Meyers and Bloomquist Claim Dramatic Wins
Jason Meyers and Scott Bloomquist shared the victory podium Friday during the second night of the inaugural World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Meyers led only one lap in the 30-lap World of Outlaws Sprint Series feature, but it was the most important one as the Clovis, Calif., driver banked $10,000 for his fifth series victory of the season.
Series points leader Donnie Schatz took the lead at the green flag and set the pace until the 29th trip around the four-tenths-mile clay oval. However, Schatz slid high in turn two on the final lap and jumped the cushion. The minor miscue slowed his momentum just enough that Meyers drove around him exiting turn four.
"This is just awesome. Donny (Schatz) had a great race car and I knew we were just as good. But we weren't going to be able to pass him, so we had to have lapped traffic," said Meyers. "It just all came together for us. Thank you to all the race fans; it's awesome to be at Charlotte, and they did a great job on the track."
Schatz settled for second, but needs only to start Saturday night's feature to claim his second consecutive World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship.
Tim Shaffer started sixth and finished third with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser fourth under the checkered flag. Shane Stewart rounded out the top five in the 26-car field.
The red flag was unfurled on lap 14 for a vicious crash involving Kerry Madsen and Paul McMahan. The accident started when Madsen slid up into McMahan exiting turn two. McMahan's car flipped end-over-end into the catch fence while Madsen also turned over. The two cars were heavily damaged, but both drivers walked away.
The race was also slowed by five caution flags for inconsequential incidents, the last being waved on lap 21.
The eight-lap sprint car heat races were won by Schatz, Craig Dollansky, Kinser and Madsen.
Dean Jacobs and Justin Henderson walked away uninjured after a tangle in the second heat race sent both cars flipping into the outside fence. Brian Smith was also unhurt in a fourth heat race tumble.
Doug Esh topped the C feature while Fred Rahmer led the field to the checkered flag in the B main and Jason Meyers went wire-to-wire in winning the Crane Cams Dash.
Bloomquist failed to qualify through his heat race and had to earn his way into the 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series feature by winning one of the two 12-lap B features. Then to make it even tougher, the Mooresburg, Tenn., veteran pitted on lap seven for adjustments before romping through the field to claim his third series victory of the season and the fourth of his career at The Dirt Track.
"What a great race and a great race track," Bloomquist said. "When we first took off there, the car was a little bit off. I went in and had them do some adjustments real quick, so we had to come from dead last. I think the track came around and the tires came in, just everything worked good. I definitely don't need to touch the race car for tomorrow because that baby was sweet."
While Bloomquist worked through the field, Jeremy Miller led the first 31 laps before falling out with mechanical problems and handing the lead to Ricky Elliott. For several laps, it looked as if Elliott would hold on, but he proved to be no match for Bloomquist who drove around him on lap 44.
Earl Pearson Jr. started 15th and finished third while Steve Francis moved up from the 18th starting spot and clinched his first World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship with a fourth-place finish. Josh Richards rounded out the top five.
The late model feature was slowed by 10 caution flags for a serious of minor incidents.
Eric Jacobsen, Donnie Moran, Matt Miller, Jonathan Davenport, Jeremy Miller and Chris Madden topped the eight-lap heat races for the late models. Dan Schlieper flipped in the first late model heat race and Don O'Neal rode out a nasty tumble in the third heat. Neither driver was injured.
Bloomquist and Jeep Van Wormer topped the 12-lap late model B mains while Tim Tungate was the class of the C-feature field.
The inaugural World of Outlaws World Finals concludes Saturday night with a full slate of racing for both divisions. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $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. Donny Schatz; 2. Shane Stewart; 3. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 4. Kraig Kinser; 5. Jac Haudenschild; 6. Fred Rahmer; 7. Jeremy Campbell; 8. Lance Dewease; 9. Danny Smith; 11. Brian Carlson; 12. Terry McCarl.
Second Heat (8 laps): 1. Craig Dollansky; 2. Tim Shaffer; 3. Paul McMahan; 4. Lucas Wolfe; 5. Wayne Johnson; 6. Chad Kemenah; 7. Jason Solwold; 8. Kaley Gharst; 9. Greg Hodnett; 10. Geoff Dodge; 11.Justin Henderson; 12. Dean Jacobs.
Third Heat (8 laps): 1. Steve Kinser; 2. Jason Meyers; 3. Jason Sides; 4. Mark Smith; 5. Chad Layton; 6. Dale Blaney; 7. Lynton Jeffrey; 8. Joey Borich; 9. Randy Hannagan; 10. Brandon McLain; 11. Tyler Thompson; 12. Greg Wilson.
Fourth Heat (8 laps): 1. Kerry Madsen; 2. Stevie Smith; 3. Daryn Pittman; 4. Joey Saldana; 5. Chad Hillier; 6. Danny Lasoski; 7. Jessica Zemken; 8. Doug Esh; 9. Tony Bruce Jr.; 10. Brandon Martin; 11. Brian Smith.
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps): 1. Jason Meyers; 2. Donny Schatz; 3. Shane Stewart; 4. Steve Kinser; 5. Craig Dollansky; 6. Tim Shaffer; 7. Lucas Wolfe; 8. Kerry Madsen; 9. Daryn Pittman; 10. Stevie Smith.
C Main (10 laps): 1. Doug Esh; 2. Randy Hannagan; 3. Brian Ellenberger; 4. Lynton Jeffrey; 5. Brandon Martin; 6. Brian Carlson; 7. Tyler Thompson; 8. Geoff Dodge; 9. Brandon McLain; 10. Jason Solwold; 11. Brian Smith.
