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June 8
Eldora Speedway,
Rossburg, OH
Sanction: UMP DIRTcar special events (non-touring) (Dream XXIII Thursday even prelim) - $5,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac, Alli Collis and Todd Turner (last updated June 9, 3:18 am)
Bloomquist pulls away, wins Dream prelim
Dream XXIII Thursday even prelim
  1. Scott Bloomquist
  2. Chris Madden
  3. Jimmy Mars
  4. Billy Moyer
  5. Dennis Erb Jr.
  6. Bobby Pierce
  7. Kent Robinson
  8. Steve Casebolt
  9. R.J. Conley
  10. Billy Moyer Jr.
  11. Gregg Satterlee
  12. Zack Dohm
  13. Brandon Sheppard
  14. Jon Henry
  15. Jimmy Owens
  16. Jackie Boggs
  17. Shannon Babb
  18. Jeep Van Wormer
  19. Eddie Carrier Jr.
  20. Rusty Schlenk
  21. Jeff Babcock
  22. Nick Hoffman
  23. Nick Latham
  24. Scott James
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Scott Bloomquist (0) edges away from Jimmy Mars (28) on the ninth lap.
What won the race: Making his return to Eldora after last year’s Dream suspension, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., emerged from an early three-car duel and grabbed a $5,000 prelim victory on the opening night of the Dream XXIII presented by Ferris Mowers. Bloomquist took the lead from Jimmy Mars on the ninth lap and cruised the rest of the way.
Key notes: The season's richest Dirt Late Model weekend can be seen on live pay-per-view at DirtonDirt.com. ... Dream entries are split between odd-even qualifiers on Thursday and Friday with two complete race programs. ... Thursday's features pay $5,000-to-win. ... Points accrued Thursday and Friday set Saturday's heat race lineups.
On the move: Winner Scott Bloomquist started seventh and runner-up Chris Madden started eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Bloomquist’s Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Reece Monuments, Mark Martin Automotive, Crop Production Services, Dyna-Gro, Allstar Performance, Sorbera Chiropractic, Horton Oil, Base Race Fuels, Hawkeye Trucking, Crossfit Overton and Sweet Manufacturing.
Car count: 79
Fast qualifier: Casey Roberts
Time: 15.925 seconds
Polesitter: Jimmy Mars
Heat race winners: Billy Moyer, R.J. Conley, Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist
Consolation race winners: Brandon Sheppard
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

ROSSBURG, Ohio — Scott Bloomquist’s return to Eldora Speedway was, in a word, triumphant.

The six-time Dream winner from Mooresburg, Tenn., hadn’t been back to the historic Ohio oval since he was suspended after last year’s Dream, and it took him only nine laps to find his way back to the front in Thursday’s second 25-lap preliminary feature.

From there, Bloomquist cruised to a $5,000 payday on the first of three nights of racing during the Dream XXIII presented by Ferris Mowers weekend, finishing 3.143 seconds ahead of runner-up Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C.

Bloomqusit said his 3-race-old Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car was nearly perfect on a slick track that allowed racing all over the surface in a caution-free feature.

“It’s been real good. Randy Sweet’s bunch built this one. We’ve got some fresh metal under us and it seems to be working pretty good,” said Bloomquist, whose most recent Dream victory came in 2013. “We’ve been trying to get our stuff organized and together and built ahead.

“Things are really rolling a bit better for us. It’s easy to get behind if you don’t have a lot of help. We’ve got some good volunteer help this weekend. We’re looking forward to tomorrow and the next day.”

Bloomquist started seventh and wedged his way into an early battle for the lead between Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., and Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis. With the drivers separated by just two-tenths of second, Bloomquist dispatched of Pierce and then went around Mars to take command four laps before the halfway point.

Mars, who led five of the first nine laps (Pierce led the other four), ended up third while Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., was fifth. Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., advanced five positions and edged Pierce late for the fifth spot.

Once Bloomquist was out front, no one could keep up with his yin-yang ride.

“The car was superb,” Bloomquist. “There was a very small push there if I got in a little bit slow. It just kept on feeling better and better. We could move around. You couldn’t ask for better.”

