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Bloomquist Forges New Partnership for Future Era of Team Zero

Mooresburg, TN. — Just a couple of weeks ago, Scott Bloomquist sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident to his right hip and right knee.  The accident abruptly altered plans for the #0 team and their 2019 season. The prognosis for recovery and rehabilitation from these injuries are projected to take several months.  Currently, decisions are being formulated on how best to move forward, as well as establishing a more specific timeline on the Hall of Fame drivers return to the cockpit. Bloomquist has returned to home and has been seeing one of the best therapy clinics in the Knoxville area.

Amidst unfortunate circumstances, the operation is forging forward and making important decisions regarding the future of the #0 team and Scott Bloomquist Racing.

The dirt track racing Hall of Famer has set his sights on accomplishing even more in the sport and he now has the support of one of the industry’s most respected innovators. Bloomquist has officially forged a partnership with Cody Sommer.

The duo began discussing a possible partnership in 2018 and have officially reached an agreement that sets the stage for the “FUTURE” of the entire Team Zero organization now and after the 9X National Champion decides to hang up the helmet.  The partnership comes at a vital time, where the operation is in a position to re-group, make changes and develop a solid plan for when Bloomquist returns behind the wheel.

In a sport that continues to change and become more and more competitive, Bloomquist has continued to adapt and evolve with the times. Even with each evolution, he has found himself at the top of the sport, succeeding no matter the circumstances. An impressive resume for Bloomquist includes 9 National Championships, 8 Dreams, 4 World 100’s and over 600 victories in total that include all of the industry’s major crown jewels. However, Bloomquist admits that there has been a void in his operation with a need for guidance, structure and business leadership for some time. Sommer is slated to fill that void managing the business which will allow Bloomquist to focus on recovery and competing at the highest level when he returns behind the wheel.

Bloomquist prides himself on having “NO WEAK LINKS” and this partnership reiterates that moving forward. Cody Sommer will manage the business but he will also be a part-owner with Bloomquist and taking on the role of President of the newly formed organization. Sommer is no newcomer to challenges and now takes on the task of creating an organized business, guiding the company into its future both on and off the race track.

“When you walk in this shop and you see the history, you understand where this man (Scott Bloomquist) has been and what he is cable of if the pieces of the puzzle all fit right.  This decision is something that we are taking very seriously, and we have very specific goals in mind” Said Sommer.  “Scott’s accomplishments behind the wheel have always set the bar for which the entire sport has strived to be on the race track. This partnership will also allow us the opportunity to set that same bar for the industry off of the race track” Said Sommer.  The credentials and expertise that Sommer brings to the table will not only change the landscape for Bloomquist moving forward but it will help ensure Scott is able to focus on competing at the highest possible level.

In fact, the organization has specific performance plans & goals to accompany their business and post-career plans. The team will begin taking on more developmental projects including building a new car specifically for testing and R&D purposes, a dedicated pull-down area within the race shop headquarters, custom equipment for aerodynamic research and several other functions dedicated to performing on the race track.

“If you sit back and look at the accomplishments he has had with little structure and organization…it really is remarkable” said Sommer.  “Allowing Scott the ability to focus on speed is essential. It will create more accomplishment.  I don’t think anyone would disagree that when he is able to focus, he is going to be very hard to beat on the race track, he has proven that over and over again in the past” He added.

Scott did have comments to add, backing up those of his new business partner “Over the years I’ve had a lot of great people help me accomplish many things. This partnership is going to allow us together to accomplish even more. We are going to WIN more championships… more Dreams, more World 100’s and more major events… this is going to allow me the ability to focus on that now more than ever.  I’m not dead yet, so just get ready” said Bloomquist.

Although many parts of the organization will take time to evolve there are some areas that will see change very quickly. The team will be hiring additional help to support the #0 car but also have plans of housing a second team in the future. The Bloomquist identity & brand will be honed and organized with plans of taking it to the highest possible levels. Partnerships and involving more corporate partners is a key area of focus, this strategy spearheaded by Sommer, who has visions of corporate involvement going well beyond the industries current.

