BROWNSTOWN, Ind. (Sept. 24) — Saturday’s 37th annual Jackson 100 at Brownstown Speedway was one for the record books, as Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., captured an unprecedented sixth career victory in the 1/4-mile oval’s longest running event.
Winning the evening’s fourth heat race to line up outside of the second row, Bloomquist worked around the bottom of the racetrack, shooting ahead of polesitter Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ind., on lap two of 100. The Hall of Famer led the remaining distance to earn a $20,000 payday in his 14th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season.
“We took it kind of easy qualifying,” Bloomquist said in victory lane. “I didn’t want to jump the cushion and get ourselves a bad start. But the car was great in the heat race. It took off good. It was nice. We were really prepared for the weekend. We didn’t have a bunch of rushing around or thrashing to do. Everything went pretty smooth."
While it was Bloomquist who dominated the 100-lapper, seventh-starting Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., wasn’t going down without a fight. The 2012 Jackson 100 winner challenged Bloomquist through the race’s early stages, with the top two cars distancing themselves from the field at the halfway mark.
Fighting back Owens’s challenges to pull away late-race, it was Bloomquist finishing first at the checkers, notching his 76th career Lucas Oil Series victory. But the Tennessee driver was quick to admit that Brownstown is a racetrack that’s taken him time to master.
“This actually was probably the most challenging racetrack when I first started racing and traveling around,” Bloomquist said. “We came here for the first time and didn’t make the show. We were used to winning shows down south. We came back again and we got 10th. And then the next time fifth. And then second. And then we won all three of the big shows in one year. It’s always been a pretty special place to us."
Owens held on to post a runner-up finish, with outside polesitter Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., running third. Eighth starting Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., was fourth while 12th-starting Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, rounded out the top five.
“We had a good hot rod tonight,” Owens said. “I really felt like at one time there we were going to be able to roll them on the high side. I got to sliding my car a little bit too much getting in the corner, and whenever it did it just kind of overheated my left-rear, and he was able to pull us a little bit. So I just kind of relaxed, took it easy, and he gained about six, seven, eight cars on us there and was able to maintain that. We had a good car. I feel like if I hadn’t scooted my tire, those few times, we would have been right there on him a little closer at the end.”
Notching his first podium finish in Lucas Oil Series action since his Magnolia Motor Speedway victory back in June, Lanigan was pleased with Saturday’s performance.
“The car was pretty good tonight,” Lanigan said. “We’ve been working extremely hard on this new piece trying to get it better and it definitely showed tonight. We’re getting closer."
Notes: Bloomquist notched his 76th career Lucas Oil Series victory; his most recent Jackson 100 triumph came in 2014. … The race was slowed by four cautions. ... The first yellow flag waved on lap five for debris on the racetrack. … Greg Johnson slipped over the turn-three berm to draw a caution on lap 20. … A yellow flag flew on lap 27 when Chad Stapleton slowed on the frontstretch; he was running fifth. …Brandon Sheppard stops on the backstretch to draw a caution on lap 39.
First consolation finish (top three transfer): Devin Gilpin, Hudson O’Neal, Tyler Erb, Adam Bowman, Steve Barnett, Greg Amick, Raymond Humphrey, Jesse Lay, Dustin Nobbe, Colton Flinner
Second consolation finish (top three transfer): Michael Chilton, Greg Johnson, Kent Robinson, Tim Tungate, Brandon Kinzer, Alan Magner, Jeremy Hines, Scott James, Zak Blackwood, Nathan Vawter, Joe Godsey, Jason Jameson
(12 laps; top three transfer)
Row 1: Hudson O’Neal, Dustin Nobbe
Row 2: Steve Barnett, Tyler Erb
Row 3: Raymond Humphrey, Adam Bowman
Row 4: Colton Flinner, Greg Amick
Row 5: Matt Bex, Jesse Lay
Row 6: Geraid Gault, Shelby Miles
Row 1: Jason Jameson, Greg Johnson
Row 2: Michael Chilton, Kent Robinson
Row 3: Joe Godsey, Brandon Kinzer
Row 4: Scott James, Jeremy Hines
Row 5: Alan Magner, Tim Tungate
Row 6: Nathan Vawter, Zack Blackwood
Row 7: Skyller Lewis
Heat race results
First heat finish (top four transfer): Dennis Erb Jr., Steve Francis, Brandon Sheppard, Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O’Neal, Devin Gilpin, Steve Barnett, Raymond Humphrey, Colton Flinner, Matt Bex. Scratched: Shelby Miles
