Bloomquist, Moyer Claim Magnolia Heats
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Hall of Famers Scott Bloomquist and Billy Moyer were among the four heat race winners on Friday Night in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Bloomquist and Moyer will be joined in the redraw tomorrow night by Wendell Wallace and reigning series champion and current point’s leader Jimmy Owens.
A total of 50 cars were on hand for the Columbus Convention Center and Visitors Bureau Clash at the Mag, which will pay $20,000 to win Saturday night.
Bloomquist dominated heat race number one, leading all the way. Jared Landers and Don O’Neal battled for the runner-up spot for the entire race with Landers coming out ahead of O’Neal.
Jonathan Davenport, the leading Quarter Master Rookie of the Year candidate in the LOLMDS, made a late race charge to nab the fourth and final transfer spot.
In heat two, Moyer was the man to beat as he took the lead at the start, holding off Mike Marlar and Steve Francis for the victory.
Francis, the hottest driver in the series, has won two out of the last three feature events heading into this weekend at Magnolia. A terrific race for fourth saw hometown driver Rick Rickman capture the final transfer spot coming off of turn four.
In the third heat race, Wallace jumped to the early lead and held a steady pace the rest of the way to earn the win. A tremendous battle for second went on the entire 10-lap race with Klint Byars finally taking over the second spot for good near the end of the race.
Scott Dedwylder and Rodney Wing made the home state fans proud by taking the third and fourth spots at the finish. Both earned a spot in Saturday’s main event.
In the fourth and final heat, Owens took the lead at the drop of the green as he and 16-year-old Tyler Reddick ran one and two the entire 10-lap distance.
The battle for third was hotly contested between Eric Cooley and Billy Moyer, Jr. as those two ran side-by-side for the last half of the race with Cooley edging out Moyer, Jr.
In preliminary action, Jared Landers set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 50 entrants with a lap of 13.852 seconds.
The series will be back in action tonight in the “Clash at the Mag” at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Festivities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with the Dirt Racing Outreach Service in the Grandstands.
Action on the track will begin with two B-Mains, and the 100-lap, $20,000 “Clash at the Mag” main event will cap off the evening.
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