Bloomington July 18th preview

BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 13, 2003) - Bloomington Speedway will host another night of exciting racing action on Friday, July 18. The evening's racing will feature UMRA TQ Midgets, O'Neal Wood Products Modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center Super ...

BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 13, 2003) - Bloomington Speedway will host another night of exciting racing action on Friday, July 18. The evening's racing will feature UMRA TQ Midgets, O'Neal Wood Products Modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks.

In addition to our the exciting action on the red clay, the Midwest Oldtimers Vintage Race Car Club will join us and display their beautiful, carefully maintained race cars. Virtually all of them are better cared for than they were when they raced. The oldtimers visit to Bloomington Speedway is sponsored by Antique Auto and Race Car Museum in Bedford

It has been some time since the UMRA TQ midgets have plied their trade on the red clay of Bloomington Speedway; and they are looking forward to their return as much as we are looking forward to having them. This series is the same one where racers like Tony Stewart first competed when they graduated from karts. Three time Bloomington Speedway sprint car champion Derek Scheffel got his start in the TQ's. Other Bloomington Speedway competitors who drove in UMRA Chris Coers and Mike Hunnicutt. Among their competitors are a number of racers who are destined to join the ranks of our sprint car competitors.

UMRA provides an interesting mix of veteran racers who simply enjoy open wheel racing at this level and younger drivers who look at UMRA as a way to get noticed by car owners who will take them to the next level. Just because the veterans aren't particularly interested in moving to another form of racing, one need not think that they are less than hard nosed competitors. Terry Goff leads the UMRA's points race; but he is not about to rest on his laurels. He wants his next feature win as much as he wanted his first one. Terry's brother Oogie, Robert Nichols, Ron Combs, and sometimes Jason Knoke now fall into that category.

Some younger drivers looking for bigger rides are Derek Fisher, Matt Arrington, Jon Martindale, Jeremy Rainwater, and many others.

The UMRA points leaders are Terry Goff, Matt Arrington, Oogie Goff, A.J. Nigh, Kenny Byrge, Gregg Cory, Jason Willis, Derek Fisher, Eric Fehrman, and Bobby Walton.

Both the O'Neal Wood Products modifieds and the Tire & Wheel Center super stocks will also be in competition. The competition in these two divisions is always intense and will certainly be just as close Friday night.

The points leaders in the sprint car division are: 1. Justin Marvel (455), 2. Derek Scheffel (433), 3. Kenny Carmichael (403), 4. Kevin Briscoe (387), 5. Mike Hunnicutt (383), 6. Kevin Chambers (352), 7. Dick Gaines II (349), 8. Kent Christian (345), 9. Bobby Stines (344), and 10. Jon Sciscoe (341).

O'Neal Wood Products modified points leaders are :  1. Ray Humphrey (495),
2. Shelby Miles (447),  3. Jeff Bland, Jr. (425),  4. Brady Short (419),
5. Clint DeMoss (403),  6. Matt Bex (389),  7. J.P. Hume (389),  8. J.P.
Karpowicz (380),  9. Jesse Cramer (378),  10. Matt Boknecht (371).
Tire & Wheel Center super stock points leaders are:  1. Greg Kendall (454),
 2. Ben DuBois, (430),  3. Chris Deweese (423),  4. Jack Frye (416),  5.
Chris Hillman (408),  6. Danny Harris, (399),  7. Mel Bigham (372),  8.
Ralph Groomer (364),  9. Mike Jones (362),  10. Steve Hollars (352).

Pit gates will open at 4:30 PM, the grandstand gates will open at 5:30 PM, hot laps will start at 6:30 PM, and racing will begin at 7:30 PM. General admission is $10 for this event (children are admitted free to the grandstand when accompanied by a paying adult); and pit admission is $20. Coolers are permitted; but glass containers aren't. Overnight camping is also permitted.

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Series Midget , Stock car , Vintage
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Chambers , Kenny Carmichael , Brady Short