Bloomquist Cruises to Second Career Firecracker 100 Victory in 2012
Eventual Track Champion Jared Miley scored a top ten finish
SARVER, PA – June 20, 2013 – Scott Bloomquist was flawless from start-to-finish in 2012 en route to his second career victory in the Firecracker 100 to match his rival Jimmy Mars’ accomplishment just a year earlier. They’ll head into next weekend’s 7th Annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com as the only repeat winners and each looking to best the other to be the first three-time winner.
The 48-year-old dirt Late Model legend overtook teenager Tyler Reddick for the lead on lap two and never looked back. He gracefully handled the race's two restarts and outlasted the late-charging Darrell Lanigan to become the second two-time winner of the six-year-old World of Outlaws Late Model Series event.
Bloomquist banked $30,100 after crossing the the finish line 1.582 seconds ahead of Lanigan, who was mounting a dramatic bid for victory when he slipped over the four-tenths-mile oval's cushion between turns one and two on lap 98. Lanigan, 42, lost precious ground to Bloomquist and didn't have enough time to recover, leaving him a runner-up in the Firecracker 100 for the fourth time in the last five years.
Tim McCreadie finished about two seconds behind Lanigan in third, continuing his WoO LMS hot streak in the Sweeteners Plus Warrior. Shane Clanton ran second for more than half the distance but settled for a fourth-place finish in the Kennedy Motorsports Capital Race Car and Dale McDowell placed fifth driving the Team Dillon Warrior No. 41 that 2011 ARCA Racing Series champion Ty Dillon steers in selected events.
Bloomquist started third in his self-built Team Zero chassis, but he needed just a single lap to break into the lead for good. He surged by front-row starters Reddick and Chub Frank of who took the green flag from the pole position, for the top spot on lap two and immediately pulled away.
"They just weren't going anywhere," Bloomquist said of his quick ascension to the race lead. "Our car was just that good, and I thought, 'I'm not gonna sit here and mess with this. I'm just gonna go.' The car really did fire off."
By lap 35 Bloomquist held an edge over three seconds – nearly a full straightaway – on Clanton, who advanced from the eighth starting spot to second in 14 laps. Caution flags on laps 44 (flat tire on the car driven by John Garvin Jr.) and 55 (problems for Dave Hess Jr.) tightened the field, but Bloomquist maintained solid control on each restart and never faced any serious pressure.
The race was certainly not without anxiety for Bloomquist. He battled the tricky Lernerville layout throughout his run in front.
"I love being in the lead – don't get me wrong," said Bloomquist. "But leading the race can be taxing on you because you're looking around – and this place has so many possibilities. I love this racetrack because you can drive it so many different ways. If your car's not handling, there's someplace on that racetrack that it should handle. You just gotta find it.
"There were a couple times I slid the car, and when I went in the next corner it was extremely loose. You had to be so intense out there to not slide the tires at all and to just be sure you were picking the right groove around the racetrack." Lanigan, who started seventh, made the race interesting during its late stages. The current WoO LMS points leader battled his way forward to grab second from Clanton on lap 62 and slowly-but-surely cut his deficit to Bloomquist from over two seconds to just a half-second as lap 96 was scored.
Badly craving a Firecracker 100 victory after finishing second three years in a row from 2008-2010, Lanigan tossed his Rocket machine hard around the outside of the track. Bloomquist was keenly aware of the possibility that the approaching challenger could steal the race.
"I'll tell you what's the worst thing that can happen – it's if you have the most dominant car of the weekend and get beat in the last 10 laps of a race or something happens at the end," said Bloomquist, who won Thursday night's first 30-lap WoO LMS preliminary A-Main and finished second in Friday night's headliner. "We were real concerned about that. Tommy (Hicks, Bloomquist's chief mechanic) was showing me hand signals and I knew somebody was close. I didn't know who it was though.
"I just had to really get back in the zone and focus on the racetrack and not think about somebody else."
Bloomquist stayed smooth enough to hold on for his first Firecracker 100 triumph since capturing the inaugural event in 2007. It was his 24th victory on the WoO LMS since 2004 and his tour-leading seventh career win in a 100-lap event.
