Bloomquist Tops Shirley To Score Opening Night Victory At Farmer City Raceway's Douglas Ram Trucks Illini 100
Veteran Tennessee Racer Claims First World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory In More Than Two Years In A Triumphant Return To Famer City
By Joshua Joiner, WoO LMS PR
FARMER CITY. - April 17, 2015 - Before Friday's Douglas Ram Trucks Illini 100 opening night event, Scott Bloomquist hadn't raced at Farmer City Raceway in more than a decade.
The veteran Dirt Late Model racer from Mooresburg, Tenn., made up for all that lost time with a fantastic performance in Friday's 25-lap main event, outdueling Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., to claim a $6,000 victory in the first leg of a World of Outlaws Late Model Series doubleheader weekend at Farmer City's quarter-mile oval.
The Illini 100 weekend continues on Saturday with another complete WoO LMS slate of racing highlighted by the 75-lap, $15,000-to-win Illini 100 finale.
Making his first appearance at Farmer City since 2002, Bloomquist recovered from a poor qualifying effort during Friday's preliminary action to win his heat race from the fourth spot then roared to the front of the A-Main from his sixth starting position before overcoming Shirley in a tight back-and-forth battle.
"It's been a long time since we've been here," said Bloomquist, who drove a Reece Monuments-sponsored Sweet-Bloomquist machine to the victory. "The track was real racy. It had one little hole in the middle of one and two that seemed to mess other guys up, but we could float right through it."
Shirley settled for second after starting from the pole and twice leading the race. He was followed by Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who ran close to the leaders for most of the distance but never could mount a strong enough charge to make a serious bid for the lead. Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., was fourth at the finish, while three-time WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., advanced from his 18th starting spot to round out the top five finishers.
Bloomquist established himself as a contender with a three-wide move from sixth to fourth on the race's opening lap. He then made quick work of Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., to take the third spot.
Taking full advantage of the race's only restart with three laps completed, Bloomquist powered around McCreadie in turns one and two to grab second, then crossed to the bottom groove down the back straightaway to pull even with Shirley in turns three and four.
Bloomquist completed the pass for the lead the next time through turns one and two and began pulling away. But Shirley battled back during the race's middle portions and retook the lead with a high-side pass on lap 15.
Shirley never could quite break free from Bloomquist after edging ahead, and a bout with turn-four cushion gave Bloomquist the chance to pull back ahead on lap 18. Bloomquist never looked back from there, pulling to an advantage of 1.595 seconds at the finish line.
"This is one of the ones that you can say was fun," said Bloomquist, the 2004 WoO LMS champion who claimed the 27th series victory of his career and first since February of 2013. "Once I saw him out there, I stayed focus and tried just to get more out of the bottom. I knew I could pick it up a notch because I was kind of in a zone just trying not to tear the tires up.
"When he got by I said piss on the tires and just went after it. The car responded and the tires stayed good."
Shirley, a veteran of the Illinois bullrings and a former DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals champion, was doing his best to turn back Bloomquist's bid to retake the lead in piloting his Riggs Motorsports Rocket Chassis around the track's high line, but a fit with the turn-four cushion on lap 18 cost him.
"We got beat by one of the best guys in the business," said Shirley, whose lone WoO LMS victory came at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway in 2007. "I hit (the cushion) one time and that really cost me a lot of time. It's just one of those things that you flirt with when you're up there running it.
"All in all, we'll just do what we can to get the car better next time and see what tomorrow brings."
The race's only caution appeared with three laps complete when Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., and Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., tangled in turns three and four.
WoO LMS points leader Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., saw his streak of eight consecutive top-five finishes to start the season come to end with a 23rd-place finish. Clanton, who won four races during the tour's seven-race trek through Georgia and Florida in February, saw his lead in the championship chase cut from 92 points entering Friday's event to 74 points over defending series champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., who finished 14th and 80 points over Richards.