Madden got up to fifth early in the race, but he didn’t moved into the second spot until the 20th lap. By then Bloomquist was far ahead of the field.

“We got behind on that first start there,” said Madden, who is looking for his first Eldora victory. “Scott was able to get by four or five cars in the first corner there and I wasn’t able to clear them. We had to clear them through the race and then try to run him back down. But we had an excellent race car tonight.”

Mars stuck with the low groove throughout the race and couldn’t maintain Bloomquist’s pace.

“We didn’t really adjust a lot all night and maybe should have a bit,” said Mars, who started on the pole alongside Pierc3. “But I guess I finished on the same lap as Scott and Chris, so I’ll take that. I’ll take the third and move on to tomorrow night.

“We didn’t qualify so good. We made a bad draw, so there wasn’t a whole lot left in qualifying for us the way the track was. We got a bad draw again tomorrow night. We’ll just hopefully not screw up and come up through there.”

Preliminary notes and results:

Feature lineup

Row 1: Jimmy Mars, Bobby Pierce
Row 2: Jon Henry, R.J. Conley
Row 3: Kent Robinson, Billy Moyer
Row 4: Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden
Row 5: Gregg Satterlee, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 6: Jimmy Owens, Zack Dohm
Row 7: Steve Casebolt, Rusty Schlenk
Row 8: Shannon Babb, Scott James
Row 9: Jeff Babcock, Eddie Carrier Jr.
Row 10: Nick Hoffman, Nick Latham
Row 11: Brandon Sheppard, Jackie Boggs
Row 12: Billy Moyer Jr., Jeep Van Wormer

Preliminary notes

Back in Dream action after giving consideration to making his 2016 appearances at Eldora the last of his distinguished career, Billy Moyer ran away with the first heat. “We’ve not had a real good year so far,” he said. “We’ve been working on some stuff … it feels pretty good.” … Kyle Bronson was an early retiree from Heat 1 after significantly crunching the right-rear bodywork of his car with a slap of the outside wall. … Making his first start in a new XR1 Rocket, veteran R.J. Conley claimed the second heat and immediately looked toward the A-main. “We’ve won a lot of heat races here,” he said. “We’ve got to make something happen in the feature.” … Chris Madden was eyeing his first-ever Eldora win after capturing the third heat. “We had a great good,” he said. “We just keep tuning on it. Maybe we can get us a win here tonight.” … Struggling with his car’s right-rear bodywork bent significantly from an early-race wall brush, Chris Ferguson missed transferring by two spots in Heat 3. … Billy Moyer Jr. slowed on the first lap of Heat 3 when his car’s transmission popped out of gear. He continued and finished sixth. … Scott Bloomquist contemplated how the feature will be won after topping the fourth heat. “The track’s extremely slick,” he said. “We’ll just have to be real smooth.”

Consolation

Charging around the top side, outside polesitter Brandon Sheppard pulled away from the field in the early running, as Billy Moyer Jr. fought back challenges from Jeep Van Wormer for the third-place spot. A yellow flag waved on lap two when Jerry Bowersock spun on the backstretch. Sheppard held his lead on the restart, with Moyer Jr. pulling ahead of Jackie Boggs to run in second. Sheppard distanced himself from the field to win the consolation, with Boggs edging ahead of Moyer Jr. to run second after a tight side-by-side battle. Moyer Jr. and Van Wormer transferred to the feature.

Finish (top four transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Jackie Boggs, Billy Moyer Jr., Jeep Van Wormer, Spencer Diercks, Jesse Lay, Rodney Sanders, Kyle Bronson, Andrew Reaume, Joey Moriarty, Mike Mataragas, Bryant Dickinson, Kody Evans, Brett Miller, Ricky Weiss, Brian Ligon, Kenny Collins, Chris Ferguson, Jerry Bowersock