Lanigan would certainly enjoy competing at Lernerville a bit more if he could finally break through to win the Firecracker 100. He's become a perennial bridesmaid in the event.
The former WoO LMS champion's latest Firecracker 100 heartbreak came after he hopped the cushion with two laps to go, ending his hopes of unseating Bloomquist.
"I don't know about being owed one, but I don't think we're meant to win this race," said Lanigan. "We've run second so many times here. But if we wouldn't have jumped that cushion we were gonna make it awful interesting. I think it would've been his ass, but we ran second."
Mike Marlar started fourth and ran in the top five for nearly three-quarters of the distance before settling for a sixth-place finish. Eddie Carrier Jr. made the biggest advance, scrambling from the 24th starting spot to a seventh-place finish. Jared Miley who started 23rd, placed eighth to earn the highest Firecracker 100 finish ever by a Lernerville regular; Reddick faded to ninth at the checkered flag; and WoO LMS rookie Bub McCool rounded out the top 10.
As mentioned above, Jared Miley scored the best finish of any local driver in the seven year history of the event in eighth. He also completed all 100 laps for the second time. Gregg Satterlee raced his way into the Firecracker 100 A-Main with a B-Main victory, but mustered just a 21st place finish; two spots behind John Garvin Jr. (19th) who used a track provisional to start the race. Dave Hess Jr. (24th) and Ron Davies (26th) raced into the A-Mains through their heat races and Mike Pegher Jr. made his first career start in the Firecracker A-Main using a track provisional and finished 27th.
Fifty-four cars were entered in the final night of the Firecracker 100 weekend.
With Saturday night's heat races lined up using drivers' best finish from the Thursday and Friday preliminary action, the 12-lap qualifiers were captured by McCreadie, Reddick, Marlar, Brady Smith and Clanton. The 15-lap B-Mains were won by Gregg Satterlee and Vic Coffey.
Morgan Bagley made his long trip from Longview, Texas, worthwhile with a victory in the 'Uncle Sam 30' Non-Qualifiers' Race that preceded the Firecracker 100. He beat Rick 'Boom' Briggs to the finish line for a $3,000 prize in his first-ever visit to Lernerville.
Results of WoO Late Model Series 'Firecracker 100 Presented by GottaRace.com' at Lernerville Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (3) Scott Bloomquist/100 $30,100
2. (7) Darrell Lanigan/100 $15,650
3. (9) Tim McCreadie/100 $7,650
4. (8) Shane Clanton/100 $6,550
5. (11) Dale McDowell/100 $5,000
6. (4) Mike Marlar/100 $4,500
7. (24) Eddie Carrier Jr./100 $3,000
8. (23) Jared Miley/100 $2,500
9. (2) Tyler Reddick/100 $2,350
10. (10) Bub McCool/100 $2,950
11. (1) Chub Frank/100 $2,450
12. (18) Tim Fuller/100 $2,350
13. (5) Rick Eckert/100 $2,350
14. (17) Jack Sullivan/100 $2,150
15. (22) Vic Coffey/100 $2,050
16. (12) Dan Stone/99 $1,400
17. (20) Clint Smith/99 $1,850
18. (26) Kent Robinson/98 $1,750
19. (27) John Garvin Jr./81 $1,200
20. (14) Jimmy Mars/66 $1,000
21. (21) Gregg Satterlee/62 $1,000
22. (15) Bump Hedman/62 $1,000
23. (6) Brady Smith/54 $1,000
24. (13) Dave Hess Jr./53 $1,000
25. (25) Pat Doar/53 $1,550
26. (19) Ron Davies/46 $1,000
27. (28) Mike Pegher Jr./25 $1,000
28. (16) Austin Hubbard/4 $1,000
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
NOTE: The car Austin Hubbard qualified through a heat was stricken by terminal engine problems, forcing him to start from the rear of the field in Morgan Bagley's car.
