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July 18
Jackson Motorplex,
Jackson, MN
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Sturdevant’s Auto Parts 50) - $10,000
Information provided by: Staff and series reports (last updated July 19, 6:41 am)
Bloomquist rules Late Model return to Jackson
Sturdevant’s Auto Parts 50
  1. Scott Bloomquist
  2. Jonathan Davenport
  3. Josh Richards
  4. Bobby Pierce
  5. Brandon Sheppard
  6. Kyle Bronson
  7. Ricky Weiss
  8. Mason Zeigler
  9. Don O'Neal
  10. Earl Pearson Jr.
  11. Jimmy Owens
  12. Dennis Erb Jr.
  13. Tad Pospisil
  14. Scott Ward
  15. Blair Nothdurft
  16. Tim McCreadie
  17. Mike Marlar
  18. Gregg Satterlee
  19. Darrell Lanigan
  20. Jimmy Mars
  21. Clay Daly
  22. Jeffrey Massingill
  23. Hudson O'Neal
  24. Don Shaw
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Scott Bloomquist celebrates his seventh series victory of 2018.
What won the race: Scott Bloomquist swept Wednesday's action in the Sturdevant’s Auto Parts 50, setting fast time, winning his heat race and leading all the way of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series feature. Turning back a late challenge from Jonathan Davenport, Bloomquist earned $10,000 for his series-leading seventh victory.
Key notes: The national tour made its first-ever visit to Jackson Motorplex for the Sturdevant’s Auto Parts 50 presented by State Bank of Fairmont. … Jackson hosted Late Models for the first time since 1988 when home-state racer Willy Kraft won on the World of Outlaws tour.
On the move: Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., started 13th and finished fifth; he restarted on the tail after being involved in a first-lap pileup.
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 Jackson: 1. Jonathan Davenport (5,370); 2. Josh Richards (5,260); 3. Scott Bloomquist (5,210); 4. Earl Pearson Jr. (5,090); 5. Bobby Pierce (4,955); 6. Don O'Neal (4,895); 7. Tim McCreadie (4,855); 8. Jimmy Owens (4,780); 9. Hudson O'Neal (4,755); 10. Mason Zeigler (4,430); 11. Darrell Lanigan (4,380); 12. Gregg Satterlee (4,325); 13. Dennis Erb Jr. (4,290); 14. Kyle Bronson (4,270).
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: Scott Bloomquist
Time: 15.402 seconds
Polesitter: Scott Bloomquist
Heat race winners: Scott Bloomquist, Josh Richards, Bobby Pierce
Next series race: July 19, I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff and series reports

JACKSON, Minn. — Another new track, another victory for Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist.

The Mooresburg, Tenn., driver who prides himself on winning his first trip to racetracks swept the night’s action at Jackson Motorplex by setting fast time, winning a heat race and leading all the way in Sturdevant’s Auto Parts 50 for his series-leading seventh Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season.

“That’s what I told the boys when we got here, we came in here, and I said, ‘Well, this one’s a lock.’ ” the winner said with a hearty laugh. “There’s just something about coming somewhere for the first time.

“I don’t know whether we get more up for it (or what). I think a lot of times guys come into a place and they take notes and they come back and they get better, and I think we usually come into a place and just unload and let it rip in the heat, rock ’n roll and get ‘er done.”

The pole-starting Bloomquist built a lead as big as three seconds while cruising most of the way, then turned back a late charge from series points leader Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., to win by four-tenths of a second at the 3/8-mile layout.

Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., was third with Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., and 13th-starting Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., rounding out the top five in a race where several series regulars were pitside at the finish.

Drivers were getting their first look at the 3/8-mile oval that hadn’t hosted a Late Model event for 30 years, and everyone seemed to like what they saw — and raced on — in comparing it favorably to a miniature version of the history Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, the half-mile oval the Lucas Oil Series visits each season.

