Pre-Race: Eldora

“Dirtrax Dominator” Takes Over “Rowdy’s” Tundra for Mudsummer Classic

Posted July 22, 2013

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 22, 2013) – 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.

Scott Bloomquist, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Toyota Care Tundra:

What will it be like to drive in the NASCAR Camping World Series at Eldora?

“It will be very exciting. It’s going to be something different I’m sure, but it’s a race car and I’ve driven a lot of race cars -- never a truck, but it’s still a race car. Eldora is an exciting place -- we are going to win the race and I’m sure that we can do it.”

How much different do you think the truck will drive on dirt compared to the late models?

“You know, unlike our type of racing where you get there and have two laps of practice, we are going to get enough practice that we’re going to be able to get this truck tuned to what we like and the fell that we are looking for. I race so much different on dirt than a lot of the other guys -- we are always pretty straight. I prefer to run straight and that is the fastest way around Eldora anyways. So, I don’t think it is going to be too big of an adjustment.”

Rudy Fugle, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS ToyotaCare Tundra:

Do you think it will be an advantage having a dirt Late Model regular in your truck?

“For sure knowing the track conditions is going to be the biggest advantage. Obviously, this is a different kind of an animal -- a heavier and clumsier vehicle than what Scott is used to, but knowing what the track is going to do and what it needs to feel like being a veteran at Eldora is going to be huge.”

What did you learn at the test with Scott at Smoky Mountain Speedway?

“We worked on a lot of shock packages and trying to get the tires to all work together. Again, with this being so much different than what we are used to and the setup is quite a bit different, getting the tires and what the tires want -- they are the only things that touch the ground, so you have to make them happy.”

Scott Bloomquist’s No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra:

KBM-20: The No. 51 ToyotaCare Racing team will unload KBM-20, a Tundra originally built by the KBM chassis shop for another Toyota team but never raced. The truck was recently purchased by KBM and will make its first start in Wednesday’s CarCash MudSummer Classic.

Notes of Interest:

Scott Bloomquist @ Eldora:
  • Six-time winner of the Dirt Late Model Dream (1995, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2013)
  • Three-time winner of the World 100 (2001, 1990, 1988)
  • Has posted 11 top-five finishes in his record 17 Dirt Late Model Dream starts
Scott Bloomquist Career Highlights:
  • Over 500 career Dirt Late Model wins since making first start in 1980, including a season-high 38 in 1990
  • Elected into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Eight National Touring Dirt Late Model Series Championships
    • Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (2009 and 2010)
    • World of Outlaws Late Model Series (2004)
    • Big Johnson National Late Model Series (1998)
    • Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series (1994, 1995, 1998 and 2000)
  • Made three ARCA Racing Series starts in 1991, two on pavement (Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Atlanta Motor Speedway in Sparta) and one on dirt (Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield)
Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No.  51 Tundra:
  • After nine events, ranks second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner point standings - 29 points behind the series-leading No. 88 team
  • Has produced two wins, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.89 across nine starts this season
  • Has led 195 laps and completed 87.03% of laps attempted (1369/1573)
  • 17-year-old Erik Jones produced his series-best finish of second in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton (7/13/13)
  • Jones picked up a ninth-place finish in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (4/6/13) and duplicated that finish in his second career start at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway (4/14/13)
  • Produced top-10 results in two of its five starts in 2012; Denny Hamlin drove the No. 51 to victory in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Germán Quiroga finished eighth in the fred’s 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway
Last NCWTS Event:

In a field full of talented young drivers, 17-year-old rookie Erik Jones proved to be the “Cream of the Young Crop” in the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway on Saturday. In only his third start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), the rookie captivated the audience as he effortlessly danced with the veterans and out-dueled his rookie class as he powered his No. 51 Toyota Tundra to a solid second-place finish.

The Fugle File:

Crew chief Rudy Fugle begins his first stint as a crew chief at KBM after serving as the lead engineer for KBM’s No. 18 Tundra in 2012. Fugle picked up his first career win in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 17, 2013. The New York native previously served as a Truck Series crew chief for nine races with Justin Lofton at Germain Racing in 2011, posting one top-10 finish. Fugle held the position of Nationwide Series crew chief at Germain from September of 2009 throughout the 2010 season, guiding Michael Annett to three top-10 finishes across 42 races.

Flexco Paying Tribute to Leffler at Eldora with Special Decal

Long-time Kyle Busch Motorsports partner Flexco will be paying tribute to Jason Leffler during this week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. The worldwide leader in the manufacturing of belt conveyer products will incorporate “A Tribute to a Great Racer” featuring a picture of Leffler into their normal branding on the side of Scott Bloomquist’s No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra. Flexco was an associate sponsor on the No. 18 Tundra last season when Leffler registered six top-10 finishes across nine starts.

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