posted August 09, 2001 06:48 AM
BLOOMQUIST TAKES EIGHTH WIN OF THE SEASON IN PECATONICA, IL
PECATONICA, IL - Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN avoided a wreck
involving early race leader Rick Eckert of York, PA, and then went on to
his eighth United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series victory
of the season Wednesday night in the 50-lap main event at the Winnebago
The $10,000 victory was the 85th of Bloomquist's UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
career and carried the defending and four-time UDTRA Champion's season
earnings total to over the $200,000 mark driving the Miller Brothers Coal
Steve Francis of Ashland, KY made a late race charge and finished second
driving the Valvoline/Mopar Performance Rocket/Stanton Intrepid. Both
Bloomquist and Francis gained on UDTRA point leader Eckert in the 2001 UDTRA
Eckert was leading on lap 24 when his Raye Vest Rocket/Cornett Mustang
broke a right-front lower ball joint, sending him crashing into the fourth
turn wall, taking the lapped car of Pewaukee, WI's Dan Schlieper with him.
Neither driver was injured in the accident.
Francis has closed to within 38 points on Eckert, while Bloomquist is now
181 points behind Eckert in the third spot.
"At this point last season, we were behind by more than this and we still
won the championship," Bloomquist said. "I saw something break on Eckert's
car and he made a hard right, slid up the track with Schlieper, and I was
able to get under them."
Bloomquist won the race on a track he has never seen before, but he said
that is something he has been successful at in the past.
"We've got a pretty good record of doing well on tracks we've raced at
the first time," Bloomquist said. "Rick had a softer tire on than we did,
and it took me a few laps for me to get going on restarts. If Rick wouldn't
have had his problem, it would have been a good race to the end. He was
running pretty good."
Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI tried to close in on Bloomquist , when the
leader worked lapped traffic, but he faded in the closing laps and had to
settle for third in the Parker Store Mastersbilt/Pro Power Monte Carlo.
Rick Aukland of Zanesville, OH took the fourth spot in the Rocket
Chassis/Ostrom Painting and Sandblasting Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo.
The 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR finished fifth in
Petroff Towing/J&J Steel Rayburn/Clements Grand Prix. Moyer complained
breathing problem under a red flag condition early in the race on a hot
humid evening. After UDTRA officials brought him his breathing inhaler,
Moyer was fine and able to continue.
Bill Frye of Greenbrier, AR took the sixth spot in the UniFirst Uniforms
GRT/Cornett Mustang. Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA finished seventh
the Seubert Calf Ranches Mastersbilt/Pro Power Monte Carlo.
Darren Miller of Chadwick, IL posted his second UDTRA top ten finish of
season with an eighth-place effort in the Sterling NAPA GRT/Pro Power Monte
Carlo. Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL was ninth in the C.J. Rayburn
Race Cars Rayburn/Bullock Monte Carlo.
Steve Boley of West Liberty, IA rounded out the top ten in the Ron Alpen
Ford Mastersbilt/Cornett Mustang after starting 22nd. Boley was the JE
Pistons Hard Charger of the Race Award winner.
Eckert took the lead from the outside front row starting spot over
polesitter Bloomquist at the start of the race followed by Francis, Shannon
Babb of Decatur, IL, and Mars. By lap six, Eckert's car starting pushing
the track going into the corners, and Bloomquist started to dive for the
bottom to challenge for the lead.
On lap seven, Bloomquist had Eckert passed on two different occasions, but
lapped traffic enabled Eckert to shoot back around Bloomquist on the outside
to retake the lead. Babb brought out the first of three caution flags on
lap nine when he stalled his Car City Co./Petroff Towing Rayburn/Dickens
Monte Carlo in turn four.
When the field went back to green flag action, Mars dove to the inside of
Francis coming off the fourth turn to take the third spot. Up front, Eckert
was able to pull out to a six car-length lead over Bloomquist.
A three-car tangle in turn one on lap 11 sent the cars of Wendell Wallace
Batesville, AR and UDTRA Rookie of the Year point leader Joe Izzo of
Chicago, IL hard into the wall. Bill Reed of Knoxville, TN spun to avoid
the wreck. The red flag was displayed for 12 minutes and 49 seconds while
the cars were cleared from the track.
All drivers were O.K., but Wallace's JFR Graphic/Monday Motorsports
GRT/Russell Baker Grand Prix and Izzo's Jeff's Engine Masters GRT/Pro Power
Monte Carlo were done for the night. Reed was able to continue in the
UPS/Die Cast Digest Magazine Fast/Clements Monte Carlo.