“That’s absolutely what it reminded me a lot of,” Bloomquist said. “That berm around the bottom very similar … it holds moisture better than Knoxville. Knoxville usually blacks off and goes away a little bit quicker than this. I was surprised it lasted through the whole feature like it did. We were hammer down the whole race. The groove moved around a little bit, the bottom got slower in (turns) one and two and we moved up. I never really knew where (Davenport) was at. We just felt comfortable, we were hooked up up top … anywhere.

“I wish we could race at more racetracks like this,” Bloomquist said, looking ahead to a three-day weekend for the $53,000-to-win Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. “You know, we didn’t tear nothing up, the car just needs a little bath, and we’re ready to rock ’n roll the rest of the weekend … this place is racy. I’ve not seen too many places like this in my entire career.”

Davenport didn’t get rolling until the second half of the race, and while he cut into Bloomquist’s straightaway lead to less than a second late in the race, he was pleased with his first top-five on the series since July 3.

“We just keep improving and every time out this past week or so, we keep improving the race car, keep improving everything on it. Our crew’s been working hard and I’ve just gotta thank them for everything they do,,” Davenport said. “This is an awesome facility. You’d never know it way up here, you know, it’s just in the middle of nowhere. I’d never even heard of the place, but ya’ll really got something special here for sure.”

Davenport wished he could’ve given Bloomquist “a little bit better run for his money (so it wouldn’t have been) a lock for him. We gave it all we had and we’re getting better and catching on fire right here when it’s big-money month.”

Richards, second in the points chase to Davenport and just ahead of Bloomquist, joined his title contenders on the podium with his second straight top-three finish.

“Man, this place is awesome … Everyone kept saying, ‘It’s like a mini Knoxville, it’s like a mini Knoxville.’ And it’s like, holy cow, they’ve done a phenomenal job here and you can race all over it. It looked like it was going to be bottom-dominant and then you get back up top later and it was starting to get pretty slick off of (turn) two,” Richards said. “This is a beautiful place and I hope we get to come back a lot more.”

The top three avoided being part of a pair of four-car pileups that required lengthy cleanups during the 50-lapper. No one was injured, but the wrecks created plenty of havoc.

Before a lap was complete, Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Hudson O’Neal and Don Shaw ended up in a turn-two melee with the driver’s side wheels of O’Neal’s car atop Shaw’s machine.

The mess required a 15-minute cleanup under a red flag with O’Neal and Shaw suffering too much damage to continue.

The next pileup was at the top of the backstretch on a lap-14 restart with Clint Bowyer Racing teammates Darrell Lanigan and Don O’Neal wadded up along with Tim McCreadie and Mason Zeigler. The No. 14 of Lanigan, who was running fifth, was towed off the track while O’Neal was able to continue and finished ninth.

Other cautions appeared on lap 14 (Clay Daly pulled his smoking ride to the infield), lap 17 (when Gregg Satterlee lost a right-rear wheel in turn two that bounded down the backstretch) and lap 34 (when seventh-running Jimmy Owens coasted to a stop in turn one).

Notes: Bloomquist notched his 93rd career Lucas Oil victory. … Third-finishing Josh Richards said his carburetor was stumbling on restarts and he got together with Darrell Lanigan on the lap-14 restart that ended with Lanigan’s retirement. “It was unfortunate that it ended those guy’s night and messed their cars up,” Richards said during his postrace interview on the frontstretch. … Fifth-finishing Brandon Sheppard rallied from the rear in his Rocket Chassis house car after being part of the first-lap wreck. … Don Shaw’s first Lucas Oil Series appearance ended without him completing a lap. … Jackson’s race marked the second Lucas Oil race in Minnesota and the second this season after a visit to Spring Valley’s Deer Creek Speedway.

