseed, John Bores, Steve Casebolt.