BULLS GAP, Tenn. — Dale McDowell came home the winner in Thursday night’s 11th annual Scorcher 50 at Volunteer Speedway.
McDowell picked up the lead when Scott Bloomquist blew a right-rear tire with two laps scored. McDowell led the rest of the race for his sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory in front of an enormous crowd.
Mike Marlar wound up second, followed by John Blankenship. Bloomquist, who pitted twice, managed to rebound with a fourth-place finish. Rounding out the top five was 16th-starting Jared Landers.
“Our night didn’t start off so well, but we made some changes and the car was fast all night after that,” McDowell said. “I don’t think we would have had anything for Scott (Bloomquist) tonight, had he stayed out front. I don’t know if he ran over something or what happened to him, but it started off of turn two and continued to the fourth corner. We were lucky to get through that. Then there was another wreck and I barely made it through that one too. It tore up the door on my car pretty good.”
Bloomquist led the first two circuits, but slowed in turn four, causing a multi-car wreck behind him. McDowell inherited the top spot. Blankenship held onto the runner-up position until Marlar got around him on lap 29. Marlar and Blankenship then tried to track down McDowell, who was setting a blistering pace out front.
With no caution flags and traffic not being a factor, McDowell went on to become the 15th different winner in LOLMDS competition in 2014. It was McDowell’s first LOLMDS win since September 4, 2010 at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park.
Marlar had a strong run in the Sunoco North South 100 a few weeks ago had his best series finish of the season taking home second place money.
“We had a real good race for second there at the end,” Marlar said. “I wasn’t going to rundown Dale, he had too good of a car. We’ve won here before in a modified, but never in a late model, but we will be back and try to get one more spot next time.”
Blankenship, like McDowell and Marlar, was looking for his first LOLMDS win of the season was satisfied with his third-place finish.
“This is almost a home track for us,” Blankenship said. “Our race shop is just down the road, so it was good to run as well as we did. We will take third place with this field of cars here tonight. It feels good to be running up front again, maybe we can get a win at Lawrenceburg on Saturday night.”
Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 27 entrants, with a lap of 12.242 seconds.
Dale McDowell, Mike Marlar, John Blankenship, Scott Bloomquist, Jared Landers, Don O’Neal, Billy Ogle Jr., Eric Jacobsen, Dennis Erb Jr., Jason Papich, Chad Ogle, Vic Hill, Jason Hughes, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jimmy Owens, Jason Welshan, Richard Leake, Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Mark Vineyard, Brian Smith, Brad Neat, Chris Madden, Jeff Wolfenbarger.