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Fireworks On & Off The Track At Bloomington Speedway AMSA 1200 Winged Mini Sprints BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 25, 2001) - Bloomington Speedway will celebrate the Fourth of July a little early this year. The fireworks on the famous red clay will...

Fireworks On & Off The Track At Bloomington Speedway

AMSA 1200 Winged Mini Sprints

BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 25, 2001) - Bloomington Speedway will celebrate the Fourth of July a little early this year.

The fireworks on the famous red clay will outshine any pyrotechnic display anywhere. The night's racing will feature AMSA winged mini sprints, the Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks, and O'Neal Wood Products Modifieds. The AMSA mini sprints always turn out in large numbers when they have the opportunity to compete at Bloomington Speedway; and they will certainly pull out all of the stops to chalk up a win at Bloomington on their racing resumes.

The Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks have been showing up in force all season; and, as the points continue to add up, they can all be expected to show up to defend their position in the points race. Greg O'Neill holds a scant 7 point lead over Brad Cummings; and the top ten in the points race are separated by only 89 points. With four rain-outs, the Bloomington Speedway season is being compressed. This vastly increases the importance of each week's racing. It is no longer a "long season". These drivers have to make every show count for the rest of the season.

Of the top five in points from last season, only Greg O'Neill (finished third last season and is leading so far this season), Trent Niflis (finished seventh last season and running fourth now), and Michael Purtlebaugh (finished eighth last season and is running ninth now) are the only top ten drivers from last season who are in the top ten now.

Diane Grubb is certainly holding up the reputation of the fairer sex this season running 13th in the points. Steve Bowlen who is making a comeback after retiring for 18 years is getting off to a strong start. He is currently 17th in the points even after missing the June 8th show. He has a lot of potential for a strong finish if he doesn't have to miss another race.

The O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modifieds are running just about as close as the Super Stocks. Only 79 points separate the top ten in the modified division with Matt Boknecht leading the 2000 track champion, Adam Sasser, by 23 points. Boknecht didn't finish in the top ten last year. Shelby Miles and Jason Sims are the only two drivers who weren't in the top ten last season who are running in the lead pack so far this season.

Richie Lex was strong last season and seems to be even stronger this season. Ray Humprey is always strong; and young Shelby Miles is making a very strong debut in Bloomington Speedway competition. He bought his car from Don O'Neal; and it is a first class racer. Don't be surprised if he mounts a serious challenge as the season progresses.

As a special treat to the fans on hand, Bloomington Speedway and Bloomington Powersports will present a gigantic the 15th Annual Ariel Fireworks Display. While it will be hard for this display to compete with the "on track competition", it will be one of the most spectacular displays ever presented at Bloomington Speedway.

Grandstand admission for this event is only $10 and pit admission is $20. As always at Bloomington Speedway, children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands open at 5:30. Hot Laps are at 6:30; and racing begins at 7:30. Overnight camping is permitted.

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