Bloomquist ‘understands their perspective’ regarding the World Racing Group suspension
– Bloomquist states that he’s already taken a drug and alcohol class – The class is half the steps needed to reduce the driver suspension and be reinstated
– Bloomquist passed a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drug test at Tri-City Speedway in July 2018
On June 8, Eldora Speedway hosted a double header event. Bloomquist completed the entirety of the first round. Ahead of the second round later that night, WRG officials conducted a random drug test. Bloomquist slipped into the tongue of his trailer and went to the hospital. In the meantime, he missed his first drug test.
Bloomquist stated that he injured his shoulder as he slipped. At this point, he was concerned that he might have to sit out for the season to have surgery.
Bloomquist returned the next night with some prescriptions that were approved by race officials. He climbed his way into the main event. The #0 then started toward the tail, drove through the field and took the $100,000 victory in the 2018 Dirt Late Model Dream.
On June 21, Bloomquist returned to a World Racing Group sanctioned event for the first time he missed the drug test. The first night at Lernerville Speedway went on as planned, he finished 4th in preliminary main event.
On the second night, series officials announced another random drug test. However, Bloomquist was involved in a heat race accident on the race track. He loaded up the car and the driver left speedway.
Series officials gave Bloomquist a strict deadline to participate in the second drug test. Series director Matt Curl beat on the door of the hauler but his knocks went unanswered. The deadline for the sample was missed.
Bloomquist announced that he had left the speedway following the heat race crash. At this point, he was thinking he’d just bite the bullet and get the surgery on his shoulder.
Bloomquist continued to explain that he knew they were drug testing. However, he didn’t see a point in coming back to the track to take the test because he thought he’d be out for the rest of the season.
WRG elected to place a suspension on Scott Bloomquist after he missed two drugs tests for various reasons. He was suspended for 60-90 days. After this, Bloomquist visited his doctor to see what needed to be done in terms of his injury.
“Scott’s MRI results determined severe arthritis, he has been cleared to race the remainder of 2018 and will be reevaluated at the end of the season,” Team Zero released in a statement.
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Scott Bloomquist comments on the dirt racing suspension
I know you said that you were surprised that they suspended you because you thought you’d be sitting out for the rest of the season anyway. But, do you understand it?
“I do understand now, their perspective,” Scott Bloomquist told RacingNews.co .
“I mean, I agreed to come back the next morning. I guess their people were going to be gone.”
“So, whatever. It’s a done deal. We’ll be at Eldora and that’s all that matters.”
I’m pretty sure you’re not missing any races while you’re suspended.
“The Lucas Series has taken up testing. They tested us.”
At Tri-City Speedway on July 13th, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series conducted their first drug test of the season. Ten drivers were selected for the random screening.
You were tested at Tri-City?
“Yeah. Along with a number of other drivers that all came up good.”
“You know, whenever they want to test me I’ll be glad to be tested. I don’t have a problem with testing.”
Bloomquist’s next scheduled World Racing Group sanctioned event is The World 100 at Eldora Speedway on September 6-8th. That falls in between the 60-90 day suspension.
What is the 30 day difference? It’s 30 day less if the driver agrees to take an alcohol drug class and they also pass two drug tests, two weeks prior to the next event.
“We agreed to that. I don’t have a problem with any of that.”
Have you already taken the class?
“The class is done, yeah.”
Scott Bloomquist is currently 2nd in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points. This weekend, he heads to Batesville Motor Speedway for the Topless 100.