MOORESBURG, Tenn. – Scott Bloomquist has chosen not to undergo season ending surgery according to a post on his team Twitter account on Friday evening.
Bloomquist previously told DirtonDirt.com that he expected to undergo rotator cuff surgery to fix an injury he says he suffered in a fall in the pits at Eldora Speedway during Dirt Late Model Dream weekend.
Instead, according to his Twitter account, an MRI revealed that Bloomquist was only suffering from severe arthritis and has been cleared to compete for the rest of the year. He’s currently second in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings, 240 points behind Jonathan Davenport.
Scott’s MRI results determined severe arthritis, he has been cleared to race the remainder of 2018 and will be reevaluated at the end of the season. Stay tuned to @DirtonDirt for further details
– Team Zero
— Scott Bloomquist (@Bloomquist_0) June 30, 2018
This comes on the heels of Bloomquist being suspended for 90 days from all DIRTcar events after failing to report for a random drug test during Firecracker 100 weekend at Lernerville Speedway.
Bloomquist, 54, was one of 16 drivers randomly selected by a blind draw completed by a member of the Lernerville track crew. According to a DIRTcar Racing penalty report, Bloomquist had five hours to complete the test after not being able to provide a sample during initial check in with Drug Free Sport.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Director Matt Curl made multiple attempts to assist Bloomquist to the testing area. Drug Free Sport and series officials set an 11 p.m. deadline for Bloomquist to meet with Drug Free Sport officials and provide his sample, but he failed to arrive by the deadline.
Bloomquist claimed that he was unaware he had to report for the drug test even though he’d made the decision after competing in his heat race to leave the track and not compete for the rest of the weekend.
The suspension came after Bloomquist skipped a random drug test at Eldora Speedway on Dirt Late Model Dream weekend. He reportedly fell in the mud in the pits after a rain storm and was taken to a local hospital for examination, causing him to miss the test. He was given a pass by DIRTcar and Drug Free Sport officials at Eldora after providing documentation for his trip to the hospital.
Bloomquist is expected to return to action on Saturday when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visits Ohio’s Portsmouth Raceway Park.