Wheatland, MO - Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN inherited the top spot when race leader, Steve Francis had driveline failure with six laps to go. He went on to lead the rest of the way in the 5th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway. John Blankenship of Williamson, WV finished second, followed by Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN. Polesitter, Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA and Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS rounded out the top-five. The event was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model Series.
Reddick led the first 15 laps of the race until Bloomquist took over the top spot with 18 laps scored. Bloomquist's lead was short-lived as Francis took his car to the high-side of the track and swept by Bloomquist for the lead on lap 21.
Francis pulled away from Bloomquist as he continued to power around the top side of the track. Bloomquist ran a solid second during this stretch as a terrific battle for third was going between Reddick, Blankenship, Owens, and McCool went back-and-forth for the rest of the race.
With Francis in command, he held an eight-to-ten car length lead over Bloomquist and appeared to be on his way to his first win of the year. Francis had two lapped cars between himself and Bloomquist as the sizable lead looked strong enough at the time.
With six laps to go Francis slowed suddenly on the backstretch as his driveline failed ending his night. Bloomquist then inherited the lead, but a caution with five laps to go for Jared Landers set up a five-lap dash to the finish. Reddick held second briefly but a three-wide race between Reddick, Blankenship, and Owens resulted in Reddick getting shuffled back.
Blankenship and Owens tried their best to stay with Bloomquist, who went on to win for the ninth time in LOLMDS competition this season. He extended his points lead to 60 over Owens. "Sometimes you have to be lucky and we were tonight, Francis went to the top before I could get there and he was strong tonight no doubt about it. It looked like we were going to finish second again here, but to come home with the win, it feels good. The car is running exceptionally well with Lucas Oil in the Roush-Yates Ford."
Blankenship matched his career best in the Coal America's Energy, Rocket. Owens followed suit in his Mike Reece-owned, Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Ford. Reddick came home fourth in his Broken Bow Records, Bloomquist Chevrolet and McCool's Southern Belle, Moyer Victory Circle capped off the night with the fifth spot.
Completing the top ten were Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; Chris Simpson of Oxford, IA; Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN; Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY and Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC.
In preliminary action Tyler Reddick captured his first career Red Buck Cigars Fast Time among the 36 entrants. Heat race winners were Reddick, Francis, Bloomquist and Bloomquist. The B-Mains went to Terry Phillips and Earl Pearson Jr.
The event was taped by Lucas Oil Production Studios to air on SPEED at a later date.
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Story courtesy of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series PR.
In The Pitt's Homes A-Modified Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps A-Feature Justin Folk and Jaime Ragland finished side by side at the checkers. Folk picked up the win be mere inches. The exciting finish capped off a great night of racing action with 36 A Modifieds on hand. Johnny Fennewald finished the night in third with Rustin Miller and Richie Tosh rounding out the top five.
Complete Results and Updated Lucas Oil Speeway Points Standings can be found atwww.LucasOilSpeedway.com.
On July 23rd, it's the annual KTTS/Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night as fans can bring any (4) Non-Perishible food items and receive free admission to the Speedway. July 29th-31st, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series will be in town for the Inaugural Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on the brand new Liquid Quarter Mile. The Lucas Oil MLRA and the Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds will also be running a special event on July 30th.
|FINISH||START||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN|
|1||2||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN|
|2||4||23||John Blankenship||Williamson, WV|
|3||6||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN|
|4||1||11t||Tyler Reddick||Corning, CA|
|5||5||57J||Bub McCool||Vicksburg, MS|
|6||7||21||Billy Moyer||Batesville, AR|
