Discussion in 'Short Track Racing' started by Ford 222, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    I assume this is the correct forum for this question? Does Scott Bloomquist have factory support from GM, Ford, Dodge, etc?

    And for those that follow the series, what your opinion of him? Seems a little out there sometimes. Didn’t he get in legal trouble for substance abuse?
  2. MRM

    MRM Team Owner

    No dirt late model team that I know of gets any kind of factory support. There is very little on those cars that are on street cars.

    Yes, he went to jail for a short time about 20 years ago.
  3. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    So if they have a nose that says Mustang a cross the front and the Ford emblem on it, they don’t get $ fro Ford Racing to represent? Or even an engine?
  4. toledo47

    toledo47 Team Owner

    I don't know of any manufacturer support in dirt late models. Its all about the chassis manufacturers (Bloomquist chassis, Rocket, Longhorn, etc...). And engine builders (Cornett, etc...). The chassis manufacturers do often run their own car (like Brandon Sheppard in the #1 Rocket House car, Tim McCreadie in the Longhorn house car).
    The stickers dont mean anything... i think Rick Eckert had a Cadillac sticker on the front of his cars for a few years..

    There is some manufacturer support in other forms of dirt racing. Lots of TRD midgets owned by Keith Kunz (usually racing with USAC and POWRi).
    I believe Donny Schatz World of Outlaws sprint car for Tony Stewart racing gets some Ford Engine support as well.
  5. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    Thanks for the info...interesting.

    Rocket chassis are made just up the road from me here in WV. There was a dirt track right beside their shop but it closed. I’d like to go to a few races next year...just have to make the time.
  6. toledo47

    toledo47 Team Owner

    Josh Richards(past champion of Lucas Oil and World of Outlaws late models ) is the son of the owner of Rocket. Will be driving for Clint Bowyer racing in the Lucas Oil series next year. There used to be quite a few tracks in WV that had Lucas Oil or WoO races (WV motor speedway, I-77 speedway and beckley) but I think the only one that still has any big races is Tyler County Speedway In Middlebourne, WV. It’s worth checking out a big super late model race if you get the chance . Lucas Oil and WoO almost always put on a good show. I’ve been to Tyler County, the place is a dump and no cellphone reception unless You have Verizon. Racing was really good though. If you go, make sure to bring some safety glasses, it’s super dusty when the super late models hit the track there.
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  7. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    I am not a big fan of him, but I certainly respect his racing abilities. Back in the 80's when I went to a lot of late model dirt track races it was always interesting when he showed up to race. Early on there was no doubt he could run with the big dogs and he earned everything that came his way, in my opinion. I have wondered why him and more of the dirt late model guys never got a decent shot at NASCAR. Purvis was one of the guys that seemed to have decent rides lined up in NASCAR, but for some reason he never had the success that I thought he would have. Combs is another one that didn't pan out in NASCAR.
  8. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I don't think every driver out there wants to race in Nascar. Some like doing their own thing, building and designing cars, racing without all of the hooplah. More satisfying for some I would believe.
  9. MRM

    MRM Team Owner

    Bloomquist was on the verge of getting a chance in NASCAR until his arrest over 20 years ago. Looking back at it, I don't think it would have worked long term. NASCAR was on the verge of getting big corporations into the sport and Bloomquist was as anti-establishment as you could get back then. He's a lot better with that now.
  10. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Yes, Bloomquist has had a history of drug issues, and even some of his recent testing has gone oddly at times, with some strange excuses here and there. He's also had health issues that could contribute to some of that more recent stuff. Generally though there is random drug screening in place for both the Lucas Oil and WoO series, and he is clean enough to pass them.

    I wouldn't say that I'm a fan, but he is a larger than life figure in the dirt late model world, and he's indisputably a great driver of those cars. At the Lucas Oil races, the announcers sometimes poll the audience about who they are rooting for, with the first two options being "Bloomquist" and "Anybody but Bloomquist".

    When I'm lucky enough to attend one of the big late model shows, I'd rather him be in the field than not.
  11. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    Thank you! I think you have just convinced me to plan a trip over to it!
  12. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    Does Tyler County have a race big enough for Bloomquist and the others to race in?

    Yeah, I’m completely ignorant to that series. I did see him race at Pennsboro one time, maybe 25 years ago? Even then it seemed people loved or hated him.
  13. toledo47

    toledo47 Team Owner

    Tyler County has two races that Bloomquist will be in. July 5th 12,000 to win topless 50. Sep 1 30,000 to win Hillbilly 100. Hillbilly is the highest paying 1 day show in super late models. (There are much bigger shows, but they are spread over 2 or 3 days).
    Those are both Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series races and Scott has ran the entire schedule of that series every year for quite a while now.
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  14. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    Thank you!
  15. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

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  16. MRM

    MRM Team Owner

    I'd like to find out who was driving for him those few laps.
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  17. toledo47

    toledo47 Team Owner

    Chris Ferguson
  18. *WEAVER*

    *WEAVER* Team Owner

    That was a different deal, KC Burdette was the one driving the car tuesday night when bloomer got the penalties.
  19. VaDirt

    VaDirt Dirt Track Fanatic

    Word I heard was KC Burdette. It wasn't Fergy, because he wasn't even in Florida again until Thursday.
  20. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    Interesting to note that Bloomquist effectively failed two drug tests last year... by refusing to submit a sample when requested. Per the linked Speed Sport article. I guess his demons still haunt the man.

    He looks awful on TV close up shots... coloration of a cadaver. That could be the MavTV lights. I hope so. But all others look better, IMO.
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  21. MRM

    MRM Team Owner

    Maybe Bloomquist left early so he could go to the beach.

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  22. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Some things you can't unsee.
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  23. dirtfan

    dirtfan Team Owner

    More drama for Team Zero - allegedly for back/unpaid child support
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  24. MRM

    MRM Team Owner

    Always some kind of drama in the Bloomquist camp.
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