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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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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.

Eckert Keeps Huge $30,000 Firecracker 100 by Prize In Pennsylvania

Veteran Star Becomes First Home-State Driver To Win Lernerville Speedway's Marquee Event

SARVER, Pa. (Sept. 5) - Rick Eckert of York, Pa., made some very satisfying and profitable history Saturday night, becoming the first home-state driver to capture the Firecracker 100 presented by at Lernerville Speedway.

Earning every cent of his $30,150 pay in a race postponed by rain on June 27, the 49-year-old star outdueled fellow Pennsylvanian Jared Miley of South Park to grab the lead on lap 64 and fought off a late-race challenge from Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., to register his second World of Outlaws Late Model Series triumph since debuting a new Longhorn Race Car three weeks earlier.

Eckert steered his Paul Crowl-owned mount under the checkered 1.158 seconds ahead of Clanton, the WoO LMS points leader who was shooting for a sweep of the 4/10-mile oval's weekend after winning the national tour's Working Man 50 on Friday night. Clanton, 39, marched forward from the seventh starting spot in his Capital Race Car but was unable to overtake Eckert to duplicate his 2010 Firecracker 100 by victory.

Miley, 29, settled for a career-best Firecracker 100 finish of third after leading laps 1-63 in his Rocket Chassis machine. Fourth place was claimed by Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., who recorded his third consecutive top-five finish in a 100-lap WoO LMS event, and fifth place went to 2013 Firecracker winner Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who started 17th.

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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."

Davenport maintained his points lead over Bloomquist in the championship standings. "We were gaining on Scott before that last caution and we sure didn't need that yellow. We don't have as many laps here as most of the guys, but my crew, Kevin and Lee Roy Rumley and Bryan Liverman worked hard all weekend on this car. I tried my best. It is a momentum track for sure. I want to thank TS Crane, Sundance Services, Sundance Flow Back Well Testing, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas. I hope the crowd enjoyed the show."

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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