Brooke Tatnell and Scott Bloomquist Dominate En Route to Victory Lane at The Dirt Track
Brooke Tatnell and Scott Bloomquist visited Victory Lane Friday during the second night of the VAULT World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Tatnell, filling in for the injured Craig Dollansky, led all 30 laps of the Advance Auto Parts Sprint Car feature en route to his first win of the season. The Australia native took home $10,000 for the VAULT World Finals feature win.
"Craig (Dollansky) might not be in the car, but this win is yours," Tatnell said when he climbed from the No. 2 machine. "I am very fortunate that these guys have enough respect and belief in me to give us another shot at this.
"It was a little nerve wracking. My foot was a little slippery on the accelerator pedal there for a while. People laughed because I couldn't find Victory Lane, but it took me 12 months to find my way back here."
Still recovering from a fractured arm he sustained in a wreck at Eldora Speedway on Sept. 19, Dollansky joined Tatnell in Victory Lane to celebrate his team's win.
"It feels great to have my car in Victory Lane," Dollansky said. "I am so happy for Brooke and his family and our entire race team. It was a total team effort.
"I really wanted to see him get a win before the year was over. He's done a great job filling in for me."
Series points leader Donny Schatz closed in on Tatnell mid way through the race, but was unable to challenge for the lead and settled for a second-place finish. Terry McCarl, Steve Kinser and Cody Darrah rounded out the top five in the 26-car field.
The red flag waved on lap seven after Jason Sides and Lee Sowell got turned around in turn four. The race was also slowed by one additional caution period on lap 20 when Sam Hafertepe Jr. spun off turn two.
The eight-lap sprint car heat races were won by McCarl, Donny Schatz, Brooke Tatnell and Chad Kemenah.
Mark Smith topped the C main while Wayne Johnson led the field to the checkered flag in the B main. McCarl went wire-to-wire to win the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position in the feature.
Scott Bloomquist started the 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series feature from the pole position and never looked back as he cruised to his fifth late model win at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway. The $10,000 victory regained Bloomquist the win leader title in late model competition at the four-tenths-mile clay oval.
"The car was perfect tonight," Bloomquist said. "The engine ran terrific and that's about as good a handling car as I've ever sat in.
"This is just a great race track. You can race all over. No one's going to hold you up. If you're fast you're going to get to the front and that's what we love about it."
While Bloomquist checked out on the rest of the field, from second place on back the competition was tight. Shane Clanton ran solidly in the top five until mechanical problems ended his night on lap 23. Fast qualifier Jimmy Owens also ran as high as second before a broken rear end put him out of the race on lap 43.
Dale McDowell finished second and Shannon Babb took home third-place honors. Tim McCreadie started 20th and worked his way up to finish fourth, while Matt Miller rounded out the top five.
The late model feature was slowed by seven caution flags for a series of minor incidents.
Miller, Donnie Moran, Clanton, Babb, McDowell and Bloomquist won the 10-lap heat races for the late models.
Steve Shaver, McCreadie and Clint Smith topped the 12-lap late model B mains.
The VAULT World Finals concludes Saturday night with a full slate of racing for both divisions. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are just $35 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.
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World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
First Heat (8 laps): 1. Terry McCarl; 2. Jac Haudenschild; 3. Jason Meyers; 4. Fred Rahmer; 5. Chad Hillier; 6. Mark Smith; 7. Danny Lasoski; 8. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 9. Lee Jacobs; 10. Jessica Zemken; 11. T.J. Winegardner; 12. Brian Smith.
Second Heat (8 laps): 1. Donny Schatz; 2. Daryn Pittman; 3. Greg Hodnett; 4. Joey Saldana; 5. Danny Smith; 6. Lynton Jeffrey; 7. Kraig Kinser; 8. Brandon Martin; 9. Alan Cole; 10. Brian Leppo; 11. Wayne Johnson; 12. Louie Carufel.
Third Heat (8 laps): 1. Brooke Tatnell; 2. Jason Sides; 3. Tim Shaffer; 4. Steve Kinser; 5. Rob Chaney; 6. Niki Young; 7. Kerry Madsen; 8. Tony Bruce Jr.; 9. Brian Ellenberger; 10. Josh Weller; 11. Glenn Styres.
Fourth Heat (8 laps): 1. Chad Kemenah; 2. Cody Darrah; 3. Ed Lynch Jr.; 4. Lucas Wolfe; 5. Paul McMahan; 6. Lance Dewease; 7. Jimmy Stinson; 8. Greg Wilson; 9. Lee Sowell; 10. Scott Flammer; 11. Craig Folmar.
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps): 1. Terry McCarl; 2. Brooke Tatnell; 3. Donny Schatz; 4. Cody Darrah; 5. Daryn Pittman; 6. Jac Haudenschild; 7. Jason Meyers; 8. Steve Kinser; 9. Jason Sides; 10. Chad Kemenah.
C Main (10 laps): 1. Mark Smith; 2. Brandon Martin; 3. Lynton Jeffrey; 4. Greg Wilson; 5. Brian Ellenberger; 6. T.J. Winegardner; 7. Glenn Styres; 8. Louie Carufel; 9. Brian Smith.
Did Not Start: Craig Folmar
B Main (12 laps): 1. Wayne Johnson; 2. Danny Lasoski; 3. Kraig Kinser; 4. Lee Sowell; 5. Alan Cole; 6. Kerry Madsen; 7. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 8. Lance Dewease; 9. Tony Bruce Jr.; 10. Niki Young; 11. Brian Leppo; 12. Jessica Zemken; 13. Josh Weller; 14. Scott Flammer; 15. Lee Jacobs; 16. Jimmy Stinson; 17. Brandon Martin.
