BLOOMINGTON, IN (April 17, 2000) -- Mike Miles and the rest of the Bloomington Speedway crew hope that Sunday's car show at Lowe's on Whitehall Pike is indicative of what they can expect from the weatherman this season. Going into the weekend,...
BLOOMINGTON, IN (April 17, 2000) -- Mike Miles and the rest of the Bloomington Speedway crew hope that Sunday's car show at Lowe's on Whitehall Pike is indicative of what they can expect from the weatherman this season. Going into the weekend, rain was predicted for Sunday afternoon; however, as the weekend arrived, the forecast was changed to indicate that the rain would hold off until Sunday evening.
While the day was mostly overcast, the temperature was warm; and race cars and fans showed up in force. Drivers, car owners, and mechanics were on hand with their cars to meet their fans and talk about the upcoming season. They were all looking forward to April 28 when they will have a chance to give their cars a shake-down run on the Bloomington red clay. They all have high hopes for the upcoming season. Some have their sights set on a track championship while others are simply shooting for the Rookie of the Year title. Whatever their goal, they are anxious to get started.
The new J.D. Byrider Bloomington Speedway Pace Car was also prominently displayed.
In addition to a large number of race cars and fans, Rick Evans, Program Director with WGCT Big Red Country radio, was on hand with his remote broadcast van. Since they were broadcasting the Winston Cup race from Taladega, everyone could keep up with their favorite Winston Cup shoe while visiting with their favorite race Bloomington Speedway driver.
In the middle of the display was probably the proudest driver on hand. Derek Scheffel was there with his red 21s Saran Industries/Cunningham Engineering sprinter. On its hood stood two Pennzoil Cup trophies recognizing the Bloomington Speedway track championships that he earned in 1998 and 1999. Derek hopes to earn a third consecutive championship. Several of Derek's crew guys were with him; but his car owner and father couldn't get away from their Columbus, Ind. race shop where he was busy working on a car to replace the one that Derek wiped out at the Eldora Speedway season opener.