Eckert led Bloomquist, Mars, Francis and Aukland down for the restart.
push returned to Eckert's car by lap 14, but Bloomquist also developed a
push in the middle of the corners and was unable to get his car turned to
challenge on the inside. By lap 20, Eckert was beginning to pull away from
Eckert was working underneath Schlieper to lap him in turn four on lap 24,
when his car suddenly veered to the right, collecting Schlieper's
Performance Roofing Systems Rayburn/Pro Power Monte Carlo, and sending both
cars into the turn four wall. Both drivers were O.K., but both cars were
towed to the infield.
Bloomquist assumed the lead for the restart followed by Mars, Francis,
Aukland, and Moyer. Eckert returned to the track, several laps down, on
36. Bloomquist pulled away to a full straightaway on Mars at one point
after restart, but Mars closed to within a half straightaway by lap 40.
Bloomquist was able to make some good moves in lapped traffic, and pulled
out once again to a full straightaway lead on Mars by lap 45. Francis moved
by Mars for the second spot with three laps to go, but Bloomquist was long
gone to the checkered flag.
Bloomquist made it a clean sweep with the win, as he out-qualified the 31
entrants with a lap around the big half-mile dirt oval in 20.185 seconds
an average speed of 89.175 miles per hour in the last lap of the
qualification runs. Bloomquist also won the $100 JE Pistons Bonus Award
with a first heat race win to bring his earning for the night with other
awards to $11,050.
The other three 10-lap Borla Performance Heat Races were won by Eckert,
Babb, and Francis. The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville,
won the 10-lap Renegade Transporters 1st Consolation Race in the Larry Shaw
Race Cars Rocket/Hatfield Grand Prix.
Wallace won the 10-lap Polaris ATVs 2nd Consolation Race after a
side-by-side battle with the 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville,
TN in the Christenberry trucking and Farms GRT/Custom Monte Carlo.
The next event for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will be this Saturday night
for the make-up date for the $20,000-to-win Annual Ironman 100 at Florence
Speedway in Union, KY. There will be two consolation races along with the
main event, which was rained out on July 28. The first 16 starting
positions have already been set and Mike Jewell of Scottsburg, IN will start
on the pole.
The pit gate opens at 3 p.m. and the grandstand gate opens at 5 p.m. Hot
laps are scheduled for 6 p.m. For ticket information call Florence Speedway
at (859) 493-0034, or visit the Florence Speedway web site at www.florencespeedway.com. Florence Speedway is located 9 miles south of
I-75 on U.S. Highway 42.
The Comfort Inn in Erlanger, KY will be the Official Host Hotel for the
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series event at Florence Speedway. The Comfort Inn is
located off I-75 at exit 184, just minutes from Florence Speedway.
The Comfort Inn will be offering UDTRA fans and competitors a special
discount rate of $55 per night. The Comfort Inn features newly renovated
rooms, outdoor pool, complementary Continental Breakfast, and ample truck
parking. To make reservations call (859) 727-3400 and be sure to ask for
the special UDTRA discount rate.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 35 AT WINNEBAGO COUNTY SPEEDWAY IN PECATONICA,
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR LAPS $WON
1. 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Ford 50 $11,050
2. 4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Dodge 50 $6,600
3. 5 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Chev. 50 $3,600
4. 6 1 Rick Aukland Zanesville, OH Chev. 50 $2,500
5. 7 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Pont. 50 $2,000
6. 8 66 Bill Frye Greenbrier, AR Ford 50 $1,800
7. 11 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Chev. 50 $1,600
8. 12 32d Darren Miller Chadwick, IL Chev. 50 $1,400
9. 9 28 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL Chev. 50 $1,200
10. 22 26 Steve Boley West Liberty, IA Ford 50 $1,100
11. 20 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN Chev. 50 $1,600
12. 10 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Ford 49 $1,550
13. 14 99 Johnny Johnson West Burlington, IA Ford 49 $900
14. 15 56 Gary Webb Bluegrass, IA Chev. 49 $875
15. 13 45k John Kresser Jr. Bridgeview, IL Chev. 45 $850
16. 16 54 Ryan Dolan Lisbon, IA Pont. 40 $825
17. 2 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Ford 37 $1,400
18. 24 28r Bill Reed Knoxville, TN Chev. 35 $750
19. 19 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Chev. 23 $1,300
20. 23 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Chev. 11 $700
