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Bloomquist Scores First DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” Victory in 10 Years at Florence Speedway

Scott Bloomquist – Jim Denhamer photo

UNION, Ky. — July 9, 2013 — Running his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” event in 10 years on Tuesday night at Florence Speedway, Scott Bloomquist led all 40 laps as he captured his first checkered flag of the 2013 “Hell Tour” season.

Starting from the pole-position, Bloomquist, of Mooresburg, Tenn., dominated the feature event at Florence in the 17th leg of the “Hell Tour” six-week long schedule. Bloomquist, a week after challenging Josh Richards in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway, raced on the Hell Tour, where he won championships in 1990, 1991 and 2002.

Bloomquist had his car on cruise control as he pulled out to an early lead and never looked back. The closest challenge Bloomquist faced was from a red-hot Shannon Babb, but not even a streaking Babb could wrestle the $5,000 checkered flag from Bloomquist, as he rolled to the victory at the half-mile oval.

“The track has some character tonight,” Bloomquist said. “There were some patches that were a little bit rough. It got slick in the middle, but the car was just really good all night. I couldn’t tell how close anybody was. I saw my guys signaling me there late in the race and it looked like we had a pretty big lead. The car just felt really good.”

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NASCAR star Austin Dillon, 2011 DIRTcar Late Model national champion Ryan Unzicker and Justin Rattliff rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Kent Robinson, Ben Adkins, Austin Dillon and Scott Bloomquist.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues Wednesday night at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind.

NOTEBOOK

SCHEDULE UPDATE — The event that was underway on July 6 at Highland (Ill.) Speedway when rain forced it to a halt will be completed on Sunday, Aug. 25. … The rained out race that was originally scheduled for June 29 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., will not be made up.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Florence Speedway; Union, Ky: July 9, 2013

A-Main (40-laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist ($5,000), 2. Shannon Babb, 3. Austin Dillon, 4. Ryan Unzicker, 5. Justin Rattliff, 6. Greg Johnson, 7. Brandon Sheppard, 8. Ben Adkins, 9. Jason Montgomery, 10. Bobby Pierce, 11. Jeff Babcock, 12. Jason Papich, 13. James Rice, 14. Dustin Griffin, 15. Jason McBride, 16. Jesse Lay, 17. Todd Frank, 18. Steve Kester, 19. Jason Smith, 20. Kent Robinson, 21. Steve Landrum, 22. Mike Jewell.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Championship Top 10

Pos. Car Name Points
1. B5 Brandon Sheppard 1175
2. 18 Shannon Babb 1125
3. 32 Bobby Pierce 1114
4. 24 Ryan Unzicker 1114
5. 20 Dustin Griffin 818
6. 81 Randy Korte 808
7. 77 Jason McBride 805
8. 11 Tyler Reddick 791
9. B12 Kevin Weaver 726
10. 48 Tim Lance 527

2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Schedule

Day Date Track Location Winner
Wed. June 12 Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN Dennis Erb, Jr.
Thurs. June 13 Off
Fri. June 14 Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Brian Birkhofer
Sat. June 15 Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Cancelled (RAIN)
Sun. June 16 Wilmot Speedway Wilmot, WI Kevin Weaver
Mon. June 17 Off
Tues. June 18 Off
Wed. June 19 Spoon River Speedway Canton, IL Brandon Sheppard
Thurs. June 20 Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, IL Brandon Sheppard (2)
Fri. June 21 Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL Chris Simpson
Sat. June 22 Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, IL Ryan Unzicker
Sun. June 23 I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, MI Shannon Babb
Mon. June 24 Peoria Speedway Peoria, IL PPD/Rain July 15
Tues. June 25 Off
Wed. June 26 Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, TN Brandon Sheppard (3)
Thurs. June 27 Clayhill Motorsports Park Atwood, TN Brandon Sheppard (4)
Fri. June 28 Paducah International Raceway Paducah, KY Billy Moyer
Sat. June 29 Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO Postponed/Rain
Sun. June 30 Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, IL Bobby Pierce
Mon. July 1 Off
Tues. July 2 Quincy Raceways Quincy, IL Shannon Babb (2)
Wed. July 3 Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, IL Shannon Babb (3)
Thurs. July 4 LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, IL Bobby Pierce (2)
Fri. July 5 Fayette Co. Speedway Brownstown, IL Ryan Unzicker (2)
Sat. July 6 Highland Speedway Highland, IL PPD/Rain Aug. 25
Sun. July 7 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN Shannon Babb (4)
Mon. July 8 Off
Tues. July 9 Florence Speedway Union, KY Scott Bloomquist
Wed. July 10 Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, IN
Thurs. July 11 Macon Speedway Macon, IL
Fri. July 12 Kankakee County Speedway Kankakee, IL
Sat. July 13 34 Raceway Burlington, IA
Sun. July 14 Vermilion County Speedway Danville, IL
Mon. July 15 Peoria Speedway Peoria, IL
Tues. July 16 Off
Wed. July 17 Brushcreek Motorsports Park Peebles, OH
Thurs. July 18 Off
Fri. July 19 Attica Raceway Park Attica, OH
Sat. July 20 Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, OH

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals (The Hell Tour) is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electonics (Official Communication), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Sponsors: Beyea Headers, Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Chevy Performance Parts, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Lubricants, MSD Performance, Petroff Towing, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio), and Wrisco Aluminum. 

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