ROME, GA (October 5, 2014) - Scott Bloomquist returned to Victory Lane on Sunday Night at Rome Speedway. Bloomquist led the entire 50-lap distance aboard his Ole Smoky Moonshine, Base Fuels, Durham Racing Engines powered, Sweet-Bloomquist entry en route to his seventh Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season. Brandon Overton came home in second, followed by Chris Madden, Rick Eckert, and Casey Roberts. Don O'Neal finished sixth and increased his points lead over Jimmy Owens with one race remaining on the 2014 schedule. Owens recovered to finish ninth, after pitting to replace a broken right rear shock.
"The car was just terrific all night long," said Bloomquist who; with the victory; broke a tie with Owens atop the all-time LOLMDS win list with his 53rd LOLMDS win. "To have a sweep here tonight with Brandon in one of our older cars and Chris with his new car, tells us we are headed in the right direction", stated Bloomquist. "We felt like we gave one away last night at Dixie. We have worked extremely hard on this car. I want to thank all the fans for coming out this weekend. It looked like there was another great crowd here tonight. It's a lot of fun for us drivers to run in front of so many people." Bloomquist started on the pole and was never seriously challenged for the race lead. Owens held the second spot until lap 32 when he slowed in turn four with a broken right rear shock, relinquishing the position to Overton. Owens' crew was able to change the shock return at the tail of the field without losing a lap. Overton in the Troy Baird owned, Baird Transport entry held off Madden over the remaining 18 laps to finish second. "I only live about 2 hours from here, and have never run here before. It is a super-fast race track and I am glad to finish second against this competition, they are the best-of-the-best." Madden, who won the Dixie Shootout at Rome's sister track, Dixie Speedway last night was satisfied with his weekend's performance in his new Sweet-Bloomquist car. "To win the Shootout and finish third here tonight, I am extremely proud of our race team. We started off the season really good, with a lot of wins, and now we will try and finish the season strong to get ready for next year."
Completing the top ten were O'Neal, Ray Cook, Jared Landers, Owens, and Jason Papich. In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 34 entrants, with a lap of 13.045 seconds. Chris Madden set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 13.102 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Brandon Overton and Casey Roberts won their respective heat races. Eddie Carrier Jr. and Donald McIntosh won their respective B-Mains.
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt SeriesRace Summary Sunday Night, October 5th, 2014Rome International Speedway - Rome, GA Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Scoot Bloomquist / 13.045 secondsMiller Welders Fast Time Group B: Chris Madden / 13.102 seconds
Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Rick Eckert, Shane Clanton, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jason Papich, Mike Marlar, Austin Smith, Bo Eaton-DNS Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, Jared Landers, Dennis Erb, Jr., Billy Ogle Jr., Jason Croft, Cody King, Earl Pearson, Jr.
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brandon Overton, Chris Madden, Ray Cook, Randy Weaver, Donald McIntosh, Chase Junghans, Casey Barrow, Doug Stevens, Scott Groves
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Casey Roberts, Steve Francis, Eric Jacobsen, Jason Hughes, Clint Smith, John Blankenship, Aaron Ridley, Austin Kirkpatrick
JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer) Finish: Eddie Carrier, Jr., Billy Ogle Jr., Mike Marlar, Jason Croft, Jason Papich, Cody King, Earl Pearson, Jr., Austin Smith, Bo Eaton CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer) Finish: Donald McIntosh, John Blankenship, Clint Smith, Chase Junghans, Doug Stevens, Austin Kirkpatrick, Casey Barrow, Aaron Ridley, Scott Groves