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Stone Stops Bloomquist’s Bid For Firecracker 100 Night 2 Victory

Stone Stops Bloomquist’s Bid For Victory in Friday Night’s Firecracker 100 Presented by GottaRace.com Preliminary A-Main
Pennsylvanian Earns Second World of Outlaws Late Model Series Win of Career

SARVER, PA – June 29, 2012 – Dan Stone already knew what it felt like to win a World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main. Now he also knows what it feels like to hold off dirt Late Model legend Scott Bloomquist for a checkered flag on the national tour.

The 35-year-old driver from Thompson, Pa., pulled off another major upset on Friday night, turning back a last-lap challenge from Mooresburg, Tenn.’s Bloomquist to capture the second 30-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series preliminary A-Main of the Firecracker 100 Presented by GottaRace.com weekend at Lernerville Speedway.

A true underdog racer who is universally well-liked in the pit area, Stone reached Victory Lane on the WoO LMS for the first time since his memorable triumph on Sept. 2, 2007, at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa. His first win came behind the wheel of a car owned by his father Warren, but his $6,000 score on Friday was earned in a Rocket machine fielded by Indianapolis’s Leo Milus and maintained outside Binghamton, N.Y., by noted DIRTcar big-block Modified mechanic Randy Kisacky.

“I never, ever drove for anybody before, so it’s pretty awesome when somebody puts their confidence in you to actually pull off something good for them,” said Stone, who is in his second season running selected special events for Milus’s Super Deuce Racing team. “It’s a thrill to run for this team. You’ve got a lot of great minds there and a lot of great people who have been around racing for years.”

Stone, who started third, led the race’s first lap before ceding the top spot to polesitter Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., on the second lap. The friendly racer known as ‘Big Brother’ slipped back in front on lap three and was never headed in an event that ran caution-free from start to finish in just 9 minutes, 37.558 seconds.

Bloomquist, 48, advanced from the ninth starting spot to place second, 0.459 of a second behind Stone at the finish. He was bidding to become the first driver to win both Firecracker 100 preliminary A-Mains since the three-night format was launched in 2010.

Smith, 35, settled for a third-place finish driving a Team Zero car built by Bloomquist. Second-starter Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., was fourth in the Sweeteners Plus Warrior – his 10th top-five finish in the last 12 WoO LMS events – and 16-year-old Tyler Reddick of DuQuoin, Ill., registered a career-best WoO LMS finish of fifth.

Stone survived a frantic late-race charge from Bloomquist, who broke into second with a lap-19 pass of Smith and caught Stone with three circuits remaining. Bloomquist pulled to the outside of Stone rounding turns three and four on lap 28 and again heading toward the white flag, but Stone stayed ahead at the line each tour.

Bloomquist attempted to drive to the inside of Stone exiting turn two on the final lap, but Stone dulled Bloomquist’s momentum just enough on the backstretch to provide the breathing room necessary to reach the finish line first.

“I never actually saw (Bloomquist), but we were in a whole bunch of lapped traffic and all of a sudden I could hear somebody,” said Stone, who began the 2012 season hoping to chase the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year award but was forced to curtail his travel plans after a rash of engine woes during the tour’s February swing through Georgia and Florida. “It sounded like they were on the outside, so I just kind of got wider and used up more of the straightaway – just to try to use up as much real estate as I could.”

The victory assured Stone of a pole position start in one of six heat races scheduled for the Saturday-night (June 30) finale of the Firecracker 100 weekend. A $30,000 first-place prize will be on the line in the sixth annual event.

“We were horrible last night,” said Stone, who finished 20th – the last driver on the lead lap – in Thursday night’s 30-lap A-Main. “Watching us last night you wouldn’t think we’d ever win a race this year, but we made a lot of changes today and they were right. I think we can actually make the car better for (the Firecracker 100).”

Bloomquist, who will also start from the pole in a heat on Saturday night, feels good about his chances of winning the Firecracker 100 for the second time in his career.

“The car was real good again tonight,” said Bloomquist. “I’d like to have had a few more laps out there tonight, but that’s the way it goes. We went with a little different tire combination and it took a little while to come in.

“We played with the car just a little bit tonight – nothing much – and I like what I felt. I think we’re in pretty good shape for tomorrow as long as we don’t have any bad luck.”

