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Racer Bloomquist accused of threats against employee

Jeff Bobo • Jun 4, 2013 at 12:12 AM

MOORESBURG — Legendary Late Model dirt racer Scott Bloomquist is under investigation by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly threatening to shoot or drown an employee of his Mooresburg race shop last month.

Matthew Simmonds, 26, told the HCSO he has been working and living at Bloomquist’s race shop at 209 Brooke Road in Mooresburg.

On May 28, Simmonds gave the HCSO a statement saying that the previous day he’d gone to the store, and when he returned Bloomquist seemed upset about something.

Simmonds told HCSO Deputy Mark Harrell that Bloomquist told him, “Matt, you and I have a date” and took a handgun out of a case.

Simmonds stated Bloomquist took him outside and stated, “I’m either going to drown you or shoot you.”

According to Simmonds, Bloomquist then fired several shots into the air.

“Matthew stated there were children present at the time,” Harrell wrote in his report.

“Matthew stated he got to thinking about it and he wanted a report on file,” Harrell added.

An Iowa native, Bloomquist,49, has lived and raced out of Mooresburg since the 1980s.

He is a member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame and is expected to drive a truck owned by Kyle Busch when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes its first visit to a dirt track, Eldora Speedway in Weston, Ohio, later this year.

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said Monday that Simmonds’ complaint is still under investigation.

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