Briscoe wins ...
Briscoe wins #6.
Kendall & Humphrey win again too.
Sprint drivers pick up loot.
BLOOMINGTON, IN (August 30, 2002) - Tonight was maybe the closest racing that we've had all year in all three classes. Nobody had anybody covered tonight. As if the great competition weren't enough to make the short trip to Bloomington Speedway more than worthwhile, the weather was beautiful too. As usual, the pits were full and everyone came to race - and race they did.
Non Winged Sprint Car Awards:
Before racing began this evening, the sprint drivers signed autographs for the fans and received their season awards. The award winners were:
Derek Scheffel - Columbus, Ind.: Derek won his third Bloomington Speedway championship. He had one win, made every feature, and finished out of the top ten only once. He demolished their primary car early in the season at Lawrenceburg; but he had high praise for their backup car, a Competition Welding machine, that got them trough the season and to yet another championship. Derek stayed home several times to insure that he would have a car to run at Bloomington Speedway on Friday night. It is hard to imagine a more deserving champion
Justin Marvel - Pittsboro, Ind.: Justin had a very special season at Bloomington Speedway as his father, Brad Marvel, was in competition too. He missed only two features and had five top ten finishes. Late in the season he lost an engine; and his car owners decided to bow out. He scrambled for rides the rest of the season. He even took over Brad's ride once to stay in the points race. He came up a little short; but he gave it a whale of a try.
Brian Hayden - Filmore, Ind.: Brian missed only two features and finished in the top ten six times
Kenny Carmichael - Terre Haute, Ind: Kenny scored his first Bloomington Speedway feature win, missed only two features, and finished in the top ten three times.
Kevin Thomas - Danville, Ind.: Kevin had a feature win and had six top ten finishes. Missing two races probably cost him a real shot at the championship. Thomas announced that he would run one more season at Bloomington Speedway and retire. He plans to remain active in the sport by helping young drivers with their careers.
Tim Spindler - Columbus, Ind. In addition to his sixth place finish in the points, Spindler was named Rookie of the Year. Spindler missed only two features; and he had two top ten finishes. Spindler qualified well all year. Not only did Spindler prove to be a remarkable rookie driver, he was also a remarkable rookie chief mechanic. Of course he had help from his crew guys - his father, Darrell, John Deaver, and Dan Perry; but he called most of the shots himself. He plans to build a new car over the winter; and he wants to do some pavement racing next season.
Danny Holtsclaw - Bloomington, Ind.: Danny missed only three features and had three top ten finishes. Holtsclaw had a great season.
Kevin Briscoe - Mitchell, Ind.: Kevin had six feature wins and finished out of the top five only once. He missed a couple of shows to compete in big races elsewhere. That is all that kept him from repeating as Bloomington Speedway sprint car champion. He is considering going to California to run with the SCRA guys this winter.
Brad Marvel - Brownsburg, Ind.: Brad had a great season. He gave up his ride to his son, Justin, on July 26 to keep Justin in the points battle. He would have finished much higher in the standings if he hadn't missed that show.
Bobby Stines - Ellettsville, Ind.: Stines missed only three features and had two top ten finishes. His efforts earned him Most Improved honors as well as a tenth place finish in the points.
Non Winged Sprint Car Competition:
Kevin Briscoe scored yet another feature win at Bloomington Speedway tonight. It was his sixth feature win of the season on the red clay of Bloomington Speedway. When things are going a driver's way, everything just seems to fall into place. His fifth place time in qualifications gave him the coveted outside front row starting position for the feature event; and he led the feature flag to flag. Brad Fox, who started on the pole, raced Briscoe hard for the entire distance. Fox could stay with the wily Briscoe; but he couldn't pass him.
Jon Stanbrough came home third, ahead of Kevin Thomas and Kent Christian.
After turning in a remarkable performance in the Indiana Five Crown series, Jerry Coons, Jr. came from his 20th place starting position to finish sixth trailed by Derek Scheffel. Tim Spindler set the first fast time of his brief career; but they missed the set up for the feature event. He finished as disappointing ninth followed by Kenny Carmichael.
In preliminary action, Justin Marvel, Jimmy Laser, and Marc Jessup won the heat races. Derek Scheffel led the entire distance of the "B" feature. Mike Hagemier appeared to have a strangle hold on second place; but, on the tenth circuit, Danny Holtsclaw took second away from him. Hagemier salvaged a third place finish trailed by Sheldon Kinser, Jr. and Bobby Stines, all of whom transferred to the feature.