Sommer recognizes the immediate concern of ensuring the organization sustains itself during a very hard time, while their Hall of Fame driver is sidelined with injuries and unable to compete. “Scott has never seen a situation like this as he has always been able to race. Being sidelined for several months is going to be a challenge for everyone involved. There is overhead, there are bills and there are responsibilities. Scott has many friends, sponsors and family offering their support during this hard time and he is very appreciative of it” Said Sommer.

Many people have asked how they can help offer support for Bloomquist as he is sidelined for several months, working towards recovery and rehabilitation. Scott Bloomquist Racing has setup an official home for any support at www.ScottBloomquistRacing.com/HelpScottGetBack

Scott Bloomquist Racing has launched a new official website at www.ScottBloomquistRacing.com and can also be found on social media by Facebook @ScottBloomquistRacing and Twitter @SBR_TeamZero

 

-Bloomquist Press Release-

12th Annual Spring Fling boasts $12,000 Purse

Now in its 12th year, the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Fling, set for April 9-10, will feature a record-setting $12,000 purse for the event—the highest single-race payout in iRacing history—made possible through the contributions of Schaeffer’s Oil and other event partners.

“VLR is very excited to partner with a well-established company and huge supporter of racing, such as Schaeffer’s Oil,” said Howard Weaver, the race’s promoter. “Schaeffer has long supported dirt track racing and to have them now as a supporter of what we are doing in sim racing is incredible. I am honored that that we are able to work with Schaeffer’s Oil on the biggest Spring Fling in history.”

Team VLR was founded in 2004, in the game Dirt Track Racing 2. Now entering its 15th year, VLR is one of the longest running simulated racing series in the world. Since moving to iRacing in April 2017, after its dirt racing release, VLR has hosted many of the highest paying simulated racing eSports events, including the Spring Fling, Sim Race for Hope 74 and Labor Day Classic.

For more information about the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Fling or Team VLR, visit teamvlr.com.

About Schaeffer’s Oil
Founded in 1839, Schaeffer’s Oil is a sixth-generation, family-owned company that delivers the right solution to every lubrication challenge. Our lubricants provide strong equipment durability and fuel economy benefits, allowing you to maximize your equipment’s performance and return on investment.

Ray Evernham aquires JRI Shocks

Mooresville, NC- Motorsports Icon and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham announced today his acquisition of JRi Shocks, effective immediately. JRi Shocks founder, Jeff Ryan, will continue to play a leading role in the organization as a Partner and Vice President of Engineering.

“Since retiring from the competition side of NASCAR, I have been itching to find an opportunity to continue using my experience in business and engineering, so when JRi was presented to me it was a natural fit,” said Evernham, CEO and President of JRi Shocks. “I have worked with Jeff Ryan for more than 30 years and have always known he was one of the most innovative shock designers in the motorsports industry, but what really drew me to JRi is the work Jeff and his team are doing outside of racing. From street performance to off-road, they are creating some of the most functional, highest quality shocks on the market. I am really looking forward to working with Jeff to take JRi to the next level.”

Evernham will be heavily involved in all areas of the business, including marketing and sales strategy, new product design and operations. Under the new ownership, JRi will focus on better serving their existing customers, expanding their product offerings in current markets and continuing to gain market share in the aftermarket shock industry.

“With Ray Evernham as the owner and with same shared disciplines, JRi will be able to focus on product innovation and achieve our ultimate goal of delivering the best products and services to our customers. I am looking forward to writing JRi’s next chapter while building on our current performance with a dedicated team in place that has been chosen to pilot the future trajectory of the company,” said Jeff Ryan, Partner and Vice President of Engineering JRi Shocks.

JRi Shocks’ new headquarters will be located at 115 Eastbend Court, Mooresville, NC 28117.

-JRi Shocks Press Release

Night One goes to Stremme at Volusia

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 6, 2018 — The premier drivers and teams within the DIRTcar UMP Modified ranks from across North America converged to Volusia Speedway Park (FL) for night number one of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. A stellar field of 65 teams made their way to the Sunshine State to compete in the first of seven straight nights of competition for the open-wheeled weekly warriors. David Stremme, originally from South Bend, IN and now calls Mooresville, NC home, shot out to the lead on the opening lap from his third starting spot and held off two-time defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion, Nick Hoffman to score his second career Gator.

