Carrier Pockets $50,000 Check In Kentucky
UNION, Ky. – Earning the biggest win of his career, Eddie Carrier Jr. took home $50,000 for winning 32nd Annual Sunoco North South 100 Presented by Lucas Oil on Saturday night at Florence Speedway.
Carrier, in the Carl Grover Motorsports, Optima Batteries, Rocket Ford led the final three laps to take the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned crown jewel event. Scott Bloomquist led the first 73 laps of the race and finished second, followed by Jimmy Mars, John Blankenship and Jared Landers rounded out the top five.
“I can’t believe I just won the North South 100,” said Carrier. “I have been coming to this race for years. I’ve watched my dad run pretty good in this race and one day I wanted to say I was a North/South 100 Champion, and now I can.”
Bloomquist led almost three-quarters of the race until Jimmy Owens took the lead away from Bloomquist on lap 74 and started to pull away from the field. Owens was looking to become the first four-time winner of the race until a caution with 89 laps scored changed the complexion of the race for Carrier.
Tim McCreadie slowed on the track with a flat tire as Bloomquist and Mike Marlar got together in turn four while battling for second. Another caution ensued and Carrier came from fifth to second in the skirmish. On the restart, Carrier stayed with Owens as the crowd began to sense something big was about to happen.
Owens and Carrier put on a fantastic duel for the lead as the two raced side-by-side for several circuits. The crowd came to its feet as the two drivers rubbed several times as they raced for the lead. Carrier led lap 94, but a lap later Owens retook the lead as the crowd cheered at every pass for the lead.
The two went door-to-door in turn number one with 97 laps complete, Owens drifted up the track and made contact with the turn two wall as Carrier roared pass Owens down the back straight away and retook the lead. Owens right rear tire went flat as they raced into turn four and Owens brought out a caution. Owens had to pit for a new tire and rejoined the field on the tail as his chances for victory were now gone.