Scott Bloomquist spent Friday night in the hospital, missing prelim; Returns to win The Dream at Eldora Speedway, from the back of the field
Scott Bloomquist won another one last night at Eldora Speedway. But, he had to fight to get there.
On Friday afternoon, Eldora Speedway ran a makeup race from the rainout the night before. Bloomquist finished 3rd in his main event. After that, another storm rolled through.
A few hours later, the track was ready to go racing. As the cars unloaded for hot laps at around 10PM the rain cover remained on the #0 machine. As the teams rolled out for qualifying, Team Zero rolled the #0 machine in the box.
The rumor mill went wild. They been concocting all kinds of elaborate reasons that Bloomquist left the track.
As the second event on Friday rolled into a 2AM showing, Bloomquist was at the hospital. Muddy grounds caused him to slip on the loading lip of his hauler. He suffered a shoulder injury, both shoulders now have injuries.
Missing night two buried Bloomquist in the lineup for the final night in the 2018 Dirt Late Model Dream. Despite the injury, he showed up to race. He started dead last in the third heat, he drove to 3rd, the final transfer spot.
In the 100 lap main event, Bloomquist started 15th. By lap 14, he cracked the top 5. By lap 60, he took the lead from Jonathan Davenport and drove off into the distance.
However, he’s not out of the water with the shoulder injury just yet.
“This track is so awesome. Everybody here that takes care of this place, you can’t say enough about this race track. I’ve always loved it since the first time I came here,” Scott Bloomquist stated from victory lane at Eldora Speedway.
“It’s really unfortunate what happened last night. But, I’ve got enough patches on my shoulder here and they subscribed some stuff for pain — Everything’s been pretty good tonight.”
“We were concerned after not making last night. Whether we were going to be alright for tonight. You never know what the track will be like. Once we made the show after the heat race, I was going to take it easy. And I did take it easy in the beginning. On that restart, it felt so good I decided to hustle it and get to the front.”
“It started raining, we were walking around in the mud. I got on the tongue of my trailer, slipped off and I was going to land on my back. I put my left arm behind me to try and brace my fall and it bent it behind my back, real far.”
“I’ve got a muscle torn in my right shoulder which is not near as bad as the left rotator cuff. I got a doctor at home that says I need surgery. But, he’s trying to nurse me through — He’ll probably get me through my career,” Bloomquist says with a laugh.
“I’m afraid I almost thought I was going to have to leave to go get surgery, this week. We’ll just have to wait and see once the pain comes back. We’ll see what the pain’s going to do.”
“I’ll probably have to schedule it for this November when the season ends and just got ahead and bite the bullet. The problem is, I don’t have many — I think it’s like 12 weeks to recover. You know, it’s hard to figure out what races to miss.”
Scott Bloomquist dominated at Eldora Speedway last night. So much so that only 8 cars finished on the lead lap.
“That car was awesome. This is actually the first weekend for this car. The other car, we won the Show-Me with. That just shows that they can produce identical cars. It’s not that we needed a new one. But, it’s nice to know you had something that was new and had a lot of love and a lot of attention.”
“Andy Durham Racing Engines, that engine held on. We went through it for this race. Obviously, it kicks ass.”
“Thanks for all the Bloomquist fans for sticking with everything and having faith in us. We never say die.”
Scott Bloomquist currently sits 2nd to Jonathan Davenport in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point standings. He trails Davenport by 260 points. This year the LOLMDS season began in February and it’s set to end in October. That leaves just over 12 weeks to recover from the injury.
Bloomquist is the winner of the inaugural Gateway Dirt Nationals in St. Louis. This year, that race is scheduled to be run Nov 29-Dec 1. Surgery in November would certainly force him to miss that indoor dirt late model event.
With another win at Eldora Speedway, Bloomquist is now at 598 career feature victories.
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Related: 2017 Dirt Late Model Dream Results