Bloomington Speedway June 20th preview

BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 15, 2003) - Bloomington Speedway will host another night of exciting racing action at Bloomington Speedway on Friday, June 20. The evening's racing will feature non winged sprint cars, O'Neal Wood Products modifieds, and...

BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 15, 2003) - Bloomington Speedway will host another night of exciting racing action at Bloomington Speedway on Friday, June 20. The evening's racing will feature non winged sprint cars, O'Neal Wood Products modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center super stocks.

The points leaders now are Kevin Briscoe (sprints), Ray Humphrey (O'Neal Wood Products modifieds), and Greg Kendall (Tire & Wheel Center super stocks). However, on June 20 the pits will be full of drivers intent on knocking them from the top of the Bloomington Speedway points standings.

All of the current points leaders have at least one Bloomington Speedway track championship to their credit; and they are all looking for another one. Only Greg Kendall is the defending champion of his class (Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks); however, he may have the toughest road of all before him. There are a number of competitors in this class who have really strengthened their programs. Lee Hobbs, Chris Deweese, Jack Frye, Ben DuBois, Ralph Groomer, Mel Bigham, Steve Hollars, Mike Jones, and Danny Harris are all within striking distance of the lead. A bad night or a missed race by one of the leaders could easily turn the point standings upside down.

Kevin Briscoe has won four of the five sprint car features run this season. However, with that being said, he enjoys only a 19 point lead over second place Kevin Thomas. However, with Thomas' recent retirement, Justin Marvel becomes the highest ranking contender for the championship followed by Kenny Carmichael who is only seven points behind Marvel. The sixth place driver, Jason Knoke, has also announced his retirement. This gives Shawn Krockenberger, dark horse candidate for the championship, a little shot in the arm. However, he not only has to worry about catching those in front of him, he also has to worry about the driver right behind him in the points - three time Bloomington Speedway sprint car champion, Derek Scheffel.

Of course, we all remember three years ago when Kevin Briscoe took a weekend off to keep a promise to his wife to attend a family reunion. Though, he pretty much dominated the sprint car competition that year, that one goose egg gave the championship to Chris LaFollette. If Briscoe should take another night off, the same thing could happen again.

Because of the large number of strong modified O'Neal Wood Products competitors, their championship is generally a "down to the wire" kind of thing. In fact, last season it was so tight that the championship ended up in a tie between Lee Hobbs and Matt Boknecht. When you consider the number of events involved in a season and the large number of scoring opportunities, a tie is simply miraculous.

Ray Humphrey is a hard man to beat on the red clay; but Shelby Miles, Jesse Cramer, Clint DeMoss, and Jeff Bland, Jr. have gotten stronger each season; and any of them is capable of putting together a championship season. And, as if these guys weren't enough for Humphrey to worry about, Lee Hobbs is right behind them.

Don't miss the next battle in these championship wars! Be at Bloomington Speedway Friday night see who is in the lead at the close of action. The battles waged on the red clay will certainly make your trip worthwhile.

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 $10 for this event (children are admitted free to the grandstand when accompanied by a paying adult); and pit admission is $20. Coolers are permitted; but glass containers aren't. Parking is free and overnight camping is also permitted.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Kenny Carmichael