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Bloomquist Dominates River Days Rumble at Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, OH (September 5, 2015) - Scott Bloomquist dominated all 50 laps to win the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble at Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday Night. The win marks his fourth straight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.

Jimmy Owens and 17th place-starter Jonathan Davenport completed the podium finish. Don O'Neal was fourth, followed by his Clint Bowyer teammate, Steve Francis.

"The car was just superb all night long. We are back in the points chase and I hope we don't get any more rainouts so we can settle it on the race track! If the track is anything like this for the Dirt Track World Championship next month, then the fans will be in for quite a show."

"I don't really know what they've done differently with the race track, but it was different from when we were here in July. We could all run anywhere on it. Our car handled so well tonight. We replaced the rack last night and we just tried to stay out front for the whole race. I didn't abuse the tires too much. It was just a perfect night, and it's hard to do that anymore with the type of competition there is in this series."

"I want to thank Mark Martin, Lance Landers, Mike Reece, Randy Sweet, everybody at Crop Production Services, Dyna-Gro, Lucas Oil, Base Fuels, Hoosier Tires, Penske Shocks, Sorbera Chiropractic, and Horton Coal," remarked the victor.

Bloomquist took the lead at the start of the 50 lap event. He was never seriously challenged, even after several caution flags. The win was the 60th for Bloomquist in LOLMDS competition, which ranks him first all-time in wins.

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We are saddened to learn of the recent passing of both Dow Carnahan and Willie White, beloved members of the local racing community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of these two wonderful gentlemen. Above is a photo of Dow Carnahan, taken in January 2012 when he was inducted into the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Hall of Fame.

Scott Bloomquist won the annual Pittsburgher 100 at
Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on August 29, 2015.
Scott is the first 5-time winner of this event.

Scott Bloomquist Wins Fifth Pittsburgher 100

IMPERIAL, PA (August 29, 2015) - Scott Bloomquist became the first 5-time winner of the Pittsburgher 100 on Saturday Night at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Bloomquist took the lead from Jonathan Davenport on lap 85 and then held off Davenport for the $20,000 win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event. Trailing Bloomquist and Davenport to the finish line were Don O'Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Dennis Erb Jr.

"This place is like the Talladega of dirt, it's big, its' fast, the racing is close, and it's a fun track to race on. We won the first time here in 1989 and we have loved coming here ever since. You know how that track is always going to be, slick fast is what I call it. I was just biding my time, conserving my tires, and once we got around Davenport I knew we were in good shape."

A caution with six laps to go bunched the field up one final time, but it didn't impact Bloomquist one bit. Bloomquist was the fourth different leader of the race and in Lucas Oil Victory Lane, he thanked his crew and sponsors, "I am so thankful for Mike Reece of Reece Monument Company, Crop Production Services, Mark Martin Automotive, Hawkeye Trucking, Lucas Oil, Base Fuels, Sorbera Chiropractic, Horton Coal, Dyna-Gro, and everyone else associated with our team. The Andy Durham Racing Engine was great as well."

O'Neal nearly spoiled the race for the top two drivers in the country as he raced his way from 17th to third. At one point O'Neal had wrestled second away from Davenport, but couldn't quite make the slide job stick. "We won the first B-main and the car felt awesome. When the race started I knew I had a good handling car. The crew has changed everything all weekend long and we needed to finish well this weekend, that's for sure. When I slid into four and cleared Davenport my momentum just carried me against the wall, and I couldn't get enough grip to keep second. I hope the fans enjoyed that show," said the driver of the Clint Bowyer Racing, Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Barry Wright Race Cars entry.

Completing the top ten were early leader, Josh Richards, Kent Robinson, Steve Francis, Keith Barbara, and Mike Marlar.

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