Bloomington Speedway results 2003-09-12

BLOOMINGTON, IN (September 13, 2003) - Friday night's show was the final race of the season for the sprint cars; and they began their evening by receiving their awards for a long season of the hard won battles over their competitors. Derek...

BLOOMINGTON, IN (September 13, 2003) - Friday night's show was the final race of the season for the sprint cars; and they began their evening by receiving their awards for a long season of the hard won battles over their competitors. Derek Scheffel of Columbus was crowned sprint car champion for the fourth time in six years. That's a pretty good average in any league. For his efforts the Scheffel Brothers Racing team collected over $3,000 in cash and merchandise thanks to the sponsors and friends of racing who stepped up to the plate to make the tangible benefits of winning this championship a little closer to the prestige that goes with the Bloomington Speedway championship. In addition to two feature wins, Scheffel finished second five times and finished outside of the top ten only twice. As icing on the championship cake, Scheffel became the only four time sprint car champion. What's next for Scheffel? - probably a fifth championship.

For the second season in a row, Justin Marvel finished second in the points to Scheffel. His season got off to a good start. However, as the season wound down, mechanical woes took their toll on the Marvel effort. That they were able to hold on and finish second speaks volumes for their effort. Each week turned into a matter of finding enough usable pieces to put a car on the track for another week. You can bet that Justin's father, Brad, and grandfather, Bill, will be working hard over the winter putting together resources needed to give Scheffel a season-long battle for the championship.

Kenny Carmichael, Bobby Stines, Mike Hunnicutt, Kevin Chambers, Jon Sciscoe, Kent Christian, Jared Fox, and Rick Hayden comprised the balance of the top ten in points.

Jon Sciscoe of Bloomington turned in probably the best rookie season since Derek Scheffel's rookie year. He made the feature five times and finished seventh overall in a very tough points race.

Mike Hunnicutt of Seymour finished fifth in the points to win most improved honors. He missed the feature only four times and turned in some very good performances. While not all of Hunnicutt's improvement showed up in the final results; but his fellow competitors noticed it. The off seaons seemed to work off the rough edges of Hunnicutt's driving style. He has become an accomplished sprint car racer.

Kurt Gross, Kenny Carmichael, Jr., Kevin Briscoe, Tim Creech II, Jimmy Laser, Steve Rone, Tim Spindler, Dick Gaines II, Shawn Krockenburger, Kris Deckard, Mike Slater, Dave Peperak, Jerry Coons, Jr., Kevin Thomas, and Josh Cunningham made up the balance of the top 25 in the sprint car points. You can look for a lot of these guys to move into the top ten next season.

SCHEFFEL SCORES SECOND FEATURE WIN -

Derek Scheffel came to Bloomington Speedway Friday night to collect his prize money and other awards for winning his fourth Bloomington Speedway sprint car championship. However, while he was there, he took the opportunity to chalk up another feature win on the red clay.

Derek qualified sixth quick. That would put him where he wanted to be to start the feature - on the front row. All he had to do was earn a transfer to the feature. He finished third in his heat race to earn the transfer. When the green flag dropped to start the feature, Kenny Carmichael took the lead; but he wasn't to hold it for long. Scheffel passed him to take the lead on the third lap. Derek held the lead; but Dick Gaines II was coming. Gaines caught Derek near the middle of the race. From that point until the checkered flags waved, Scheffel and Gaines race wheel to wheel for the win. Gaines was actually in the lead at the line for a couple of laps; but the lead actually changed hands many times during the final half of the race. In fact, it was so close that Gaines wasn't certain whether he won or came home second. Like the tough competitors that they are, both of them showed up in victory lane. However, the fans were the real winners. They raced hard; and they raced clean. You can't ask for more than that.

Kent Christian turned in a spectacular performance in coming from dead last to finish fifth.

In preliminary action, Kevin Chamber set quick time while Jared Fox, Kurt Gross, and Mitch Cunningham won the heat races. Mike Miller drove the Law Brothers sprinter to victory in the "B" Feature.

