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July 6
Cherokee Speedway,
Gaffney, SC
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Grassy Smith Memorial) - $12,000
Information provided by: Series and staff reports (last updated July 7, 2:14 pm)
Bloomquist tops Overton for $12,000 at Cherokee
Grassy Smith Memorial
  1. Scott Bloomquist
  2. Brandon Overton
  3. Josh Richards
  4. Don O'Neal
  5. Dennis Erb Jr.
  6. Dennis Franklin
  7. Darrell Lanigan
  8. Jimmy Owens
  9. Earl Pearson Jr.
  10. Gregg Satterlee
  11. Ross Bailes
  12. Mason Zeigler
  13. Kyle Bronson
  14. Jonathan Davenport
  15. Tim McCreadie
  16. Joey Coulter
  17. Justin Williams
  18. Jeff Smith
  19. Kyle Pierce
  20. Hudson O'Neal
  21. Donald Bradsher
  22. Benji Hicks
  23. Johnny Pursley
  24. Tyler Millwood
  25. Bobby Pierce
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Scott Bloomquist soaks up his fifth Lucas Oil victory of the season.
What won the race: Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., passed Josh Richards on lap 31 and then held off a hard-charging Brandon Overton in the closing laps to pick up a Lucas Oil Dirt Series victory at Cherokee Speedway. Bloomquist beat Overton to the line by 0.570 seconds.
On the move: Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., started 24th and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Bloomquist’s Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Reece Monuments, New Direction, Valvoline, Allstar Performance, Sorbera Chiropractic, Horton Coal, Hawkeye Trucking, CrossFit Overton, CatSpot Litter, Penske Shocks, Go Lithium, Petroff Towing and Sweet Manufacturing.
Points chase: After Cherokee: 1. Jonathan Davenport (4,505); 2. Josh Richards (4,385); 3. Scott Bloomquist (4,370); 4. Earl Pearson Jr. (4,140); 5. Don O'Neal (4,085): 6. Tim McCreadie (4,070); 7. Bobby Pierce (4,055); 8. Hudson O'Neal (4,020); 9. Jimmy Owens (3,925); 10. Darrell Lanigan (3,765); 11. Gregg Satterlee (3,690); 12. Dennis Erb Jr. (3,590); 13. Mason Zeigler (3,560): 14. Kyle Bronson (3,550).
Car count: 30
Fast qualifier: Josh Richards
Time: 15.061 seconds
Polesitter: Josh Richards
Heat race winners: Josh Richards, Dennis Erb Jr., Hudson O'Neal, Don O'Neal
Consolation race winners: Earl Pearson Jr.
Provisional starters: Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Mason Zeigler
Next series race: July 13, Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL) $12,000
Editor's note: Fixes lap leaders.
From series and staff reports

GAFFNEY, S.C. (July 6) — Overtaking Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., on lap 31 of 50, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., held off a hard-charging Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., for a $12,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory in Cherokee Speedway’s 20th annual Grassy Smith Memorial.

Starting inside the fourth row, Bloomquist rolled around the top side of the racetrack, charging past Hudson O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., to take second in the early running. Closing the gap between himself and the race leader as the pair worked their way through lapped traffic, Bloomquist slipped under Richards in turns three and four to take the lead with 20 laps remaining, scoring his fifth Lucas Oil Series victory of the season.

“That’s the raciest this place has ever been,” Bloomquist said in victory lane. “Whatever they’re doing to this racetrack is awesome. I used to dread coming here. … We fired good. We come out with a good start, just hung in tow, kind of watched where they were running. I got in traffic there and just felt like we were a little bit better. I thought if we got in the lead, we’d be alright.

“We were moving around a lot, from real low in (turns) one and two to the very top. Then at the end it seemed like we got a little bit better running way up high. I could kind of gage off of lapped cars. In (turns) three and four, it just seemed like the top was the better place to be. But either way, the car was good anywhere we put it.”

Rallying from the 13th starting spot, Overton finished runner-up, with Richards setting for a runner-up finish after leading laps 2-30. Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., ran fourth, with Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., rounding out the top five.

“I didn’t have nothing to race with him when I got up there,” Overton said. “Both back tires, if you just look at them, I killed the right-rear. I thought that rain was going to come. I was going to try to get up there as fast as I could. But I gave it my all.

“I’ve really got to thank (car owner) Billy Franklin. People in this sport, they tell you stuff. Tell you, ‘We’re going to do this, we’re going to do that,’ and they don’t ever come through. Everything this guy’s told me, he’s done it. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be out here this weekend.”

Starting on the pole, Richards shot to the front of the field on the second circuit, overtaking Hudson O'Neal. Falling to Bloomquist mid-race, he was unable to hold off a charging Overton on a late-race restart, finishing third at the checkered flag.

“We’ll take it,” Richards said. “We had a really good car. We had a fast car all night. Whenever we were out in the front there, Scott (Bloomquist) got us. And then in that dirty air I could run right with him. But that last restart, I was like, ‘Should I pick the top?’ Brandon (Overton) did a great job and rolled the top there and we just had to settle for third.”

Friday’s victory marked Bloomquist’s 91st on the Lucas Oil Series. As the tour heads to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn., on Saturday night, the Hall of Famer will be aiming for his 600th career victory.

“I didn’t think about that,” Bloomquist said. “I wasn’t sure we didn’t get that tonight. Maybe we can get that tomorrow night. That’d be great, in front of our home fans. We’ve got just as many boo-ers there as we do here. But they come out and watch it, so that’s all that matters.”

Notes: Bloomquist notched his fourth Lucas Oil victory at Cherokee with the previous wins coming in 2006, '10 and '16. ... Series points leader Jonathan Davenport slowed for a lap-37 caution and ended up 14th. ... Overton made his first series start in a Billy Franklin-owned No. 76 Rocket Chassis.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Richards, H. O'Neal
Row 2: Erb, D. O'Neal
Row 3: B. Pierce, Franklin
Row 4: Bloomquist, Satterlee
Row 5: K. Pierce, Davenport
Row 6: Bailes, Smith
Row 7: Overton, Lanigan
Row 8: Millwood, Bronson
Row 9: Pearson, Bradsher
Row 10: Pursley, Coulter
Row 11: Hicks, Williams
Row 12: McCreadie, Owens
Row 13: Zeigler

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