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Bloomquist's quick start leads to $7,500 victory

January 30, 2009, 5:41 pm
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com chief writer
Scott Bloomquist (0) gets off to a good start. (thesportswire.net)
Scott Bloomquist (0) gets off to a good start. (thesportswire.net)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Jan. 30) — Darting inside and out in the early laps, Scott Bloomquist put on a driving clinic at Golden Isles Speedway in racing to a 40-lap victory in the second round of Super Bowl V at the 4/10-mile oval. | Complete Golden Isles coverage

The Hall of Famer from Mooresburg, Tenn., earned $7,500 for the O'Reilly Southern All Star Series victory in southeast Georgia as he crossed the finish line a half-straightaway ahead of polesitter Randle Chupp of Troutman, N.C., who was the runner-up for the second straight night. Kelly Boen of Henderson, Colo., made a last-lap pass to take third from Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., who started outside the front row and led the first lap. Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., recorded his second straight fifth-place finish on a chilly, breezy winter night.

"I like setting the pace," said Bloomquist, a two-time winner during last year's Super Bowl action. "The sooner I can do it, the better. When it's a 40-lap race, you can't waste any time."

The fourth-starting Bloomquist launched his masterful attack at the waving of the green flag, sweeping around Chupp before reaching the flagstand and quickly going to work on Madden. On the second lap, Bloomquist dove low in turn three and easily eclipsed Madden for a lead he'd never give up.

Madden, Thursday's feature winner, followed Bloomquist's high-side tire tracks 10 laps before pressuring the leader amid traffic from the low groove. Madden nearly pulled alongside Bloomquist exiting turn four on the 16th lap, but another patented outside-inside move down the frontstretch helped Bloomquist slip by slower cars and build a cushion. He wasn't challenged the rest of the way. Chupp, who fell behind the lead duo before the halfway point, charged back into contention and overtook Madden on the 30th lap, but he wasn't able to take a serious stab at the winner.

"It's no embarrassment to run second to Scott. He's a fantastic racer," said Chupp, who got $3,500 for finishing second. "I've just gotta step my game up one more spot."

The Super Late Model race was slowed by a single caution on the 28th lap when John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., pulled his smoking car to the pits.

In the National Late Model Series 30-lap feature, Johnny Collins of Jacksonville, Fla., fought off a late charge from William Thomas of Phenix City, Ala., taking the checkered flag .041 seconds ahead of Thomas. Brandon Cameron, who led most of the way, finished third.

The final Super Bowl V events are scheduled for Saturday. Southern All Star racers will battle for a $10,000 winner's purse and National Late Model Series drivers will run for $3,000.

SAS @ Golden Isles: (1): Scott Bloomquist, (2) Randle Chupp, (3) Kelly Boen, (4) Chris Madden, (5) Josh Richards, (6) Jimmy Owens, (7) Matt Miller, (8) Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, (9) Rick Eckert, (10) Earl Pearson Jr., (11) Shane Clanton, (12) Darren Miller, (13) Dennis Erb Jr., (14) Jesse Stovall, (15) Brady Smith, (16) Tyler Ivey, (17) Jeremy Faircloth, (18) Ben Faircloth, (19) Casey Roberts, (20) John Blankenship, (21) Billy Moyer, (22) Donnie Moran, (23) Chub Frank, (24) Ivedent Lloyd Jr. Fast qualifier (among 60 cars): Chupp, 15.278 seconds. Heat race winners: Chupp, Madden, Hollingsworth, Bloomquist, J. Faircloth, Boen. Consolation winners: Owens, Moyer. Provisional starters: B. Smith, Lloyd.

NLMS @ Golden Isles: (1) Johnny Collins, (2) William Thomas, (3) Brandon Cameron, (4) Mark Whitener, (5) Brandon Dewitt, (6) Steve Jones, (7) Jeff Fortner, (8) Stacey Roberts, (9) Cale Simons, (10) Mitch Fulford, (11) Bo Allen, (12) Henry Carter, (13) Larry Harrod, (14) A.J. Watson, (15) Eric Register, (16) Jason Fitzgerald, (17) Darrell Padgett, (18) Ryan Van Sickle, (19) Casey Barrow, (20) Buddy Geiger, (21) Jeff Hunter, (22) Ivedent Lloyd Jr., (23) Jimmy Lee Davis, (24) Royce Bray, (25) Chuck Chitty.