Consolation lineup

(12 laps; top four transfer)
Row 1: Jackie Boggs, Brandon Sheppard
Row 2: Billy Moyer Jr., Andrew Reaume
Row 3: Jeep Van Wormer, Jerry Bowersock
Row 4: Chris Ferguson, Rodney Sanders
Row 5: Joey Moriarty, Jesse Lay
Row 6: Spencer Diercks, Bryant Dickinson
Row 7: Kody Evans, Mike Mataragas
Row 8: Kenny Collins, Brian Ligon
Row 9: Kyle Bronson, Ricky Weiss
Row 10: Brett Miller

Fourth heat

Outside Kent Robinson jumped into the lead at the outside, but fourth-starting Scott Bloomquist overtook him on the sixth lap and edged away for the victory. Robinson got second with Zack Dohm in third while tail-starting Scott James rallied to finish fourth, one spot ahead of polesitter Nick Latham. Rodney Sanders started sixth and quickly moved into fourth, but he slipped back to seventh at the finish.

Finish (top five transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Kent Robinson, Zack Dohm, Scott James, Nick Latham, Andrew Reaume, Rodney Sanders, Bryant Dickinson, Brian Ligon.

Third heat

Fourth-starting Chris Madden shot to the front of the field to lead the opening lap, as polesitter Billy Moyer Jr. fell off the pace to draw a caution. Using the restart to his advantage, sixth-starting Bobby Pierce charged around the high side to lead lap two, with Madden retaking the lead one lap later. Madden maintained his lead at the halfway mark, as Jimmy Owens worked his way from the final starting spot to run in third. Madden won the heat, with Pierce fighting back Owens’s challenges to finish second. Owens, Shannon Babb and Nick Hoffman transferred to the feature.

Finish (top five transfer): Chris Madden, Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Owens, Shannon Babb, Nick Hoffman, Billy Moyer Jr., Chris Ferguson, Spencer Dierks, Kenny Collins, Brett Miller

Second heat

Charging around the top side, second-starting Rusty Schlenk led the first lap, nearly colliding with polesitter R.J. Conley as the pair exited turn four on the second circuit. Conley pulled ahead of Schlenk at the line, with fifth-starting Jon Henry working the bottom of the racetrack to challenge for second. Conley won the heat race, with Henry holding off a charging Dennis Erb Jr. to finish second. Erb ran third, with Schlenk slipping back to fourth. Eddie Carrier Jr. rounded out the top five.

Finish (top five transfer): R.J. Conley, Jon Henry, Dennis Erb Jr., Rusty Schlenk, Eddie Carrier Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Jerry Bowersock, Jesse Lay, Mike Mataragas, Ricky Weiss

First heat

With polesitter Kyle Bronson slipping back in turns one and two, fourth-starting Gregg Satterlee pulled ahead of Jeep Van Wormer out of turn four to lead the first lap. Third-starting Billy Moyer took the lead from Satterlee on lap four, as seventh-starting Jimmy Mars worked around the bottom of the racetrack to run in third. Moyer pulled away in the final laps to win the heat race, with Mars edging ahead of Satterlee to finish second at the line. Satterlee, Steve Casebolt, and Babcock al transferred to the main event.

Finish (top five transfer): Billy Moyer, Jimmy Mars, Gregg Satterlee, Steve Casebolt, Jeff Babcock, Jackie Boggs, Jeep Van Wormer, Joey Moriarty, Kody Evans, Kyle Bronson

Qualifying

Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., began his quest to make his first Dream headliner since 2010 — when he finished 26th in his only previous start in the 100-lapper — by setting fast time in Thursday’s qualifying session.

“We had a good lap,” Roberts said. “My wife drew an awesome pill (he was one of the first drivers on the track) … that’s what really helped us.”

Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., returning to Eldora after sitting out last year’s World 100 while serving a suspension for a tire-related disqualification from the 2016 Dream weekend, was second-fastest in time trials. He said he didn’t get any hot laps because an ignition problem hampered his engine, but some quick work by his Robby Allen-led crew corrected the misfire and he then “knocked the fence down and made two pretty good laps.”

