Bloomquist Becomes First Five-Time Winner of Topless 100
Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS
Photo By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS
BATESVILLE, AR (August 20, 2017) – Scott Bloomquist became the first five-time winner of the COMP Cams Topless 100- Presented by Crop Production Services on Sunday afternoon at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Bloomquist inherited the lead on lap-66 when race leader, Austin Rettig had to pit for a flat tire. Bloomquist then led the remaining laps to score the $40,000 victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and COMP Cams Super Dirt Series-sanctioned event.
Tim McCreadie led the first 63 laps of the race until Rettig rolled around him to take the lead. Rettig led two laps until a caution came out. Under the caution, Rettig’s right-rear tire went flat, relinquishing the lead to Bloomquist.
Bloomquist entered the weekend tied with Billy Moyer – each having four career wins in the crown-jewel event’s history. He led the remaining 34 laps unchallenged to get the victory. “The car was awesome. Once we moved outside, I got by a bunch of cars. I had to take it easy on the tires. We were looking for somewhere around lap-40 to pit and it worked out for us,” said Bloomquist, who started the race in the 23rd position.
“I just kept watching those lead cars. They were starting to have trouble around lap-60. I knew we had enough for them at the end. I just had to keep the car straight and smooth. The Andy Durham Racing Engine ran great. I can’t thank everyone enough, especially all my help, the sponsors, and all the fans. I followed the 94 car [Rettig] through there, but he was burning the tires up. I would sweep wide on the straight-aways and go low in the corners. That was the fastest groove. I wasn’t worried about being passed at the end. I was just worried about tire wear to finish the race. I didn’t push it nearly as much as I could have there at the end.”
Bloomquist’s, Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis is sponsored by Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Sweet Manufacturing, Horton Coal, Sorbera Chiropractic, Petroff Towing, Crossfit by Overton, and Penske Shocks.
Satterlee took the second spot after having to survive a pit stop as well. “We had a really good car. To get a top five here, we are happy with that. We have been struggling lately, but made some good decisions on the car. We were tight after hot laps, and we wanted the car to drive as freely as possible, to save the tires. I could make the middle of the race track work, and we got all the way to second, but Scott was good. I thought I could roll him on the outside. There was a fine line out there. Congrats to him [Bloomquist] on the win. The Rocket Chassis was really good today and the Andy Durham Racing Engine ran flawless.”
Erb surged into the top three when several of the frontrunners began having tire issues. “We had a good car today. A lot of guys had troubles today. We had planned to pit there sometime early if there was a caution the way the track looked. We needed to have some fresh tires to get to the second half of the race. I want to thank Black Diamond Chassis, Ideal Ready Mix, M&S Concrete, McBride Mack, and Vomac Truck Sales. I want to give a shout out to my main sponsor, Johnny McBride, today is his birthday.”
Completing the top ten were Darrell Lanigan, Austin Rettig, Josh Richards, Steve Francis, and Jared Landers.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunday, August 20th, 2017
COMP Cams Topless 100 – Presented by Crop Production Services
Batesville Motor Speedway – Batesville, AR
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Tim McCreadie / 13.393 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist / 13.605 seconds
Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (15 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Earl Pearson, Jr., Shannon Babb, Dennis Erb, Jr., David Breazeale, Austin Rettig, Gavin Landers, Zach McMillan, Shannon Scott, Mike Marlar, David Payne-DNS
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (15 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Josh Richards, Hudson O’Neal, Gregg Satterlee, Bobby Pierce, Steve Francis, Jack Sullivan, Chandler Petty, Robby Moore, Brandon Wilson, Dean Carpenter
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (15 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Robert Baker, Garrett Alberson, Billy Moyer, Jon Mitchell, Timothy Culp, BJ Robinson, Kyle Beard, Scott Crigler, Scott Bloomquist* (Light @ Scales)
QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (15 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, Jared Landers, Billy Moyer, Jr., Robbie Stuart, Hunter Rasdon, Travis Ashley, Tanner Kellick, Boom Briggs, Wendell Wallace* (Light @ Scales)
Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (15 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Steve Francis, David Breazeale, Austin Rettig, Zach McMillan, Robby Moore, Chandler Petty, Brandon Wilson, Gavin Landers, David Payne, Jack Sullivan, Shannon Scott-DNS, Mike Marlar-DNS, Dean Carpenter-DNS
Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (15 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Timothy Culp, Tanner Kellick, Robbie Stuart, Hunter Rasdon, Scott Bloomquist, Kyle Beard, BJ Robinson, Boom Briggs, Travis Ashley, Wendell Wallace, Jon Mitchell* (Light @ Scales), Scott Crigler-DNS
Feature Finish (100 Laps):
Gregg Satterlee ®
Rochester Mills, PA
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Bowling Green, KY
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Mer Rouge, LA
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Boom Briggs ®
Bear Lake, PA
Hudson O’Neal ®
Las Cruces, NM
Lap Leaders: Tim McCreadie (Laps 1 – 63); Austin Rettig (Laps 64 – 65); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 66 – 100)
Cautions: Tanner Kellick (Lap 24); Bobby Pierce (Lap 42); Shannon Babb (Lap 43); Don O’Neal (Laps 48); Billy Moyer (Lap 65); Steve Francis (Lap 78); Robbie Stuart (Lap 80); Darrell Lanigan (Lap 88); Bobby Pierce (Lap 89); Robert Baker, Jack Sullivan, Steve Francis, Billy Moyer Jr., Tanner Kellick, Jared Landers, Timothy Culp, Hudson O’Neal, Dean Carpenter, Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal, Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie (Lap 90); Jimmy Owens (Lap 93); Shannon Babb (Lap 98)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Scott Bloomquist, Boom Briggs
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Started: 23rd; Finished: 1st; Advanced 22 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Josh Richards
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Tim McCreadie
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Darrell Lanigan
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Gregg Satterlee
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Cody Mallory (Scott Bloomquist)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #100 – 13.7202 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Tim McCreadie (63 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Tim McCreadie
Time of Race: 77 minutes 39 seconds