|7||10||32x||Chris Simpson||Oxford, IA|
|8||23||71||Don O'Neal||Martinsville, IN|
|9||13||41n||Brad Neat||Dunnville, KY|
|10||9||53||Ray Cook||Brasstown, NC|
|11||19||c9||Steve Casebolt||Richmond, IN|
|12||11||777||Jared Landers||Batesville, AR|
|13||8||18e||Eric Wells||Hazard, KY|
|14||18||44||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL|
|15||21||99jr||Frank Heckenast, Jr.||Frankfort, IL|
|16||3||15||Steve Francis||Ashland, KY|
|17||12||17m||Dale McDowell||Chickamauga, GA|
|18||22||9t||Tim Isenberg||Marshfield, WI|
|19||16||33||Al Purkey||Coffeyville, KS|
|20||20||14||Kyle Berck||Marquette, NE|
|21||24||2a||John Anderson||Omaha, NE|
|22||14||74||Jeremy Payne||Springfield, MO|
|23||15||15t||David Turner||Creighton, MO|
|24||17||75||Terry Phillips||Springfield, MO|
|25||25||33x||Eric Turner||Hermitage, MO|
|26||26||24g||Bryant Goldsmith||Corning, IA|
Tyler Reddick / 15.180 seconds (Group A and Overall)
Scott Bloomquist / 15.579 seconds (Group B)
Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Tyler Reddick, Bub McCool, Ray Cook, Brad Neat, John Anderson, Terry Phillips, Eric Turner, Bill Koons, Reid Millard
Wiles Driveshafts Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Billy Moyer, Jared Landers, David Turner, Don O'Neal, Frank Heckenast Jr., Dustin Walker, Steve Casebolt, Jason Sivils
Sweet Manufacturing Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Chris Simpson, Jeremy Payne, John Mason, Tim Isenberg, Bryon Allison, Jarry Jones, Patrick Johnson
HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): John Blankenship, Eric Wells, Dale McDowell, Al Purkey, Earl Pearson Jr., Kyle Berck, Brant Goldsmith, Chris Brown, Joe Walkenhorst
JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Terry Phillips, Steve Casebolt, Frank Heckenast Jr., John Anderson, Eric Turner, Bill Koons, Jason Sivils, Don O'Neal, Dustin Walker, Reid Millard-DNS
Wrisco Aluminum Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Kyle Berch, Tim Isenberg, John Mason, Bryant Goldsmith, Larry Jones, Patrick Johnson, Chris Brown, Joe Walkenhorst, Bryon Allison
Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps A-Feature:
1. Justin Folk (Iola, KS), 2. Jamie Ragland (Lebanon, MO), 3. Johnny Fennewald (Appleton City, Mo), 4. Rustin Miller (Houston, MO), 5. Richie Tosh (Batesville, AR), 6. Mickey Burrell (Fair Grove, MO), 7. Nic Bidinger, 8. John Fellers (Flemington, MO), 9. Jesse Folks (IOLA, KS), 10. Lyle Dietrich (Urbana, MO), 11. Chase Jones (Eldorado Springs, MO), 12. Jerry Hoffman, 13. Robbie Bryant (Willard, MO), 14. Colson Kirk (Urbana, MO), 15. Terry Kirk (Urbana, MO), 16. Mike Striegel (Wheatland, MO), 17. Chris Tonoli (Hermitage, MO), 18. Scott Crigler (Alton, MO), 19. Steven Martin (Ozark, MO), 20. Josh Woody (Wayneville, MO), 21. Jesse Bunger (Harrisonville, MO), 22. Mark Hoover (Hopkins, MO), 23. Travis Smith, 24. Josh Poe (Drexel, MO)
B-Feature 1:1. Steven Martin (Ozark, MO), 2. Jesse Folks (IOLA, KS), 3. Robbie Bryant (Willard, MO), 4. Jesse Bunger (Harrisonville, MO), 5. Kaelie Archer (Bolivar, MO), 6. Tammy Mitchell (Pearidge, Ar), 7. Dwight Niehoff (Lockwood, Mo), 8. J.P Hassett (Fort Smith, AR), 9. Bobby Kerbs (Nevada, MO), 10. Tracy Wolf (Buffalo, Mo)
B-Feature 2:1. Chase Jones (Eldorado Springs, MO), 2. Terry Kirk (Urbana, MO), 3. Colson Kirk (Urbana, MO), 4. Mickey Burrell (Fair Grove, MO), 5. Nick Whitehead, 6. Gavin Landers, 7. Jordan McCrimmon (Bolivar, MO), 8. Corey Weir (Nixa, MO), 9. Jim Cihy (Warsaw, MO), 10. Paul Snyder (Wellsville, Ks)
Heat 1:1. Jerry Hoffman, 2. Johnny Fennewald (Appleton City, Mo), 3. Jamie Ragland (Lebanon, MO), 4. Josh Poe (Drexel, MO), 5. Terry Kirk (Urbana, MO), 6. Paul Snyder (Wellsville, Ks), 7. Mickey Burrell (Fair Grove, MO), 8. Steven Martin (Ozark, MO), 9. Tracy Wolf (Buffalo, Mo)
Heat 2:1. Travis Smith, 2. Chris Tonoli (Hermitage, MO), 3. Rustin Miller (Houston, MO), 4. Mike Striegel (Wheatland, MO), 5. Mark Hoover (Hopkins, MO), 6. Jim Cihy (Warsaw, MO), 7. Kaelie Archer (Bolivar, MO), 8. Corey Weir (Nixa, MO), 9. Jordan McCrimmon (Bolivar, MO)
Heat 3:1. Scott Crigler (Alton, MO), 2. Justin Folk (Iola, KS), 3. Nic Bidinger, 4. Josh Woody (Wayneville, MO), 5. Jesse Bunger (Harrisonville, MO), 6. Robbie Bryant (Willard, MO), 7. Tammy Mitchell (Pearidge, Ar), 8. Bobby Kerbs (Nevada, MO), 9. Dwight Niehoff (Lockwood, Mo)
Heat 4:1. Richie Tosh (Batesville, AR), 2. John Fellers (Flemington, MO), 3. Lyle Dietrich (Urbana, MO), 4. Jesse Folks (IOLA, KS), 5. Chase Jones (Eldorado Springs, MO), 6. J.P Hassett (Fort Smith, AR), 7. Colson Kirk (Urbana, MO), 8. Gavin Landers, 9. Nick Whitehead
For complete results and updated Lucas Oil Speedway points standings, please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.