“We were pretty good tonight, but I feel like we still have a lot of work to do. We’re just ok and we know that. Its only night one,” Offered the 40-year-old owner of Lethal Chassis after his victory. “Things will change quite a bit the rest of the week and the competition here is pretty strong. Real happy though, have to thank all the sponsors. Definitely Penske Racing Shocks. This is the first race with them on the car, so we’re pretty proud of that.” He added.

The first Feature of the DIRTcar Nationals would see NASCAR Xfinity Series star, Justin Allgaier and Hoffman lead the mammoth 28-car field to chief starter, Dave Farney’s green flag to begin their 20-lap Feature. Stremme, who started on the inside of the third row, quickly shot around the front row and grabbed the early advantage while the rest of the field jockeyed for position. Hoffman fell back to as far as fifth, before regrouping and picking off cars one by one until he got back up to second.

As the laps clicked off, Hoffman closed the gap on Stremme and caught a break when the caution flag flew with just a single lap to go. That set up a one-lap shootout between Stremme and Hoffman and on the restart, Stremme got the jump on both Hoffman and Allgaier, who was running in the third spot. Stremme would get away from both and cross the stripe first en route to his first DIRTcar Nationals Feature win since the 2015 season and second of his career.

Hoffman settled for second as Kyle Strickler, who won one of the three Last Chance Showdowns to get into the show, started 19th and completed the podium finishers. Chase Collins, who started 13th, finished fourth as Zeke McKenzie, who started 11th, finished off the top five. NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series regular, Justin Haley was sixth after starting 25th while Kenny Wallace, Michael Long, K.C. Burdette and Allgaier, who faded on the last restart, were the top 10.

Night two for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will see the teams return for the next $1,000 payday. The Arctic Car All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars will race for their first of two nights of action before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars race for three nights in a row starting on Friday, February 9th. For more information about the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, please call: 1 (844) DIRT-TIX or log onto the website located at: dirtcarnationals.com You can also follow the DIRTcar Nationals throughout the off-season and into the month of February by visiting the DIRTcar Nationals Social Media outlets. Just search for “DIRTcar Nationals” on both Facebook and Twitter for the very latest updates.

Abbreviated DIRTcar Nationals Results:

FEATURE (20 Laps ) – 1. David Stremme; 2. Nick Hoffman; 3. Kyle Strickler; 4. Chase Collins; 5. Zeke McKenzie; 6. Justin Haley; 7. Kenny Wallace; 8. Michael Long; 9. Kc Burdette; 10. Justin Allgaier; 11. Ray Bollinger;12. Tyler Evans; 13. Ryan Cripe; 14. Jason Brookover; 15. Larry Burkins; 16. Paul Niznik; 17. Tony Anderson; 18. Josh Rice; 19. Mike McKinney; 20. Jason Beaulieu; 21. Shon Flanary; 22. Todd Neiheiser; 23. Troy Johnson; 24. Jason Garver; 25. Jamie Carter; 26. Brian Ruhlman; 27. Rick Conoyer; 28. Ken Schrader.

Dodson joins Empire Racing / RPM Development Team

Empire Racing Group, and Grumpy’s Performance, Inc., a Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team is proud to announce signing driver, Devin Dodson, for the remaining 2017 season. ERG and Grumpy’s will field two Late Model Stock Cars this weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway for the “BattleBack WildCard Night” on Saturday night. Dodson will pilot the #9 ERG Ford as teammate to Thad Moffitt at the wheel of the #46 ERG Ford.

The team will be led by Empire Racing Group Crew Chief Mike” Grumpy” Cheek.

“I am excited to bring Devin on board to the ERG camp. I have watched Devin perform and I look forward to working with him and assisting Devin in his endeavors to get to the next level of his racing career. I feel confident that Devin will be an excellent addition to the team and a good teammate for Thad, Together we have the opportunity to put some good racing on the track for the fans.”

