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Daily Dirt 03/29/2017 23:40:33

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March 12
Smoky Mountain Speedway,
Maryville, TN
Sanction: Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals (Tennessee Tipoff) - $15,000
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated March 13, 9:04 am)
Bloomquist tops Weaver, takes Tennessee Tipoff
Tennessee Tipoff
  1. Scott Bloomquist
  2. Randy Weaver
  3. Mike Marlar
  4. Darrell Lanigan
  5. Dale McDowell
  6. Jimmy Owens
  7. Don O'Neal
  8. Jared Landers
  9. Donald McIntosh
  10. Earl Pearson Jr.
  11. Shanon Buckingham
  12. Joey Coulter
  13. Ryan King
  14. Cory Hedgecock
  15. David Payne
  16. Robby Moses
  17. Kyle Pierce
  18. Tommy Kerr
  19. Stacy Boles
  20. Greg Johnson
  21. Jason Welshan
  22. Vic Hill
  23. Bobby Giffin
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Chad Wells/wellsracingphotos.com
Scott Bloomquist captured a $15,000 victory at Smoky Mountain.
What won the race: Edging ahead of polesitter Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., on lap 35 of 75, second-starting Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., led the remaining circuits to capture a $15,000 victory in Smoky Mountain Speedway’s Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals-sanctioned Tennessee Tipoff.
Key notes: Bloomquist scored his first career Spring Nationals victory. ... The race was the richest paying event in Smoky Mountain history. ... Chris Madden was disqualified from his second-place finish in a Friday heat race after his car struck a mini-bike-riding crew member of another team near the scalehouse.
On the move: Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Tenn., advanced from the 16th starting spot to finish seventh.
Winner's sponsors: The winning Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from Reece Monuments, Mark Martin Automotive, Crop Production Services, Dyna-Gro, Allstar Performance, Sorbera Chiropractic, Horton Oil, Base Race Fuels, Hawkeye Trucking, Hoosier Racing Tire, Lucas Oil Products, Ole Smokey Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Sweet Manufacturing, and Weld Racing Wheels.
Points chase: The race opened the Spring Nationals points chase.
Car count: 27
Fast qualifier: Scott Bloomquist
Time: 14.901 seconds
Polesitter: Randy Weaver
Heat race winners: Randy Weaver, Joey Coulter, Scott Bloomquist, Mike Marlar
Consolation race winners: Cory Hedgecock
Provisional starters: Stacy Boles, Mack McCarter
Next series race: March 25, Senoia Raceway (Senoia, GA) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Alli Collis
DirtonDirt.com staff writer

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (March 12) — Edging ahead of race leader Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., on lap 35 of 75, second-starting Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., led the remaining circuits to capture a $15,000 victory in Smoky Mountain Speedway’s Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals-sanctioned Tennessee Tipoff.

Starting on the pole, Weaver charged to the lead at the drop of the green flag, approaching the tail of the field by the ninth lap. The pair battled side-by-side through lapped traffic, with Bloomquist nosing ahead at the line just shy of the halfway point.

“Everybody’s always working hard, and we’ve been working pretty hard ourselves,” Bloomquist said in victory lane. “We were pretty good. I was a little bit free early and we moved up and the car felt really good a little bit higher. We just got a good move in traffic. I had a little bit of disrespect, I think, out there on the racetrack, but that’s the way it goes.”

Saturday’s win marked Blomquist’s first career Spring Nationals victory and the third of his 2016 campaign. Never letting Weaver get too far out of his sight, the Hall of Famer was able to methodically reel in the Smoky Mountain standout.

“I felt like we could get away from him if we got out and got some clean air,” Bloomquist said. “When you get into traffic, they get your air a little messed up and it’s easy to get a little bit free. The car was really good by itself. I felt like we had the car to beat.”

Weaver held on to finish runner-up, with fourth-starting Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., improving one spot to run third. Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., finished fourth, with Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., rounding out the top five.

"Anytime you can race with Scott (Bloomquist) and them guys … it’s a testament to our race team,” Weaver said after the race. "We knew clean air was important. We got out there and then when you get in lapped traffic, you gotta try to maneuver. I just got in there and lost air and he got by me down there in one and two. And then the next time, he kind of got in the dirty air and I got beside him. We go down the back shoot and we’re wheel-to-wheel, and then all of a sudden, here he comes. I could barely see the Greg Johnson car, so he kind of got us pinched up there. But that’s just hard racing."

After facing tough luck throughout Georgia-Florida Speedweeks, Marlar clicked off his first podium finish of the season. He challenged the front runners in the early running before settling for a third-place finish.

“As long as we were racing there, it was good,” Marlar said. “We got to beating and banging down here and that just killed my whole race. But we had a really, really good car right there. We were just a little slow getting going, but after it came on, it was real good there toward the end. By that time, there wasn’t much track left.

