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SCOTT BLOOMQUIST
1ST NARA DIRTCAR WINNER

4-15-04

Scott BloomquistUNION, KY (April 10) -- Tennessee's Scott Bloomquist added another win to his already lengthy resume after capturing the North American Racing Association's first-ever event. Bloomquist won Saturday night's inaugural "Spring 50" after leading the final 18 laps of the 50 lap race. The Hall of Fame driver collected $10,000 for the win while competing on Hoosier racing tires. 

Sixty-seven cars filled the pits with 60 of them mounted on Hoosiers. Brian Birkhofer set fast time of the night with a lap of 17.504 seconds. Birkhofer set the top mark using Hoosier tires. 

All six heat race winners ran on the Hoosier brand with Mike Balzano claiming the first heat and Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson, Jr., R.J. Conley, John Gill and Steve Francis taking the checkered flag in heats two through six, respectively.

In the main event, 20 of the 24 race starters rode on Hoosier tires. Earl Pearson, Jr. took the lead at the outset with Scott Bloomquist following closely in tow. Pearson led until lap 33, when Bloomquist made a move for the lead. Once out front, Bloomquist extended the distance between first and second place until the checkered flag dropped after 50 laps. Pearson finished in second place followed by Steve Francis. All three drivers used a new Hoosier *D55* left rear tire and a D55 right rear. 

Other top-ten finishers on Hoosier were Rick Eckert in fifth place followed by Mike Balzano in sixth. R.J. Conley crossed the finish line in eighth and Brian Birkhofer in ninth.

With the win, Scott Bloomquist will now forever go down in the history books as the first-ever NARA Series winner.

The race had just one caution flag and took 21 minutes to complete.

Hoosier Late Model Dirt Product Manager Shanon Rush attended the historic race and reported the details of the event.

Rush commented, "With the threat of rain on Saturday, Florence Speedway and NARA officials did a great job pushing the show along." Rush added, "These are the types of organizations Hoosier is proud to be associated with. We are extremely pleased that Hoosier tires crossed the line first in the NARA Series debut." 

The second stop on the NARA Series schedule is at Brownstown (IN) Speedway, April 17, for the "21st Hoosier Dirt Classic".

For more information on the race you can  visit www.naradirtcar.com

      

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