COLUMBUS, Miss. – Eddie Carrier Jr. and Randy Weaver will make up the front row for Saturday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Clash at the Mag at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Scott Bloomquist and current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader Don O’Neal will make up the second row for the 100-lap, $20,000-to-win event.
Carrier jumped to the lead at the start of the Fast Shafts heat race number one and led every lap of the first heat to earn the pole position for Saturday night’s main event. The race for second place was quite a battle throughout the entire 10 laps. Chase Washington, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two years ago at age 20, has overcome that disease to race again and outran LOLMDS regulars, Jimmy Owens and John Blankenship to make his first series feature event.
In the Eibach Springs second heat race, Bloomquist picked up the win. Bloomquist dominated the event from the start, finishing ahead by several car lengths over Bub McCool, who rallied from his fifth starting spot to finish second, ahead of Timothy Culp and Neil Baggett.
In the Simpson Performance Products third heat race, the battle between Weaver and Earl Pearson Jr. was phenomenal. Weaver was driving a brand new Longhorn Chassis and raced side-by-side with Pearson for several laps with Pearson edging out front early. Weaver battled back on the top side passing Pearson late in the heat and pulled away for the victory. Pearson finished second followed by Chris Wall and Jared Landers.
The FK Rod Ends fourth and final heat was all O’Neal. O’Neal took the lead at the start and was never challenged as he took the win to start fourth in tomorrow night’s feature event Leading Dunn-Benson Ford Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Hughes finished second followed by Eric Cooley and Chad Thrash.
In preliminary action, Weaver set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 44 entrants, with a lap of 14.109 seconds. Carrier set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.139 seconds. Carrier, Bloomquist, Weaver and O’Neal won their respective heat races.