Second heat finish (top four transfer): Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Steve Casebolt, Jared Bailey, Dustin Nobbe, Tyler Erb, Adam Bowman, Greg Amick, Jesse Lay
Third heat finish (top four transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Cody Mahoney, Earl Pearson Jr., Chad Stapleton, Jason Jameson, Michael Chilton, Joey Godsey, Scott James, Alan Magner, Nathan Vawter
Fourth heat finish (top four transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie, Chris Simpson, Dustin Linville, Greg Johnson, Kent Robinson, Brandon Kinzer, Jeremy Hines, Tim Tungate, Zak Blackwood
Saturday’s heat lineups
(10 laps; top four transfer)
Row 1: Steve Francis, Jonathan Davenport
Row 2: Dennis Erb Jr., Devin Gilpin
Row 3: Hudson O’Neal, Brandon Sheppard
Row 4: Steve Barnett, Shelby Miles
Row 5: Matt Bex, Colton Flinner
Row 6: Raymond Humphrey
Row 1: Jimmy Owens, Dustin Nobbe
Row 2: Don O’Neal, Tyler Erb
Row 3: Jared Bailey, Adam Bowman
Row 4: Jesse Lay, Greg Amick
Row 5: Steve Casebolt, Geraid Gault
Row 1: Cody Mahoney, Darrell Lanigan
Row 2: Earl Pearson Jr., Chad Stapleton
Row 3: Joe Godsey, Jason Jameson
Row 4: Michael Chilton, Scott James
Row 5: Alan Magner, Nathan Vawter
Row 6: Skyller Lewis
Row 1: Tim McCreadie, Dustin Linville
Row 2: Scott Bloomquist, Chris Simpson
Row 3: Greg Johnson, Kent Robinson
Row 4: Jeremy Hines, Zak Blackwood
Row 5: Brandon Kinzer, Justin Rattliff
Steve Francis of Bowling Green, Ky., was the overall fast qualifier in Friday's Jackson 100 time trials, tripping the clock with a time of 13.219. The veteran racer will start on the pole of Saturday's first heat race. Clocking fast time in his respective qualifying group, Cody Mahoney of Madison, Ind., will be the polesitter for Saturday's third heat race. Other heat race polesitters are Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., and Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series moves to the historic Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway this weekend for the 37th annual Jackson 100. With March’s Indiana Icebreaker rained out, the $20,000-to-win event marks the tour’s first stop at the 1/4-mile oval on the 2016 season.
Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., enters Brownstown as the defending race winner, while series points leader Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., has five career Jackson 100 victories. Among other weekend favorites is former Brownstown track champion Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., who’s resume boasts four Jackson 100 victories.
Friday’s program will include Super Late Model qualifying, as well as a full show for Crate Late Models. Super Late Model heat races, consolations and the 100-lap feature are slated for Saturday.
Time trial results
Driver (car no.), hometown, time
Steve Francis (15), Bowling Green, Ky., 13.219
Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 13.290
Jonathan Davenport (6), Blairsville, Ga., 13.414
Dustin Nobbe (5N), Batesville, Ind., 13.497
Dennis Erb Jr. (28E), Carpentersville, Ill., 13.501
Don O’Neal (5), Martinsville, Ind., 13.556
Devin Gilpin (1G), Columbus, Ind., 13.577
Tyler Erb (91), New Waverly, Texas, 13.608
Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 13.618
Jared Bailey (24), Bedford, Ind., 13.685
Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., 13.696
Adam Bowman (77), Seymour, Ind., 13.835
Steve Barnett (89), Franklin, Ind., 14.176
Jesse Lay (33), Walton, Ky., 14.271
Shelby Miles (76), Bloomington, Ind., 14.368
Greg Amick (81W), Columbus, Ind., 14.467
Matt Bex (80), Avoca, Ind., 14.516
Steve Casebolt (C9), Richmond, Ind., 14.586
Colton Flinner (75), Allison Park, Pa., 14.790
Geraid Gault (9G), Morgantown, Ind., 14.916
Raymond Humphrey (75H), Bloomington, Ind., 14.920
Cody Mahoney (4), Madison, Ind., 13.535
Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 13.633
Darrell Lanigan (15), Union, Ky., 13.639
Dustin Linville (D8), Bryantsville, Ky., 13.646
Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla., 13.721
Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 13.799
Chad Stapleton (32), Edinburgh, Ind., 13.807
Chris Simpson (32), Oxford, Iowa, 13.852
Joe Godsey (14V), Edinburgh, Ind., 13.855
Greg Johnson (88), Bedford, Ind., 13.860
Jason Jameson (16), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 13.872
Kent Robinson (7R), Bloomington, Ind., 14.020
Michael Chilton (97), Salvisa, Ky., 14.173
Jeremy Hines (5H), Seymour, Ind., 14.263
Scott James (15J), Bright, Ind., 14.356
Zak Blackwood (93), Columbus, Ind., 14.380
Alan Magner (17Mx), North Vernon, Ind., 14.670
Brandon Kinzer (18), Allen, Ky., 14.813
Nathan Vawter (17V), Columbus, Ind., 15.241
Justin Rattliff (16), Campbellsville, Ky., 19.683
Skyller Lewis (22), Brownstown, Ind., no time