Two-time and defending Firecracker 100 winner Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., started and finished sixth. Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills, Pa., slipped backward from the fourth starting spot to place seventh; WoO LMS rookie Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., finished eighth; Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., was ninth; and defending WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., rounded out the top 10.

WoO LMS points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., had a rare off night in the midst of his spectacular campaign, finishing a season-worst 21 st after using a provisional to start the A-Main from the 25th spot.

Fifty-six cars were signed in for the program, which was slowed by a batch of light rain that began falling toward the end of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials. The start of heat racing was delayed an hour-and-a-half to 9:30 p.m., but through the cooperation of officials and racers the entire show was completed by 11 p.m.

Reddick was quickest in qualifying with a lap 16.386 seconds to earn his first-ever WoO LMS fast-time honor. At the age of 16 years, 5 months and 18 days, he’s the second-youngest driver in history to set fast time at a WoO LMS event, falling just short of Josh Richards, who was 16 years, 4 months and 13 days old when he was fastest on Aug. 3, 2004, at I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa.

Heat winners were Reddick, Mars, McCreadie, Stone, Brady Smith and Satterlee. The B-Mains were captured by Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., and Jared Miley of South Park, Pa.

The Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com concludes on Saturday (June 30) with a full day of activities. Following an afternoon of pre-race entertainment that includes driver/fan horseshoes and cornhole tournaments at 12 noon and a huge driver autograph session at 4 p.m., six heat races – lined up using entrants’ best finish from the two preliminary programs – are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s program also includes B-Mains, the $3,000-to-win Uncle Sam 30 Non-Qualifiers’ Race and the Firecracker 100.

Details and ticket information on the Firecracker 100 can be obtained by logging on to www.lernerville.com.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws .

Results of WoO Late Model Series Firecracker 100 Presented by GottaRace.com Preliminary A-Main No. 2 at Lernerville Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (3) Dan Stone/30 $6,000

2. (9) Scott Bloomquist/30 $3,150

3. (1) Brady Smith/30 $2,000

4. (2) Tim McCreadie/30 $1,900

5. (5) Tyler Reddick/30 $2,050

6. (6) Jimmy Mars/30 $1,250

7. (4) Gregg Satterlee/30 $1,150

8. (7) Bub McCool/30 $1,500

9. (12) Vic Coffey/30 $1,100

10. (14) Rick Eckert/30 $1,150

11. (15) Shane Clanton/30 $950

12. (16) Dale McDowell/30 $875

13. (18) Mike Marlar/30 $750

14. (24) Tim Fuller/30 $825

15. (11) John Garvin Jr./30 $700

16. (22) Austin Hubbard/30 $680

17. (20) Pat Doar/30 $770

18. (8) Jamie Lathroum/30 $660

19. (10) Bump Hedman/30 $690

20. (23) Eddie Carrier Jr./30 $620

21. (25) Darrell Lanigan/30 $750

22. (17) Jack Sullivan/30 $650

23. (19) Ron Davies/30 $600

24. (26) Clint Smith/29 $650

25. (21) Jared Miley/29 $600

26. (13) Chub Frank/21 $650

27. (27) Kent Robinson/20 $160

* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 9 Mins., 37.558 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.459 Secs.

Yellow Flags: None

Lap Leaders: Stone (1); B. Smith (2); Stone (3-30)

Provisional Starters: Lanigan, C. Smith (WoO points); Robinson (WoO emergency)

Rookie of the Race: McCool ($250)

WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Reddick ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

