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October 31
Richmond Raceway,
Richmond, KY
Sanction: Ultimate Heart of America Series (Bluegrass Nationals) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated November 1, 8:06 pm)
Dohm rolls to victory in $10,000 Bluegrass Nat'ls
Bluegrass Nationals
  1. Zack Dohm
  2. Dustin Linville
  3. Scott James
  4. Devin Gilpin
  5. Tyler Carpenter
  6. Derek Fisher
  7. Justin Rattliff
  8. Freddie Carpenter
  9. Brandon Fouts
  10. Tommy Bailey
  11. Dennis Roberson
  12. Tristan Chamberlain
  13. Josh Hall
  14. Mikah Reams
  15. Joe Godsey
  16. Josh Vinyard
  17. Kevin Smith
  18. Richie Edwards
  19. Cory Brock
  20. Tyrel Todd
  21. Steve Stollings
  22. Kent Keyser
  23. Steve Smith
  24. Greg Johnson
presented by
Ryan Roberts
Zack Dohm and supporters flash four fingers after Dohm won at Richmond in a No. 4B tribute car to the late Jackie Boggs.
What won the race: Paying tribute to the late Jackie Boggs by driving a Boggs look-alike No. 4B, Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., dominated all 50 laps of the Bluegrass Nationals at Richmond Raceway. Dohm earned $10,000 for his Ultimate Heart of America Series victory.
Key notes: Dohm notched his third special event victory of 2020 at Richmond, which hosted its third and final Ultimate Heart of America Series race of 2020. ... Heat races paid $500-to-win. ... There was a race car door raffle to benefit the family of late Kentucky racer Jackie Boggs, who passed away last week. The track raised $3,270. ... Children came to the frontstretch for a Halloween costume contest during intermission.
On the move: Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., started 10th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Dohm’s Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Dohm Cycles, Octane Race Products, Way Floor Covering, Jen’s Hair Care and Mountain Top RV Park.
Points chase: Zack Dohm locked up the UHofA title (all three series races came at Richmond).
Current weather: Clear, 50°F
Car count: 28
Fast qualifier: Zack Dohm
Time: 15.235 seconds
Polesitter: Zack Dohm
Heat race winners: Zack Dohm, Freddie Carpenter, Dustin Linville, Devin Gilpin
Consolation race winners: Mikah Reams
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From track and Speed51 reports

RICHMOND, Ky. — Zack Dohm gave a nod to longtime racing friend Jackie Boggs by carrying a look-alike graphics scheme at Richmond Raceway. Then the Cross Lanes, W.Va., driver paid an emotional tribute to the late Kentucky racer with a dominating $10,000 victory in the Bluegrass Nationals on the Ultimate Heart of America Series.

On the day the 51-year-old Boggs was laid to rest, the top three knew it was a fitting finish to have a white No. 4B car take the checkers in a late-season Kentucky event.

“It means a lot, you know,” the pole-starting Dohm said after leading 50 laps, his voice cracking in victory lane. “Jackie, he taught me so much, and he was like that with everybody. It didn’t matter who it was. He wanted to teach you the right way to do it. It’s been a rough couple of days for all these guys, and maybe this day might make it a little bit better for ’em.”

Dohm kept his pursuers in check throughout, including runner-up Dustin Linville’s late high-side charge. Linville, of Bryantsville, Ky., finished several lengths back in second with Scott James of Bright, Ind., who held the second spot from laps 27-39, settling for third. Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind., and Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., who also used the No. 4B of Boggs, rounded out the top five.

Dohm got the jump on fellow front-row starter Freddie Carpenter at the outside and deftly handled a stiff challenge among lapped cars after a dozen laps with Carpenter, Linville, James and Gilpin mixing it up behind him.

Dohm edged away to a three-second lead that was erased by a lap-17 yellow, but he continued to make the right moves in traffic the rest of the way to remain in control.

“It felt like I was getting through (lapped traffic) pretty good. (Crew chief and brother) Nick (Dohm) was showing me I had a pretty decent lead — he could’ve been lying to me just to keep me calm — but it felt like I was getting through ’em pretty good,” Dohm said. “I almost swore it was rubbered up on the top (in turn three and four). I couldn’t make myself move. It just worked out, you know. I could feel my car taking a worse bounce down here in (turns) one and two on that bottom, but it didn’t feel no good up high. I don’t know. By the grace of God we made it through there — we probably had a little bit of help from Jackie, I’d say.”

Linville, who ran second the final 10 laps and a fellow Swartz Race Car driver with Boggs along with Dohm for many seasons, was proud to run behind the winner on a special night.

“Any time you second to that guy right there, he’s been pretty dominant this year. And we’ve been pretty sucky to be honest. It feels pretty good, actually to be out here talking on the microphone,” Linville said. “Me and (Dohm), pretty much (Boggs) was our mentor in racing, and we lost him (last) weekend. I was telling my wife when we was coming back from the funeral today, (how could it be better) than for me and him to run 1-2, whether he won or I won. He’s a good friend of mine and we owe a lot of our racing careers to Jackie Boggs. I think he’s smiling down on his. I think he’d like that one.”

James had designs on tracking Dohm down when he got into second past halfway, but he struggled in the race’s late stages.

“We got to second there, actually I was catching Zack a little bit there … just that lap-39 caution, the tire sealed up,” James said. “I felt like we were locked into second there. (Dohm) had the best car, so the right car won the race.

“It’s a tribute to Jackie. We’re all going to miss him and (Dohm) and Jackie were close, and he ran Swartz (Race) Cars) forever, and the 4B wrap, it’s a special night. It’s a tough day for the racing community to lose a hard racer like Jackie. He was a true outlaw. I just want everybody to say a prayer for the Boggs family tonight. I’m sure Jackie’s up there smiling right now.”

The feature was slowed by four cautions, the most serious incident coming on the 17th lap for a four-car pileup in entering turn three (Tommy Bailey, Steve Smith, Greg Johnson and Cory Brock were involved).

Smith slowed for another caution on lap 26 and retired while Tyrel Todd drew the third yellow when he got into an infield tire barrier in turn four on the 40th lap. The final yellow fell on lap 48 for Cory Brock’s flat tire.

Notes: Dohm’s 2020 victories include two other Richmond specials, one on the UHofA circuit and the other with the Southern All Stars. … Children were invited onto the frontstretch for a Halloween costume contest from 9:30 to 10:05 p.m. … The feature started about 10:30 p.m. … Spectators donated $3,270 to the Jackie Boggs family. The standout second-generation Kentucky racer died eight days earlier. … Joe Godsey drove the C.J. Rayburn house car.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Dohm, F. Carpenter
Row 2: Linville, Gilpin
Row 3: Fisher, James
Row 4: Rattliff, Fouts
Row 5: Johnson, T. Carpenter
Row 6: Godsey, Bailey
Row 7: Roberson, S. Smith
Row 8: Keyser, Hall
Row 9: Vinyard, T. Chamberlain
Row 10: Todd, K. Smith
Row 11: Reams, Edwards
Row 12: Brock, Stollings

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