Ogle Scorches Lucas LM Foes
BULLS GAP, Tenn. – Billy Ogle, Jr. pulled off a stunning win on Thursday night at Volunteer Speedway in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series ninth annual Reece Monument Scorcher 50.
Ogle passed race leader Scott Bloomquist on lap 46 and went on to capture his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win, worth $10,000.
The 50-lap race went caution-free as Ogle and Bloomquist put on a dazzling display of driving talent. Bloomquist led the first 21 circuits of the race until Ogle made the pass on the bottom on the next lap. Ogle, Bloomquist and Don O’Neal raced down to the wire in a tightly contested race.
Even after Bloomquist got by him, Ogle never gave up. He chased the leader back down and eventually overtook the Hall-of-Famer with four laps to go on his way to the biggest win of his 25-year career.
Up until Thursday night, Ogle’s biggest win was a Hav-A-Tampa Series win in 1998 at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway.
“It feels great to win this, especially to be beat Scott (Bloomquist), he’s one of the all-time best. He got out in front, but I just bided my time and wanted to stay close to him and when he got behind the 41 car (TY Dillon) I saw my chance and went for it,” said the 48-year-old veteran who became the 12th different winner on the LOLMDS tour in 2012.
“Once I fell to second, I just wanted to stay right there with him (Bloomquist), and left the door open there and that was just enough for me, I still can’t believe I won this,” said Ogle, who pulled away from Bloomquist and O’Neal in the waning laps to score the win.
“I can’t thank my car owner Larry Garner enough for giving me the opportunity to drive his car. We have won three-in-a-row now and to beat the best in the business tonight, wow, I don’t know what to say. I want to thank my crew chief, David Bryant and all the crew, they did a great job with the car and I just drove it, the track was pretty good tonight and how about this crowd, this is so much fun.”
Trailing the top three of Ogle, Bloomquist and O’Neal to the line was Chris Madden and five-time Volunteer Speedway track champion Vic Hill.