O'NEAL WOOD PRODUCTS MODIFIEDS -

In his third season of driving O'Neal Wood Products Modifieds, Shelby Miles won his first championship. As if scripted, Miles started the feature on the front row beside Jeff Bland, Jr. who came into last night's competition in second place in the points. When the green flag dropped, Miles took the lead and was never seriously threatened. Miles won his first Bloomington Speedway feature and wrapped up his first O'Neal Wood Products Modified championship the same night.

During the closing laps of the feature Lee Hobbs was able to move into contention for second place; but Bland held on to finish second.

Jesse Cramer ran into trouble in his heat race and found himself in a very deep hole early. He started at the back of the "B" feature; but he cut through the field like a knife through butter to win the "B" feature. However, all that did was give him the 17th place starting spot in the feature. When the green waved to start the feature, Cramer started on his next mission - to get to the front of the feature. He didn't quite make it; but he did get to fourth place. Certainly, a fourth place finish was not what he was after when he rolled the 12T off of the trailer; but it was much better than he could reasonably have been expected to do under the circumstances.

In preliminary action, Shelby Miles, Jeff Bland, Jr., Matt Boknecht, and Richie Lex won the heat races while Miles won the dash.

TIRE & WHEEL CENTER SUPER STOCKS -

In the Tire & Wheel Center super stock division, Lee Hobbs drove to a flag to flag feature win. Ben DuBois made a valiant stab at third feature win. However, finishing second to Lee Hobbs on the red clay is certainly no disgrace. In his first appearance of the season at Bloomington Speedway, Gary Trammell came from his 15th place starting position to finish third.

Gerald Todd, Steve Bowlen, Troy Clark, Chris Deweese, Kevin Arthur, Jeremy Pennington, and Steve Hollars filled out the top ten.

In preliminary action, Lee Hobbs, Greg Kendall, and Steve Bowlen won the heat races while Greg Kendall took the dash. Kevin Arthur prevailed in the B feature.

COMING EVENTS:

Sept. 20 SEASON FINALE - 8TH Annual Indiana Super Stock & UMP Modified Nationas ($1250 to win with proper decals -- $100 to start) -- Both classes will qualify -- $25 car enty fee - Gates open at 3:00 PM, Hot Laps at 5:00 PM followed by qualifications and racing - General Admission $12 - Pit Admission $25 - Also Top Ten Points Awards for Both classes

RESULTS:

Qualifications: 1. Kevin Chambers, 18, 11.684; 2. Dick Gaines II, 70, 11.921; 3. Josh Cunningham, 31, 11.926; 4. Mike Miller, 77x, 11.966; 5. Kenny Carmichael, 92 12.080; 6. Derek Scheffel, 21s, 12.125; 7. Bill Baker, 99, 12.150; 8. Kris Deckard, 97, 12.173; 9. Kenny Carmichael, Jr., 92c, 12.180; 10. Dusty Wright, 12, 12.227; 11. Bill Boggs, 75, 12.263; 12. Justin Marvel, 81c, 12.269; 13. Travis Gregg, 76, 12.269; 14. Kurt Gross, 48, 12.271; 15. Dave Peperak, 77, 12.281; 16. Jared Fox, 7, 12.310; 17. Terry Eup, 47T, 12.323; 18. Mitch Cunningham, 63, 12.380; 19. Bobby Barger, 55, 12.386; 20. Tim Spindler, 31, 12.395; 21. Mike Hunnicutt, 12H, 12.403; 22. Kent Christian, 1c, 12.542; 23. James Mills, 45, 12.608; 24. Jon Sciscoe, 10, 12.753; 25. J.T. Stapp, 5JT, 12.825; 26. J.L. Brewer, 14, 13.239; 27. Karl Rothemeier, 13K, 13.538; 28. Joe Cansdale, 5c, 14.134

AUTO HEAVEN AUTO PARTS HEAT 1: 1.(1) Jared Fox, 2.(2) Travis Gregg, 3.(3) Dusty Wright, 4.(6) Kevin Chambers, 5.(4) Bill Baker, 6.(8) Kent Christian, 7.(9) J.T. Stapp, 8.(5) Mike Miller, 9.(7) Bobby Barger, 10.(10) Joe Cansdale

