Roberts Fends Off Davenport In Tenn.
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Casey Roberts held off a final-lap charge from Jonathan Davenport to win the Lucas Oil Ole Smoky Moonshine Classic on Saturday Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
The first ever appearance at the track for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drew a record crowd at the Tennessee track and provided a thrilling finish for all the fans in attendance.
Roberts inherited the lead after race-long leader; Scott Bloomquist’s left rear tire went flat under a red-flag with 34 laps complete. Roberts then led the rest of the way, despite a last-lap bonsai move by Davenport which fell a car-length short of a victory.
Bloomquist rallied to finish third, followed by series point’s leader Don O’Neal, and 17th starting, Dennis Erb Jr.
“We had a second-place car tonight,” said Roberts, who scored his second career LOLMDS victory, his first since 2009 at Swainsboro, Ga.
“This Longhorn Chassis has been spectacular all weekend. We had a fourth place last night at Cherokee in our first race in the car and to come here tonight and win, I don’t know what to say except thanks to Kevin Rumley, Labonte, and everyone at Longhorn Chassis. I really like how this car feels; it’s fast and fits my driving style exceptionally well. I want to thank Cushman Paint and Body, M&S Concrete, and Custom Race Engines.”
Bloomquist had the dominant car for most of the race. He sprinted out to a healthy lead from the onset of the 50-lap race. Bloomquist dominance ended however during a lap 34 red flag for a five-car accident in turn number two. Under the red flag his cut left rear tire went flat.
“I don’t know what happened, whether we ran over something or what. The car was just super all night; it was the weekend we were really looking forward to. We had the hole in the radiator last night, and then tonight the same thing happened in the heat race. We replaced the radiator before the feature. We wanted to win really badly tonight for our sponsor Ole Smoky Moonshine, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”