By admin | July 25, 2009
By Richard Allen
A $5,300 paycheck is nothing to scoff at, for sure. But for a man who has won almost 500 feature races in his career, including dozens of races that have paid more than $10,000 to win, it is hardly the type of money to cause him to alter his schedule.
However, Scott Bloomquist did alter his schedule this past Friday. According to the track announcer, he participated in an Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s Southern Nationals event at the Volunteer Speedway for the first time in his career. This race had not been previously listed on the driverâ€™s website schedule.
Granted, the track is relatively close to his Mooresburg, Tennessee home. But, the driver and his team have not had an off weekend for quite sometime. And more, the Lucas Oil Late Model Series, of which Bloomquist is leading the standings, has a long road trip to New York coming up next week.
So, what drew Bloomquist to Bulls Gap?
It might be that he was doing a little testing in a race that was not part of the Lucas Oil Series. A race that would not impact his leadership of that series.
Bloomquistâ€™s famous car #0 has been using engines provided by Vic Hill Race Engines. However, in Bulls Gap the car was surrounded by several men wearing T-shirts with a logo that said â€˜Fletcher Made Horsepowerâ€™ on the back. The valve covers on the engine had the same wording as well.
Perhaps Bloomquist was trying something new to find a little bit of an edge over the competition. After all, he has not won a major race since April, which is a bit of a dry spell for a driver with his credentials.
Fletcher Made Horsepower is listed as being located in Bloomery, West Virginia. The company has a website address at FletcherMadeHorsepower.com but the site simply says, â€œComing Soonâ€.
I donâ€™t know if Bloomquist has made a break with Vic Hill Race Engines or not. That company is still listed as a sponsor on his websiteâ€™s list of sponsors. However, as the pictures attached to this story show, he did not appear to be using one of their power plants on Friday at the Volunteer Speedway.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
Look for my new site, TennesseeRacer.com, coming soon. The site will be dedicated to the coverage of racing in east TennesseeÂ and all around the VolunteerState.
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