Scott Bloomquist is not only arguably the greatest late model driver of all-time, but also just may be the greatest driver to ever sit in any dirt track racing machine. Over the course of his nearly forty-year career, Bloomquist has captured 602-total feature victories, including countless crown jewel wins and high paydays, highlighted by a staggering forty-six $30,000-To-Win or higher event victories. The 56-year-old has been able to raise nine national series championship trophies, with his most recent coming in 2016, which was his third-career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series title.
Bloomer has competed on the highest levels of dirt track racing for decades, from major late model events including the form taking on the Bristol Motor Speedway, the rise of Eldora Speedway's Dirt Late Model Dream and World 100, to the Late Model Knoxville Nationals, winning and dominating races in all of the above areas. Scott has done everything one can do behind-the-wheel of a late model, including taking on and winning several different national series championship titles, with one of those coming in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, which he will follow in 2020, for the first time since 2004. With Bloomquist accomplishing anything-and-everything there is to do in late model racing, along with still holding the title as the biggest star the sport has to offer, one has to wonder what we could see over the next decade before he hangs the helmet up.
The 34th annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals take place this week, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the biggest stars in multiple different forms of motorsports, trying their hand at grabbing one of the most prestigious trophies and honors in all of auto racing, the Golden Driller. Motorsports heavyweights from outside dirt midget racing have tried their hand at taking home the crown over the past three decades, from NASCAR to IndyCar and NHRA stars, along with every dirt track racing form you can think of sprinkled in. Tim McCreadie has arguably been the most successful well known late model star to take on the Tulsa Expo Center, grabbing the event win in 2005, but he is far from the first from the area of the sport to try his hand.
In 2009, then World of Outlaws Late Model star, and now WoOLM and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion, Josh Richards, competed in the race, finishing 8th in his preliminary night B-Main. Three-time LOLMDS champion and arguably the series-best driver, Jonathan Davenport, tried his hand at the stage in 2017, performing well, but unable to make any head-way during Saturday's alphabet soup features. Bobby Pierce, who continues to grow his popularity and talent on-and-off the track, each season, has said on more-than-one occasion that he would love to compete in the race, as well.
Bloomquist added the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals to his lengthy racing resume in 2003, having decent performances, but nothing to write home about.
Along with taking on the Chili Bowl in '09 and '11, Scott Bloomquist drove for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the 2013 inaugural Eldora Speedway NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Dirt Derby, where mechanical issues put a damper on the evening, but showing the world he was willing to pivot from his home in the late model ranks, if the opportunity was right. With health issues seeming to pile up for the 56-year-old Tennessee resident each year, the hourglass on his career is definitely smaller than it was say five or ten years ago, which means if Bloomer were to make any kind of career move, it would have to be over the next decade, which has us wondering f we could ever see Scott take on the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals again?
With Drydene Performance Products backing his late-model effort and the company's impact in various other forms of motorsports, they would more-than-likely be on-board for a Scott Bloomquist, Chili Bowl Nationals entry, which would have to be the biggest hurdle to fall. On the other side of it, teams like Keith Kunz Motorsports, Clauson-Marshall Racing, and Tucker-Boat Motorsports, to just name a few, have shown the history and willingness to put stars from other forms of the sport in a quality, winning-car in Tulsa, which would give Bloomer not only a chance to show up and have a good time but also possibly compete on a high level. The Gateway Dirt Nationals in St. Louis could also play an interesting role in something like this happening, seeing how Bloomquist would already be in The Dome running his iconic SBR No. 0, he could also take on a midget entry, as he has with the UMP DIRTcar Modified class in years past, to get familiar with how the cars have changed since he last drove one, nearly a decade ago, before heading to Oklahoma for the granddaddy of them all, in mid-January.
It is probably a stretch to think that Scott Bloomquist, who is already in his mid-50s, would take on a car he hasn't driven in a number of years and an event that has just grown and gotten harder-and-harder to run well in, but one can dream, right?
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