"Dirtrax Dominator" Takes Over "Rowdy's" Tundra for Mudsummer Classic
Scott Bloomquist, one of most accomplished dirt late model racers of all time, will make his NASCAR debut July 24 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series CarCash MudSummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer will pilot the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the 150-lap event - spread across three segments - at the famed .500-mile clay oval, as NASCAR tackles dirt for the first time since Richard Petty's Grand National win at Raleigh, N.C. in 1970.
Bloomquist - who prepared for the highly-anticipated race by testing his No. 51 Tundra at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. earlier this month - will look to add a Truck Series victory to his already accomplished resume at Eldora. The 49-year-old driver has a combined nine victories in the two crown-jewel events held annually at the Ohio dirt track, the Dirt Late Model Dream and the World 100. In June, the Tennessee resident led the final 35 laps en route to his sixth Dirt Late Model Dream victory (1995, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2013). He has made a record 17 starts in the event, finishing inside the top five 11 times.
Aptly named the "Dirtrax Dominator," Bloomquist has earned over 500 Dirt Late Model victories in over 1400 career starts. He is an eight-time National Touring Series champion, bringing home the hardware in the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series four times (1994, 1995, 1998 and 200), the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series twice (2009 and 2010), and once each in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series (2004) and Big Johnson Late Model Series (1998). His best single season came in 1990, when he collected 38 wins across 61 events, including the World 100, the Jackson 100 and the UMP Summernationals Series championship - where he won 10 of the 14 events.
KBM owner Kyle Busch captured his first-ever Dirt Late Model win driving a Bloomquist Chassis in the 2012 Prelude to Dream at Eldora. Now, as the Truck Series takes to the same half-mile clay oval for the first time, Bloomquist will look to return the favor and get "Rowdy's" ToyotaCare Tundra to victory lane Wednesday night.
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