There’s been so much written and said about the fact that NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series has had seven different winners (and seven different No. 1 qualifiers) in as many races to start the 2014 season.
But as outstanding as that is, the Sprint Cup folks have a little catching up to do to reach those in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
Heading into last Saturday’s race at ARK-LA-TEX Speedway, there had been 10 different winners in the first 10 LOLMDS races this season.
How’s that for parity?
But sooner or later the law of averages were going to catch up and Scott Bloomquist, who won the DIRTcar Nationals earlier this season at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway, became the first repeat winner with his Saturday night win at ARK-LA-TEX Speedway.
Using the all-new RY-45 motor from Roush Fenway Racing, Bloomquist started from fourth position, moved up to second 20 laps into the event, and then took the lead from Ray Moore just two laps from the finish of the 50-lap A-Main event.
It was Bloomquist’s 47th career win in the LOLMDS.
“This is our first time here,” Bloomquist said. “We’ve got a 70% win ratio for our first visit to a racetrack so we just upped our percentage a little bit tonight.”
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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.
Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.
Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.
“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.
“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”
Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.
“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.
“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”