Bloomquist and Madsen Are Saturday Night Speedweeks Dirt Heroes
Florida Speedweeks Continues at East Bay and Voulsia
BLOOMQUIST ENDS 17-YEAR EAST BAY DROUGHT

Coming off of a spectacular 2006 racing season, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN is beginning the 2007 in grand style as he came home in first taking the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series A-Main event on the final night of the Series’ visit to East Bay Raceway Park for the 31st Annual Winternationals. The race taped for cameras of SPEED would see excitement throughout the 75 lap affair with Bloomquist winning at East Bay for the first time since February 2, 1990 as he inherited the lead on lap 62 when race leader Shannon Babb slowed in turn two and left the race.
It had been 17 years since Scott Bloomquist won a feature at East Bay Raceway Park.  He picked the right time to win again when he took the lead on lap 61 of the 75-lap $12,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt finale .The 31st Annual Winternationals event on Saturday night was taped by SPEED Channel to be aired at a later date..  (Ricksdarkroom.com Photo)
With the restart it would be Mars in front followed by James, Miller, Billy Drake and Dan Schlieper. The race would go green for one more circuit until a caution for a slowed Steve Francis would halt the action. On the restart Mars again would set a blistering pace with Schlieper on the move coming from fifth to second on lap 15 dropping James to third.

Terry Casey then went to fourth as Schlieper was not done yet as he took over the lead with a slide job on Mars on lap 16. There were two back to back cautions after lap 16 were scored with Schlieper on the point for the restart of the race. For the next five laps of green flag racing Schlieper was distancing himself from James, who was in second and Shannon Babb, who was on the move in third.

Steve Shaver would slow in turn four on lap 29 bringing out caution number six of the race. With 45 laps to go Schlieper would see Babb join him in the race for the lead as both had their cars hooked up on the top side of the race track. Mike Marlar slowed on lap 36 which brought out another caution and under the yellow flag James, who was running third behind Schlieper and Babb would head pitside with a smoking car.

On the restart Babb would challenge Schlieper for the lead with traffic again looming ahead of the pacesetters Babb was looking for an avenue around Schlieper. On lap 46 while still the leader of the race Schlieper would come to a halt in turn number two with a problem that would relegate him to the tail of the field. Babb would now be the new leader of the race with 11th place starter, Scott Bloomquist now running second followed by McCreadie, Miller and Casey.

Babb would start to put several lengths on Bloomquist as he was setting up for a 25 lap march to the finish. A quick pace by Babb allowed him to put a couple of lapped cars between himself and Bloomquist by lap 55. Babb had about a six car length lead over Bloomquist with 15 laps to go when Babb would bring out the ninth caution of the race when he slowed in turn number two. Babb’s car had been smoking for a couple of laps as his chance for the win went by the wayside.

Bloomquist then would pick up the lead with Miller, McCreadie, English and Drake the top five. Miller and McCreadie would race side by side for second until McCreadie would clear Miller for second on lap 70 after a final restart after a caution. Casey, who was running fourth at the time he dropped out of the race at this point leaving the battle to remain in the top five to Bloomquist, McCreadie, Miller, English and Drake.

This last yellow would set up a six lap showdown for the race win. With Bloomquist on the point he would pick up the pace in the last six laps as it looked like he was going to get away from McCreadie and Miller and cruise on for the win, but McCreadie had other ideas as he would set up a last lap charge which allowed him to close on Bloomquist very quickly on the white flag lap, but heading to the finish line Bloomquist would hold his advantage and take his first victory at East Bay in 17 years.

McCreadie finished second with Miller, English and Drake rounding out the top five.

“I can’t say enough about the track it was in excellent shape tonight, most of the guys have been here since Monday so I felt a little behind the eight ball when I got here, but we worked until 6 a.m. this morning getting the car ready and it really paid off.” “Dan and Shannon were real strong tonight, but I saw smoke from Shannon’s car for a few laps there and I didn’t know how much longer he was going to last,” said Bloomquist. “I especially want to thank Bob and Barb Miller for all of their support, it was great to see them here and a big thank to all of our other great sponsors who make this possible.”

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Mars, 25th starting, Earl Pearson, Jr., 26th starting, Don O’Neal, Eddie Carrier, Jr. and Dan Schlieper.

Schlieper clinched the 2007 DART Machinery Winternationals Points by claiming the 10th spot in the final rundown. Schlieper was very good all week long in his Miller Brothers Coal/Hawkeye Trucking/Uncle Buck/Five Star Race Car Bodies/Allstar Performance/VP Racing Fuels/Integra Racing Shocks/Weld Racing/Out Pace Racing Products/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Ford Fusion as he claimed the week long championship over Terry English, Matt Miller, Steve Francis and Don O’Neal.

In preliminary events leading up to the main event finale Shannon Babb was the LifeLong Locks Fast Time Award for the second time in three nights as he set the fastest overall qualifying time of 14.653 seconds over the 89 entrants on hand. The Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored heat races were won by Steve Francis, Dan Schlieper, Jimmy Mars, Billy Drake, Matt Miller, Scott James, Terry Casey and Eric Jacobsen. The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks sponsored B-mains went to Tim McCreadie, Donnie Moran, Steve Shaver and Terry English.

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will be on Saturday Night, March 31st at the Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN for the Annual “Indiana Icebreaker” which pays $10,000 to win.

