Bloomington May 7 preview, standings

BLOOMINGTON, IN (April 25) - On May 7, Indiana Dirt Late Model Speed Week will make its annual visit to the red clay of Bloomington Speedway. This is the third season for the Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek; and it gets a little better each ...

BLOOMINGTON, IN (April 25) - On May 7, Indiana Dirt Late Model Speed Week will make its annual visit to the red clay of Bloomington Speedway. This is the third season for the Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek; and it gets a little better each season. This season it is a Northern Allstars show. This will be the only late model show at Bloomington Speedway this season.

The series gets underway tonight at Tri-State Speedway at Haubstadt.

Because the series races are sanctioned by the Northern Allstars, the series races will be important in their points races. The points leaders are currently Don O'Neal, Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb, Jr., Steve Barnett, and Kevin Weaver.

Most of us remember Zach Carney's performance in the Tire & Wheel Center super stock division at Bloomington Speedway. Carney is currently eighth in Northern Allstar points and it is likely that we'll get a chance to see him put his experience on the red clay to use in trying for his first series win.

Ken Schrader is the president of the Northern Allstars; and, since the NASCAR Nextel Cup series is idle next week, it would not be a big surprise if he and maybe even some of his NASCAR buddies showed up to play in the dirt.

The two champions of this series so far have been Don The Real Deal O'Neal and Kevin Claycomb. Although O'Neal is a regular competitor with the Xtreme Dirt Car series, he plans to run the Speedweek shows at Twin Cities and Bloomington. This may cost him some points in the Xtreme points chase; however, it is important to O'Neal to run for his local fans. He will almost certainly be the man to beat at both shows that he plans to run.

Claycomb is the defending series champion. However, the series came down to one race when all but the race at Tri-State Speedway were rained out. Unlike most of the top dirt late model racers, Claycomb is a weekend warrior. His regular job often puts a cramp in his racing career. It's hard to work it all in; but this series allows him to race close to home, minimizing the time that he has to spend away from his job.

About the level of competition in dirt late models, Claycomb commented, "Even weekly races are getting hard to win anymore, everybody's tough. The guys that are doing the big deals and race for a living, have full time employees and everything else. It's hard for people like us to run with them. There are a lot of guys like us that try to do a regular job, take care of a family, and then race. It's hard to do."

Each feature event in the series will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start. In addition, there is a $4,100 series point fund. Hometown Online, an internet provider located in Seymour, Ind., has announced the Hometown Challenge. They will award $250 bonus to a driver who can win both the Bloomington Speedway show and the series finale at Brownstown Speedway. Oval Craft is doing their part by awarding a certificate for a level 2 driver's seat.

In addition, the O'Neal Wood Products modifieds and the Tire & Wheel Center super stocks will be in competition.

Other Indiana Dirt Late Model Speed Week events are scheduled for Tri-State Speedway at Haubstadt (May 2), Twin Cities Raceway Park (May 5), and Brownstown Speedway (May 8). Plan to see them all.

Pit gates will open at 4:30 PM, the grandstand gates will open at 5:30 PM, hot laps will start at 6:30 PM, and racing will begin at 7:30 PM. General admission is $15 for this special event; and pit admission is $25. Children are admitted free to the grandstand when accompanied by a paying adult. Overnight camping is permitted. Coolers are allowed; but no glass containers please.

BLOOMINGTON, IN (May 2, 2004) - The Bloomington Speedway points standings following April 30 races are:

SPRINT CARS:  1. Kevin Briscoe (182),  2. Jared Fox (168),  3. Kenny
Carmichael (164),  4. Eric Shively (160),  5. Bryan Clauson (152),  5. Jon
Sciscoe (152),  7. Josh Cunningham (138),  8. Steve Rone (129),  9. Kenny
Lacey (126),  10. Bobby Barger (123).
O'NEAL WOOD PRODUCTS MODIFIEDS:  1. Jeff Bland, Jr. (169),   2. Clint
DeMoss (161),  3. Brady Short (155),  4. Jesse Cramer (143),  5. Gary
Barrow (142),  6. Chris Hillman (135),  7. John DeMoss (133),  8. Shelby
Miles (129),  9. Rodney Harris, Jr. (128),  9. Dan Hamstra (128)
TIRE & WHEEL CENTER SUPER STOCKS:  1. Ben DuBois (162),  2. Greg Kendall
(159),  3. Mike Jones (157),  4. Chris Deweese (156),  5. Danny Harris
(155),  6. Kevin Arthure (151),  7. Michael Purtlebaugh (143),  8. Steve
Hollars (140),  9. Gerald Todd (137),  10. Kent Robinson (130)

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Ken Schrader , Bryan Clauson , Brady Short