1. 11-Tyler Reddick/DuQuoin, IL 16.386

2. 6-Jamie Lathroum/Mechanicsville, MD 16.416

3. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 16.491

4. B22-Bump Hedman/Sugar Grove, PA 16.496

5. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 16.550

6. 22s-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 16.597

7. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 16.608

8. 28M-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 16.621

9. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 16.654

10. 2-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 16.662

11. J4-John Garvin Jr./Sarver, PA 16.694

12. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 16.700

13. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 16.705

14. 11H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 16.716

15. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, Wi 16.811

16. 41M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 16.830

17. H1-Jared Miley/South Park, PA 16.839

18. 1J-Davey Johnson/Latrobe, PA 16.854

19. 14-Corey Conley/Wellsburg, WV 16.869

20. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 16.888

21. F1-Coleby Frye/Dover, PA 16.890

22. 37-Jared Hawkins/Fairmount, WV 16.895

23. 72M-John Mason/Millersburg, OH 16.897

24. 5b-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 16.913

25. 76-Jason Rider/Clinton, PA 16.937

26. 31-Bryan Force/Indiana, PA 16.959

27. 3-Dan Swartzlander/Freeport, PA 16.997

28. 44H-Dave Hess Jr./Waterford, PA 17.036

29. 1s-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 17.058

30. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 17.096

31. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 17.099

32. 88-Chuck Sarver/W. Sunbury, PA 17.113

33. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 17.142

34.44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 17.166

35. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 17.175

36. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 17.192

37. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 17.223

38. 1c-Mike Pegher Jr./Wexford, PA 17.288

39. 28c-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 17.304

40. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 17.306

41. 21-Matt Lux/Franklin, PA 17.309

42. C33-Chris Casner/Mifflintown, PA 17.341

43. 29s-Ken Schaltenbrand/Sarver, PA 17.349

44. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 17.380

45. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 17.398

46. 28-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 17.407

47. 10-Alex Ferree/Saxonburg, PA 17.426

48. 29K-Garrett Krummert/New Castle, PA 17.427

49. 27-Jeff Jones/Zelionople, PA 17.481

50. 2J-Mike Johnson/Imperial, PA 17.511

51. 41-Derrick Casner/Mifflintown, PA 17.689

52. 72-Michael Norris/Sarver, PA 17.711

53. 21M-Tony Mussolino/Scott Twp., PA 17.832

54. 7x-Herman Bertolini/Creighton, PA 18.049

55. 44s-Derek Stefanick/Oakdale, PA 19.126

56. 23T-Tony Burke/Sarver, PA N/T

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Reddick, McCool, Frank, Conley, Rider, Davies, Bagley, Jones, K. Schaltenbrand, Stefanick

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Mars, Lathroum, Eckert, Hubbard, Lanigan, Pegher, Force, M. Johnson, Sarver, Burke

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): McCreadie, Bloomquist, Clanton, Doar, Briggs, Frye, Swartzlander, Carrier, D. Casner

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Stone, Hedman, McDowell, Hawkins, C. Smith, Hess, King, Norris, Lobb

Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): B. Smith, Garvin, Sullivan, Miley, Fuller, Mason, Lux, Mussolino (DNS) Ferree

Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Satterlee, Coffey, Marlar, C. Casner, Krummert, Robinson, George, Bertolini (DNS) D. Johnson

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Davies, Hubbard, Lanigan, Pegher, Conley, Jones, Bagley, Sarver, Force, K. Schaltenbrand, M. Johnson, Rider, Stefanick, Burke

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Doar, Carrier, Briggs, Hawkins, C. Smith, King, Frye, Lobb, Swartzlander, D. Casner, Hess, Norris

B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Miley, Fuller, Mason, C. Casner, Lux, Mussolino, Krummert, George, Bertolini, Robinson (DNS) Ferree, D. Johnson

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:

Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 product certificate to 23rd-place finisher I n A-Main or next highest w/decal): Dave Hess Jr.

Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Dan Stone

Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Dale McDowell

Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert

Comp Cams ($50 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Dan Stone

Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool

Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Mike Pegher Jr./Pat Doar/Chris Casner

Gravely ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool

JE Pistons ($50 cash to 16th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Pat Doar

JE Pistons (one compete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 11th-place finisher or next highest w/decal - $285 value): Tim Fuller

JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher or next highest w/decal - $285 value): Jack Sullivan

Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher or next highest finisher): Pat Doar

MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie

MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith

Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Bump Hedman

Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie

Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tyler Reddick

Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): John Garvin Jr.

Roush-Yates Performance Products ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tyler Reddick

Roush-Yates Performance Products (carburetor repair kit to 18th-place finish in A-Main or next highest w/decal - $100 value): Jack Sullivan

Roush-Yates Lap Leader Award (one pair of Wiley X Sunglasses to driver who leads most laps in A-Main): Dan Stone

STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Scott Bloomquist

SuperFlow ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tim Fuller

VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey

VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main or next highest with decal - $30 value): Davey Johnson

WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tim Fuller

Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner if decal displayed - $200 value): Tim McCreadie

XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool

XS Power ($60 product certificate to 8th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool

XS ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Dan Stone

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