The veteran Scott Bloomquist added yet another big money victory to his resume as he was able to lead nearly every lap of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Firecracker 100 at Pennsylvania’s Lernerville Speedway on Saturday night. The Mooresburg, Tennessee native Bloomquist took the green flag in 3rd and was able to get around the young gun Tyler Reddick on the second lap. From there he never looked back as he led the rest of the event to take home a nice $30,100 check for his efforts. Bloomquist expertly dealt with with two restarts over the race’s 100 laps as well as a hard charging Darrell Lanigan to hold on for his second Firecracker 100 victory by 1.582 seconds over Lanigan. Lanigan mounted a valiant last ditch effort to catch Bloomquist that fell short when he jumped the cushion between turns one and two on lap 98 which erased any chance he had of passing Bloomquist. Tim McCreadie came home third and was followed by Shane Clanton and Dale McDowell who rounded out the top-five.
Bloomquist may have made the victory look easy but it was anything but that in his opinion as he said, “I love being in the lead don’t get me wrong. But leading the race can be taxing on you because you’re looking around and this place has so many possibilities. I love this racetrack because you can drive it so many different ways. If your car’s not handling, there’s someplace on that racetrack that it should handle. You just gotta find it. There were a couple times I slid the car, and when I went in the next corner it was extremely loose. You had to be so intense out there to not slide the tires at all and to just be sure you were picking the right groove around the racetrack.”
It was another heartbreaking finish for Lanigan as he claimed the runner-up spot for the fourth time in the last five years at the Firecracker 100. After the race he said, “I don’t know about being owed one, but I don’t think we’re meant to win this race. We’ve run second so many times here. But if we wouldn’t have jumped that cushion we were gonna make it awful interesting. I think it would’ve been his ass, but we ran second.” The WoO Late Models will return to action for the “Wild West Tour,” a six-race swing that visits Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis., on July 6; Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on July 7; Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D., on July 10; Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on July 12; River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., on July 13; and North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minn., on July 14. For more information on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series fans can visit www.woolms.com.