McCool Holds Off Bloomquist For First-Ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory Saturday Night At Tazewell Speedway
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
TAZEWELL, TN – April 28, 2012 – Now Bub McCool likes Tazewell Speedway.
He really, really likes it.
After McCool scored his first career World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory in Saturday night’s ‘Outlaw Sizzler 50’ presented by Rusty Wallace Cadillac-GMC-Kia of Morristown, the intimidating high-banked bullring forever earned a special place in his heart.
“I come in here having been here one time,” said McCool, whose previous visit to the third-mile oval came in 2011. “I wasn’t really happy with (the challenging track) because of just not having laps. But it turned out good (on Saturday). I’m starting to like this place.”
McCool, 34, of Vicksburg, Miss., solidified his status as the 2012 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year frontrunner with a flawless performance. He surged into the lead from the pole position at the initial green flag and never looked back, holding off repeated challenges from dirt Late Model legend Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. – a master of the third-mile Tazewell oval – to emerge triumphant in a caution-free race that was completed in a tour-record 10 minutes, 47.989 seconds.
Racing in front of a crowd that promoter Gary Hall called the biggest in the history of the track, McCool steered his family-owned Victory Circle car across the finish line with a slim edge of 0.281 of a second over Bloomquist’s self-built machine.
Former WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., who started fourth, finished third in a Rocket, close behind the leaders after chasing them for the entire distance. Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., who won the 2011 WoO LMS event at Tazewell, placed fourth in a Team Zero by Bloomquist car and former track champion Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn., settled for a fifth-place finish in his Rocket after starting third.
While many observers expected another conquest of Tazewell by Bloomquist after he drew the outside-pole starting spot, but McCool would have none of that. He kept Bloomquist at bay throughout the fast-paced event.
“I knew if I could just beat him to that first corner (at the start) and stay ahead until it started rubbering up and not make no mistakes – do my job like I was supposed to – I didn’t think he could get around me,” McCool said of Bloomquist. “We just took it easy, saved our tires and ended up with a win.”
After Bloomquist was unable to mount a serious challenge on the final lap, McCool headed to Victory Lane as this season’s eighth different winner in nine WoO LMS A-Mains. He also became the 45th driver to claim victory on the national tour since 2004.
“It means a lot to win our first World of Outlaws over Bloomquist at a track where he’s real good,” said McCool, who earned $10,550 – the first five-figure race payday of his driving career. “Our goal this year was to win the rookie deal and hopefully win at least one race during the season. Now that we’ve got a win, hopefully this will lead us to (the Rookie of the Year honor).”
McCool entered the 2012 season having entered 16 WoO LMS events and made 10 A-Mains. He never finished better 11th in a WoO LMS show until placing a sterling third on Feb. 17 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.
The victory also vaulted McCool from eighth to fifth in the WoO LMS points standings.
Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., a fan favorite and big winner at Tazewell, fought hard to secure a sixth-place finish after starting 12th. Defending WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., slipped from the fifth starting spot to a seventh-place finish, followed by Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., Eric Jacobsen of Sea Cliff Beach, Calif., and Brad Neat of Dunnville, Ky., who won his first-ever WoO LMS A-Main the previous night at North Alabama Speeday in Tuscumbia, Ala.
Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., who won the 2010 WoO LMS event at Tazewell, appeared to be a serious contender again after finishing second in his heat race. But engine problems forced his crew to swap in a backup powerplant – work that wasn’t completed until the A-Main starting field was saluting the fans with a four-wide pace lap.
Since Clanton reported late to the A-Main lineup, series rules necessitated that he relinquish his sixth starting spot and tag the back of the field. He managed only a 19th-place finish.
Clanton’s Kennedy Motorsports teammate, John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y., also was struck by terminal engines woes midway through the night. He pitted and returned on the lead lap but settled for a fourth-place finish.
The caution-free A-Main supplanted the May 30, 2006, WoO LMS 50-lapper at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., as the fastest feature ever run on the World of Outlaws trail. That race on a quarter-mile oval saw Lanigan take the win in 11 minutes, 36.143 seconds.
Bloomquist was quickest of 32 entrants in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, blistering his home-state track in 11.599 seconds. It was his first WoO LMS fast-time honor of 2012 and the ninth of his career.
Heat winners were Bloomquist, Jacobsen, McCool and Madden. The B-Mains were captured by Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., and Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark.
The WoO LMS will remain in the Southeast for two another weekend doubleheader, visiting 311 Motor Speedway in Pine Hall, N.C., on Fri., May 4, and Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway on Sat., May 5.
Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘Outlaw Sizzler 50 presented by Rusty Wallace Cadillac-GMC-Kia of Morristown’ at Tazewell Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Bub McCool/50 $10,550
2. (2) Scott Bloomquist/50 $5,200
3. (4) Darrell Lanigan/50 $3,650
4. (8) Chris Madden/50 $2,500
5. (3) Billy Ogle Jr./50 $2,500
6. (12) Jimmy Owens/50 $1,700
7. (5) Rick Eckert/50 $2,050
8. (10) Jonathan Davenport/50 $1,300
9. (7) Eric Jacobsen/50 $1,200
10. (11) Brad Neat/50 $1,100
11. (16) Greg Johnson/50 $1,250
12. (14) Vic Hill/50 $1,000
13. (11) Vic Coffey/50 $1,550
14. (13) Mike Marlar/50 $1,450
15. (18) Jack Sullivan/50 $850
16. (17) Clint Smith/50 $1,350
17. (22) Chub Frank/50 $1,320
18. (21) Tim Fuller/50 $1,300
19. (6) Shane Clanton/50 $1,280
20. (19) Kent Robinson/50 $700
21. (20) Bryan Hendrix/50 $700
22. (24) John Lobb/50 $700
23. (15) Tim McCreadie/18 $1,350
24. (23) Pat Doar/6 $1,250
NOTE: Clanton forfeited his sixth starting spot and tagged the rear of the field after reporting late to the A-Main lineup while completing an engine change
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 10 Mins., 47.989 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.281 Secs.
Yellow Flags: None
Lap Leaders: McCool (1-50)
Provisional Starters: Doar, Lobb
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Ogle ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 11.599
2. 5J-Eric Jacobsen/Sea Cliff Beach, CA 11.604
3. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 11.647
4. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 11.665
5. 41-Brad Neat/Dunnville, KY 11.706
6. 201-Billy Ogle Jr./Knoxville, TN 11.711
7. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 11.718
8. 44M-Chris Madden/Gray Court, SC 11.739
9. 5b-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 11.579
10. 1V-Vic Hill/Morristown, TN 11.759
11. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 11.768
12. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 11.806
13. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 11.845
14. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 11.850
15. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 11.866
16. 49-Greg Johnson/Bedford, IN 11.875
17. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 11.891
18. 15-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 11.897
19. 90J-Jason Trammell/Knoxville, TN 11.907
20. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 12.038
21. 28L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 12.039
22. 14-Terry Wolfenbarger/Powell, TN 12.052
23. 5-Bryan Hendrix/Knoxville, TN 12.074
24. 1s-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 12.076
25. 1W-Dillon Wood/New Smyrna Beach, FL 12.134
26. 3-Steve Smith/Powell, TN 12.150
27. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 12.202
28. 28-Jeff Wolfenbarger/Clinton, TN 12.225
29. 1-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 12.245
30. 17-Shannon Thornsberry/Martin, KY 12.346
31. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 12.712
32. J12-Jeff Franklin/10 Mile, TN 12.767
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Bloomquist, Lanigan, Neat, Marlar, C. Smith, Fuller, Lobb, Wood
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Jacobsen, Ogle, Davenport, Hill, Robinson, T. Wolfenbarger, S. Smith, Thornsberry
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): McCool, Clanton, Coffey, McCreadie, Hendrix, Trammell, Doar, George
Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Madden, Eckert, Owens, Johnson, Sullivan, Frank, J. Wolfenbarger, Franklin
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): C. Smith, Robinson, Fuller, T. Wolfenbarger, S. Smith, Wood, Thornsberry, Lobb
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Sullivan, Hendrix, Frank, Trammell, Doar, J. Wolfenbarger, Franklin, George
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:
Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 product certificate to 23rd-place finisher I n A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jack Sullivan
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Hill
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Greg Johnson
Comp Cams ($50 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Greg Johnson
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Terry Wolfenbarger/Bryan Hendrix
Gravely ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 16th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank
JE Pistons (one compete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 11th-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Greg Johnson
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Kent Robinson
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Pat Doar
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Scott Bloomquist
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Billy Ogle Jr.
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jack Sullivan
Roush-Yates Performance Products ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Greg Johnson
Roush-Yates Performance Products (carburetor repair kit to 18th-place finish in A-Main or next highest w/decal – $100 value): Tim Fuller
Roush-Yates Lap Leader Award (one pair of Wiley X Sunglasses to driver who leads most laps in A-Main): Bub McCool
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Scott Bloomquist
SuperFlow ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Greg Johnson
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main or next highest with decal – $30 value): Jason Trammell
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner if decal displayed – $200 value): Bub McCool
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 8th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Greg Johnson
XS ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Jimmy Owens
2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of April 28 – 9 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 1276
2. Rick Eckert 1238 (-38)
3. Shane Clanton 1176 (-100)
4. Chub Frank 1152 (-124)
5. Bub McCool 1122 (-154)
6. Vic Coffey 1120 (-156)
7. Clint Smith 1092 (-184)
8. Tim McCreadie 1074 (-202)
9. Mike Marlar 1016 (-260)
10. Pat Doar 1010 (-266)
11. Tim Fuller 976 (-300)
12. Josh Richards 974 (-302)
13. Kent Robinson 970 (-306)
14. John Lobb 944 (-332)
15. Jack Sullivan 932 (-344)
16. Greg Johnson 906 (-370)
17. Billy Moyer 870 (-406)
18. (tie) Brandon Sheppard 782 (-494)
18. (tie) Billy Moyer Jr. 782 (-494)
20. Jill George 752 (-524)
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gaskets, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filter, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Longacre, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.