B Main (12laps): 1. Fred Rahmer; 2. Greg Hodnett; 3. Dale Blaney; 4. Jeremy Campbell; 5. Lance Dewease; 6. Chad Kemenah; 7. Kaley Gharst; 8. Joey Borich; 9. Greg Wilson; 10. Danny Smith; 11. Randy Hannagan; 12. Jessica Zemken; 13. Tony Bruce Jr.; 14. Justin Henderson; 15. Danny Lasoski; 16. Terry McCarl; 17. Doug Esh; 18. Dean Jacobs.
Feature (30 laps): 1. Jason Meyers; 2. Donny Schatz; 3. Tim Shaffer; 4. Steve Kinser; 5. Shane Stewart; 6. Fred Rahmer; 7. Craig Dollansky; 8. Lucas Wolfe; 9. Daryn Pittman; 10. Jac Haudenschild; 11. Joey Saldana; 12. Danny Lasoski; 13. Chad Hillier; 14. Chad Layton; 15. Mark Smith; 16. Stevie Smith; 17. Jason Solwold; 18. Greg Hodnett; 19. Jeremy Campbell; 20. Jason Sides; 21. Wayne Johnson; 22. Kerry Madsen; 23. Paul McMahan; 24. Dale Blaney; 25. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 26. Kraig Kinser.
World of Outlaws Late Models
First Heat (10 laps): 1. Eric Jacobsen; 2. Steve Shaver; 3. Ricky Weeks; 4. Jeff Rine; 5. Randy Weaver; 6. Tim Tungate; 7. Steve Blackburn; 8. Doug Dodd; 9. Jay Smith; 10. Josh McGuire; 11. Jeff Smith; 12. Shannon Babb; 13. Dan Schlieper.
Second Heat (10 laps): 1. Donnie Moran; 2. Shane Clanton; 3. Randy Korte; 4. Michael England; 5. Tommy Kerr; 6. Scott James; 7. Rick Eckert; 8. Ben Adkins; 9. Jared Hawkins; 10. Tim Allen; 11. Jayme Zidar; 12. Chad Ruhlman.
Third Heat (10 laps): 1. Matt Miller; 2. Josh Richards; 3. Earl Pearson Jr.; 4. Scott Bloomquist; 5. Ray Cook; 6. Brian Barber; 7. Chuck Harper; 8. David Scott; 9. Matt Lux; 10. Wayne Chinn; 11. Don O'Neal; 12. Anthony Huber.
Fourth Heat (10 laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport; 2. Ricky Elliott; 3. Austin Dillon; 4. Clint Smith; 5. Tim Dohm; 6. Dan Stone; 7. Tim Fuller; 8. Jason Dunn; 9. John Lewellyn; 10. Walker Arthur; 11. Chris Combs; 12. Eric Wells.
Fifth Heat (10 laps): 1. Jeremy Miller; 2. Darrell Lanigan; 3. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 4. Mike Balzano; 5. Junior Pearce; 6. Jackie Boggs; 7. Ken Schrader; 8. Alex Feree; 9. Rodney Combs; 10. Jeff Cooke; 11. Kerry Jones; 12. Jordan Bland.
Sixth Heat (810laps): 1. Chris Madden; 2. Chub Frank; 3. Steve Francis; 4. Brian Shirley; 5. Jeep VanWormer; 6. Tony Knowles; 7. Freddy Smith; 8. Jerry Bowersock; 9. Johnny Cloer; 10. Ronnie DeHaven; 11. Austin Hubbard; 12. Larry Blankenship.
C Feature (10 laps): 1. Tim Tungate; 2. Jayme Zidar; 3. Wayne Chinn; 4. Eric Wells; 5. Kerry Jones; 6. Larry Blankenship; 7. Bob Gordon; 8. Ronald Hammond; 9. Damon Kotke; 10. Troy Erickson; 11. Brian Ledbetter; 12. Steve Lucas; 13. Tre Martin; 14. Damon Eller; 15. Ran Davies.
First B Feature (12 laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist; 2. Michael England; 3. Rick Eckert; 4. Jeff Rine; 5. Tommy Kerr; 6. Scott James; 7. Randy Weaver; 8. David Scott; 9. Tim Tungate; 10. Jared Hawkins; 11. Brian Barber; 12. Doug Dodd; 13. Ben Adkins; 14. Jay Smith; 15. Chuck Harper; 16. Matt Lux; 17. Ray Cook; 18. Steve Blackburn.
Second B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jeep VanWormer; 2. Brian Shirley; 3. Mike Balzano; 4. Freddy Smith; 5. Dan Stone; 6. Jerry Bowersock; 7. Junior Pearce; 8. Tony Knowles; 9. Tim Dohm; 10. Jackie Boggs; 11. John Lewellyn; 12. Clint Smith; 13. Johnny Cloer; 14. Tim Fuller; 15. Jason Dunn; 16. Ken Schrader; 17. Alex Feree; 18. Rodney Combs.
Feature (50 laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist; 2. Ricky Elliott; 3. Earl Pearson Jr.; 4. Steve Francis; 5. Josh Richards; 6. Rick Eckert; 7. Matt Miller; 8. Brian Shirley; 9. Eric Jacobsen; 10. Shane Clanton; 11. Darrell Lanigan; 12. Chris Madden; 13. Austin Dillon; 14. Chub Frank; 15. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 16. Ricky Weeks; 17. Junior Pearce; 18. Ben Adkins; 19. Jeremy Miller; 20. Steve Shaver; 21. Jonathan Davenport; 22. Randy Korte; 23. Donnie Moran; 24. Jeep VanWormer; 25. Michael England; 26. Clint Smith.