Jason Meyers and Scott Bloomquist Claim Dramatic Victories As Big Crowd Cheers Inaugural World of Outlaws World Finals CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 2, 2007) - Jason Meyers and Scott Bloomquist shared the victory podium Friday during the second night of...
Jason Meyers and Scott Bloomquist Claim Dramatic Victories As Big Crowd Cheers Inaugural World of Outlaws World Finals
CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 2, 2007) - Jason Meyers and Scott Bloomquist shared the victory podium Friday during the second night of the inaugural World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Meyers led only one lap in the 30-lap World of Outlaws Sprint Series feature, but it was the most important one as the Clovis, Calif., driver banked $10,000 for his fifth series victory of the season.
Series points leader Donnie Schatz took the lead at the green flag and set the pace until the 29th trip around the four-tenths-mile clay oval. However, Schatz slid high in turn two on the final lap and jumped the cushion. The minor miscue slowed his momentum just enough that Meyers drove around him exiting turn four.
"This is just awesome. Donny (Schatz) had a great race car and I knew we were just as good. But we weren't going to be able to pass him, so we had to have lapped traffic," said Meyers. "It just all came together for us. Thank you to all the race fans; it's awesome to be at Charlotte, and they did a great job on the track."
Schatz settled for second, but needs only to start Saturday night's feature to claim his second consecutive World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship.
Tim Shaffer started sixth and finished third with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser fourth under the checkered flag. Shane Stewart rounded out the top five in the 26-car field.
The red flag was unfurled on lap 14 for a vicious crash involving Kerry Madsen and Paul McMahan. The accident started when Madsen slid up into McMahan exiting turn two. McMahan's car flipped end-over-end into the catch fence while Madsen also turned over. The two cars were heavily damaged, but both drivers walked away.
The race was also slowed by five caution flags for inconsequential incidents, the last being waved on lap 21.
The eight-lap sprint car heat races were won by Schatz, Craig Dollansky, Kinser and Madsen.
Dean Jacobs and Justin Henderson walked away uninjured after a tangle in the second heat race sent both cars flipping into the outside fence. Brian Smith was also unhurt in a fourth heat race tumble.
Doug Esh topped the C feature while Fred Rahmer led the field to the checkered flag in the B main and Jason Meyers went wire-to-wire in winning the Crane Cams Dash.
Bloomquist failed to qualify through his heat race and had to earn his way into the 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series feature by winning one of the two 12-lap B features. Then to make it even tougher, the Mooresburg, Tenn., veteran pitted on lap seven for adjustments before romping through the field to claim his third series victory of the season and the fourth of his career at The Dirt Track.
"What a great race and a great race track," Bloomquist said. "When we first took off there, the car was a little bit off. I went in and had them do some adjustments real quick, so we had to come from dead last. I think the track came around and the tires came in, just everything worked good. I definitely don't need to touch the race car for tomorrow because that baby was sweet."
While Bloomquist worked through the field, Jeremy Miller led the first 31 laps before falling out with mechanical problems and handing the lead to Ricky Elliott. For several laps, it looked as if Elliott would hold on, but he proved to be no match for Bloomquist who drove around him on lap 44.
Earl Pearson Jr. started 15th and finished third while Steve Francis moved up from the 18th starting spot and clinched his first World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship with a fourth-place finish. Josh Richards rounded out the top five.
The late model feature was slowed by 10 caution flags for a serious of minor incidents.
Eric Jacobsen, Donnie Moran, Matt Miller, Jonathan Davenport, Jeremy Miller and Chris Madden topped the eight-lap heat races for the late models. Dan Schlieper flipped in the first late model heat race and Don O'Neal rode out a nasty tumble in the third heat. Neither driver was injured.
Bloomquist and Jeep Van Wormer topped the 12-lap late model B mains while Tim Tungate was the class of the C-feature field.
The inaugural World of Outlaws World Finals concludes Saturday night with a full slate of racing for both divisions. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.