Did Not Start: Mark Smith
Feature (30 laps): 1. Brooke Tatnell; 2. Donny Schatz; 3. Terry McCarl; 4. Steve Kinser; 5. Cody Darrah; 6. Daryn Pittman; 7. Jac Haudenschild; 8. Jason Meyers; 9. Fred Rahmer; 10. Wayne Johnson; 11. Tim Shaffer; 12. Chad Kemenah; 13. Ed Lynch Jr.; 14. Paul McMahan; 15. Lucas Wolfe; 16. Kerry Madsen; 17. Danny Smith; 18. Kraig Kinser; 19. Joey Saldana; 20. Greg Hodnett; 21. Rob Chaney; 22. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 23. Lee Sowell; 24. Chad Hillier; 25. Jason Sides; 26. Danny Lasoski.
World of Outlaws Late Models
First Heat (10 laps): 1. Matt Miller; 2. Jimmy Owens; 3. Steve Francis; 4. Steve Shaver; 5. Tommy Kerr; 6. Dan Schlieper; 7. Jared Miley; 8. Michael England; 9. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 10. Eric Wells; 11. Bruce Hall; 12. Tony Izzo Jr.
Second Heat (10 laps): 1. Donnie Moran; 2. Tim Fuller; 3. Don O'Neal; 4. Rick Eckert; 5. Jeep Van Wormer; 6. Brian Shirley; 7. Wayne Chinn; 8. Chesley Dixon; 9. Chuck Harper; 10. Dean Bowen; 11. Jill George; 12. Jeff Isabell Jr.
Third Heat (10 laps): 1. Shane Clanton; 2. Earl Pearson Jr.; 3. Davey Johnson; 4. Chub Frank; 5. Jeremy Miller; 6. Austin Hubbard; 7. Justin Ratliff; 8. Eric Jacobsen; 9. Rob McLaughlin; 10. Justin Labonte; 11. Norman Short Jr.; 12. Jeff Isabell Sr.
Fourth Heat (10 laps): 1. Shannon Babb; 2. Josh Richards; 3. Mike Balzano; 4. Tim McCreadie; 5. Jackie Boggs; 6. Randy Korte; 7. Rick Whaley; 8. Bob Gordon; 9. Mike Knight; 10. Chris Ferguson; 11. Chad Ruhlman; 12. Chris Madden.
Fifth Heat (10 laps): 1. Dale McDowell; 2. Ricky Elliott; 3. Jeff Rine; 4. Ricky Weeks; 5. Jeff Smith; 6. Danny Johnson; 7. Jerry Bowersock; 8. Dan Stone; 9. John Winge; 10. G.R. Smith; 11. Curt Spalding; 12. Darrell Lanigan.
Sixth Heat (10 laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist; 2. Josh McGuire; 3. Jonathan Davenport; 4. Clint Smith; 5. Gregg Satterlee; 6. Jordan Bland; 7. Austin Dillon; 8. Vic Coffey; 9. Joe Isabell; 10. Wes Burton; 11. Tim Allen; 12. Jeremy Faircloth.
B Main 1 (12 laps): 1. Steve Shaver; 2. Tommy Kerr; 3. Brian Shirley; 4. Dan Schlieper; 5. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 6. Jared Miley; 7. Chuck Harper; 8. Tony Izzo Jr.; 9. Chesley Dixon; 10. Dean Bowen; 11. Jeff Isabell Jr.; 12. Jill George; 13. Bruce Hall; 14. Jeep Van Wormer; 15. Eric Wells; 16. Michael England; 17. Rick Eckert; 18. Wayne Chinn.
B Main 2 (12 laps): 1. Tim McCreadie; 2. Jackie Boggs; 3. Chub Frank; 4. Chris Madden; 5. Jeremy Miller; 6. Justin Ratliff; 7. Rob McLaughlin; 8. Eric Jacobsen; 9. Austin Hubbard; 10. Chris Ferguson; 11. Chad Ruhlman; 12. Mike Knight; 13. Justin Labonte; 14. Rick Whaley; 15. Norman Short Jr.; 16. Randy Korte; 17. Bob Gordon.
Did Not Start: Jeff Isabell Sr.
B Main 3 (12 laps): 1. Clint Smith; 2. Jeff Smith; 3. Ricky Weeks; 4. Jerry Bowersock; 5. Vic Coffey; 6. Dan Stone; 7. Tim Allen; 8. Joe Isabell; 9. Jordan Bland; 10. Gregg Satterlee; 11. Curt Spalding; 12. John Winge; 13. Danny Johnson; 14. G.R. Smith; 15. Austin Dillon; 16. Wes Burton; 17. Darrell Lanigan; 18. Jeremy Faircloth.
Feature (50 laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist; 2. Dale McDowell; 3. Shannon Babb; 4. Tim McCreadie; 5. Matt Miller; 6. Ricky Elliott; 7. Steve Shaver; 8. Earl Pearson Jr.; 9. Donnie Moran; 10. Josh Richards; 11. Darrell Lanigan; 12. Chub Frank; 13. Jonathan Davenport;14. Tim Fuller; 15. Mike Balzano; 16. Jeff Rine; 17. Rick Eckert; 18. Tommy Kerr; 19. Jackie Boggs; 20. Bob Gordon; 21. Jimmy Owens; 22. Don O'Neal; 23. Clint Smith; 24. Davey Johnson; 25. Shane Clanton; 26. Jeff Smith; 27. Josh McGuire; 28. Steve Francis.