Eighteen-year-old, Devin Dodson who is a native of Bishopville, MD starting racing at the age of 5-years-old. He started racing go karts across the southeast and mid atlantics region with multiple wins and top 5 finishes. In 2015, Dodson moved to dirt modifieds with his accomplishments of multiple top 5’s, Rookie of the year 2015, 2 wins and in 2016, and finished 3rd in points in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dodson began to run late model stock in 2017 and in 8 starts has had five top 5 finishes.

Davenport outduels McCreadie to win the Hillbilly Hundred

Jonathan Davenport held off Tim McCreadie at the finish line to win the 49th Annual Hillbilly Hundred on Sunday night at the Tyler County Speedway. Davenport took the lead from race-long leader, Jimmy Owens on lap 83 and then held off a hard-charging McCreadie to claim his first-career win in the historic event. After starting 17th, McCreadie went to the outside of Davenport coming off turn four, but Davenport held him off by one-car length to secure the $25,000 victory.

The 2015 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion; Davenport; became the 16th different winner this year in series competition. McCreadie moved to second in the points behind Josh Richards with his second-place finish. Jimmy Owens took third. Completing the top five were Don O’Neal and Richards.

“I passed for second like three times there then there would be another caution. I want to apologize to Jimmy Owens, I went in hot and locked up the brakes. I want to first thank G.R. Smith, for someone to step out of their own car and to let someone else drive it, says a lot about him. I have to thank Josh Richards, he helped me out before the start of the race. The right rear shock wasn’t where I wanted it to be and he tuned on it. “

“These Rocket cars are great. I thought I had this win last year. I really like this place,” said the 33-year-old racer in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the first time this season. The winners Rocket Chassis car is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by: Victory Circle Auto Sales, B&A Pallet, Victory Circle Auto Mall, FK Rod Ends, Behrent’s, and Northern Lights Windows and Door.

McCreadie started alongside Scott Bloomquist in row nine and charged through the field to take the runner-up spot at the finish. “It was so tough to come up through there in this field of cars. It was just a little narrow out there tonight. The outside restarts were good. Yes, we are happy with this finish,” said the driver of the Sweeteners Plus, Longhorn entry.

Owens was in control of the race until he relinquished the lead to Davenport. “We had a really good car tonight. There were a lot of restarts. I don’t know how that played into the end. But we were slipping up. We moved down there and it seemed to help,” said Owens about his podium finish.

Completing the top ten were Chris Ferguson, Austin Hubbard, Darrell Lanigan, Jared Hawkins, and Mason Zeigler.

Bloomquist claims 5th Topless 100 Victory

Scott Bloomquist became the first five-time winner of the COMP Cams Topless 100- Presented by Crop Production Services on Sunday afternoon at Batesville Motor Speedway.

Bloomquist inherited the lead on lap-66 when race leader, Austin Rettig had to pit for a flat tire. Bloomquist then led the remaining laps to score the $40,000 victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and COMP Cams Super Dirt Series-sanctioned event.

Tim McCreadie led the first 63 laps of the race until Rettig rolled around him to take the lead. Rettig led two laps until a caution came out. Under the caution, Rettig’s right-rear tire went flat, relinquishing the lead to Bloomquist.

Bloomquist entered the weekend tied with Billy Moyer – each having four career wins in the crown-jewel event’s history. He led the remaining 34 laps unchallenged to get the victory. “The car was awesome. Once we moved outside, I got by a bunch of cars. I had to take it easy on the tires. We were looking for somewhere around lap-40 to pit and it worked out for us,” said Bloomquist, who started the race in the 23rd position.

“I just kept watching those lead cars. They were starting to have trouble around lap-60. I knew we had enough for them at the end. I just had to keep the car straight and smooth. The Andy Durham Racing Engine ran great. I can’t thank everyone enough, especially all my help, the sponsors, and all the fans. I followed the 94 car [Rettig] through there, but he was burning the tires up. I would sweep wide on the straight-aways and go low in the corners. That was the fastest groove. I wasn’t worried about being passed at the end. I was just worried about tire wear to finish the race. I didn’t push it nearly as much as I could have there at the end.”

Bloomquist’s, Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis is sponsored by Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Sweet Manufacturing, Horton Coal, Sorbera Chiropractic, Petroff Towing, Crossfit by Overton, and Penske Shocks.