Bloomquist commissioned a space age race hauler but has had nothing but issues since it touched the road
Bloomquist is hoping to get the hauler bought back; Then has plans to start over again with another custom hauler
Back in September 2017, a martian like hauler hit the highways. The dark gray hauler made it’s debut for the #0 machine as he toured with the grueling Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule.
Scott Bloomquist’s custom built truck and trailer is the best race car hauler you’ve ever seen. It’s custom built from top to bottom.
The exterior features all black everything. Underneath, LED lights light up the highway. At night, the space grey trailer disappears into the night sky and the LED lights beam off the road like it’s floating down the highway.
Inside the truck, it’s a Rock N Roll paradise. Modern with amenities like a custom audio system, bar, couch and bed for highway life.
Inside Bloomquist’s hauler
Inside, the trailer features flush cabinets. That allows the team to store countless race parts for quick repairs without the need to go back to home base in Tennessee.
Dirt track racers across the country, live on the road. The schedule never stops and there is no off season. When dirt late model teams run excess of 100-races in a single season, the box on wheels can appear to be their primary residence.
But, the custom made Bloomquist hauler is a race car driver’s dream. Everything was custom built to help make busy, fast-paced race weekend’s run a little smoother.
As race cars have gotten wider for increased down force. That means the cars are pushing the limits of their boxes. Most race teams have scratches lined along the inside wall of their trailer for aluminum quarter panels rubbing the edges.
Bloomquist solved that by lining the walls with a scratch resistant material. If the car rubs the wall, it’s still going to look good.
Multiple air chucks allow four Hoosier tires to be aired up, at the same time. They were also equipped with safety shut off valves to prevent any over inflation of a tire. Bloomquist had a tire explode inside a loaner hauler back in 2017.
Issues with Bloomquist’s race hauler
Haulers and RVs alike are tested before they touch the road. They’re tweaked to make sure that everything works. With a custom built trailer, there’s still testing but it opens the door for more issues because it’s a one-of-one deal.
Bloomquist has had a whole bunch of issues with his custom hauler since it’s debut in 2017. For example, the air chucks mentioned, they were designed to air up all the race tires to the same pressure.
Instead, it was malfunctioning and airing them up at different rates. 1 pound of pressure here or there can mean all the difference in race car setup.
The custom race hauler has come to the race track in sequences. It’s only been to the race track a handful of times. in 2017 and 2018.
It’s been bouncing back and forth between Texas for repair work. Meanwhile, Scott has been operating out of various loaner trailers. Then, he’d go back to the custom rig. A couple weeks later, he’d be back in a loaner.
However, for the last several months, the juggling of haulers has stopped. The custom hauler hasn’t been to the race track in awhile.
The truck and hauler were custom built by TurnKey Industries. The Texas based company designs custom built coaches for the highway.
Rumors have begun to fly. Let’s clear those up…
Scott Bloomquist explains issues with his custom race hauler
Earlier in the season you showed up with biggest baddest ass trailer I’ve ever seen in my life. But, I haven’t seen it in awhile and I’m not sure why?
“It’s back in Texas. They have a bunch of repairs to get done on it,” Scott Bloomquist explained to RacingNews.co .
“The biggest problem is it’s overweight. It weighs more than what we’re allowed to run on the road.”
How do you fix that?
“Well, we’re going to get them to buy it back. Because, that shouldn’t be my problem.”
Does that mean you’d build another custom one? Or is that not the plan?
“Yeah. Once we get this deal settled out, we will,” Bloomquist concluded.
Bloomquist is a multi-time national dirt late model series champion. He’s won the LOLMDS championship three times. He’s also a former World of Outlaws and Xtreme DirtCar Series champion.
The Team Zero machine finished 3rd in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points for the 2018 racing season. Season earnings totaled $224,752.58.
This interview was conducted in St. Louis. It took place inside the Dome at America’s Center during the week of the Gateway Dirt Nationals.