Scott Bloomquist entered Saturday night as the defending champion of the ‘Mountain Outlaw 50’ event at Smoky Mountain Speedway sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Late Models and east Tennessee driver ended the night with a second consecutive victory in the race held at the historic Maryville, Tenn. facility. The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame member picked up a check valued at $10,000 for his efforts in front of a full grandstand.
Chris Madden began the night by setting fast time in Group A qualifying and overall when he posted a time of 15.797 seconds around the 4/10 mile clay oval. The South Carolina native beat out former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Joey Coulter, Rick Eckert and Skip Arp in that group.
Bloomquist proved to be the fastest in Group B time-trials with a lap of 16.037 seconds to beat out Josh Richards, Mike Marlar and Ricky Weiss for the honors in that group.
Madden bested Eckert, Dale McDowell and Eric Wells in the first heat race of the night while Billy Moyer, Jr. took the checkered flag in the second preliminary ahead of Casey Roberts, Darrell Lanigan and Coulter.
Bloomquist won the third heat ahead of Marlar, Brandon Overton and Ray Cook while Richards took the fourth and final heat over Donald McIntosh, Weiss and Greg Johnson.
The WoO Late Models Series employs a redraw for the top-2 finishers in each heat to set the starting lineup for the first four rows in the main event. That redraw placed Roberts on the pole for the feature with Richards, Bloomquist, Eckert, McIntosh, Madden, Marlar and Moyer following.
Roberts surged to the early lead at the start of the 50-lap feature with Bloomquist, Madden, Richards and McIntosh in his wake. Soon after the waving of the green flag, however, Bloomquist began to close in on the race leader and apply pressure. At the same time, Richards had designs on wresting the third spot away from Madden as the two raced just behind the lead duo.
Richards(1) battles Madden
The torrid pace of the top-2 runners quickly caused them to encounter slower traffic as they caught the tail of the field on the eighth lap of a race that ultimately run caution free over its entire distance. It was while racing in that traffic where Bloomquist find an opportunity to seize the top spot away from Roberts as on lap 15 the No. 0 machine made his way to the top of the leader board where he would remain for the rest of the night.
Meanwhile, Madden and Richards continued their battle for position as they closed in on Roberts and eventually shuffled him back to the fourth position after a prolonged battle between those three racers.
Marlar(157) passes by McDowell
Marlar worked his way into contention as he passed by McDowell for sixth on lap 23 then cracked the top-5 with a pass on McIntosh one lap later. The No. 157 finally made its way to fourth with a late race move to get around Roberts.
Over the closing laps, Bloomquist went unchallenged while Richards continued to fight Madden for the runner-up spot right to the checkered flag.
Bloomquist and crew celebrate in Smoky Mountain victory lane
Feature Finish:1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Chris Madden, 3. Josh Richards, 4. Mike Marlar, 5. Casey Roberts, 6. Donald McIntosh, 7. Dale McDowell, 8. Steve Francis, 9. Rick Eckert, 10. Billy Moyer, Jr., 11. Darrell Lanigan, 12. Brandon Overton, 13. Ricky Weiss, 14. Eric Wells, 15. Greg Johnson, 16. Shane Clanton, 17. Morgan Bagley, 18. Chub Frank, 19. Steve Casebolt, 20. Chase Junghans, 21. Frank Heckenast, Jr., 22. Don O’Neal, 23. Joey Coulter, 24. Jared Landers, 25. Brian Shirley, 26. Ray Cook, 27. David Crabtree
Smoky Mountain Speedway
Saturday, May 7th
4th Annual Mountain Outlaw 50
WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODEL SERIES
1. Scott Bloomquist # 0
2. Chris Madden # 44
3. Josh Richards # 1
4. Mike Marlar # 157
5. Casey Roberts # 101
6. Donald McIntosh # 7
7. Dale McDowell # 17m
8. Steve Francis # 15
9. Rick Eckert # 7
10. Billy Moyer, Jr. # 21jr
11. Darrell Lanigan # 15
12. Brandon Overton # 76
13. Ricky Weiss # 1
14. Eric Wells # 18
15. Greg Johnson # 88
16. Shane Clanton # 25
17. Morgan Bagley # 14m
18. Chub Frank # 99b
19. Steve Casebolt, Jr. # C9
20. Chase Junghans # 18
21. Frank Heckenast, Jr. # 99jr
22. Don O’Neal # 5
23. Joey Coulter # 2
24. Jared Landers # 777
25. Brian Shirley # 3s
26. Ray Cook # 11b
27. David Crabtree # C5
DID NOT QUALIFY: Kaine Hickman (H3), Mark Vineyard (4), Tommy Kerr (4t), Tommy Bailey (11), Skylar Marlar (11), Austin Smith (11), Shanon Buckingham (21b), Robby Moses (21m), Gregg Satterlee (22), Jeff Wolfenbarger (28), Mack McCarter (51), Mark Douglas (52d), Jordan Horton (56h), Tod Darda (91), Tyler Erb (91), Bobby Giffin (97), Skip Arp (128), Billy Ogle, Jr. (201)