Preliminary results at Jackson:

Feature lineup

Row 1: Scott Bloomquist, Josh Richards
Row 2: Bobby Pierce, Darrell Lanigan
Row 3: Jonathan Davenport, Mason Zeigler
Row 4: Dennis Erb Jr., Don O’Neal
Row 5: Mike Marlar, Jimmy Owens
Row 6: Earl Pearson Jr., Tim McCreadie
Row 7: Brandon Sheppard, Ricky Weiss
Row 8: Hudson O’Neal, Kyle Bronson
Row 9: Jeff Massingill, Scott Ward
Row 10: Don Shaw, Tad Pospisil
Row 11: Gregg Satterlee, Jimmy Mars
Row 12: Clay Daly, Blair Nothdruft

Heat race results

Third heat
Finish: Bobby Pierce, Mason Zeigler, Mike Marlar, Tim McCreadie, Hudson O’Neal, Scott Ward, Gregg Satterlee, Blair Nothdruft.

Second heat
Finish: Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Ricky Weiss, Jeff Massingill, Tad Pospisil, Clay Daly.

First heat
Finish: Scott Bloomquist, Darrell Lanigan, Dennis Erb Jr., Jimmy Owens, Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Bronson, Don Shaw, Jimmy Mars.

Heat lineups

First heat
Row 1: Scott Bloomquist, Darrell Lanigan
Row 2: Dennis Erb Jr., Jimmy Owens
Row 3: Brandon Sheppard, Don Shaw
Row 4: Kyle Bronson, Jimmy Mars
Second heat
Row 1: Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards
Row 2: Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr.
Row 3: Jeff Massingill, Ricky Weiss
Row 4: Tad Pospisil, Clay Daly
Third heat
Row 1: Bobby Pierce, Scott Ward
Row 2: Hudson O’Neal, Mason Zeigler
Row 3: Mike Marlar, Tim McCreadie
Row 4: Blair Nothdurft, Gregg Satterlee

Time trial results (unofficial)

Driver (car no.), hometown, time
Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 15.402
Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 15.420
Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 15.633
Darrell Lanigan (14), Union, Ky., 15.644
Josh Richards (1), Shinnston, W.Va., 15.817
Scott Ward (37), Watertown, S.D., 15.823
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.838
Don O’Neal (5), Martinsville, Ind., 15.918
Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 15.939
Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.950
Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.976
Mason Zeigler (25z), Chalk Hill, Pa., 15.986
Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 16.000
Jeff Massingill (6m), Keewatin, Minn., 16.012
MIke Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 16.052
Don Shaw (42S), Ham Lake, Minn., 16.117
Ricky Weiss (7W), Headingley, Manitoba, 16.144
Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 16.156
Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 16.163
Tad Pospisil (04), Norfolk, Neb., 16.183
Blair Nothdurft (76), Sioux Falls, S.D., 16.234
Jimmy Mars (28), Menomonie, Wis., 16.342
Clay Daly (32B), Watsonville, Calif., 16.782
Gregg Satterlee (22), Indiana, Pa., no time

Wednesday’s schedule

7 p.m.: Hot laps
- Late Models (three groups)
- RaceSaver sprints (two groups)
- Street stocks (one group)
7:30 p.m.: Time trials
- Late Models (2 laps)
Opening ceremonies
Heat races
- Street stocks (one heat; 8 laps)
- RaceSaver sprints (two heats; 8 laps)
- Late Models (three heats; 10 laps)
Intermission
9:30 p.m.: Main events
- Late Models (50 laps)
- Street stocks (20 laps)
- RaceSaver sprints (20 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bloomquist, Richards
Row 2: Pierce, Lanigan
Row 3: Davenport, Zeigler
Row 4: Erb Jr., D. O'Neal
Row 5: Marlar, Owens
Row 6: Pearson Jr., McCreadie
Row 7: Sheppard, Weiss
Row 8: H. O'Neal, Bronson
Row 9: Massingill, Ward
Row 10: Shaw, Pospisil
Row 11: Satterlee, Mars
Row 12: Daly, Nothdruft

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