Time trial notes

Qualifying was rough on Jimmy Owens and Donald McIntosh, both of whom slapped the outside wall between turns three and four and didn’t record a timed lap. ... Owens’s miscue came first and left him limping to the pit area with his car’s right-front suspension broken. His crew immediately went to work rebuilding the right-front corner with new upper- and lower-control arms and other parts and straightening the right-rear bodywork. ... McIntosh’s Blount Motorsports machine sustained almost identical damage as Owens. His team plunged into a scramble to replace the right-front corner’s control arms and the right-rear corner.v“On the warmup lap I got a little loose,” said McIntosh, who is making his third career appearance at Eldora. “Then the next lap I got even higher and hit the wall.” ... Jonathan Davenport also returned to the pit area after time trials with a crunched right-rear spoiler, but he still logged the 13th-fastest lap so he could express a sense of humor about the situation. He claimed that he didn’t get too high on the speedway, quipping, “The track shortened up a little bit.”

Heat race lineups

(10 laps; top five transfer)
First heat
Row 1: Kyle Bronson, Jeep Van Wormer
Row 2: Billy Moyer, Gregg Satterlee
Row 3: Jeff Babcock, Steve Casebolt
Row 4: Jimmy Mars, Jackie Boggs
Row 5: Joey Moriarty, Kody Evans
Second heat
Row 1: R.J. Conley, Rusty Schlenk
Row 2: Eddie Carrier Jr., Brandon Sheppard
Row 3: Jon Henry, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 4: Ricky Weiss, Mike Mataragas
Row 5: Jerry Bowersock, Jesse Lay
Third heat
Row 1: Billy Moyer Jr., Shannon Babb
Row 2: Nick Hoffman, Chris Madden
Row 3: Chris Ferguson, Bobby Pierce
Row 4: Spencer Dierks, Kenny Collins
Row 5: Brett Miller, Jimmy Owens
Fourth heat
Row 1: Nick Latham, Kent Robinson
Row 2: Zack Dohm, Scott Bloomquist
Row 3: Andrew Reaume, Rodney Sanders
Row 4: Bryant Dickinson, Brian Ligon
Row 5: Scott James

Time trials (unofficial)