Second consolation

Outside front-row starter Billy Moyer used the high groove to get the early lead from polesitter John Blankenship, then kept Blankenship at bay the rest of the way for a victory. Blankenship locked up the second and final transfer spot by finishing far ahead of Tim Fuller. Two cautions slowed the action. Dale Groves Jr. and Anthony Hill spun in turn four on the first lap. Just after the restart, Mike Nasworthy spun in turn four after contact with Mike Collins; Groves was collected and pulled to the infield with a flat right-front tire.

Finish: Billy Moyer, John Blankenship, Tim Fuller, Steve Shaver, Clint Smith, Jason Fitzgerald, Terry Casey, Dave Hess Jr., Jayme Zidar, Stacy Holmes, Kerry Jones, Derek Ellis, Mike Collins, Mike Nasworthy, James Ward, Anthony Hill, Dale Groves Jr.

First consolation

Working the low groove, third-starting Jimmy Owens worked under Earl Pearson Jr. on a second-lap restart and led the rest of the 10-lapper to earn a feature starting spot. Front-row starter Pearson, who battled with Owens and polesitter Ivedent Lloyd Jr. in a tight first-lap battle, finished second. Lloyd pulled off the track during a lap-five caution and Brady Smith, who started fourth, finished a distant third. Two cautions slowed the action. A.J. Kirkpatrick spun in turn four on the second lap to draw the race's first yellow. Another caution appeared on the fifth lap for a turn-three scramble that included five cars including Jason McBride, Ed Basey and Danny Mitchell. McBride's No. 77 was towed off the track.

Finish: Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Brady Smith, Dan Schlieper, Steve Francis, Tommy Kerr, Tommy Weder Jr., Jordan Bland, Russ King, Ethan Hunter, Dillon Wood, Craig Shuffield, A.J. Kirkpatrick, Tyler Reddick, Danny Mitchell, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Jason McBride, Ed Basey, Dean Bowen. Scratched: Benji Cole.

Sixth heat

Kelly Boen, rebounding from a heat-race wreck the previous night, led all the way from his pole position, crossing the finish line several lengths ahead of third-starting Rick Eckert. Front-row starter Stacy Holmes struggled early and ended up ninth while fifth-starting Tyler Ivey moved up to get the third and final transfer spot ahead of Steve Shaver. Anthony Hill had mechanical problems and pulled off the track.

Finish: Kelly Boen, Rick Eckert, Tyler Ivey, Steve Shaver, Mike Collins, Dave Hess Jr., Jayme Zidar, Dale Groves Jr., Stacy Holmes, Anthony Hill.

Fifth heat

Following up an impressive performance by his brother in the previous heat, polesitter Jeremy Faircloth captured the fifth heat race to earn a third-row feature starting spot. Faircloth kept an edge on Donnie Moran through the prelim for the victory while Matt Miller for the third and final transfer spot. Billy Moyer, early, and Shanon Buckingham, later, were in contention for transfer spots but both slipped high in turn four in separate incidents. Moyer recovered to finish fourth while Buckingham faded to seventh.

Finish: Jeremy Faircloth, Donnie Moran, Matt Miller, Billy Moyer, Clint Smith, Duke Whiseant, Shanon Buckingham, James Ward, Derek Ellis, Mark Andersen.

Fourth heat

Polesitter Scott Bloomquist cruised to an easy victory, finishing more than a straightaway ahead of fifth-starting Darren Miller. The battle for the third spot was a good one. Mike Nasworthy, who ran second early before losing the spot to Miller, held the third position midway through the race but has his hands full with sixth-starting Ben Faircloth and John Blankenship, who started outside the front row but slipped back to fifth on the first lap. Faircloth made the extreme low groove work and grabbed the third and final transfer spot with two laps remaining. Blankenship was third and Nasworthy dropped to sixth behind Tim Fuller on the final lap.