The Douglas Ram Trucks Illini 100 weekend continues on Saturday with another complete WoO LMS slate of time trials, heat races and Last Chance Showdowns to set the lineup for the 75-lap, $15,000-to-win Illini 100 finale.
Pit gates open at noon with grandstand gates opening at 1 p.m. More information on the Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway is available by logging on to www.farmercityracing.com.
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Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Douglas Ram Truck Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (6) Scott Bloomquist/25 $6,150
2. (1) Brian Shirley/25 $3,000
3. (3) Tim McCreadie/25 $2,650
4. (5) Don O'Neal/25 $2,300
5. (18) Josh Richards/25 $2,200
6. (8) Chub Frank/25 $1,950
7. (10) Brandon Sheppard/25 $1,300
8. (2) Mike Marlar/25 $1,250
9. (4) Jimmy Owens/25 $1,150
10. (13) Shannon Babb/25 $1,050
11. (7) John Gardner Jr./25 $900
12. (15) Bobby Pierce/25 $900
13. (12) Joe Harlan/25 $800
14. (9) Darrell Lanigan/25 $1,425
15. (20) Steve Francis/25 $850
16. (11) Jason Feger/25 $750
17. (17) Rick Eckert/25 $1,310
18. (14) Frank Heckenast Jr./25 $1,190
19. (22) Eric Wells/25 $1,170
20. (16) Dennis Erb Jr. /25 $600
21. (26) Brandon Overton/25 $860
22. (21) Morgan Bagley/24 $1,150
23. (23) Shane Clanton/24 $1,150
24. (19) Steve Thorsten/24 $675
25. (27) Jordan Yaggy/24 $110
26. (24) Chase Junghans/24 $1,150
27. (25) Boom Briggs/4 $670
Time of Race: 8 Mins., 19 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.595 Secs.
Yellow Flags: One (lap 3)
Lap Leaders: Shirley (1-4, 15-17); Bloomquist (5-14, 18-25)
Provisional Starters: Clanton (WoO points), Junghans (WoO points), Briggs (WoO emergency), Overton (WoO emergency), Yaggy (WoO emergency)
WoO LMS 'Bonus Bucks' Winner: Don O'Neal ($500)
WoO LMS 'Rookie of the Race' Winner: Brandon Overton ($250)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 18B-Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill., 12.934
2. 39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 12.962
3. 32-Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, Ill., 13.066
4. 28m-Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, Wis., 13.095
5. 1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa., 13.174
6. 29-Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky., 13.203
7. 38c-John Gardner Jr., Germantown Hills, Ill., 13.228
8. 89-Mike Spatola, Manhattan, Ill., 13.231
9. 14m-Morgan Bagley, Longview, Texas, 13.255
10. 3s-Brian Shirley, Chatham, Ill., 13.258
11. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, Ill., 13.262
12. 0-Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn., 13.305
13. 7T-Steve Thorsten, Chebanse, Ill., 13.305
14. 9D-Daniel Flessner, Thawville, Ill. , 13.352
15. 99B-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, Pa., 13.383
16. 83-Scott Bull, Fairbury, Ill., 13.448
17. 89-Daren Friedman, Forest, Ill., 13.458
18. 8K-Levi Kissinger, Mt. Vernon, Ind., 13.544
19. 99m-Devin Moran, Dresden, Ohio, 13.642
20. 18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., 13.647
21. 134-Chuck Mitchell, Jacksonville, Ill., 13.661
22. 18s-Jack Sullivan, Greenbrier, Ark., 13.761
23. 22-Chris Dick, Deland, Ill., 13.797
24. 782-Mark Larson, Ottawa, Ill., 14.009
1. 5-Don O'Neal, Martinsville, Ind., 12.817
2. 25F-Jason Feger, Bloomington, Ill., 12.968
3. 157-Mike Marlar, Winfield, Tenn., 13.066
4. B12-Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, Ill., 13.086
5. 20-Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn., 13.117
6. Z-Joe Harlan, El Paso, Ill., 13.156
7. 10-Scott Schmitt, Tonica, Ill., 13.206
8. 15-Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky., 13.242
9. 35-Derek Chandler, Pontiac, Ill., 13.247
10. 28-Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill., 13.269
11. 7v-Rick Eckert,York, Pa., 13.312
12. 1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va., 13.314
13. 116-Torin Mettille, Cullom, Ill., 13.335
14. 18-Eric Wells, Hazard, Ky., 13.349
15. 6m-Wendell Wallace, Batesville, Ark., 13.352
16. B5-Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill., 13.38