Driver (car no.), hometown

  1. Casey Roberts (101), Toccoa, Ga., 15.925
  2. Gregg Satterlee (22), Indiana, Pa., 16.118
  3. Steve Francis (15), Bowling Green, Ky., 16.213
  4. Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 16.238
  5. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 16.239
  6. Dustin Nobbe (5N), Batesville, Ind., 16.239
  7. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 16.250
  8. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 16.270
  9. Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 16.450
  10. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 16.502
  11. Chris Simpson (32), Oxford, Iowa, 16.505
  12. Eddie Carrier Jr. (10), Salt Rock, W.Va., 16.527
  13. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 16.536
  14. Nick Hoffman (2), Mooresville, N.C., 16.544
  15. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 16.549
  16. Zack Dohm (17), Cross Lanes, W.Va., 16.641
  17. Don O’Neal (5), Martinsville, Ind., 16.671
  18. Jeep Van Wormer (55), Pinconning, Mich., 16.692
  19. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 16.713
  20. Rusty Schlenk (1cj), Weston, Ohio, 16.723
  21. Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 16.741
  22. Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 16.746
  23. Darrell Lanigan (14), Union, Ky., 16.748
  24. Kent Robinson (7R), Bloomington, Ind., 16.751
  25. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 16.758
  26. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 16.787
  27. Tim Manville (33), Highland, Ill., 16.795
  28. R.J. Conley (71C), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 16.830
  29. Ryan King (1G), Seymour, Tenn., 16.868
  30. Billy Moyer Jr. (21), Batesville, Ark., 16.881
  31. Brandon Overton (116), Evans, Ga., 16.913
  32. Nick Latham (31), Winchester, Ohio, 16.940
  33. Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla., 16.941
  34. Jeff Babcock (7B), Wayne, Ohio, 16.991
  35. Devin Gilpin (1G), Columbus, Ind., 17.006
  36. Jon Henry (15), Ada, Ohio, 17.008
  37. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 17.049
  38. Chris Ferguson (22), Mount Holly, N.C., 17.050
  39. Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 17.081
  40. Andrew Reaume (88), Blenheim, Ontario, 17.086
  41. Jason Jameson (16), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 17.155
  42. Steve Casebolt (C9), Richmond, Ind., 17.167
  43. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 17.313
  44. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 17.335
  45. Jacob Hawkins (20c), Fairmont. W.Va., 17.361
  46. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 17.366
  47. Rod Conley (71R), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 17.368
  48. Rodney Sanders (20), Happy, Texas, 17.388
  49. Jake O’Neil (0), Tucson, Ariz., 17.401
  50. Jimmy Mars (28), Menomonie, Wis., 17.435
  51. Forrest Trent (101), Talbott, Tenn., 17.440
  52. Ricky Weiss (7W), Headingley, Manitoba, 17.479
  53. Tim Lance (48), Brimfield, Ill., 17.500
  54. Spencer Diercks (29D), Davenport, Iowa, 17.549
  55. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 17.571
  56. Bryant Dickinson (5*), Ionia, Mich., 17.598
  57. Timothy Culp (C8), Prattsville, Ark., 17.627
  58. Jackie Boggs (4B), Grayson, Ky., 17.638
  59. Mason Zeigler (25z), Chalk Hill, Pa., 17.640
  60. Mike Mataragas (1m), DeKalb, Ill., 17.770
  61. Casey Noonan (1N), Sylvania, Ohio, 17.782
  62. Kenny Collins (1C), Colbert, Ga., 17.788
  63. Shanon Buckingham (50), Morristown, Tenn., 17.816
  64. Brian Ligon (444), Evans, Ga., 17.821
  65. Brian Shirley (3S), Chatham, Ill., 17.832
  66. Joey Moriarty (51), Phoenix, Ariz., 17.872
  67. Tyler Erb (91), New Waverly, Texas, 17.884
  68. Jerry Bowersock (95j), Wapakoneta, Ohio, 17.921
  69. Blake Spencer (6), St. Augustine, Fla., 18.050
  70. Brett Miller (97), Metamora, Ohio, 18.056
  71. Brian Harris (93), Davenport, Iowa, 18.212
  72. Scott James (83), Bright, Ind., 18.214
  73. Matt Lux (111), Franklin, Pa., 18.337
  74. Kody Evans (4G), Camden, Ohio, 18.387
  75. Troy Worrick (79), Marion, Ind., 19.034
  76. Jesse Lay (33), Walton, Ky., no time
  77. Jeff Beyers (27), Pana, Ill., no time
  78. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., no time
  79. Donald McIntosh (7), Dawsonville, Ga., no time

Thursday's race schedule

6 p.m. - Hot laps by qualifying group
6:30 p.m. - Time trials
7:55 p.m. - Invocation and national anthem
8 p.m. - Racing begins
- Heat races (10 laps; alternating odd/even with top five transferring to main event)
- Consolation races (12 laps; one for odd, one for event and top four transferring to main event)
- Odd feature race (25 laps)
- Even feature race (25 laps)

Thursday event schedule

7-11 a.m.: Breakfast at turn four concessions
8 a.m.: Hillside markings may begin
8 a.m.: Turn-three race registration opens (pit passes and media credential sign-in)
9 a.m. Turn-three pit gate opens
9 a.m. Technical inspection for Late Models
10 a.m. Main gate ticket office opens (tickets, pit passes and will call)
10 a.m.: Turn-four ticket office opens (tickets and pit passes)
10 a.m.: All ADA parking opens (permit required)
11 a.m.: Grandstand cleared and secured for grand opening
Noon: All admission gates/suites/concessions open
Noon-6 p.m. Showers open (front of Lot 2)
5 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
6 p.m.: Hot laps
8 p.m.: Racing begins
Thursday night party: Following the completion of racing in the Fan Zone

Feature lineup

Row 1: Mars, Pierce
Row 2: Henry, R.J. Conley
Row 3: Robinson, Moyer
Row 4: Bloomquist, Madden
Row 5: Satterlee, D. Erb
Row 6: Owens, Dohm
Row 7: Casebolt, Schlenk
Row 8: Babb, James
Row 9: Babcock, Carrier
Row 10: Hoffman, Latham
Row 11: Sheppard, Boggs
Row 12: Moyer Jr., Van Wormer

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