Finish: Scott Bloomquist, Darren Miller, Ben Faircloth, John Blankenship, Tim Fuller, Mike Nasworthy, Jason Fitzgerald, Kerry Jones, Terry Casey.

Third heat

Ronny Lee Hollingsworth made it three victories in a row for polesitters as he held off early challenges from Casey Roberts and went on to a victory. Roberts never lost touch with Hollingsworth and finished second while Chub Frank was further back in third after surviving a tight, mid-race battle that included Jimmy Owens, Dan Schlieper and Steve Francis.

Finish: Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Casey Roberts, Chub Frank, Jimmy Owens, Dan Schlieper, Steve Francis, Ethan Hunter, Craig Shuffield, Danny Mitchell.

Second heat

Following Randle Chupp's lead, Chris Madden won the second heat easily to set up a repeat of the front row from Thursday's feature event. Madden outran Josh Richards while Dennis Erb Jr. got the third transfer spot. Earl Pearson Jr., last night's fourth-place finisher, lost touch with Erb and will head for a consolation race. A.J. Kirkpatrick slowed and pulled off the track midway through the eight-lap prelim.

Finish: Chris Madden, Josh Richards, Dennis Erb Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Tommy Kerr, Tyler Reddick, Jordan Bland, A.J. Kirkpatrick, Benji Cole.

First heat

Surviving a light brush with fellow front-row starter Shane Clanton as they took the green, polesitter Randle Chupp grabbed the lead and went on to a victory that gave him the feature pole position for the second straight night. It was a two-car breakaway with Chupp and Clanton far ahead of the field. Clanton finished second about six lengths back while Jesse Stovall got the third and final transfer spot more than a straightaway further back as Stovall fought off Brady Smith's challenges. Smith nearly got alongside Stovall on the white-flag but slipped to fifth behind third-starting Ivedent Lloyd Jr. on the final circuit.

Finish: Randle Chupp, Shane Clanton, Jesse Stovall, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Brady Smith, Dillon Wood, Tommy Weder Jr., Russ King, Dean Bowen, Jason McBride.

Qualifying

Setting quick time for the second consecutive night, Randle Chupp of Troutman, N.C., topped 60 qualifiers at Golden Isles Speedway for the second round of Super Bowl V. Chupp, who finished second to Chris Madden in last night's main event, is among drivers battling for a $7,500 payday in the night's O'Reilly Southern All Star feature. Chupp will start on the pole of the first heat. Other heat race polesitters are Madden, of Gray Court, S.C.; Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, Ala.; Jeremy Faircloth of Swainsboro, Ga.; Kelly Boen of Henderson, Colo.; and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn.�

Pre-race notes

O'Reilly SAS series director Kelley Carlton said track owner Frankie Lloyd has pledged to cover weekend purses despite the theft of a safe from the track office overnight. Lloyd, who has posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, said the safe contained between $50,000 and $70,000. He and others were perplexed at how the large, heavy safe — it measured about 6 feet tall, 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep — could've been taken from the grounds where many are camping and pitting. Lloyd estimated it would've taken perhaps six men to lift and move it. ... Derek Ellis broke an engine in hot laps and went to a backup car (switching from a Rayburn to a GRT). ... Newcomers for Friday's action are Stacy Holmes of Munford, Ala., Dean Bowen of Whitesville, N.C., and Danny Mitchell of Clarksburg, W.Va. ... Among those who have competed not running Friday are Brent Dixon of Elberton, Ga., and Mark Davis of Savannah, Ga. ... Southern All Star officials have instituted group qualifying for Friday's action. Drivers will qualify and heat race against drivers in their respective groups. ... With temperatures forecast to dip below 30, officials have reduced time trials from two laps to one lap. ... Saturday's event is scheduled to pay $10,000 to the winner.

