Is Scott Bloomquist's Reign At The Top Over?

Posted by Shannon Bolin on

Scott Bloomquist has been at the top of the dirt racing world for decades. The Tennessee resident has done everything possible behind the wheel of a late model, along with some success at the modified ranks. Bloomer has enjoyed hundreds upon hundreds of victories and many championships, going from a local California star to one of the hottest draws for fans across the entire lower-48.

Through the past three decades, Scott has raced and beat anyone in his way, winning the biggest races and capturing the highest checks in dirt late model racing. The highlight of his career has to be his success on the biggest stages. Whether it's the Dirt Late Model Dream or World 100 at Eldora Speedway, he's won and dominated both. The Dirt Late Model Knoxville Nationals? Yeah, he's won that a few times as well. Show-Me 100, USA Nationals, Gateway Dirt Nationals, you name it, Bloomer has most likely captured the flag at one time or another during his storied career.

If we narrow one of the greatest dirt late model careers down to just one series, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, he has performed as good as anyone in series history. Just last season Bloomer put it to 2015 champion, Jonathan Davenport, along with the rest of the division, dominating his way to his third career LOLMDS title. Adding a staggering fifteen series wins, to his career total and finishing inside the top 5 on what seemed like a weekly basis. Bloomquist definitely put the naysayers from 2015 in their place and most thought coming into the 2017 season, that he would again dominate.

Then came Josh Richards, after a team realignment, that saw Richards leave his family owned Rocket1 house car and make the trip to Ohio to race on the LOLMDS with Best Performance Motorsports. BPM, who ran strongly on the tour in 2016 with young Brandon Sheppard behind the wheel, looked to continue that momentum in 2017. With the technical support from Rocket Chassis and one year under their belts, the cars, and the team as a whole entered the season primed to compete with that black zero.

As the season has worn on, Bloomquist and Richards have traded punches at the top of the running order and the championship standings. Each has been on their A-game week in and week out, with Tim McCreadie joining them in the title fight with two wins in the last four LOLMDS events. With only 14 races left on the schedule, Josh and his Best Performance team hold a 195 point lead over McCreadie and 245 ahead of Scott Bloomquist. Let's say Richards holds on and wins the title, Tim takes second and Bloomquist finishes third, will it be fair to ask if Scott is done as the dominating force in dirt late model racing?

Like we noted earlier, Scott Bloomquist got beat in 2015, then bounced back in 2016, so of course he can do the same in 2018, but will it be as simple as that? With Josh Richards and Tim McCreadie not going anywhere anytime soon, the road to another title is going to be a lot tougher than it ever has been. Then adding young drivers, Hudson O'Neal and Gregg Satterlee, along with veterans like Don O'Neal, Darrell Lanigan, and Jimmy Owens, who can strike on any given weekend and any given season to compete for a title it is a fair question to ask.

On the other hand, if you're a person who likes to make a bet, history says to bet on Scott Bloomquist, but always remember, father time is undefeated and everyone's time at the top ends, at some point.

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