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Bloomquist Outduels Marlar For Victory on Opening Night Of Firecracker 100 6.28

Bloomquist Outduels Marlar For Victory on Opening Night Of Firecracker 100 Presented by GottaRace.com Weekend

Former World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champ Bags Preliminary Night Triumph For Second Consecutive Year At Lernerville

SARVER, PA – June 28, 2012 – Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., kicked off the sixth annual Firecracker 100 Presented by GottaRace.com weekend in dramatic fashion, outdueling Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., to capture Thursday night’s 30-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series preliminary A-Main at Lernerville Speedway.

Mastering a slick, multi-groove track on a scorching summer evening, Bloomquist, 48, ran down Marlar and swapped the lead once with his fellow Volunteer State resident before securing the top spot for good on lap 27. The former WoO LMS champion pulled away over the final circuits to defeat Marlar by 1.357 seconds.

Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., finished third after running behind Marlar in the second spot throughout the race’s first half. The hottest drivers on the WoO LMS entering the weekend, Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., were contenders but settled for finishes of fourth and fifth, respectively.

Bloomquist’s $6,150 victory was his 23rd on the WoO LMS since 2004 but first since he was triumphant in the second preliminary feature of last year’s Firecracker 100 spectacular. With the win, the national tour’s 2004 champion assured himself a pole position starting spot in a heat race on Saturday night (June 30) when he will attempt to pocket the Firecracker 100’s $30,000 top prize for the second time his career.

“The car was really good all over the racetrack,” said Bloomquist, who won the inaugural Firecracker 100 in 2007. “It seemed like it was a little bit off initially, but generally our car (a Team Zero by Bloomquist chassis) gets better with time, and the longer I run it usually just gets better. That makes me feel pretty good about what’s coming in the hundred-lapper on Saturday.”

Bloomquist started eighth in his Roush-Yates-powered machine but was up to fifth on lap five when the race’s only caution flag flew, for a turn-one spin by polesitter Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., who lost control while battling for third place with Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa. He surged to third on the restart and chased Clanton until his inside thrusts moved him to second on lap 17.

Bloomquist quickly caught Marlar’s Bryson Motorsports Rocket car and nosed ahead to lead lap 23, but Marlar fought back on the outside and regained command the following circuit. Marlar vaulted off the top of turn four to lead laps 25 and 26 by inches over Bloomquist, but a turn-two scrape with the lapped car driven by Coleby Frye of Dover, Pa., slowed Marlar ever-so-slightly and allowed Bloomquist to slide ahead to stay.

“I got in (lapped) traffic and those guys were all racing hard and I was trying to get by them,” said Marlar, who grabbed the lead at the start of the A-Main from the outside pole. “One of the lapped cars got under me a little bit and had my wheels off the ground after I passed him (Frye clipped Marlar’s left-rear quarter-panel when he slid back onto the track after jumping the berm in turn two), and Scott just cleared me then.

“It’s just one of them things. Scott was good; he obviously passed some cars to get up through there. I think he was better than me, but I also think that maybe I could’ve got through traffic a little better if those guys would’ve cut me some slack and then I probably could’ve held him off for a couple more laps.

“I think I had the preferred line,” he added, “so if I could’ve cleared that last guy there I think we probably would’ve been O.K. But congrats to Scott. We wanted to win, but we still had a good finish.”

The runner-up finish was a career-best on the WoO LMS for the 34-year-old Marlar, who made his first start on the tour since dropping off as a regular following the second of three Memorial Day weekend events.

The race ended up materializing much the way Bloomquist had envisioned it would.

“I didn’t have to depend on the cushion coming off of (turn) four like the rest of them kind of had to,” said Bloomquist. “I knew if we could come off right in the middle and run with them, the longer the race went on, I knew we’d be pretty good.

“I was just hoping lapped traffic kind of played out for me. I got in behind one guy that went to the bottom and got way sideways (on lap 25), and I thought that was gonna be the one that killed me for the night because I thought the race was close to over. I guess there were a few more laps left than I thought. We just got by (Marlar) and got back down.”

Clanton, meanwhile, skipped from the fourth starting spot to second on lap two and drew within striking distance of Marlar but couldn’t muster a serious bid for the lead. He ultimately lost second to Bloomquist on lap 17 and finished three seconds behind the winner.

“I thought I had something for Mike after that caution (on lap five),” said Clanton, who drove the Kennedy Motorsports Capital Race Car to his sixth WoO LMS top-five finish of the season. “He got out there and I started running him down, but then we caught lapped traffic and I couldn’t steer no more. We got third, though, and that’s a good starting spot for a heat race on Saturday so we’re pumped.”

Defending WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., finished sixth using an engine borrowed from California racer Eric Jacobsen. Two-time and defending Firecracker 100 winner Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., hustled forward from the 14th starting spot to place seventh; 12th-starter Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., was eighth; Frank faded to ninth after running as high as third early in the distance; and teenager Tyler Reddick of DuQuoin, Ill., rounded out the top 10.

Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., topped the 56-car field in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, turning a lap of 16.010 seconds in his second career Firecracker 100 weekend appearance. His second career WoO LMS fast-time came less than one month after his first, on May 31 at Delaware International Speedway.

Heat winners were Lathroum, Frank, Davies, Marlar, Clanton and McCreadie. The B-Mains were captured by Dave Hess Jr. of Waterford, Pa., Frye and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.

The Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com continues on Fri., June 29, with another WoO LMS program topped by a 30-lap A-Main paying $6,000 to win. Drivers will use their best finish from the Thursday and Friday competition to align themselves in Saturday night’s Firecracker 100 heat races.

