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Daily Dirt 04/21/2021 08:14:07

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August 30
Portsmouth Raceway Park,
Portsmouth, OH
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 31, 1:36 pm)
Boggs comes alive late for Portsmouth victory
Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble
  1. Jackie Boggs
  2. Steve Francis
  3. Jared Landers
  4. Eddie Carrier Jr.
  5. Scott Bloomquist
  6. John Blankenship
  7. Don O'Neal
  8. Jimmy Owens
  9. Brian Birkhofer
  10. Earl Pearson Jr.
  11. Jason Papich
  12. Rod Conley
  13. Dennis Erb Jr.
  14. Jason Hughes
  15. Steve Lucas
  16. Mason Zeigler
  17. R.J. Conley
  18. Shannon Thornsberry
  19. Chris Combs
  20. Delmas Conley
  21. Jason Montgomery
  22. Kevin Wagner
  23. Kenneth Howell
  24. Audie Swartz
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Rick Schwallie/rickschwalliephotos.com
Jackie Boggs enjoys victory after a $10,000 victory at PRP.
What won the race: Second-starting Jackie Boggs of Grayson, Ky., went from third to first following a late-race restart and pulled away down the stretch for a $10,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Boggs overtook racelong leader Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., on the 43rd of 50 laps and drove off to a 3.168-second winning margin over runner-up Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky.
Key notes: PRP hosted the second of three weekend races for the Lucas Oil Series and it's 13th overall series event. ... Lucas Oil competitors return to Portsmouth on Oct. 16-18 for their season-ending Dirt Track World Championship.
On the move: After using a consolation race to qualify for the feature and pitting during the main event, Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., climbed from 18th to finish seventh, one spot better than his fellow championship contender Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn.
Winner's sponsors: Boggs wheels a Swartz Race Car with sponsorship from CV Products, Hoosier Racing Tire, Impact Race Gear, McCoy Bros. Logging, McDonalds and Quick Response Environmental
Points chase: Owens unofficially has a 45-point lead over O'Neal exiting Portsmouth.
Car count: 34
Fast qualifier: Jackie Boggs
Time: 14.394 seconds
Polesitter: Scott Bloomquist
Heat race winners: Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Jackie Boggs, Jimmy Owens
Consolation race winners: Chris Combs, Don O'Neal
Provisional starters: Steve Lucas, Audie Swartz
Next series race: August 31, I-77 Raceway Park (Ripley, WV) $25,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series and staff reports

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio. (Aug. 30) — Jackie Boggs knows how to win at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The Grayson, Ky., driver overtook racelong leader Scott Bloomquist on the 43rd lap and led the remainder of the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble for a $10,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.

Third-running Boggs used a late-race restart to his advantage, charging to the front of the field on the high side with only 10 laps remaining for his third career Lucas Oil Series triumph. Third-starting Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., finished second, with Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., rounding out the podium in third. Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, W.Va., finished fourth, while Bloomquist, who dominated most of the race, dropped back with fuel pressure issues to finish fifth.

“I didn’t know if I was going to get it going on or not,” Boggs said in victory lane. “We might have had our car cut a little wrong.  But I seen them start to skate a little bit and said, ‘Well, I’m going to move up a half a groove and let’s get it on.’ The car come in I was good.”

Boggs picked up a couple of wins at PRP earlier this year, and finished third in the Lucas Oil tour’s stop at the racetrack back in July.  His last series victory came at PRP in 2012 version of the same event. His experience at the racetrack worked to his advantage Saturday.

“We wasn’t really on the cushion, we was just in a groove above,” Boggs said after the race. “They wore the bottom plum out, Scott and Steve and them. Probably everybody else on it too. Once in a while, that track will bleed like that, right in the middle, and it’s fast.”

Francis notched a runner-up finish for the third consecutive time in Lucas Oil Series competition, following up second-place runs in series stops at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park.

“I thought he had a right-rear going down because he run in there and kind of laid over and got it a big push,” Francis said of Bloomquist. “I actually thought he was going to push across the racetrack … that’s why I kept committing to the bottom and then I see Jackie out there and there was no way to get out there then.

“He picked the right lane and I picked the wrong lane, so I guess it was better to be running third than it was to be running second at that point. But congratulations to him. He took a chance on going to the top and it paid off for him.”

Landers advanced from the sixth starting spot to finish third. He said he was happy with his podium finish.

“It was a lot of fun out there,” Landers said after the race. “Jackie, he sure found a good line up there at the top … I believe he out-drove everybody out there tonight. I got behind him a couple times, and he couldn’t find it all the way up there and he’d get sideways, and I’d have to break check.

“I thought we was going to wreck the field, but he ended up winning the race. I’m just lucky to be in the third spot here. I don’t know if it’s a racy racetrack, but he showed me a line that made me pass a couple more racecars. You had to do it and you had to get all you could get.”

The Lucas Oil Series will travel to I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, W.Va. on Sunday for the $25,000-to-win Hillbilly 100.

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