Time trials (unofficial)

(Heat race lineups start straightup according to qualifying)
First group
  1. Randle Chupp (22), Troutman, N.C., 15.278
  2. Shane Clanton (25), Locust Grove, Ga., 15.528
  3. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. (21), Ocala, Fla., 15.808
  4. Jesse Stovall (00), Galena, Mo., 15.920
  5. Dillon Wood (26), New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 15.958
  6. Brady Smith (2), Solon Springs, Wis., 16.047
  7. Tommy Weder Jr. (02), Woodward, Okla., 16.098
  8. Dean Bowen (9), Whiteville, N.C., 16.387
  9. A.J. Kirkpatrick (12k), Castroville, Calif., 16.432
  10. Russ King (56), Bristolville, Ohio, 16.499
  11. Jason McBride (77), Carbondale, Ill., 17.198
Second group
  1. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 15.382
  2. Josh Richards (1), Shinnston, W.Va., 15.626
  3. Earl Pearson Jr. (44), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.876
  4. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.923
  5. Ed Basey (4), Evans, Ga., 15.997
  6. Tommy Kerr (4T), Maryville, Tenn., 16.212
  7. Benji Cole (45), Canon, Ga., 16.273
  8. A.J. Kirkpatrick (12k), Castroville, Calif., 16.432
  9. Tyler Reddick (11), Corning, Calif., 16.712
  10. Jordan Bland (12), Campbellsville, Ky., 17.296
Third group
  1. Ronny Lee Hollingsworth (18), Northport, Ala., 15.418
  2. Casey Roberts (101), Toccoa, Ga., 15.654
  3. Chub Frank (1*), Bear Lake, Pa., 15.820
  4. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.934
  5. Dan Schlieper (9), Sullivan, Wis., 16.018
  6. Ethan Hunter (101), Tiger, Ga., 16.144
  7. Steve Francis (19), Ashland, Ky., 16.459
  8. Craig Shuffield (360), Fayetteville, N.C., 16.629
  9. Danny Mitchell (18D), Clarksburg, W.Va., 17.734
Fourth group
  1. Jeremy Faircloth (4), Swainsboro, Ga., 15.627
  2. Donnie Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, 15.714
  3. Matt Miller (7), Whitehouse, Ohio, 15.761
  4. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 15.827
  5. Clint Smith (44), Senoia, Ga., 16.029
  6. Shanon Buckingham (50), Morristown, Tenn., 16.047
  7. Duke Whiseant (A1), Texarkana, Ark., 16.250
  8. James Ward (w3), Lettsworth, La., 16.35
  9. Derek Ellis (99), Chatsworth, Ga., 16.508
  10. Mark Andersen (85), Blanchard, Mich., 16.544
Fifth group
  1. Kelly Boen (07), Henderson, Colo., 15.686
  2. Stacy Holmes (H2), Munford, Ala., 15.731
  3. Rick Eckert (24), York, Pa., 15.745
  4. Steve Shaver (30), Vienna, W.Va., 15.812
  5. Tyler Ivey (47), Tallahassee, Fla., 15.906
  6. Jayme Zidar (9z), Greenfield, Wis., 16.011
  7. Anthony Hill (10), Carrollton, Ga., 16.187
  8. Dave Hess Jr. (44), Waterford, Pa., 16.326
  9. Mike Collins (3), Council Bluffs, Iowa, 16.598
  10. Dale Groves Jr. (63), Tallahassee, Fla., 17.004
Sixth group
  1. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 15.529
  2. John Blankenship (23), Williamson, W.Va., 15.652
  3. Tim Fuller (19), Watertown, N.Y., 15.707
  4. Mike Nasworthy (0), Gray, Ga., 15.715
  5. Darren Miller (32D), Milledgeville, Ill., 15.751
  6. Ben Faircloth (27), Swainsboro, Ga., 15.87
  7. Eric Jacobsen (5), Seacliff Beach, Calif., 15.919
  8. Terry Casey (42), New London, Wis., 16.057
  9. Jason Fitzgerald (7), Jacksonville, Fla., 16.635
  10. Kerry Jones (6), Bristol, Tenn., 17.024

Feature lineup

Row 1: Chupp, Madden
Row 2: Hollingsworth, Bloomquist
Row 3: J. Faircloth, Boen
Row 4: Clanton, Richards
Row 5: Roberts, D. Miller
Row 6: Moran, Eckert
Row 7: Stovall, Erb
Row 8: Frank, B. Faircloth
Row 9: M. Miller, Ivey
Row 10: Owens, Moyer
Row 11:
Pearson, Blankenship
Row 12:
B. Smith, Lloyd
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