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

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Results of WoO Late Model Series Firecracker 100 Presented by GottaRace.com Preliminary A-Main No. 1 at Lernerville Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (8) Scott Bloomquist/30 $6,150

2. (2) Mike Marlar/30 $3,500

3. (4) Shane Clanton/30 $2,050

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

5. (9) Darrell Lanigan/30 $1,650

6. (7) Rick Eckert/30 $1,400

7. (14) Jimmy Mars/30 $1,150

8. (12) Brady Smith/30 $1,100

9. (5) Chub Frank/30 $1,200

10. (16) Tyler Reddick/30 $1,050

11. (10) Clint Smith/30 $950

12. (11) Bub McCool/30 $875

13. (3) Jamie Lathroum/30 $750

14. (21) Vic Coffey/30 $775

15. (17) Tim Fuller/30 $750

16. (15) Eddie Carrier Jr./30 $680

17. (19) Dave Hess Jr./30 $670

18. (1) Ron Davies/30 $660

19. (25) Pat Doar/30 $740

20. (13) Dan Stone/30 $620

21. (22) John Garvin Jr./29 $600

22. (24) Jared Hawkins/29 $600

23. (20) Coleby Frye/29 $600

24. (23) Dan Swartzlander/29 $625

25. (26) Kent Robinson/29 $650

26. (18) Matt Lux/29 $600

* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 12 Mins., 7.299 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 1.357 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 1 (Lap 5)

Lap Leaders: Marlar (1-22); Bloomquist (23); Marlar (24-26); Bloomquist (27-30)

Provisional Starters: Doar, Robinson

Rookie of the Race: McCool ($250)

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

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

1. 6-Jamie Lathroum/Mechanicsville, MD 16.010

2. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 16.092

3. 14-Corey Conley/Wellsburg, WV 16.096

4. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 16.114

5. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 16.131

6. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 16.198

7. 2-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 16.212

8. 28M-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 16.217

9. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 16.219

10. 11R-Tyler Reddick/DuQuoin, IL 16.250

11. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 16.303

12. 21-Matt Lux/Franklin, PA 16.325

13. J4-John Garvin Jr./Sarver, PA 16.351

14. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 16.355

15. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 16.359

16. 2J-Mike Johnson/Imperial, PA 16.387

17. 28-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 16.409

18. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 16.463

19. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 16.469

20. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 16.481

21. 28-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 16.481

22. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 16.486

23. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 16.521

24. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 16.522

25. 22s-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 16.522

26. 11H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 16.528

27. 3-Dan Swartzlander/Freeport, PA 16.537

28. 72-Michael Norris/Sarver, PA 16.549

29. 37-Jared Hawkins/Fairmont, WV 16.552

30. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 16.557

31. B22-Bump Hedman/Sugar Grove, PA 16.563

32. 76-Jason Rider/Clinton, PA 16.585

33. 1J-Davey Johnson/Latrobe, PA 16.594

34. 5b-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 16.615

35. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 16.619

36. H1-Jared Miley/South Park, PA 16.620

37. 44H-Dave Hess Jr./Waterford, PA 16.645

38. 88-Chuck Sarver/W. Sunbury, PA 16.646

39. F1-Coleby Frye/Dover, PA 16.654

40. 31-Bryan Force/Indian, PA 16.659

41. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 16.663

42. 29K-Garrett Krummert/New Castle, PA 16.683

43. 1C-Mike Pegher Jr./Woxford, PA 16.695

44. 1s-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 16.719

45. 72M-John Mason/Millersburg, OH 16.789

46. 27-Jeff Jones/Zelionople, PA 16.950

47. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 16.999

48. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 17.041

49. 21M-Tony Mussolino/Scott Twp., PA 17.072

50. 41-Derrick Casner/Mifflintown, PA 17.153

51. 26-Shawn Schaltenbrand/Sarver, PA 17.267

52. 7x-Herman Bertolini/Creighton, PA 17.631

53. 29s-Ken Schaltenbrand/Sarver, PA 17.824

54. 44s-Derek Stefanick/Oakdale, PA 19.029

55. 23T-Tony Burke/Sarver, PA N/T

56. C33-Chris Casner/Mifflintown, PA N/T

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Lathroum, Eckert, Stone, Satterlee, Hess, Pegher, Garvin, Hedman, Mussolino, Burke

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Frank, Bloomquist, Mars, Hubbard, King, Sullivan, Rider, Sarver, D. Casner (DNS) C. Casner

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Davies, Lanigan, Carrier, Frye, Mason, D. Swartzlander, S. Schaltenbrand, D. Johnson, C. Conley

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Marlar, C. Smith, Reddick, McDowell, Norris, M. Johnson, Force, Bertolini, Jones

Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Clanton, McCool, Fuller, Hawkins, Coffey, Doar, Lobb, K. Schaltenbrand, George

Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): McCreadie, B. Smith, Lux, Briggs, Robinson, Miley, Krummert, Bagley, Stefanick

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Hess, Garvin, Satterlee, Sarver, Pegher, Rider, Burke, Mussolino, Hubbard, Sullivan, King, Hedman (DNS) D. Casner, C. Casner

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Frye, D. Swartzlander, McDowell, Conley, Norris, M. Johnson, Bertolini, Force, S. Schaltenbrand (DNS) Mason, D. Johnson, Jones

B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Coffey, Hawkins, Briggs, Doar, Lobb, Krummert, Bagley, George, Miley, Robinson, Stefanick, K. Schaltenbrand

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): Pat Doar

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

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

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

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

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

Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Dave Hess Jr./Coleby Frye/Jared Hawkins

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

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): Bub McCool

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

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): Shane Clanton

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

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

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

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

Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Ron Davies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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): Mike 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): Shane Clanton

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

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): Scott Bloomquist

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