BLOOMINGTON, IN (May 7, 2001) - Mini series' have enjoyed increasing popularity at Indiana short tracks over the past few years. This year a new series is born. The KISS Series is similar to USAC Indiana Sprint Week and the NAMARS Indiana Five...
BLOOMINGTON, IN (May 7, 2001) - Mini series' have enjoyed increasing popularity at Indiana short tracks over the past few years. This year a new series is born. The KISS Series is similar to USAC Indiana Sprint Week and the NAMARS Indiana Five Crown; but there is a major difference. Only two of the races in this six race series are held on consecutive nights. The teams don't have to fight the strain loaded upon them by night after night competition. And, they don't have to miss shows because there is no time to repair the car for the next show. In most cases they will have an entire week to prepare for the next race in the series.
The Bloomington Speedway KISS Series event will be the second race in the series. Because of an agreement between Bloomington Speedway and Gas City I-69 Speedway, Gas City will not run sprint cars on May 18. This will enable the drivers running for points at Gas City to participate in the Bloomington Speedway Kiss Series event without losing valuable Gas City points. This should insure that a huge field of the fastest non winged sprint cars will compete at Bloomington Speedway on May 18. The competitors will be treated to a $2,500 to win/$250 to start feature payoff. This will be a "don't miss" program.
The favorites to win this big show would have to be Kevin Thomas, four time winner of the Sheldon Kinser memorial, Kevin Briscoe, and Dickie Gaines. Of course, Derek Scheffel, Jason Knoke, Jason Setser, and a host of others are capable of pulling out the victory. Thomas has already won at Bloomington Speedway in his new Reynolds - Byram machine. Briscoe is always tough to beat at Bloomington Speedway; and he finished second to Thomas in the season opener.
However, the big wild card in this early season shootout has to be Dickie Gaines. Gaines has struggled up to now, especially at Bloomington Speedway. However, this season, he doesn't look like the same driver. He has a feature win to his credit (at Twin Cities Raceway Park); and he finished fourth in the season opener at Bloomington Speedway. In addition he has run strong in USAC competition. You can see more of his father in his driving style every week. While Gaines certainly has better equipment this season, that doesn't seem to be all of the difference. We can only surmise at the difference between Dickie's ears; but, whatever the difference is, you can bet that there is grizzled old man looking down on Dickie with the pride only a father can feel.
From Bloomington Speedway the series will go to Lincoln Park Speedway at Putnamville (June 9), Tri-State Speedway at Haubstadt (June 10), Paragon Speedway (June 16), and the Terre Haute Action Track (July 3). Any of these races should be worth the trip.
In addition to a huge field of Sprint Cars, the O'Neal Wood Products UMP Open Wheel Modifieds and Tire and Wheel Center Indiana Super Stocks will also be in competition. These racers will probably also turn out in huge numbers as there will be an additional $100 added to the winner's purse.
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 event; and pit admission is $25. There will be no entry fee for this special show. Overnight camping is permitted. Coolers are allowed; but glass containers are prohibited.