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Daily Dirt 02/27/2020 03:19:42

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June 5
Eldora Speedway,
Rossburg, OH
Sanction: UMP DIRTcar special events (non-touring) (Dream Thursday even) - $2,500
Information provided by: Staff reports (last updated June 6, 11:07 am)
K-Rob's dreamy run pays $2,500 in Eldora prelim
Dream Thursday even
  1. Kent Robinson
  2. Scott Bloomquist
  3. Chris Simpson
  4. Rick Eckert
  5. Duane Chamberlain
  6. Dale McDowell
  7. Jonathan Davenport
  8. Billy Moyer
  9. Mike Marlar
  10. Mason Zeigler
  11. Steve Francis
  12. Brad Neat
  13. R.J. Conley
  14. Ryan Gustin
  15. Matt Miller
  16. Gregg Satterlee
  17. Earl Pearson Jr.
  18. Jon Henry
  19. Curtis Roberts
  20. Delmas Conley
  21. Kyle Bronson
  22. Michael Asberry
  23. Devin Moran
  24. Wayne Chinn
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Kent Robinson led all 25 laps for a $2,500 victory at Eldora
What won the race: Polesitter Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., launched to the lead on the opening lap and never looked back, leading all 25 laps for a $2,500 victory in Thursday's preliminary feature for even qualifiers. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., advanced from fourth to finish second, but never seriously challenged Robinson.
Quotable: “Any time you get on the stage here, it’s a big deal,” Robinson said. “It might not have paid the highest (purse) I’ve ever won, but it definitely means the most to me.”
Key notes: DirtonDirt.com and Eldora Speedway have teamed up for a live pay-per-view production of this weekend's Dream. ... Click the related story link in the left column for blog-style live updates and results. ... Both the even feature and heat races ran caution-free. ...The Dream is celebrating it's 20th anniversary. ... In total, $306,625 in purse money is up for grabs this weekend at The Big E; Saturday's winner pockets $100,000. ... Thursday's card boasted two complete racing programs headlined by twin 25-lap, $2,500-to-win preliminary features; the field was divided by even and odd time trial results. ... Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., topped Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., in the first preliminary feature. ... Ferris Commercial Mowers is the event's presenting sponsor.
On the move: Rocket house car driver Rick Eckert of York, Pa., climbed seven spots to finish fourth in his first Dream appearance since 2009.
Winner's sponsors: Robinson's Club 29 Race Car is Jay Dickens-powered and sponsored by Allstar Performance, DK Designs, GW Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, JB's Salvage, Keyser Manufacturing, MSR Mafia and VP Racing Fuels.
Car count: 78
Fast qualifier: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Time: 16.433 seconds
Polesitter: Kent Robinson
Heat race winners: Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Jonathan Davenport, Kent Robinson
Consolation race winners: Jon Henry, Devin Moran
Next series race: June 6, Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com managing editor

ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 5) — Like many drivers, Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., came to Eldora Speedway looking for his biggest career victory. And while the $100,000-to-win Dream XX presented by Ferris Mowers is still coming up on Saturday, Robinson achieved his feat in one of Thursday’s 25-lappers leading up the the lucrative event.

Other victories just can’t quite stack up for the 27-year-old Robinson, who knows that winning at Eldora is something special.

“Any time you get on the stage here, it’s a big deal,” Robinson said. “It might not have paid the highest (purse) I’ve ever won, but it definitely means the most to me.”

The polesitter jumped into the early lead in the caution-free 25-lapper and built a comfortable half-straightaway margin on second-running Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., a six-time Dream winner.

But as the frontrunners approached traffic after 10 laps, Robinson’s margin narrowed and it appeared as if Bloomquist might track him down.

Instead, Robinson turned up the wick amid the slower cars, stretching his lead and giving his No. 7r a cushion of three lapped cars as Bloomquist vainly tried to keep up.

“When you get to dirty air, it really makes your car handle different. I knew I had a big lead. I was getting signs, a big enough lead, but I had to press hard enough to get around those guys to put some cars in between me and Scott,” Robinson said. “The car was really maneuverable. Once the tires fired off, it was really good — spot on. I don’t know if it could’ve gotten better, but that’s a good feeling. It makes my job a lot easier.”

Robinson ran unchallenged the rest of the way to take the checkers nearly three seconds ahead of Bloomquist, who started fourth and took the second spot from outside front-row starter Jonathan Davenport on the third lap.

Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, who started fifth, advanced two positions for his best Eldora performance while Rick Eckert of York, Pa., rallied from 11th to finish fourth in the Rocket Chassis house car.

Duane Chamberlain of Richmond, Ind., improved three positions to give the Bill Dues-owned St. Henry Nite Club team its second top five finish of the night. Davenport slipped back to seventh at the finish.

Robinson’s victory gave Club 29 Race Cars a sweep of Thursday night’s action. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., drove the chassis to victory over Bobby Pierce in the night’s first 25-lap feature.

Preliminary results

First heat: Scott Bloomquist, Chris Simpson, Mike Marlar, Earl Pearson Jr., Jon Henry, Vic Hill, Matt Miller, Brandon Overton, Jerry Bowersock, Ernie Cordier.

Second heat: Billy Moyer, Steve Francis, Dale McDowell, Brad Neat, Brandon Sheppard, R.J. Conley, Rusty Schlenk, Dustin Neat, Dusty Moore, Gregg Satterlee.

Third heat: Jonathan Davenport, Wayne Chinn, Rick Eckert, Curtis Roberts, Devin Moran, Ryan Gustin, Dennis Erb Jr., Michael Asberry, Josh Adkins, Mike Benedum.

Fourth heat: Kent Robinson, Duane Chamberlain, Mason Zeigler, Kyle Bronson, Aaron Scott, Delmas Conley, Chase Junghans, Tim Sabo, Nick Latham.

First consolation: Jon Henry, Matt Miller, R.J. Conley, Gregg Satterlee, Brandon Overton, Brandon Sheppard, Rusty Schlenk, Vic Hill, Dusty Moore, Dustin Neat, Ernie Cordier, Jerry Bowersock.

Second consolation: Devin Moran, Ryan Gustin, Michael Asberry, Delmas Conley, Aaron Scott. Nick Latham, Mike Benedum, Josh Adkins, Dennis Erb Jr., Chase Junghans, Tim Sabo.

Time trials (unofficial)

  1. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 16.553
  2. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 16.681
  3. Jonathan Davenport (6), Blairsville, Ga., 16.740
  4. Kent Robinson (7r), Bloomington, Ind., 16.765
  5. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 16.849
  6. Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky., 16.980
  7. Wayne Chinn (1), Bradford, Ohio, 17.000
  8. Mason Zeigler (25z), Chalk Hill, Pa., 17.025
  9. Chris Simpson (32), Oxford, Iowa, 17.061
  10. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 17.182
  11. Curtis Roberts (9r), Coleman, Mich., 17.213
  12. Duane Chamberlain (20c), Richmond, Ind., 17.234
  13. Earl Pearson Jr. (44), Jacksonville, Fla., 17.303
  14. Brad Neat (16n), Dunnville, Ky., 17.481
  15. Rick Eckert (1), York, Pa., 17.515
  16. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 17.535
  17. Jerry Bowersock (95j), Wapakoneta, Ohio, 17.619
  18. Dustin Neat (6), Dunnville, Ky., 17.656
  19. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 17.708
  20. Aaron Scott (33), Newark, Ohio, 17.768
  21. Brandon Overton (5), Appling, Ga., 17.824
  22. R.J. Conley (71c), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 17.864
  23. Devin Moran (99m), Dresden, Ohio, 17.898
  24. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 17.931
  25. Jon Henry (15), Ada, Ohio, 17.957
  26. Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., 18.011
  27. Michael Asberry (360), Crossville, Tenn., 18.077
  28. Delmas Conley (71), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 18.109
  29. Matt Miller (3), Whitehouse, Ohio, 18.179
  30. Rusty Schlenk (11), Weston, Ohio, 18.273
  31. Mike Benedum (25), Bristol, W.Va., 18.356
  32. Nick Latham (31), Winchester, Ohio, 18.477
  33. Vic Hill (1), Mosheim, Tenn., 18.577
  34. Dusty Moore (75), Swanton, Ohio, 18.695
  35. Josh Adkins (19m), Talladega, Ala., 18.952
  36. Tim Sabo (98), Toledo, Ohio, 19.016
  37. Ernie Cordier (4c), Brodhead, Ky., 20.278
  38. Gregg Satterlee (22), Indiana, Pa., no time
  39. Ryan Gustin (19), Marshalltown, Iowa, 18.047 (DQ)
 
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