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Daily Dirt 06/01/2023 04:11:07

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August 21
Ponderosa Speedway,
Junction City, KY
Sanction: Ultimate Southeast Series (John Bradshaw Memorial) - $15,012
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated August 23, 4:46 pm)
Bradshaw Memorial win worth $15,012 to Marlar
John Bradshaw Memorial
  1. Mike Marlar
  2. Scott Bloomquist
  3. Dustin Linville
  4. Jared Landers
  5. Justin Rattliff
  6. Josh Rice
  7. Earl Pearson Jr.
  8. Michael Chilton
  9. Lee Victor
  10. Kent Robinson
  11. Casey Roberts
  12. David Webb
  13. Riley Hickman
  14. Dennis Franklin
  15. Daniel Dial
  16. Johnny Wheeler
  17. Timmy Taylor
  18. Dustin Mitchell
  19. Jason Jameson
  20. Brandon Kinzer
  21. Tommy Bailey
  22. Skylar Marlar
  23. Dennis Barton
  24. Donnie Sullivan
  25. Jerry Rutherford
presented by
Rick Neff
Mike Marlar (157) heads for a $15,012 victory at Ponderosa.
What won the race: Seventh-starting Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., overtook outside polesitter Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., on lap 56 of 75, leading the remaining distance for his second consecutive John Bradshaw Memorial victory. He collected a $15,012 payday in the 12th annual event.
Key notes: The 12th annual John Bradshaw Memorial presented by Sweet Beans and Things paid tribute to the late track owner. ... The Ultimate Super Late Model Series made its second trip to Kentucky. ... Michael Chilton of Salvisa, Ky., leads Ponderosa's weekly Super Late Model points; he finished eighth. ... Elliott Despain of Campbellsville, Ky., was the winner of the Crate Late Model feature.
On the move: Josh Rice of Verona, Ky., rallied from the 15th starting position to finish sixth. Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., started 16th and finished 10th.
Winner's sponsors: Marlar's Ronnie Delk-owned Capital Race Car has Cornett power and is sponsored by Delk Equipment Sales, RS Trading and GW Performance.
Points chase: Entering the weekend Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., had 484 points to lead series points over Dennis Franklin (446).
Car count: 25
Fast qualifier: Mike Marlar
Time: 12.945 seconds
Polesitter: Jared Landers
Heat race winners: Jared Landers, Scott Bloomquist, Dustin Linville
Next series race: August 29, Dublin Motor Speedway (Dublin, NC) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Alli Collis
DirtonDirt.com staff writer

JUNCTION CITY, Ky. (Aug. 21) — Two weeks ago, Mike Marlar notched a career-best third-place finish in Florence Speedway’s Sunoco North-South 100. Last weekend, the Winfield, Tenn., driver finished runner-up in Batesville Motor Speedway’s Comp Cams Topless 100. Friday night at Ponderosa Speedway, it was finally Marlar making his way to victory lane, earning a $15,012 payday in his second consecutive John Bradshaw Memorial triumph.

Marlar, the night’s overall fast qualifier, finished third in his heat race to line up seventh in the 75-lap main event. Working his way through lapped traffic, the three-time John Bradshaw Memorial winner overtook second-starting Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., on lap 56, leading the remaining distance for his fourth career Ultimate Super Late Model Series victory.

“It took all 75 laps, that’s for sure,” Marlar said in victory lane. “We qualified well and just really didn’t get our car good for the heat. That goes to show how critical all this is … get a little off and them guys drive by you. But just an awesome race.”

Making his way into the top five by the race’s halfway point, Marlar charged past second-running Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., on lap 44. Navigating heavy lapped traffic, Marlar slipped past Bloomquist, stretching his lead over the field until a yellow flag waved with five laps remaining in the12th annual event.

“A lot of these guys I race with, I’ve raced with a long time,” Marlar said. “I got to credit some of these guys like Michael Chilton and Victor (Lee) and some of them guys. I just had a good car tonight. I was squeezing in some tight spots and saying, ‘Hey Michael, it’s me, let me go here.’ So it all worked out. Them guys give me room when I needed it. A lot of getting through that traffic is them guys holding a good line.”

Bloomquist, who commanded the first 55 laps, held on to finish second, with third-starting Dustin Linville of Bryantsville, Ky., rounding out the podium. Landers grabbed the fourth-place spot, with sixth-starting Justin Rattliff of Campbellsville, Ky., rounding out the top five.

“We really don’t know this track that well and we went too soft on tires it seemed like,” Bloomquist said after the race. “We fired up good and took off good, but it slowed down on us. The tires are torn up pretty bad … looks like he might have had something a little harder than we did. But we’ll be back. We felt like we were pretty dominant, we just lost our tires.”

After dropping back in the early running, Linville, a Ponderosa Speedway regular, worked his way back to the front of the field to finish third.

“It was getting pretty interesting before that caution come out,” Linville said. “I was wishing that caution hadn’t come out. But Mikey’s been on a roll, congrats to them guys. And Bloomer, anytime you get to run with Bloomquist like that, it’s a pretty cool deal.”

Notes: Marlar recorded his first win since debuting a new Capital Race Car a few weeks ago. ... Friday's victory makes Marlar's second of the 2015 season; he captured Ricmond (Ky.) Raceway's Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial back in July. ... The first yellow flag waved on lap 17 when Skylar Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., slowed in turn one.  …  Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., drew a caution when he slowed in turn one with a flat right-rear tire. … The final yellow flag flew on lap 70 when Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, Tenn., and Dustin Mitchell of Pine Level, N.C., tangled in turn four.

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