PAUL D. BAUGH LAW OFFICE HEAT 2: 1.(2) Kurt Gross, 2.(6) Dick Gaines II, 3.(1) Terry Eup, 4.(3) Bill Boggs, 5.(5) Kenny Carmichael, 6.(7) Tim Spindler, 7.(9) J.L. Brewer, 8.(8) James Mills, 9.(4) Kris Deckard

WALNUT STREET AUTO SALES/CAMPUS RENTAL HEAT 3: 1.(1) Mitch Cunningham, 2.(3) Justin Marvel, 3.(5) Derek Scheffel, 4.(4) Kenny Carmichael, Jr., 5.(7) Mike Hunnicutt, 6.(8) Jon Sciscoe, 7.(9) Karl Rothemeier. 8.(2) Dave Peperak, 9.(6) Josh Cunningham

JB SALVAGE B FEATURE: 1.(2) Mike Milller, 2.(6) Tim Spindler, 3.(1) Josh Cunningham, 4.(7) Kent Christian, 5.(3) Kris Deckard, 6.(5) Bobby Barger, 7.(10) J.T. Stapp, 8.(12) Karl Rothemeier, 9.(11) J.L. Brewer, 10.(8) James Mills 11.(13) Joe Cansdale, 12.(9) Jon Sciscoe

ROOTS RV FEATURE: 1.(1) 21s Derek Scheffel, 2.(5) 70 Dick Gaines II, 3.(2) 92 Kenny Carmichael, 4.(6) 18 Kevin Chambers, 5.(20) 1c Kent Christian, 6.(3) 77x Mike Miller, 7.(9) 92c Kenny Carmichael, Jr., 8.(15) 7 Jared Fox, 9.(10) 12 Dusty Wright, 10.(18) 31 Tim Spindler, 11.(13) 81c Justin Marvel, 12.(7) 99 Bill Baker, 13.(19) 12H Mike Hunnicutt, 14.(12) 76 Travis Gregg, 15.(4) 91 Josh Cunningham, 16.(11) 75 Bill Boggs, 17.(17) 63 Mitch Cunningham, 18.(8) 97 Kris Deckard, 19.(14) 48 Kurt Gross, 20.(16) 47T Terry Eup

O'NEAL WOOD PRODUCTS MODIFIEDS

COLOR TYME HEAT 1: 1.(2) Shelby Miles, 2.(1) Jeremy Ingram, 3.(3) J.P. Hume, 4.(8) Donnie Parson, 5.(5) Rodney Harris, Jr., 6.(6) Jerry Davis, 7.(7) Deron Freeman, 8.(9) Daniel Bohall, 9.(4) Darin Beaner

EXTREME PERFORMANCE HEAT 2: 1.(1) Jeff Bland, Jr., 2.(6) Brian Campbell, 3.(4) Tim DeMoss, 4.(2) Justin Hillenburg, 5.(8) Tim Wright, 6.(7) Mike Phillips, 7.(3) Clint DeMoss, 8.(5) Dale DuBois

CURRY GMC TRUCK HEAT 3: 1.(1) Matt Boknecht, 2.(3) Lee Hobbs, 3.(5) Matt Bex, 4.(4) Nathan Voorhies, 5.(6) Phil VanSant, 6.(8) Wendell Wisley, 7.(2) Jesse Cramer, 8.(7) J.P. Karpowicz

HEAT 4: 1.(2) Richie Lex, 2.(7) Brady Short, 3.(3) Eddie Lake, 4.(5) Tony Jarvis, 5.(1) Curtis DuBois, 6.(4) Mike Tuell, 7.(6) Tim Racine, 8.(8) Joe Gilbert

BLACKWELL LIMESTONE DASH FOR CASH: 1.(1) Shelby Miles, 2.(2) Jeff Bland, Jr., 3.(4) Richie Lex, 4.(3) Matt Boknecht

BELL'S EXHAUST SHOPS "B" Feature: 1.(11) Jesse Cramer, 2.(3) Phil VanSant, 3.(14) Dale DuBois, 4.(9) Deron Freeman, 5.(13) Daniel Bohall, 6.(7) Wendell Wisley, 7.(16) Joe Gilbert, 8.(5) Jerry Davis, 9.(2) Tim Wright, 10.(15) J.P. Karpowicz, 11.(8) Mike Tuell, 12.(4) Curtis DuBois, 13.(1) Rodney Harris, Jr.

