For The Tribune
Scott Bloomquist took the lead on lap number three of Saturday night’s Jackson 100 at Brownstown Speedway and never looked back.
Bloomquist cruised to his sixth title in the track’s marquee event, leading 97 of the 100 laps.
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“The car was very good all night long,” Bloomquist said in Victory Lane. “Our car was able to maneuver the entire 100 laps without any difficulty.”
The driver from Mooresburg, Tennessee, took home $20,000 in prize money.
Bloomquist has a commanding lead in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points standings, as he eyes his third series title.
Series regular Jimmy Owens pressured Bloomquist during a couple points of the event along with Darrell Lanigan, but their attempts came up short as the both rallied for podium finishes.
“This track has always been fun to race on and with the crowd on hand tonight, it makes it even better,” said Owens, who finished second.
Lanigan posted his best finish at Brownstown, coming home third.
“To come to Brownstown and run third with these guys tells us how far we’ve come,” Lanigan said.
Cody Mahoney of Hanover finished ninth out of 25 cars, making him the highest finishing local driver.
Mahoney pilots the Bryan Bowman-owned entry for the Seymour-based race team.
Martinsville’s Hudson O’Neal finished in 10th place in his first Jackson 100 start, continuing his success in the Super Late Model ranks.
Steve Francis and Mahoney both sat quick time in their respected groups in qualifying on Friday night, besting a 42 entry list.
Heat race winners includes Dennis Erb Jr., Don O’Neal, Lanigan and Bloomquist.
Columbus’ Devin Gilpin picked up his third win of the season at Brownstown in the UMP Modified division, besting Seymour’s Matt Boknecht.
Last week’s winner, Derek Groomer piloted his entry to a third place finish behind Gilpin and Boknecht.
Also picking up his third win of the season in the “Woolston Automotive” Super Stock division was Tim Eddleman, who edged Mike Fields at the finish line.
Next up on the schedule will be the Brownstown Speedway Season Championship on Oct. 1.
The race features the Battle of the Bluegrass Ultimate Super Late Model Series paying $3,000 to the winner.
“P3 Graphix” Indiana Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, “Woolston Automotive” Super Stocks, “Staff Management” Pure Stocks, and “Pewter Hall” Hornets are also on the racing program.
Joe Godsey, Jacoby Hines, Marty O’Neal, Jamey Wilson, Jim Ruddick and Wesley Napier all lead the points standings in their respected divisions.