Notes: The race was slowed by three cautions. ... The first yellow flag waved on lap 38. … Tommy Kerr slowed in turn four to draw a caution on lap 58. … A yellow flag flew on lap 59 when Robby Moses slowed on the frontstretch.

Preliminary results:

Consolation results

Top four transfer: Cory Hedgecock, Tommy Kerr, Greg Johnson, Bobby Giffin, Stacy Boles, Kyle Pierce, Mack McCarter

Consolation lineup

(10 laps; top four transfer)
Row 1: Cory Hedgecock, Tommy Kerr
Row 2: Mack McCarter, Greg Johnson
Row 3: David Payne, Bobby Giffin
Row 4: Stacy Boles, Kyle Pierce
Row 5: Mark Douglas, Steve Smith

Heat race results

(Top four transfer)

First heat: Randy Weaver, Darrell Lanigan, Shanon Buckingham, Vic Hill, Cory Hedgecock, David Payne, Stacy Boles.

Second heat: Joey Coulter, Dale McDowell, Robby Moses, Ryan King, Tommy Kerr, Bobby Giffin, Kyle Pierce.

Third heat: Scott Bloomquist, Jared Landers, Jimmy Owens, Jason Welshan, Mack McCarter. Disqualified: Chris Madden (crossed the line second but penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct)

Fourth heat: Mike Marlar, Donald McIntosh, Earl Pearson Jr., Don O'Neal, Greg Johnson.

Heat race lineups

(10 laps; top four transfer)
First heat
Row 1: Randy Weaver, Darrell Lanigan
Row 2: Shanon Buckingham, Vic Hill
Row 3: Stacy Boles, Cory Hedgecock
Row 4: David Payne
Second heat
Row 1: Robby Moses, Joey Coulter
Row 2: Dale McDowell, Kyle Pierce
Row 3: Ryan King, Tommy Kerr
Row 4: Bobby Giffin
Third heat
Row 1: Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden
Row 2: Jared Landers, Jimmy Owens
Row 3: Mack McCarter, Jason Welshan
Row 4: Mark Douglas
Fourth heat
Row 1: Mike Marlar, Donald McIntosh
Row 2: Earl Pearson Jr., Greg Johnson
Row 3: Don O’Neal, Steve Smith

Qualifying

Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., set the overall fast time for the third annual Tennessee Tipoff, tripping the clock with a time of 14.901. The Hall of Famer fell just short of the track record of 14.860. He'll start on the pole of the third heat race. Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., was the fast qualifier in his respective time trial group and will start on the pole of the first heat race.

Pre-race setup

The Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series will open its 2016 season with the third annual Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. The race is paying $15,000-to-win, the richest winner’s purse in track history.

Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., was the winner of last year’s event, but is not among this weekend's entrants. Other past recent winners on hand for the weekend are Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., and Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C.

Friday’s program will include time trials and heat races, with the 75-lap main event set for Saturday night.
Time trial results

Time trial results

Driver, (car no.), hometown, time
Group A
Randy Weaver (116), Crossville, Tenn., 15.309
Robby Moses (21M), Maryville, Tenn., 15.496
Tommy Kerr (4T), Maryville, Tenn., 15.591
Darrell Lanigan (15), Union, Ky., 15.610
Joey Coulter (2), Charlotte, N.C., 15.636
Shanon Buckingham (21B), Morristown, Tenn., 15.641
Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 15.664
Vic Hill (1H), Morristown, Tenn., 15.689
Kyle Pierce (281), Statesville, N.C., 15.698
Stacy Boles (11), Clinton, Tenn., 15.814
Ryan King (1G), Seymour, Tenn., 15.833
Cory Hedgecock (23H), Loudon, Tenn., 15.854
David Payne (8p), Murphy, N.C., 16.002
Bobby Giffin (97), Maryville, Tenn., 16.045
Group B
Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 14.901
Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 15.150
Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 15.156
Donald McIntosh (7), Dawsonville, Ga., 15.208
Jared Landers (777), Batesville, Ark., 15.288
Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.341
Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.385
Greg Johnson (88), Bedford, Ind., 15.633
Mack McCarter (51), Gatlinburg, Tenn., 15.779
Don O’Neal (5), Martinsville, Ind., 15.805
Jason Welshan (29), Maryville, Tenn., 15.932
Mark Douglas (52), Knoxville, Tenn., no time
Steve Smith (3), Powell, Tenn., no time

Correction: Fixes spelling of Shanon Buckingham's first name; updates with Madden disqualification.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Weaver, Bloomquist
Row 2: Coulter, Marlar
Row 3: Lanigan, Landers
Row 4: McDowell, McIntosh
Row 5: Buckingham, Owens
Row 6: Moses, Pearson
Row 7: Hill, Welshan
Row 8: King, O'Neal
Row 9: Hedgecock, Kerr
Row 10: Johnson, Payne
Row 11: Boles, McCarter

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