17. 42-McKay Wenger, Fairbury, Ill., 13.398
18. 76-Brandon Overton, Evans, Ga., 13.42
19. 4G-Bob Gardner, Peoria, Ill., 13.439
20. 45-Kyle Hammer, Clinton, Ill., 13.694
21. 77-Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, Minn., 13.807
22. 33-Billy Hough, Thomasville, Ill., 14.328
23. 25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, Ga., 19.239
24. 75-Billy Drake, Bloomington, Ill., no time
Heat No. 1 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Shirley, J. Gardner, Babb, Thorsten, Mars, Moran, Sullivan, Bull.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): McCreadie, Frank, Heckenast, Friedman, Spatola, Flessner, Junghans, Dick.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Bloomquist, Lanigan, Pierce, Bagley, Briggs, Mitchell, Kissinger, Larson.
Heat No. 4 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): O'Neal, Sheppard, Erb, Gardner, Schmitt, Mettille, Weaver, Hough.
Heat No. 5 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Owens, Feger, Eckert, Francis, Wells, Clanton, Wenger, Hammer.
Heat No. 6 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Marlar, Harlan, Richards, Overton, Chandler, Wallace, Yaggy. DNS: Drake.
B-Main No. 1 (10 laps - Top 2 Transfer): Thorsten, Bagley, Mars, Moran, Friedman, Briggs, Sullivan, Mitchell, Flessner, Bull, Junghans, Kissinger, Larson, Dick, Spatola.
B-Main No. 2 (10 laps - Top 2 Transfer): Francis, Wells, Clanton, Gardner, Overton, Schmitt, Yaggy, Wallace, Chandler, Weaver, Mettille, Wenger, Hammer, Hough. DNS: Drake.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):
Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): O'Neal
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Shirley
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Bloomquist
Quartermaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner): Shirley
Wrisco (three sheets of aluminum/certificate to A-Main winner): Bloomquist
Mobil 1 ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Frank
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Richards
Lincoln Welders ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Frank
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Marlar
Edelbrock ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main): Owens
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Babb
Cometic ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Pierce
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Thorsten
Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Feger
Quartermaster ($25 certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main): Eckert
JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 16th-place finisher in A-Main): Feger
Quartermaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Wells
Mobil 1 (20 percent certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Overton
JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 21st-place finisher in A-Main): Overton
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Thorsten
QA1 ($50 to driver with fastest lap of the night): McCreadie
Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 certificate to highest-finishing non-WoO driver): Bloomquist
2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of April 17 - nine A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Shane Clanton 1278
2. Darrell Lanigan 1204 (-74)
3. Josh Richards 1198 (-80)
4. Chub Frank 1184 (-94)
5. Morgan Bagley 1146 (-132)
6. Tim McCreadie 1144 (-134)
7. Rick Eckert 1100 (-178)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 1092 (-186)
9. Eric Wells 1082 (-196)
10. Chase Junghans 1080 (-198)
11. Brandon Overton 1056 (-222)*
12. Boom Briggs 1048 (-230)
13. Jordan Yaggy 932 (-346)*
*WoO LMS Rookie of the Year contender
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Lincoln Welder (Official Welder), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Ohlins Shocks, QA1, QuarterMaster, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Club 29 Chassis, Integra Shocks, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, and TNT Rescue.