Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series results from Florence Speedway on May 6th, 2017
Tonight the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series invaded Florence Speedway. It’s billed as a 1/2 mile clay oval. The track in located in Florence, KY near Cincinnati.
View full Florence Speedway results below.
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Kody Evans set overall quick time in qualifying. Evan’s circled at 17.427 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, the current points leader set quick time in Group B. Bloomquist was timed at 17.494 seconds.
After qualifying the track crew went to work. The track begun to dry a bit so they brought out the water truck as a remedy. All week the area was hit with rain. The announcement of the water truck raised some suspicions in the grandstands. I heard one guy yell out, water truck?!
Well, it turned out great. after qualifying the track had all the looks of a single groove race track. Most drivers ran the same bottom line. However, once the heats got underway, we had full fledged side-by-side dirt late model racing.
Shanon Buckingham won the first heat race. He held of the polesitter to take the win. There was a tangle early in that race. Boom Briggs was forced to jump the inside berm to avoid contact. Briggs went up in the air, nose diving back into the same berm.
Michael Chilton won heat 2. He held off Josh Richards for the win.
Scott Bloomquist won heat 3. We had one get upside down in this race. Denis Erb Jr, Tim McCreadie and Cody Mahoney came off turn 4 three wide. Problems occurred when the car in the middle was the only one aware of the 3 wide situation.
Just ahead of the flag stand they all ran out of space. Fenders crunched. Dennis Erb pumped the brakes on the bottom. Mahoney also bounced off McCreadie. Mahoney was sent to the left, across the nose of Dennis Erb Jr.
Cody Mahoney got turned completely backwards at near top-speed. He then hit the inside berm, backwards. That sent him into a barrel roll. The car finally came to a stop on top of the inside wall. Cody climbed from the car rather quickly.
Earl Pearson Jr won the 4th and final heat race. He ran along the high side of the racetrack as Don O’Neal poked his way around the middle.
Green Flag. Shanon Buckingham led the field to the green flag, Scott Bloomquist on his outside. 60 laps around Florence Speedway.
Buckingham began to slid backwards through the field from the drop of the green flag. Meanwhile, Scott Bloomquist began checking out on the field.
By lap 20, Josh Richards cracked the top 3. The Best Performance Motorsports driver started in 7th. Josh Richards was making up a ton of time through the bumps at the bottom of turns 3-4. The leader of Scott Bloomquist and Tim McCreadie mostly ran right through the middle.
For the few that went through the bumps, it was hit and miss. Either you made up time or you lost a whole bunch of time. Hitting it wrong would send both front wheels into the air. No turn, drivers would chase the car all the way up the track to the outside wall. It was risky.
Meanwhile, Tim McCreadie was just riding behind Bloomquist. Until he decided to hit the gas pedal. He made a charge at Bloomquist. Running through the bumps, he pulled alongside Bloomquist.
Caution. On the restart Bloomquist put a gap on the field again. This time McCreadie didn’t waste time. He charged directly back to the same line. Again he pulled along side Bloomquist.
Bloomquist held onto the lead. However, Josh Ricahrds was now pressuring Tim McCreadie for 2nd. Richards was forced out of his groove, to the middle. He drove around Tim McCreadie. It didn’t last long, McCreadie slipped back passed Richards. Meanwhile, Bloomquist checkout out by 5-8 car lengths on the both of them.
In the closing two laps, Bloomquist catches lapped traffic. Put all 3 LOLMDS championship contenders under a blanket! They all have a shot at the win.
It was the best opportunity for McCreadie to steal the win. Final lap, Bloomquist was forced to check up, McCreadie was now on his bumper. Josh Richards just behind. However, Bloomquist drove to the cushion and went 3 wide around the lappers. The window of opportunity closed for Josh Richards.
Scott Bloomquist led flag to flag at Florence Speedway. He collects the $12,000 check in the 31st Annual Ralph Latham Memorial.
Tim McCreadie runs 2nd, Josh Richards 3rd, Don O’Neal 4th and Darrell Lanigan completed the top 5.
View full LOLMDS Florence Speedway results below.
