Can Bloomquist Win Firecracker 100 Again?

Scott Bloomquist celebrates after winning the 2012 running of the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway. (Joe Secka/JMS Pro Photo)
Scott Bloomquist celebrates after winning the 2012 running of the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway. (Joe Secka/JMS Pro Photo)

SARVER, Pa. – After Scott Bloomquist won the Firecracker 100 presented by for the second time last year at Lernerville Speedway, he spent about 15 minutes meeting with press members in the facility’s media room.

During that press conference the Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer explained, of course, how he won the marquee World of Outlaws Late Model Series event. But he also became an unsolicited promoter of both the well-known four-tenths-mile oval and this year’s seventh annual Firecracker 100 extravaganza, which is scheduled for June 27-29.

Bloomquist, 49, of Mooresburg, Tenn., made it clear that the Firecracker 100 – a three-day festival of speed that includes 30-lap, $6,000-to-win preliminary WoO LMS A-Mains on Thurs., June 27, and Fri., June 28, leading into the 100-lap finale offering a $30,000 first-place prize on Sat., June 29 – ranks as one of his favorite races on the modern-day dirt Late Model schedule.

“We’ve been coming to this race every year that they’ve run it,” said Bloomquist, who also won the inaugural Firecracker 100 in 2007 and owns preliminary feature victories in 2011 and ’12, “and we’ll keep coming as long as they have it.”

Bloomquist’s descriptions of Lernerville Speedway and the Firecracker 100 following his 2012 conquest read like a list of reasons why fans and racers alike should make plans to usher in the summer with a visit to the western Pennsylvania facility. Consider the positives that the 2004 WoO LMS champion hit on during his post-race comments:

– The magnitude of an event that he has watched grow: “There’s really not any race any better within 300 miles of here. I don’t even know if there’s one better within 400 miles of here. You look at the grandstands and you see how many people come to this event, and you look out in the campground – you just look around here, and it’s all so impressive.”

– The competitiveness of the speedway: “And again, the racetrack – where are you gonna see three-wide racing for a hundred laps? The racetrack is almost a stand-alone. There’s very few places left in America where you can race like you can at this place. You can race three-wide, and definitely two-wide, around this thing the majority of the evening, and that’s all any racer wants – to be able to have more than one lane. Here there are so many options, it’s a joy to come here.

“This place has so many possibilities. I love this racetrack because you can drive it so many different ways. If your car’s not handling, there’s a place on that racetrack where it should handle. You just gotta find it.”