McDowell Pockets Thursday Nighter $10,000 Near Bristol

Friday, August 22, 2014
Dale McDowell
Dale McDowell

Despite being full time Promoter/Owner of Boyd's Speedway and teaching radio disc jockey's and show hosts how to drive a racecar at his Driving School this week, Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, won Thursday nights Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series $10,000-to-win 11th annual Scorcher, presented by Reece Monument Co. and O’Reilly Auto Parts, at the Volunteer Speedway outside Bristol. It was the 48-year-old's first opportunity to write his name in the track’s record books with his first-ever Scorcher victory. McDowell was chased to the checkered flag by Tennessee's Mike Marlar, West Virginia's John Blankenship, Scott Bloomquist also from TN and Jared Landers of Arkansas.

“It’s been a while since we last won a Lucas Oil race,” said a smiling McDowell after climbing from his car on the front straightaway in victory lane. “I want to thank all you fans that came out tonight, man, what an awesome crowd. We didn’t really start off so well early in the night during hot laps, but we made some changes on the car and timed-in fifth fastest in qualifying and then won the second heat. But there on the start, Scott (Bloomquist) really jumped out quickly to a pretty good lead in just two laps. I don’t think any of us had anything for him had he stayed out front.

“Once you get out into the lead you just never want to get feeling too comfortable, because when Bloomquist and those other cars got together and wrecked between turns one and two, somehow I just barely made it through there. I’m thinking maybe it was the 29-car (Jason Welshan) I got into a little bit, and it tore the door up pretty good on the #17M "Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Cometic, Ferris Commercial Mowers, Bad Boy Buggies, National Boiler Service, Chevy. I want to thank everyone at Team Dillon Racing and my brother, Shane McDowell, and all the other guys on the crew. Also, we had a really good Warrior Race Car tonight and I want to thank Sanford Goddard and those guys down there. Being they’re just down the road in Knoxville, this is like a home-track Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series national touring win for them."

Showing Finish Position, Starting Position In Parentheses, Driver Name, Car Number, Hometown, Money Earned

1. (2) Dale McDowell ?#?17m?-Chickamauga, GA $10,000
2. (12) Mike Marlar #157-Winfield, TN $5,500
3. (4) John Blankenship #23-Williamson, WV $3,500
4. (1) Scott Bloomquist #0-Mooresburg, TN $2,750
5. (16) Jared Landers #777-Batesville, AR $2,250
6. (9) Don O’Neal #5-Martinsville, IN $1,800
7. (11) Billy Ogle Jr. #201-Knoxville, TN $1,500
8. (7) Eric Jacobsen #5-Watsonville, CA $1,300
9. (15) Dennis Erb Jr. ?#?28e?-Carpentersville, IL $1,200
10. (21) Jason Papich #91-Nipomo, CA $1,100
11. (13) Chad Ogle #10-Sevierville, TN $1,075
12. (14) Vic Hill #1-Mosheim, TN $1,050
13. (17) Jason Hughes #12-Watts, OK $1,025
14. (3) Eddie Carrier Jr. #28-Salt Rock, WV $1,000
15. (19) Jimmy Owens #20-Newport, TN $950
16. (18) Jason Welshan #29-Maryville, TN $925
17. (23) Ellery Leake #34-Knoxville, TN $900
18. (10) Steve Francis #15-Ashland, KY $875
19. (6) Earl Pearson Jr. #44-Jacksonville, FL $850
20. (20) Mark Vineyard #4-Powell, TN $825
21. (22) Brian Smith #7-Gray, KY $800
22. (8) Brad Neat #41-Dunnville, KY $800
23. (5) Chris Madden #44-Gaffney, SC $800
24. (24) Jeff Wolfenbarger ?#?28w?-Clinton, TN $800


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