MADSEN SCORES FIRST WoO VICTORY

Kerry Madsen had been waiting a long time to win a World of Outlaws A-Feature event. That wait came to an end on Saturday night in the 36th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop at Volusia Speedway Park, as he claimed the checkered flag in the 25-lap A-Feature.

Madsen, who hails from St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia, won two World of Outlaws preliminary features
at Parramatta City Raceway in Australia in 2004.  He earned $8,000 on Saturday for his triumph in
the second of three consecutive races at Volusia to open the 2007 season. He started on the outside
of the front row, after finishing second in the dash, by way of winning the fourth heat.

With the win, Madsen became the second Australian to win a World of Outlaws A-Feature joining
Brooke Tatnell, who was one of the first to congratulate his countryman on Saturday night in
Victory Lane.

“I’ve been trying to win one of these for a while,” said Madsen, driver of the Selma Shell Maxim. “I’ve
won races in Australia and some in New Zealand and it’s great to finally get one in America. My hat
is off to the team. Sonny Kratzer put me in a great car.”

Madsen, who has been driving for the team since the mid-point of last season, dedicated the win to
his car owner Dave Helm, a native of California, who has been battling health issues recently.

“To be driving for a team that has been around for so long and has such a great history is an honor,”
he said. “To get the job done and get a win for Dave will hopefully get his spirits up. This is just a
great feeling. I think that is the most gratifying thing right now.”

Madsen led at the drop of the initial green, but before a single lap was complete, the yellow flag flew
for Jason Solwold jumping the start. With a complete restart in order, Madsen again powered his way
to the high side of turn one and led the opening circuit.

“I got a good jump and I didn’t go before the line, so I was confident they couldn’t penalize me, but you never know,” he commented. “The green never came on, so I thought ‘Uh-oh’ this start is coming back. I thought there was no way that I would get the jump the second time. I must have had a good groove. Danny got around me and I started trying even harder and the groove started coming in on the bottom. We got back by him and that was pretty much it.”

Danny Lasoski, found the high side of the track to his liking on the second lap, as he powered his way around Madsen. He led four laps before Madsen retook the point. Lasoski battled back for a number of laps and made a late charge, turning the fastest lap of the race on the 24th circuit.

“We’re happy,” said Lasoski, driver of the Roth Motorsports Eagle. “Dennis Roth gave us a great race car. The bottom line is that I gave it away. I got the lead on the top and what I should have done was go back to the bottom. I kept looking down there to see if had darkened up to lay rubber and I am a smarter racer than that.”

Donny Schatz the reigning World of Outlaws Champion who won on Friday night, started sixth and was up to third on the second lap. He charged around Lasoski to take the second spot on lap six and quickly closed on Madsen. The trio got into heavy traffic and Lasoski was able to get back around Schatz, who wound up third.

“We didn’t have the greatest run in the dash and that put us behind a little bit,” said Schatz, driver of the Parker Store J&J. “Maybe if we would have started in the second row we would have been better off, but we got as many cars as we could. We were racing two and three wide when the rubber laid down. I tried everything I could. I kept trying and trying and probably tried more than I should.”

Craig Dollansky picked up his second Top-Five of the season as he powered his way to a fourth-place finish on Saturday night. He had one of the fastest cars at the end of the race as he closed in on Lasoski and Schatz.

“We had a pretty good race car,” said Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Trailers Maxim. “I’m sure they will work on the track tonight and it will be better tomorrow. It was a good run for the Karavan team.”

Sam Hafertepe Jr. earned his best career World of Outlaws finish with a fifth on Saturday night. He started from the pole position after he won his first World of Outlaws dash. He also won his first World of Outlaws heat race earlier in the night. For the native of Sunnyvale, Texas, it was only his 16th start in a 410-sprint car.

“We are pretty pleased with the night,” said Hafertepe. “We set the car up a little looser for the beginning, because I thought we would have a lot tighter race track than we had at the beginning. It hurt us a little at the beginning, but a fifth-place finish tonight, I am not ashamed of that at all. It really pumps me up to know that we can run up front with these guys.”

The rest of the Top-10 was: Dusty Zomer in the Bargain Barn Tire Schnee in sixth, Paul McMahan in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle in seventh, Brooke Tatnell was eighth in the Volcano Joe’s Coffee Schnee, Terry McCarl was ninth in the Big Game Treestands Eagle, and Joey Saldana was 10th in the Open Joist JEI.





Kerry Madsen (Knoxville Raceway Photo)
Bloomquist in his own self designed Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet sponsored by Miller Brothers Coal/Hawkeye Trucking/Allstar Performance/VP Racing Fuels/Arizona Sport Shirts/Vic Hill Racing Engines powered Chevrolet picked up his 12th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win. Tim McCreadie would charge from the 17th starting spot to finish second in the Sweeteners Plus/Pro Power Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo with Matt Miller of Waterville, OH placing third in the Moring Motorsports/MDI Environmental/Rocket Monte Carlo. Finishing out the top five in the finale was 20th starting Terry English of Benton, KY in the Petroff Towing/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo and Billy Drake of Bloomington, IL in the Creative Kitchens and Bath/Mullvain Motors/C.J. Rayburn GTO. A total of 86 entrants were on hand for the event which was run before a standing room crowd.

Scott James and Jimmy Mars were the front row starters for the $12,000 to win event with Mars taking the point at the wave of the green flag. Mars, James and Matt Miller would quickly open some room between themselves and the rest of the field as the trio was setting a torrid pace. Mars was already picking up the tail end of the field by lap seven and was getting ready to lap cars when the first caution of the race appeared on lap ten.