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Lernerville Speedway

Stone holds off Bloomquist at Lernerville

June 30, 2012, 5:11 am
By Kevin Kovac
World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Dan Stone heads to victory at Lernerville. (Jason Shank)
Dan Stone heads to victory at Lernerville. (Jason Shank)

SARVER, Pa. (June 29) — Dan Stone already knew what it felt like to win a World of Outlaws Late Model Series. 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 feature 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 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 features 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 events — and 16-year-old Tyler Reddick of Corning, Calif., registered a career-best WoO 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 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 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 rookie Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., finished eighth; Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., was ninth; and defending WoO champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., rounded out the top 10.

WoO points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., had a rare off night in the midst of his spectacular campaign, finishing a season-worst 21st 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 90 minutes 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 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.

The Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com concludes on Saturday with a full day of activities. Following an afternoon of prerace entertainment that includes driver-fan horseshoes and cornhole tournaments at 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.

Firecracker 100 prelim

Pos. (start) Driver/laps, earnings
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
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)

Time trials

Pos. Car no.-Driver/hometown, time
1. 11-Tyler Reddick/Corning, CA 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, no time

Heat race results

(10 laps; top three transfer)

First heat: Reddick, McCool, Frank, Conley, Rider, Davies, Bagley, Jones, K. Schaltenbrand, Stefanick.

Second heat: Mars, Lathroum, Eckert, Hubbard, Lanigan, Pegher, Force, M. Johnson, Sarver, Burke.

Third heat: McCreadie, Bloomquist, Clanton, Doar, Briggs, Frye, Swartzlander, Carrier, D. Casner.

Fourth heat: Stone, Hedman, McDowell, Hawkins, C. Smith, Hess, King, Norris, Lobb.

Fifth heat: B. Smith, Garvin, Sullivan, Miley, Fuller, Mason, Lux, Mussolino. Scratched: Ferree.

Sixth heat: Satterlee, Coffey, Marlar, C. Casner, Krummert, Robinson, George, Bertolini. Scratched: D. Johnson.

Consolation race results

(12 laps; top two transfer)

First consolation: Davies, Hubbard, Lanigan, Pegher, Conley, Jones, Bagley, Sarver, Force, K. Schaltenbrand, M. Johnson, Rider, Stefanick, Burke.

Second consolation: Doar, Carrier, Briggs, Hawkins, C. Smith, King, Frye, Lobb, Swartzlander, D. Casner, Hess, Norris.

Third consolation: Miley, Fuller, Mason, C. Casner, Lux, Mussolino, Krummert, George, Bertolini, Robinson (DNS) Ferree, D. Johnson.

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