Scott Bloomquist sweeps July Fourth Holiday Specials by taking home the win on Sunday Night!
(July, 4th 2016) Scott Bloomquist pulled off a clean sweep of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series racing in the State of Ohio this Independence weekend, winning the Lumi-Lite Candle Co. 60 on Sunday Night at Muskingum County Speedway. Over the course of two nights, Bloomquist collected over $24,000 in winnings.
Bloomquist started third in the 60-lap main event and fell back to fifth on the opening lap. He gradually made his way to the front, taking the lead from Don O’Neal on lap 33. Bloomquist went on to the victory, and extended his series points lead.
O’Neal finished second, followed by Jared Landers, Earl Pearson Jr., and Brandon Sheppard.
‘We put on some tires that were a little older. It took them a while to get going. Once they did, they were pretty good. The car was good. The engine ran super; I’d like to thank Andy Durham for that. We had a really good weekend,” said the 52-year-old 2-time series champion, who became the first driver in the eleven appearances by the LOLMDS at the track to become a repeat winner.
“I wasn’t that concerned when we fell back a few spots early on. Everybody was really punishing their tires and I didn’t want to. I just tried to get some heat in them immediately, I could tell each restart we would get a little better, and eventually we were able to get the lead,” said the driver of the Reece Monument Company, Crop Production Services, Sweet-Bloomquist entry.
Landers bolted out front and led the first 18 circuits until O’Neal charged to the point. O’Neal then held the top spot until lap 33 when Bloomquist forged ahead for good.
“Don got by Jared and I thought Jared was going to get back around him. There was some pretty hard racing up there for the lead. The track was pretty good tonight. You could race all over it. The way that the track started out; with all that loose stuff piled up and real muddy; is why we elected not to hot lap. Usually this track does blow off and slick over, especially around the top. The top stayed really good and smooth,” said Bloomquist in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.
O’Neal was looking for his first series win of the season. He had the Clint Bowyer Racing/Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil car in contention for the win from the start of the race. “I thought I was going to get this Peak car in victory lane tonight. My hat’s off to the Zero Team. We made some changes today after last night. We started up front and couldn’t stay there. Tonight we passed some cars, so we did a lot better tonight.”
Landers followed up his runner-up finish at Portsmouth with another podium finish at Muskingum County. “We got off to a really good start. I kind of got lost after a while. I took off on one of the restarts and left the bottom open for Don. He [O’Neal] had a good car. He needed a good run. Scott just showed us all, but I hung on for third.
“I want to thank Crop Production Services and Mark Martin Automotive. This place is always packed out! I am just glad to be able to run strong in front of this many people, hopefully we made some new fans here tonight.”
Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb Jr., Steve Casebolt, Steve Francis, Rod Conley and Mike Benedum.
In preliminary action, Steve Casebolt set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 29 entrants, with a lap of 14.629 seconds. Jared Landers set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.962 seconds. Tim McCreadie, Scott Bloomquist, Jared Landers, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Steve Francis won the B-Main.
Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models sponsored by Lumi-Lite (32 Cars)
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Steve Casebolt / 14.629 seconds (NTR)
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Jared Landers / 14.962 seconds
Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Mike Benedum, Steve Francis, Doug Kenworthy, Matthew Wade, Steve Casebolt
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Devin Moran, Tyler Carpenter, Tim Dohm, Sonny Conley, Scott Smith
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jared Landers, Earl Pearson, Jr., Doug Drown, Rod Conley, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Colton Flinner, Michael Davis
QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Dennis Erb, Jr., Larry Bellman, Jr., Craig Wolford, Chris Cowling, Darrell Lanigan, John Wyer
Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Steve Francis, Steve Casebolt , Darrell Lanigan, Tim Dohm , Michael Davis, Eddie Carrier, Jr., John Wyer, Sonny Conley, Chris Cowling, Doug Kenworthy, Scott Smith, Matthew Wade
(Feature/60 Laps/$12,000 to win) Bloomquist, O'Neal, Landers, Pearson, Sheppard, Erb, Casebolt, Francis, Conley, Benedum, McCreadie, Lanigan, Davenport, Carpenter, Owens, Conley, Moran, Bellman, Drown, Wolford, Dohm, Carrier, Davis, Flinner
Zemba Brothers Inc. Modifieds (18 Cars)
(Feature/20 Laps/$1,000 to win) Jacob Hawkins, Jesse Wisecarver, Tanner Wilson, Aaron Scott, Kevin Morehouse, John Sluka, Ryan Wisecarver, Nathan Loney, Tyler French, Dwight Henry, Harrison Hall, Kevin Crawford, Tom Ungurean, Brad Goff, Robin Duston, Derrick Hubbard, Kenny Johnson, Jimm
Muskingum County Street Stocks (15 Cars)
(Feature/20 Laps) A.J. Cannon, Steve Wolford, Larry Jarrett, Justin Poling, Tyler Sines, Tim Coen, Jeff Penley, Tim Penley, Bad Eagle, Shannon Penley, Matt Shroyer, Tim Glassburn, Rick Isner, Trent Goins, Hod Brennan
Denny's Dinner 4 Cylinders (9 Cars)
(Feature/20 laps) Dennis Adkins, Brent Valee Jr., David Pooley, Michael Linn, Rich McMullen, Dale Bateson, Ronnie McCoin, Mike Beckert, John Schooler
Devin Moran takes home the Jim Dunn Qualifier Busch 30! Jesse Wisecraver takes home the Mod win!
