Hall-of-Fame driver, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN won the 500th feature event of his illustrious career on Saturday Night in capturing the 31st Annual Jackson 100 at Brownstown (IN) Speedway. Bloomquist earned $20,000 for his third win in the annual event, which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Bloomquist took the lead on lap four after starting third. Seeking to become the first four-time winner of the race, Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN finished second just ahead of Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN. Completing the top five were Matt Miller of Waterville, OH and Chris Wall of Springfield, LA.
"I have to thank so many people for getting to 500 wins, I wish Bob and Barb Miller were here to see this, they have been such an important part of my career. My wife, daughter, and my mom are here so I am glad they got to see this," said the 46-year-old driver. "To win number 500 here at Brownstown is special, it has been one of my favorite tracks to run on in my career, somebody said we got our 200th win here in 1991. The first time I came here I don't think I even made the race, the locals were so tough here to beat and with all the traveling guys racing it was quite a chore just to get into the field."
Bloomquist, who started in third in the 100-lap affair, took the lead on lap four from O'Neal. Owens took over the second spot on lap six and challenged Bloomquist for the lead up until lap eleven when O'Neal passed him. O'Neal then picked the pace as the top three put on quite a show for the race lead.
Bloomquist entered heavy traffic by lap 26 until a caution on lap 40 left Bloomquist with a clear track in front of him. On the restart Bloomquist pulled away from O'Neal and Owens as he set sail. Bloomquist saw a 12-car length lead shrink down to one length with 25 laps to go as he was having trouble negotiating lapped traffic.
Bloomquist worked his way through more lapped cars, and put plenty of distance between himself and O'Neal when the checkers flew. With the win, Bloomquist stretched his lead in Lucas Oil Championship Points Standings to 260 points over Owens. Bloomquist was in his own self-designed chassis and is sponsored by Miller Brothers Construction, Hawkeye Trucking, and Sweet Mfg. A Roush-Yates Racing Engine powers his car.
O'Neal was 2nd in the Independence Lumber, Roush-Yates, MasterSbilt Chevrolet; followed closely at the stripe by Owens in the Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford.
Miller, the 2007 winner of the Jackson 100 came home fourth just in front of Wall, who maintains his Quarter Master "Rookie of the Year" points lead with an impressive fifth place run.
Completing the top ten were; Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH; Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, MI; Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, WI; and 14-year-old Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA.
In preliminary action on Saturday Night, Heat Race winners were Don O'Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Chris Wall, and Jimmy Owens. Zack Dohm and Donnie Moran took the B-Mains.
Series Announcer, James Essex, of Hope, IN was inducted into the Brownstown Speedway Hall of Fame during the intermission prior to the 100-lap main event. Essex began announcing for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in its first year, and has become the famous "Voice of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series". He began his career when he was 14 years old at Brownstown Speedway, and announced there for the next 21 years before taking to the highways and announcing on the national dirt late model touring circuits.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will conclude it's 2010 racing season with two events in the State of Georgia. On Saturday Night, October 9th the Lucas Oil "Dixie Shootout" at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA awaits the stars of the LOLMDS. The Lucas Oil Shootout will be shot in front of the cameras of SPEED for broadcast at a later date. It all comes down to the Lucas Oil "Rome Showdown on Sunday Night, October 10th, to decide who will win the 2010 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Title. Both events will pay $10,000 to win.