Burthay Takes Big Step Toward King of Indiana Crown May 7, 2004 Michael Burthay took the lead in the race for the 2004 King of Indiana Sprint Car Series crown with his opening event win at the Gas City I-69 Speedway, last...
Burthay Takes Big Step Toward King of Indiana Crown
May 7, 2004 Michael Burthay took the lead in the race for the 2004 King of Indiana Sprint Car Series crown with his opening event win at the Gas City I-69 Speedway, last Friday night. Next, the series turns to Putnamville, IN's Lincoln Park Speedway for the second of five rounds on Saturday night.
Although Berthay was definitely strong on the oval where he won last year's sprint car championship, the lineup at Putnamville will be filled with hungry contenders. If a number of teams were using last Saturday's race as a test date for this week's KISS event, one thing they learned is that they'll have to deal with Burthay again. The only one to outrun the Kokomo hot rod at Lincoln Park last weekend was Brandon Petty.
Kent Christian, the KISS race winner at Kokomo Speedway two years ago, is among those who have been fast and consistent. But also add A. J. Anderson, Shane Cottle, Matt Westfall, Derek Scheffel, Eric Shively, Mike Miller, Ted Hines, Jon Siscoe, Jimmy Laser and of course, the winningest driver in KISS history, Jon Stanbrough.
Among those who look forward to the annual KISS series is Stateline, IN's A. J. Anderson. "It's a cool deal," Anderson says. "We go to every different track and it shows who's good everywhere."
What does winning the KISS title mean to these drivers? "It would mean a lot. It's a tough deal. With no qualifying, you have to race hard all night long," advises Anderson. "The cream rises to the top."
Large car counts and a draw starting system, rather than qualifying, highlight The King of Indiana Sprint Car Series. The feature will pay $2,500 to win and $250 to start. This year drama will be added as the top two finishers in each heat will re-draw for feature starting spots. The KISS series will award $1,000 to this year's point champion.
The second round of the King of Indiana Sprint Car Series will be Saturday, May 15, at Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway. Lincoln Park Speedway is located half way between Terre Haute and Indianapolis on the north side of US Hwy 40 just a couple of minutes west of U.S.231. The racing program will include modifieds, mod-lites (regional event), superstocks and bombers. General admission is $15 and the pits are $25. Hot laps follow the 5:20 drivers meeting and racing will begin at 7 pm. For additional information see the track's website: www.LincolnParkSpeedway.com or phone (317) 831-4404 Office, or (765) 653-3485 Track.
The KISS series puts the spotlight on the most exciting sprint car drivers in the state as they battle on the best Hoosier dirt tracks. For more information, visit our website at www.KissRacing.com.
<pre> KISS Point Standings After May 7, 2004 Pos. Driver Points 1 MichaelBurthay 135 2 EricShively 130 3 MikeMiller 125 4 AJAnderson 120 5 MattWestfall 115 6 JonStanbrough 111 7 KentChristian 107 8 DerekScheffel 103 9 BrandonPetty 99 10 JimmyLaser 95
2004 KING OF INDIANA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE May 7 Gas City Speedway Michael Burthay May 15 Lincoln Park Speedway May 21 Bloomington Speedway June 24 Terre Haute Action Track June 26 Paragon Speedway