Korte Wins Bloomington Late Model Speedweek Race May 7, 2004 Randy Korte moved into the point lead of the 2004 Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek with a victory in the third round, at Bloomington Speedway Friday night. Following a pair of ...
Korte Wins Bloomington Late Model Speedweek Race
May 7, 2004 Randy Korte moved into the point lead of the 2004 Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek with a victory in the third round, at Bloomington Speedway Friday night. Following a pair of runner-up finishes, Korte claimed his first Indiana Speedweek victory, and first of the Northern Allstars season, as the tour prepared for Saturday's (May 8) finale at Brownstown Speedway.
Brian Shirley got his evening off to a great start when he set quick time. Since many of those on hand had never raced on the Bloomington Speedway red clay, none of their drivers really had a book on what kind of setup they would need. This probably made qualifying time less of an indication of how fast a driver would be at the end of the night than usual.
Mike Jewell charged into the lead of the feature with Randy Korte on his tail. A lap three yellow flag sent Steve Barnett and Rohn Moon to the work area. On the restart, another tangle took out Jerry Bowersox and fan favorite John Gill.
Before the fourth lap was in the books Randy Korte had taken the point; and it would be Jewell's turn to chase Korte. Lap after lap Korte and Jewell dueled for the lead. Jewell finally took the lead back on the ninth circuit only to lose it to Korte on the following lap. Korte would then hold the lead until the checkered flags signaled the end of the combat.
Fast qualifier Brian Shirley earned hard charger honors as he work his way from his 19th place starting position to finish fifth.
Results: Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington, IN; 5/7/04
Fast qualifier: Brian Shirley
Heat 1: Jim Curry, Wes Steidinger, Jerry Bowersox, Shannon Reed, Kevin Claycomb
Heat 2: Randy Korte, Steve Sheppard Jr., Dennis Erb, Frank Coomer, Brad Barrow
Heat 3: Mike Jewell, Brad Erwin, John Gill, Steve Barnett, Mike Matagras
Consy: Rohn Moon, Jammie Wilson, Zach Carney, Mark Voigt, Shawn Negangard, Steve Godsey, Tim Prince, Brian Shirely
Northern Allstars Late Model Feature (30 laps): 1. Randy Korte, 2. Mike Jewell, 3. Dennis Erb, 4. Kevin Claycomb, 5. Brian Shirley, 6. Jim Curry, 7. Zach Carney, 8. Rohn Moon, 9. Brad Barrow, 10. Mike Matagras, 11. Tim Prince, 12. Jammie Wilson, 13. Frank Coomer, 14. Shannon Reed, 15. Wes Steindinger, 16. Steve Sheppard Jr., 17. Brad Erwin, 18. Steve Barnett, 19. Jerry Bowersox, 20. John Gill
Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek Points: 1. Randy Korte 175, 2. Dennis Erb 164, 3. Brian Shirley and Kevin Claycomb 145 (tie), 5. Wes Steidinger 158
Saturday's final night of 2004 Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek will take the green flag at Brownstown Speedway. The Bob Paynter Ford-sponsored program also includes super stocks and bombers. Ticket prices are $15 general admission, children 6 12 years old $3, 5 and under FREE and $25 pits. Fans holding rain out ticket stubs may use them by paying the $5 difference. Gates open at 3 pm with racing at 7 pm. More information is online at www.brownstownspeedway.com.
The finale of the Northern Allstars Late Model Series, Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek will pay off a $4,100 point fund sponsored by UMP and Hoosier Tires and pays $2,000 to the Speedweek champion. Each 30-lap feature will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start. The point fund will award second through fifth in points: $1,000, $600, $300 and $200.
Saturday's finale at Brownstown Speedway will conclude the Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek and crown a new champion. Saturday's program is sponsored by Bob Poynter Ford in Seymour, the family dealer for all Ford products.
2004 Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek
May 2Tri-State Speedway*DON O'NEAL*
May 5Twin Cities Raceway Park*DENNIS ERB"
May 7Bloomington Speedway*RANDY KORTE*
May 8Brownstown SpeedwayBrownstown, IN