Lucas LMs Head For Pennsylvania

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Scott Bloomquist, shown at East Bay Raceway Park in Florida, won Friday night's World of Outlaws Late Model Series race at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. (Al Steinberg photo)
Scott Bloomquist, shown at East Bay Raceway Park in Florida, leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series into a two-race swing through Pennsylvania this week. (Al Steinberg photo)

BEDFORD, Pa. — The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is set to resume its season after two weeks off.

The dirt-late-model series will visit Bedford (Pa.) Speedway Friday night and be in action the following night with its first visit to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pa. Both events offer $10,000 to the winner.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event at Bedford Speedway will mark the fourth appearance at the historic Bedford County Fairgrounds race track, which is celebrating its 75th season of racing.

The J.R. Keifer, Dr. David Horne and Jim Maybury promoted half-mile facility has seen three different drivers — Steve Francis, Jimmy Mars Jimmy Owens — enter victory lane in previous LOLMDS events.

The next night will see the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series venture to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for the biggest race in the track’s history. The Rick Jones-promoted facility first opened in May of 1998 and will be the 59th different track where the series has raced.

The series events at Bedford and Roaring Knob will continue the Sunoco Race Fuels Road to Wheatland in 2011 as 15 drivers with perfect attendance will be eligible for the $700 winner’s circle money once again. They will continue on as they make their way across America, heading to the 19th annual DART Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

Scott Bloomquist, the winner of the last two Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events, heads to the Keystone State with the point lead. The two-time and defending series champion holds a 10-point advantage over Indiana’s Don O’Neal. Jimmy Owens, last year’s winner at Bedford is third in points.

The tire rule for both nights will be the same; American Racer SD44 or any compound harder, SD 44 must punch a minimum of 40; Hoosier 1300 or any compound harder and 1300 must punch a minimum of 40.