SPORTSMAN LATE MODELS
1. Jed Emert # 98
2. Andy Ogle # 68
3. Michael Courtney # C11
4. Heath Alvey # 7
5. David Kerr # 14
6. Philip Thompson # 24
7. Zach Shannon # Z1
8. Terry Poore # 2
9. Kip Sawyer # 44
10. Westley Lester # 06
11. Kelvin White # 00
12. Brandon Miller # 89
13. DJ Shannon # D22
14. Jeremy Shannon # 22
15. Shannen Reece # 68
16. Adam Mitchell # 50
17. Derek Blair # 82
18. Bryan Cooper # 15
19. Ryan Carey # 555
20. Mike Moore # 17
DID NOT START: Issac Boring (00)
1. Chris Rickett # 36
2. Tony Horton # 56
3. Ty Crisp # T11
4. Chad McLemore # 3
5. Jeff McLemore # J3
6. Robbie Comer # 42
7. Tim Kilby # 99
8. Jeff Ferguson # 24
DID NOT START: Jon Cook (0z), Tracy McPeak (34)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Smoky Mountain Speedway’s ‘Mountain Outlaw 50’ Up Next on Saturday May 7th
Contact: Chris Tilley, CT Marketing
Smoky Mountain Speedway Public Relations
606-219-1723 | firstname.lastname@example.org
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – May 2, 2016 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will make a scheduled appearance at “America’s Special Events Track” the Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. this Saturday Night May 7th for the Fourth Annual Mountain Outlaw 50 presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
In addition to the Outlaws gunning for the $10,000 payday, the Sportsman Late Models will race for $1,200-to-win and the Street Stocks will compete for $800-to-win.
Previous Outlaw winners at Smoky Mountain Speedway include: Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga. in 2013; Rained out in 2014; and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. in 2015.
Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.V. leads the field of World of Outlaws regulars to the double-dip with Ponderosa (Ky.) Speedway Friday and Smoky Mountain Speedway Saturday. Richards holds a 130 point lead over defending WoO LMS champion Shane Clanton, while Rick Eckert of York, Pa. and Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill. are tied for third in the series points while Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga. is fifth in the points.
The pits will open on May 7th at Noon, while the grandstand and tier parking gates open at 3:00 pm, and the driver’s meeting is set for 7:00 pm and hot laps will roll out around 7:30 pm. Adult general admission for the May 7th event will be $25.00. Adult tier parking is $30.00 per person and adult pit passes are $40.00.
During the last racing event on April 23rd, Mike Marlar claimed the $5,000 payday over Skip Arp and T.J. Reaid during the Southern Allstars-sanctioned WIMZ 103.5 Rockin’ with the Stars race. Derek Hagar of Marion, Ark. claimed the feature victory with the USCS Outlaw Thunder 360 Sprint Series on April 23rd while David Hall of Tampa, Fla. drove to victory lane in the USCS 600 Mini Sprint Series event.
Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga. claimed the $5,000 prize in the Ultimate Super Late Model Series / Ultimate Battle of the Bluegrass event on Saturday April 2nd. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. the $15,000 payday during the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series-sanctioned Tennessee Tipoff Classic on March 12th over Randy weaver, Mike Marlar, Darrell Lanigan and Dale McDowell.
Further information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series can be obtained by logging on to www.woolms.com .
The Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brickmill Road in Maryville, TN 37801. The track phone number is (865) 856-8989. You can obtain further information on Smoky Mountain Speedway by logging on to www.smokymountainspeedway.com . Be a follower of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Twitter by following @SMOKYMTNSPEED.
Upcoming Smoky Mountain Speedway Events:
(Saturday) May 7-World of Outlaws Late Model Series-$10,000 to win
(Saturday) June 18-Ultimate Super Late Model Series-$5,000 to win Big Daddy 500
For those of you that are unfamiliar with our track layout, below is a description.
Grandstand Gate is the FIRST Entrance coming From Hwy 411 South to Brick Mill Rd.
Tier Parking/ Camping is the SECOND Entrance
Pit Gate is the THIRD Entrance and is actually Crye Rd.
Tier Parking is a Tailgate atmosphere, where coolers and small grills are allowed. Parking is first come first serve and cannot be reserved. Please limit the use of tents and canopy’s unless you are on the back row.