(June, 17th 2016) Mother nature finally opened up this past weekend and allowed for a great night of racing as Muskingum County Speedway finally celebrated the 2016 season opener. The event was held on Friday as a Jim Dunn Qualifier race for Saturday Nights Jim Dunn Memorial at Ohio Valley Speedway.
The Arizona Sport Shirts Late Model Division saw Fast Qualifier and heat race winner Devin Moran start from the pole and dominate the 30 lap feature event sponsored by Busch Beer. Devin had little challenges and nearly had a half a track lead at all times as he took home the $2,000 top prize and guaranteed starting spot in the Jim Dunn Memorial on Saturday night at Ohio Valley Speedway.
The Zemba Brothers Inc. Modified division saw Jesse Wisecarver use an early race restart to his advantage and got around Tanner Wilson to win the first night of racing action at Muskingum County Speedway. Wilson would have his hands full for second place as Kevin Morehouse applied consistent pressure for the runner up spot. In the end Wilson would hold off Morehouse for second with Aaron Scott coming home fourth and Rick Auckland rounded out the top five.
Other racing action on night one included the always exciting Street Stock division as Rusty Redman took home top honors on opening night. The Denny's Dinner 4 Cylinder division saw John Schooler parking his machine in victory lane as Tracy Fritter won the Modlite division.
Racing action resumes at Muskingum County Speedway on July 3rd as the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series comes into town for the $12,000 to win event sponsored by Lumi-Lite Candle Co. Inc. Also running on July 3rd will be the Zemba Bros. Inc Modifieds, Muskingum County Street Stocks, and Denny's Dinner 4 Cylinders! We will also have the areas best Fireworks Display on hand to celebrate the Fourth of July!
We hope to see you all Sunday Night!
Arizona Sport Shirts Late Models (19 Cars)
(Feature/30 Laps/$2,000 to win) Devin Moran, Steve Prince, Michael Davis, Anthony Kinkade, Craig Wolford, Greg Baumberger, Randy Davis, Matt Wade, Jerry Aber, Kevin Smith, Dan Snyder, Shane McLoughlin, Doug Kenworthy, Hiram Bachmann, Brian Baumberger, Shane Campbell, Scott Smith, Ashlee Todd, Cody Endlich
Zemba Brothers Inc. Modifieds (18 Cars)
(Feature/20 Laps/$1,000 to win) Jesse Wisecarver, Tanner Wilson, Kevin Morehouse, Aaron Scott, Rick Auckland, Bob Moskey, Nathan Loney, Brad Goff, Chris Basich, Casey Fritz, Brock Moskey, Tom Ungurean, Kevin Crawford, Rex Slaughter, KC Burdette, Larry Moran, CJ Crossan, Randy Pennington
Muskingum County Street Stocks (15 Cars)
(Feature/20 Laps) Rusty Redman, Justin Poling, Tyler Sines, Steve Wolford, Hod Brennan, Jeff Penley, Tim Penley, Larry Jarrett, Shannon Penley, Tony Wilson, Tink Wilson, Dustin Smith, Tim Glassburn
Muskingum County Modlites (9 Cars)
(Feature/20 Laps) Tracey Fritter, Joey Sisk, Andrew Heskett, Larry Moran, Kacy Campbell, Tanner McLoughlin, Brandon Shaw, Tim Maharg
Denny's Dinner 4 Cylinders (10 Cars)
(Feature/20 laps) John Schooler, Michael Linn, Dave Dooley, Brent Vallee Jr., Dale Bateson, Rich McMullen, Jeff Schneider, Tyler Frankenberry, Kevin Snider
Mother Nature takes home the win on Opening Night ...
(April, 30th 2016) Mother nature has not been kind at all this season and she did not give any slack on Saturday either. Presistant rains, cool weather, and a non-favorable forecast have caused Muskingum County Speedway to cancel their season opener this Saturday.
The next race is planned for May 21st and will be the annual Muskingum County Speedway Memorial as we honor our past heros that are no longer with us. The Arizona Sport Shirts Late Models will be in the running order and the other classes will be announced in the next few days.
Dont forget that the gates will open at 4:00pm for the pits and 5:00pm for the main grandstands with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. We hope that you all come out as we make another attempt to open our 2016 racing season!