Blount Memorial Goes To John Long
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — South Bend Motor Speedway hosted the Jim Blount Memorial Outlaw Late Model stock car race for the first time Wednesday night with John Long of Niles, Mich., scoring the victory.
The 16th annual running of the event again honored Blount, a legend in north central Indiana stock car racing circles.
Taking the lead from Scott Hantz, the 25-year-old Long scored the win in the $7,500-to-win, 116 –lap race ahead of Jeff Ganus and Terry Senneker. Hantz came home fourth, followed by Steve Stacy and veteran Brian Ross.
Earlier in the evening, Tyler Roahrig was the fastest qualifier during time trials as he zipped around the high-banked quarter-mile paved oval in 11.014 seconds.
“It’s only the second time that we’ve had the car out this year,” said Miller. “Terry Senneker built it for us last year. We worked real hard to get by him (Hantz). I figured he’d give me a hard time tonight, but once he finally saw the nose, he gave me room and we went on (to victory).”
Only 13 cars stated the race with eight running at the finish. Nine caution periods slowed the action.
A 75-lap street stock feature was also part of the program with Kevin Clash of South Bend grabbing the victory in the $1,000-to-win event. Fastest qualifier among 16 entries, Clash and his Impala defeated Danny Brown Jr. and Mark Swan.