21. 21 166 Joe Izzo Chicago, IL Chev. 10 $1,300
22. 18 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR Pont. 10 $1,300
23. 3 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Chev. 8 $700
24. 17 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Pont. 8 $1,300
PROVISIONALS: Korte (2) and Reed (3)
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAP LEADERS: Eckert, 1-23; Bloomquist, 24-50
LAPS LED: Bloomquist, 27, Eckert, 23
JE PISTONS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE: Boley (started 22nd and finished 10th)
TIME OF THE RACE: 44 Minutes and 33.430 Seconds (including 12 minute and
second Red Flag)
UDTRA SHOOTOUT INVITEES: Kresser, Rob Toland, Bob Silaggi, and Brian Harris
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS CAR MAKE 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME SPEED
1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Mustang 20.366 20.185 20.185
2 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Mustang 20.306 20.295 20.295 88.692
3 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Rayburn Monte Carlo 20.377 NT 20.377 88.335
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Dodge 20.508 20.534 20.508 87.771
5 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 20.730 20.508 20.508
6 1 Rick Aukland Zanesville, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 20.550 20.846 20.550
7 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Rayburn Grand Prix 20.573 20.568 20.568
8 66 Bill Frye Greenbrier, AR GRT Mustang 20.947 20.599 20.599 87.383
9 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Larry Shaw Grand Prix 20.649 20.919 20.649
10 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Rayburn Monte Carlo 20.663 20.659 20.659
11 56 Gary Webb Bluegrass, IA GRT Monte Carlo 21.070 20.692 20.692 86.990
12 32d Darren Miller Chadwick, IL Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 20.749 20.750
13 28 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, ILL Rayburn Monte Carlo 20.790 20.865
14 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Mustang 20.801 NT 20.801 86.534
15 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Mastersbilt Grand Prix 20.814 21.094
16 54d Ryan Dolan Lisbon, IA American Grand Prix 20.882 20.820 20.820 86.455
17 71m Jeff Wildung Nassau, MN Fegers Grand Prix 20.838 NT 20.838 86.381
18 99j Johnny Johnson West Burlington, IA GRT Mustang 21.136 20.856 20.856
19 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 21.308 20.951 20.951
20 A1 Duke Whiseant Texarkana, AR Rocket Grand Prix 21.131 20.987 20.987
21 45k John Kresser Jr. Bridgeview, IL GRT Monte Carlo 21.009 21.257 21.009
22 166 Joe Izzo Chicago, IL GRT Monte Carlo 21.009 21.060 21.009 85.678
23 39t Rob Toland Hillsdale, IL GRT Grand Prix 21.301 21.302 21.301 84.503
24 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Grand Prix 21.534 21.363 21.363
25 7p John Provenzano Marsailes, IL Warrior Monte Carlo 21.448 21.709 21.448
26 21b Brian Harris Davenport, IA GRT Monte Carlo 21.450 21.573 21.450
27 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 22.056 21.562 21.562 83.480
28 28r Bill Reed Knoxville, TN Fast Monte Carlo 22.436 21.949 21.949 82.008
29 14p Jim Partipillo Elmhurst, IL Rocket Grand Prix 22.216 22.021 22.021
30 B27 Bob Silaggi Freeport, IL GRT Grand Prix 23.789 23.351 23.351 77.084
31 26 Steve Boley West Liberty, IA Mastersbilt Mustang 21.113 20.920 DQ
BORLA PERFORMANCE 10-LAP HEAT RACES (Top 4 Finishers Transfer To Main
JE PISTONS 1ST HEAT 1. Bloomquist; 2. Mars; 3. Erb; 4. Kresser; 5.
McDowell; 6. Partipillo; 7. Provenzano.
2ND HEAT: 1. Eckert; 2. Aukland; 3. Cook; 4. Johnson; 5. Schlieper; 6.
Harris; 7. Silaggi; 8. Izzo.
SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRE 3RD HEAT: 1. Babb; 2. Moyer; 3. Birkhofer; 4. Webb;
5. Toland; 6. Smith; 7. Boley; 8. Korte.
4TH HEAT: 1. Francis; 2. Frye; 3. Miller; 4. Dolan; 5. Wallace; 6.
Whiseant; 7. Wildung; 8. Reed.
CONSOLATION RACES (10 Laps - Top 3 Finishers Transfer To Main Event):
RENEGADE TRANSPORTERS 1ST CONSY: 1. McDowell; 2. Schlieper; 3.Izzo; 4.
Partipillo; 5. Silaggi; 6. Harris.
POLARIS ATVs 2ND CONSY: 1. Wallace; 2. Smith; 3. Boley; 4. Toland; 5.
Whiseant; 6. Wildung; 7. Korte; 8. Reed.
UDTRA POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 8/8/01:
1. Rick Eckert - 5340
2. Steve Francis - 5302
3. Scott Bloomquist - 5159
4. Dale McDowell - 4681
5. Wendell Wallace - 4617
6. Dan Schlieper - 4503
7. Ray Cook - 4422
8. Jimmy Mars - 4415
9. Freddy Smith - 4227
10. Joe Izzo - 3759
11. Randy Korte - 3604
12. Billy Moyer - 3354
13. Steve Boley - 3255
14. Rick Aukland - 3008
15. Brian Birkhofer - 2852
16. Davey Johnson - 2814
17. Steve Shaver - 2753
18. Shannon Babb - 2573
19. Randle Chupp - 2321
20. Chub Frank - 2288