Bloomquist Hoping For Extra Bristol Glory | SPEED SPORT


Scott Bloomquist is a two-time filth late mannequin winner at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Jacy Norgaard picture)

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Followers have seen sunshine on the enduring Bristol Motor Speedway since its beginning in 1960. They’ve even seen the rarest of shines, the “Black Sunshine.”

Nevertheless, it hasn’t graced the high-banked half-mile in 20 years.

That modifications this weekend when the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Fashions make their debut at The Final Nice Colosseum, April 8-10, and 2004 World of Outlaws champion Scott Bloomquist – often known as “Black Sunshine” – returns to the speedway.

Bristol has held six filth tremendous late mannequin races since 2000. Bloomquist, of Mooresburg, Tenn., is the one driver with a number of victories, taking the checkered flag twice in 2001.

“It was massive; it’s a particular place,” Bloomquist stated. “Simply going into [Bristol] is sort of breathtaking, there’s in all probability not a finer place you would race on this planet.”

Within the 20 years since Bloomquist’s two wins at Bristol, a lot has modified within the sport.

“The automobiles are positively quicker, and we have now fairly a bit extra horsepower,” Bloomquist stated.

Regardless of these two wins in 2001, Bloomquist is aware of strolling away with win quantity three – and presumably 4, between Friday and Saturday’s options – can be a problem.

He is aware of he’s racing in opposition to a number of the greatest late mannequin drivers within the nation.

“It’s going to be powerful; all of those guys are powerful in every single place. However at Bristol, I believe we would have an edge,” Bloomquist stated.

That edge is figuring out how one can get the job completed when it issues most. In Bloomquist’s first win, he made the successful move on the final lap to search out victory lane.

Whereas he’s optimistic about this weekend at Bristol, Bloomquist has had a troublesome begin to the season.

Bloomquist has two top-five finishes this 12 months, to date. He completed second at Volusia Speedway Park throughout Sunshine Nationals, and fourth at Cherokee Speedway.

Nevertheless, the Cherokee Speedway end was throughout a particular occasion that break up the sector into two Options and didn’t rely as an official World of Outlaws factors race.

Whereas this weekend’s races are a primary for the Outlaws and lots of of its drivers, veteran expertise might be what Bloomquist wants to search out himself again in victory lane.

Bloomquist and the celebs of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Mannequin Sequence will race for Bristol glory Friday and Saturday, April 9-10. Friday is a 40-lap function, paying $10,000 to win. On Saturday, $25,000 is on the road in one other 40-lap showdown.

Groups will even get a follow session on Thursday, April 8.


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