All Star Sprint Race Results - Bloomington Speedway - Fri. 7/30/99 By Mike Oâ€™Leary SALDANA EDGES KINSER IN BLOOMINGTON ALL STAR THRILLER BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 30, 1999) - With fast qualifying time, wins in his heat race and the dash, and ...
All Star Sprint Race Results - Bloomington Speedway - Fri. 7/30/99 By Mike O’Leary SALDANA EDGES KINSER IN BLOOMINGTON ALL STAR THRILLER
BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 30, 1999) - With fast qualifying time, wins in his heat race and the dash, and victory in the 40-lap feature race, you could say that Joey Saldana swept the All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car program at Bloomington Speedway, Friday night. But the third Tribute to Dizz Wilson produced a memorable sprint car shootout with Saldana narrowly outrunning Kelly Kinser in rush hour traffic. "I don't know if I made the high side work, I just stuck with it," Saldana said in victory lane. "I don't know if it was any better, but I figured once I got my momentum going I might be a little better because on the bottom he (Kinser) had to stop pretty much. You know, you come out here to run two grooves for the fans, and they definitely saw a race tonight. That's what we're trying to do." Kinser's race nearly came to an early conclusion when Jim Carter looped in front of him in the first turn. When the Franklin Power Products Stealth was shoved across an infield marker tire, Kelly kept it rolling while the yellow light came on. Carter collected Boston Reid, Jason Statler and Brian Ellenberger. Only Carter was not able to return for the restart. Byron Reed led the first three circuits from the ButlerBuilt Hot Seat pole, but Saldana was moving up quickly. He passed Danny Smith and Paul McMahan on successive laps, and drove around Reed in turn four, taking the lead on lap six. On the next lap, Reid spun in turn two, directly in front of the leader, but was able to keep the car rolling, and returned to racing without a caution. While Saldana built an eight car length advantage, Kinser slipped between lapped cars and grabbed second from Reed. Two laps later, Kinser looked under Saldana in the third turn, and they raced wheel-to-wheel past the flagstand, with Kinser ahead. For the next ten circuits, Kinser and Saldana raced side-by-side. Officially, they traded the lead six times at the flagstand, but the lead sawed back and forth several times each lap. Finally, Kinser was able to work 10 car lengths ahead of Saldana. But when he caught up with lapped traffic, the Mox Motorsports Chevrolet-powered Stealth reeled him back in. Again they were side-by-side, with Saldana riding the rim, and Kinser hugging the inside lane, and a pack of cars ahead of them. Kinser had difficulty lapping the 51 of Jerrod Hull, and Saldana edged ahead. Kinser fought back, and now both leaders were frustrated by the traffic. Kinser moved to the top of the track ahead of Saldana, for a lap, and then dropped back to the bottom. On lap 39, he tried the top again. But coming off turn 2, Saldana went higher than anyone else, got a wheel over the lip, and racing 4-wide into three surged back into the lead. Surrounded by slower cars, Kinser fought back, but was still a car length behind at the checkered flag. Byron Reed held on to third, with McMahan and Danny Smith completing the top five. "I knew Kelly was in trouble" Saldana noted after the race. "Because you don't see Kelly run the top, especially a cushion like this. His car is basically built and set up for the bottom. So when I saw him searching around there, I knew he was in trouble."
Qualifying: 1. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 9.900; 2. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23s, 10.143, 3. Kenny Jacobs, Jacobs 6, 10.149; 4. Danny Smith, Ashworth 92, 10.169; 5. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 10.221; 6. Byron Reed, B&S 5R, 10.232; 7. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23k, 10.251; 8. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 10.322; 9, Jim Carter, Rudeen 14c, 10.341; 10. Bob Burkle, Burkle 21B, 10.347; 11. Kevin Briscoe, Briscoe 5, 10.384; 12. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4k, 10.397; 13. Jason Statler, Statler 00, 10.426; 14. Jeremy Minton, Minton 7m, 10.438; 15. Brian Ellenberger, Ellenberger 20, 10.459; 16. Dean Jacobs, Holbrook 8, 10.467; 17. Gary Hayhurst, Dougherty 20H, 10.489; 18. Greg Wilson, Hampshire 63, 10.511; 19. Boston Reid, Keppel 9R, 10.511; 20. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 10.519; 21. Derek Scheffel, Scheffel 21s, 10.531; 22. Troy Leonard, Leonard 91, 10.592; 23. Dick Gaines Jr., Gaines 11G, 10.610; 24. Donnie Goeden, Karavan 27G, 10.617; 25. Levi Jones, Jones 73x, 10.617; 26. Paul May, May 71m, 10.663; 27. Brian Carlson, SC 18, 10.719; 28. Jonathan Vennard, Vennard 54, 10.763; 29. Lennie Waltz, Waltz 22w, 10.778; 30. Eric Davis, Davis 96, 10.852; 31. Todd Kelley, Kelley 21k, 10.859; 32. Justin Marvel, Marvel 47, 10.920; 33. Jerrod Hull, Webb 51, 10.942; 34. Brenda Buster, Buster 31, 11.105; 35. Kenny Carmichael, Carmichael 9d, 11.146; 36. Chris Borgman, Borgman 6c, 11.185. United Expressline Heat 1: Saldana, McMahan, Statler, Scheffel, Hull, Carter, Jones, Waltz, Hayhurst. Southwest Expressline Heat 2: Wilson, Burkle, Kerr, Leonard, Reed, Davis, Buster, Minton, May United Specialties Heat 3: Briscoe, Ellenberger, Reid, K. Jacobs, Gaines, Kahne, Kelley, Carlson, Carmichael. Southwest Glass Heat 4: K. Kinser, Goeden, R. Kinser, Smith, D. Jacobs, Engler, Vennard, Marvel, Borgman Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash: Saldana, Kerr, Smith, K. Jacobs, Reed, McMahan United Expressline B-Main: Kahne, Engler, Carlson, Carter, May, Waltz, Marvel, Carmichael, Borgman, Minton, Buster, Kelley, Jones, Vennard, Davis A Main : Saldana, K. Kinser, Reed, McMahan, Smith, Kerr, K. Jacobs, Statler, Hull, D. Jacobs, Wilson, Briscoe, Burkle, Kahne, Goeden, R. Kinser, Engler, Gaines, Carlson, Reid, Ellenberger, Leonard, Scheffel, Carter - www.allstarsprint.com -