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Dirt track racing gets underway this weekend at least on FridayPosted Friday, April 18, 2008, at 2:16 PM
Love him or hate him, but you can't argue the talent and the speed that Scott Bloomquist brings to the dirt late model tracks around the nation.
Undoubtedly, at least for this weekend, his competition is hoping that he might take a break and give them a break at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
With $50,000 going to the winner in Concord, N.C., one of the largest fields outside of The Dream at Eldora Speedway will take to the southern dirt in quest of dethroning Bloomquist.
It won't be easy as Bloomquist comes in as the defending two-time champion of The Colossal as its come to be known.
The event that is sanctioned by The World of Outlaws Late Model Series, boasts a purse of $200,000 and at least $2,000 to all starters in the 36 car field.
Tim McCreadie will be one of the challengers and is excited to be driving for Steve Francis this weekend in the familiar No. 15.
Francis is actually stepping out of his own car for this ride to allow McCreadie to take the wheel for this, and several other major events. McCreadie is now a developmental driver for Richard Childress, but undoubtedly still boasts the ability to take the big check.
McCreadie is temporarily in limbo while RCR finds a new sponsor for his ride in the Nationwide Series so this comes at a perfect time to allow McCreadie to keep his dirt skills honed.
Last year's field included 92 cars with 119 arriving for the 2006 event. Friday will be group qualifying and heats with mains taking place on Saturday.
Francis boasts a third and a sixth place finish in the events and Shannon Babb was sixth and fifth with Donnie Moran finishing as the runner-up in 2006 and Chris Madden there last year.
For late model drivers in the area, Brownstown is hosting the 25th Annual Hoosier Dirt Classic on Saturday with the O'Reilly Battle of the Bluegrass Series as the sanctioning body.
A $15 admission at the gate will get fans in to see the $3,000 to win event with at least $250 going to qualifiers for the feature.
Past winners include Don O'Neal last year along with Greg Johnson in '06 and Terry English in '05. O'Neal has taken the checkered flag six times.
Lincoln Park Speedway is hoping to open the gates on Saturday after being 'weathered' out last weekend.
The Super Stock 'Spring 30' is on the schedule with $1,000 going to the winner at $100 to start the feature.
This will be the opening race of the Battle of Super Stock Series (BOSS) and will pay points to those signed into the series.
Excitement is high among drivers for this event and sponsorship money is still coming into the series.
Sprint cars, modifieds and bombers are also scheduled with gates opening at 3 p.m. and heat races at 7 p.m.
Gas City I-69 Speedway is where many fans will be this weekend with USAC sprints featured on back-to-back nights and the Wolfpack Challenge for modifieds tonight (April 18) with $1,000 to win.
USAC sprints on Saturday will also have modifieds scheduled with $600 to win.
As usual, read the Brazil Times' "On the Fast Track" section Monday for results when available.
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