Author: Shane Walters
Scott Bloomquist Photos
May 6th, 2017
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Kody Evans 17.427 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist 17.494 seconds
May 6th, 2017
Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Shanon Buckingham, Kody Evans, Steve Casebolt , Jimmy Owens, Boom Briggs, Colin Green, Zak Blackwood, Roger Williams, Jesse Lay, Trevor Landrum
May 6th, 2017
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Michael Chilton, Josh Richards, Nick Latham, Gregg Satterlee, Colton Flinner, Adam Bowman, Robby Moses, Steve Landrum, Michael Hensley
May 6th, 2017
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie, Jackie Boggs, Hudson O’Neal, Jared Bailey, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jason Jameson, Ethan Burgess, Cody Mahoney
May 6th, 2017
QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Don O’Neal, Darrell Lanigan, Devin Gilpin, Robby Hensley, Steve Francis, Dustin Nobbe, John Gill, Austyn Mills
May 6th, 2017
Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Colton Flinner, Adam Bowman, Boom Briggs, Steve Landrum, Robby Moses, Trevor Landrum, Colin Green, Zak Blackwood, Michael Hensley, Roger Williams, Jesse Lay-DNS
May 6th, 2017
Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Robby Hensley, Steve Francis, Jason Jameson, Dennis Erb, Jr., Austyn Mills, Dustin Nobbe, John Gill, Jared Bailey, Ethan Burgess, Cody Mahoney-DNS
May 6th, 2017
Feature Finish (60 Laps):
|FINISH||START||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN||EARNINGS|
|1||2||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN||$13,100|
|2||6||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY||$6,200|
|3||7||1R||Josh Richards||Shinnston, WV||$4,200|
|4||8||5||Don O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||$3,550|
|5||12||14||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY||$2,950|
|6||4||1||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL||$2,600|
|7||9||C9||Steve Casebolt||Richmond, IN||$1,500|
|8||16||1G||Devin Gilpin||Columbus, IN||$1,300|
|9||14||71||Hudson O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||$2,000|
|10||1||50||Shanon Buckingham||Morristown, TN||$1,100|
|11||13||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN||$1,875|
|12||15||22||Gregg Satterlee||Rochester Mills, PA||$1,750|
|13||21||99B||Boom Briggs||Bear Lake, PA||$1,725|
|14||19||77||Adam Bowman||Seymour, IN||$1,000|
|15||11||31||Nick Latham||Winchester, OH||$1,000|
|16||3||97||Michael Chilton||Salvisa, KY||$1,000|
|17||20||15||Steve Francis||Bowling Green, KY||$1,700|
|18||5||4G||Kody Evans||Camden, OH||$1,100|
|19||18||21X||Robby Hensley||Walton, KY||$1,000|
|20||10||4B||Jackie Boggs||Grayson, KY||$1,000|
|21||23||28E||Dennis Erb, Jr.||Carpentersville, IL||$1,700|
|22||17||75||Colton Flinner||Allison Park, PA||$1,000|
|23||24||4||Cody Mahoney||Hanover, IN||$1,000|
|24||22||16||Jason Jameson||Lawrenceburg, IN||$1,000|
|25||25||75g||John Gill||Mitchell, IN||$1,000|
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 60)
Cautions: Dennis Erb Jr. (Lap 19); Robby Hensley (Lap 35); Michael Chilton (Lap 38); Boom Briggs (Lap 40)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisional: Dennis Erb Jr.
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisional: Cody Mahoney
Florence Speedway Track Provisional: John Gill
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Devin Gilpin (Started: 16th; Finished: 8th; Advanced 8 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Scott Bloomquist
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Tim McCreadie
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Hudson O’Neal
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Phillip Snellen (Tim McCreadie)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #4 – 17.4305 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Scott Bloomquist (60 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Shanon Buckingham
Time of Race: 33 minutes 03 seconds
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
|POS||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN||POINTS||EARNINGS|
|1||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN||2520||$81,225|
|2||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY||2370||$64,200|
|3||1R||Josh Richards||Shinnston, WV||2330||$65,525|
|4||5||Don O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||2190||$45,925|
|5||1||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL||2150||$41,000|
|6||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN||2130||$35,825|
|7||14||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY||2075||$33,375|
|8||28E||Dennis Erb, Jr.||Carpentersville, IL||2015||$27,500|
|9||15||Steve Francis||Bowling Green, KY||1865||$22,925|
|10||71||Hudson O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||1825||$19,225|
|11||22||Gregg Satterlee||Rochester Mills, PA||1795||$23,000|
|12||99B||Boom Briggs||Bear Lake, PA||1720||$17,475|
|13||75||Colton Flinner||Allison Park, PA||1485||$10,325|
*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*