Time of Race: 41 Mins., 28.893 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.582 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 2 (Laps 44, 55)
Lap Leaders: Reddick (1); Bloomquist (2-100)
Provisional Starters: Doar, Robinson (WoO); Garvin, Pegher (track)
Rookie of the Race: McCool ($250)
WoO LMS 'Bonus Bucks' Winner: Marlar ($500)
Heat No. 1 (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Tim McCreadie, 2. Scott Bloomquist, 3. Dale McDowell, 4. Austin Hubbard, 5. Gregg Satterlee, 6. Jared Miley, 7. Morgan Bagley, 8. Chuck Sarver, 9. Jared Hawkins, 10. Jeff Jones, 11. Derek Stefanick
Heat No. 2 (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Tyler Reddick, 2. Bub McCool, 3. Dan Stone, 4. Jack Sullivan, 5. Pat Doar, 6. Corey Conley, 7. Jamie Lathroum, 8. Matt Lux, 9. Mike Johnson, 10. Herman Bertolini, 11. Davey Johnson
Heat No. 3 (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Mike Marlar, 2. Darrell Lanigan, 3. Dave Hess Jr., 4. Tim Fuller, 5. Vic Coffey, 6. Rick 'Boom' Briggs, 7. Coleby Frye, 8. Chris Casner, 9. Russell King, 10. Jill George, 11. Alex Ferree
Heat No. 4 (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Brady Smith, 2. Chub Frank, 3. Jimmy Mars, 4. Ron Davies, 5. John Garvin Jr., 6. Dan Swartzlander, 7. Garrett Krummert, 8. John Lobb, 9. John Mason, 10. Ken Schaltenbrand, 11. Chris Schneider
Heat No. 5 (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Shane Clanton, 2. Rick Eckert, 3. Bump Hedman, 4. Clint Smith, 5. Eddie Carrier Jr., 6. Kent Robinson, 7. Tony Mussolino, 8. Jason Rider, 9. Mike Pegher Jr., 10. Derrick Casner
B-Main No. 1 (15 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Gregg Satterlee, 2. Jared Miley, 3. Jamie Lathroum, 4. Corey Conley, 5. Rick 'Boom' Briggs, 6. Pat Doar, 7. Morgan Bagley, 8. Chuck Sarver, 9. Chris Casner, 10. Jill George, 11. Jeff Jones, 12. Herman Bertolini, 13. Derek Stefanick, 14. Matt Lux, 15. Mike Johnson (DNS) Jared Hawkins, Davey Johnson
B-Main No. 2 (15 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Vic Coffey, 2. Eddie Carrier Jr., 3. Kent Robinson, 4. John Mason, 5. Coleby Frye, 6. Dan Swartzlander, 7. Ken Schaltenbrand, 8. John Lobb, 9. Garrett Krummert, 10. Tony Mussolino, 11. Mike Pegher Jr., 12. Jason Rider, 13. Chris Schneider, 14. John Garvin Jr. (DNS) Russell King, Derrick Casner, Alex Ferree
Uncle Sam 30 Finish: 1. Morgan Bagley ($3,000); 2. Rick 'Boom' Briggs ($1,500); 3. Corey Conley ($800); 4. John Mason ($700); 5. John Lobb ($600); 6. Garrett Krummert ($500); 7. Chris Casner ($400); 8. Chuck Sarver ($375); 9. Dan Swartzlander ($350); 10. Jason Rider ($325); 11. Herman Bertolini ($300); 12. Jeff Jones ($300); 13. Jill George ($270); 14. Jamie Lathroum ($260); 15. Ken Schaltenbrand ($240); 17. Mike Johnson ($230); 18. Derek Stefanick($220); 19. Coleby Frye ($210); 20. Tony Mussolino ($200); 21. Matt Lux ($200) DNS – Russell King, Derrick Casner, Alex Ferree, Jared Hawkins, Davey 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): None
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): Tim Fuller
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
Comp Cams ($50 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal):
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): Rick 'Boom' Briggs/Ken Schaltenbrand
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): Clint Smith
JE Pistons (one compete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 11th-place finisher or next highest w/decal - $285 value): Chub Frank
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher or next highest w/decal - $285 value): Pat Doar
Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher or next highest finisher): Kent Robinson
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): Pat Doar
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): None
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): Dale McDowell
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey
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): Kent Robinson
Roush-Yates Lap Leader Award (one pair of Wiley X Sunglasses to driver who leads most laps in A-Main): Scott Bloomquist
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
SuperFlow ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jack Sullivan
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
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):
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner if decal displayed - $200 value): Darrell Lanigan
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): Jared Miley By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director