BLACK LUMBER MODIFIED FEATURE: 1.(1) 76 Shelby Miles, 2.(2) 38 Jeff Bland, Jr., 3.(7) 0 Lee Hobbs, 4.(17) 12T Jesse Cramer, 5.(4) 22x Matt Boknecht, 6.(6) 18c Brian Campbell, 7.(11) 31 Matt Bex, 8.(9) 5H J.P. Hume, 9.(10) 66T Tim DeMoss, 10.(18) 31v Phil VanSant, 11.(16) 17T Tony Jarvis, 12.(19) Dale DuBois, 13.(14) 57H Justin Hillenburg, 14.(3) 75s Richie Lex, 15.(15) 4 Nathan Voorhies, 16.(8) 36 Brady Short, 17.(20) 02 Daniel Bohall, 18.(12) 77 Eddie Lake, 19.(13) 87P Donnie Parson, 20.(19) 31 Deron Freeman

TIRE & WHEEL CENTER SUPER STOCKS:

MCCAMMON TREE SERVICE HEAT 1: 1.(4) Lee Hobbs, 2.(5) Chris Hillman, 3.(6) Ben DuBois, 4.(8) Mike Jones, 5.(2) Doug Arnold, 6.(7) Steve Hollars, 7.(1) Terry Arthur, 8.(3) Greg Amick, 9.(9) Jeremy Stierwalt

RAINTREE MUFFLER HEAT 2: 1.(2) Greg Kendall, 2.(4) Anthony Walker, 3.(3) Gerald Todd, 4.(6) Danny Harris, 5.(5) Jack Frye, 6.(8) Kevin Arthur, 7.(7) Kim Blevins; 8.(9) Troy Clark

WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED HEAT 3: 1.(1) Steve Bowlen, 2.(2) Joe Lucas, Jr., 3.(9) Chris Deweese, 4.(5) Jeremy Pennington, 5.(7) Gary Trammell, 6.(8) Jason Clark, 7.(6) Ralph Groomer, 8.(4) Tami Lawson, 9.(3) Randy Howe

Dash for Cash: 1.(2) Greg Kendall, 2.(1) Lee Hobbs, 3.(3) Steve Bowlen

TOM CHERRY MUFFLER B Feature: 1.(2) Kevin Arthur, 2.(4) Terry Arthur, 3.(6) Ralph Groomer, 4.(8) Troy Clark, 5.(1) Steve Hollars, 6.(10) Jeremy Stierwalt, 7.(3) Jason Clark, 8.(11) Mel Bigham, 9.(7) Greg Amick, 10.(9) Tami Lawason

TIRE & WHEEL CENTER SUPER STOCK FEATURE: 1.(2) H0 Lee Hobbs, 2.(7) 55 Ben DuBois, 3.(15) 77D Gary Trammell, 4.(8) 51T Gerald Todd, 5.(3) 53 Steve Bowlen., 6.(20) 13c Troy Clark, 7.(9) 23c Chris Deweese, 8.(17) 74 Kevin Arthur, 9.(12) 20 Jeremy Pennington, 10.(20) 18 Steve Hollars, 11.(13) 71 Doug Arnold, 12.(4) 11 Chris Hillman, 13.(6) 3J Joe Lucas, Jr., 14.(11) 19 Danny Harris, 15.(19) 48 Ralph Groomer, 16.(14) 2 Jack Frye, 17.(1) 44 Greg Kendall, 18.(18) 5 Terry Arthur, 19.(10) 70 Mike Jones, 20.(5) Anthony Walker

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mike Miller , Justin Hill , Kevin Chambers , Jerry Coons , Travis Gregg , Rick Hayden , Kenny Carmichael , Brady Short , Mitch Cunningham , Anthony Walker