Two Champions Look Forward to Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek April 19, 2004 The two previous champions of Indiana's Dirt Late Model Speedweek are looking forward to the 2004 series. Martinsville's Don O'Neal captured the inaugural Indiana...
Two Champions Look Forward to Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek
April 19, 2004 The two previous champions of Indiana's Dirt Late Model Speedweek are looking forward to the 2004 series. Martinsville's Don O'Neal captured the inaugural Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek crown on the strength of victories at Bloomington and Brownstown Speedways in 2002. Last season's champion was Kevin Claycomb, from Vincennes, who won at Haubstadt's Tri-State Speedway. The Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek is sanctioned by the Northern Allstars Late Model Series, with support from UMP.
Claycomb and O'Neal are looking at this years' series from differing perspectives. O'Neal, who owns the most feature wins (21) with the Northern Allstars, is a regular on the 2004 Xtreme Dirtcar tour. Looking at the Indiana Speedweek schedule, he said that he hopes to race at both Twin Cities Raceway on May 5th and Bloomington Speedway on May 7th.
A racing veteran, UMP's Late Model Champion in 1991 and tied for fifth in all-time Northern Allstars series wins, Claycomb certainly claimed one of the most unusual championships last summer. The first four events of the five race series were rained out before Claycomb won the Tri-State Speedway feature. That single event constituted the Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek in 2003. To say that the drivers, fans and track promoters are hoping for a better break from the weatherman this year is an understatement.
Looking forward to Speedweek, Claycomb points out that it's close to home and "It's something that everybody around here can go to. It's hard for us to do much racing with a family business. But once in awhile we do."
Claycomb says that as the sport has grown, the competition has increased to a point that makes it difficult for small racing teams. "Even weekly races are getting hard to win anymore, everybody's tough. The guys that are doing the big deals and race for a living, they have full time employees and everything else. It's hard for people like us to run with them. There are a lot of guys like us that try to do a regular job, take care of a family and then race. It's hard to do."
Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek will open at Tri-State Speedway on Sunday, May 2. A Wednesday night event at Twin Cities Raceway will be followed by back-to-back races at Bloomington Speedway and Brownstown Speedway. Each 30-lap feature will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start. The point fund will award $2,000 to the series champion, with second through fifth earning $1,000, $600, $300 and $200.
2004 Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek
May 2Tri-State SpeedwayHaubstadt, IN
May 5Twin Cities Raceway ParkNorth Vernon, IN
May 7Bloomington SpeedwayBloomington, IN
May 8Brownstown SpeedwayBrownstown, IN
More information about the Northern Allstars Late Model Series is available at www.northernallstars.org. Series sponsors include Hoosier Tire Midwest, Rocket Chassis, Citgo Racing Fuel, Peterson Aluminum, Dyers Rods, K-Motion Valve Springs, Mastersbilt Race Cars, GRT Race Cars, Competition Graphics, Kinser Custom Printing, Hypercoils, Allstar Performance, PPM Racing Products, Champ Pans, Bert Transmission, SpeedNet Direct, Scott Performance Wire, Sunoco Race Fuel.3 Shamrocks Web Design, Stealth Racing Carburetors, FS Fuel 24 and Negangard Enterprises.