The only serious incident of the evening came in the first sprint car heat when Sheldon Kinser, Jr. and Jason Knoke tangled in the third turn with Knoke getting the worst of it. Knoke flipped wildly off of the third turn; but he climbed from the Law Brothers Sprinter uninjured. Unflappable as ever, car owner Roger Law commented, "I planned to build a new car over the winter anyway. I was having trouble deciding which car to get rid of. I guess that decision has been made."
In an incident like the Knoke flip, as soon as the driver is known to be OK, the gallows humor begins. Jon Stanbrough who formerly piloted the Law Brothers sprinter looked at the twisted mount and said, "I never did like that car anyway."
O'Neal Wood Product Modifieds:
Ray Humphrey came from his third row starting position to score his second O'Neal Wood Products modified feature of the season. Matt Tiller led the first three circuits before losing the point to Humphrey. Humphrey led the rest of the way to the checkered flags; but Matt Bex was never more than a car length off of Humphrey's back bumper. In fact, they crossed the finish line side by side with Humphrey winning by less than a foot. Clint DeMoss came from his eighth row starting position to finish third. He took over third on the seventh lap and stayed there, unable to advance any further.. O'Neal Wood Products modified points leader Lee Hobbs came from the tail to fourth in only ten laps; but that was as far forward as he would get. John DeMoss also had to come from deep in the pack to finish fifth. Defending modified champion Matt Boknecht also came from well back in the field to finish sixth. Richie Lex, Shelby Miles, Brady Short, and Greg O'Neill rounded out the top ten.
Matt Tiller, Ryan Thomas, Don Shoulders, Sam Lee, and Matt Bex won the heat races while Tiller prevailed in the dash.
As is often the case in O'Neal Wood Products modified "B" features, they were overpopulated, rowdy affairs. Nearly 20 cars were scheduled to take the green for each "B" feature. In the first "B" John DeMoss took the lead from the second on the first lap and never looked back. Jeremy Hines drove to a strong second place finish with Gary Barrow also making the transfer to the feature.
In the second modified "B" feature, Joey Baker came from the third row to win the second "B" feature. Lee Hobbs drove a splendid race in coming from the tail to finish second. Hobbs' teammate, Brady Short, finished third to snag the final transfer spot. . Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks:
Greg Kendall and Chris Hillman battled for the entire distance of the Tire & Wheel Center super stock feature. Hillman grabbed the lead when the green flag fell from his pole starting posiition. Kendall started fifth. However, when they passed under the flag-stand for the third time, Kendall was in second place and was all over the back of Hillman. And, he stayed there, lap after lap. Kendall is on a mission. He is determined to win the Tire & Wheel Center super stock championship. He has even parked his late model to concentrate on winning this championship. He is FOCUSED. Kendall edged his way past Hillman between the fourth turn and the finish line. Like O'Neal Wood Products modified feature winner Ray Humprey, Kendall won by a matter of inches over Hillman
Fourteen year old Zach Carney started in the middle of the field; and he steadily moved his way through the field until he passed Dan McCullough for third on the 15th circuit. It then became a three-way battle for the victory. Carney has not yet found victory; but he has finished second twice. On another occasion, Carney had led all but the last hundred feet of the feature when he spun coming out of the fourth turn.
The top three ran together for the balance of the race. Since Hillman and Kendall were running side by side most of the time, unless Carney wanted to try going three wide, he was going to have to wait for either Kendall or Hillman made a mistake. Carney is a rookie; but he is not enough of a rookie to try going three wide with Kendall and Hillman. He waited patiently; but the opportunity never came. He was forced to settle for third. He had to chose a car to follow; and he chose Hillman; however, it didn't matter which of the first two he chose to follow, he was not going to finish better than third. He obviously wants a win very badly; and he has only two more opportunities to make it happen.
Dan McCullough started second; but, after Carney passed him, he was forced to settle for fourth trailed by Danny Harris and Jack Frye who worked his way from his 14th place starting position to finish sixth.
Mike Cawood and Trent Niflis both came from the back of the pack to finish seventh and eighth respectively. Steve Hollars and Ben DuBois rounded out the top ten.