(Bloomington, Ind. - August 11, 2002) It's open wheel madness at Bloomington Speedway next Friday. Once a year Bloomington Speedway fans get an all open wheel program - a sprint/midget doubleheader. This year's NAMARS Five Crown Nationals is...
(Bloomington, Ind. - August 11, 2002) It's open wheel madness at Bloomington Speedway next Friday. Once a year Bloomington Speedway fans get an all open wheel program - a sprint/midget doubleheader. This year's NAMARS Five Crown Nationals is the fourth edition of this series that has aspirations of being ranked with Indiana Sprint Week as a "don't miss" series. There is no way to tell who will win the championship of this series; however, it is certain that a lot of brave young drivers (and some older ones) will be trying. Last year nearly 100 cars competed in this event at Bloomington Speedway; and there is certainly no reason to expect a smaller field this season. In fact, the car count may be even bigger this year. Sprint car counts are up everywhere; and a high percentage of them are bound to be following the NAMAR Indiana Five Crown circuit this week.
NAMARS is a growing sanctioning body; and they have drawn a lot of new racers into competition by helping to promote "feeder series'" such as the Kenyon Cars and various regional shows. NAMARS events are concentrated in the Midwest. This allows beginning drivers to compete for the points without the time and expense involved in chasing USAC National points. NAMARS also runs a lot of pavement which tends to attract a lot of guys headed for bigger things.
In addition to Bloomington Speedway the NAMARS Indiana Five Crown Nationals will visit Lawrenceburg Speedway (August 14), Gas City I-69 Speedway (August 15), Lincoln Park Speedway (August 17), and Kokomo Speedway (August 18).
Last year's Five Crown Nationals winners at Bloomington Speedway were A.J. Fike and Justin Marvel. The points leaders in NAMARS as of July 27 were Aaron Pierce, Bobby East, Dave Baumgartner, and Sondi Eden. Don't miss seeing these young guys (and Ms. Eden) compete for series honors as well as the large amount of cash that is up for grabs. Bobby East is probably the hottest new midget racer around right now. He's in the hunt for the win whenever he rolls his car off of the trailer; and he is bound to be on hand to attempt to improve on his second place position in the NAMARS points.
Since USAC sprints and midgets are not scheduled to compete again until September 6, you can bet that a lot of their regulars will join in the five crown competition while USAC is idle.
The Bloomington Speedway sprint points race will provide its own fireworks to the competition. Derek Scheffel is trying to win his third Bloomington Speedway championship; and Justin Marvel is attempting prevent him from doing this by winning his own first Bloomington Speedway championship. This event will, of course, earn Bloomington Speedway points for the sprint car competitors. You can bet that this set of circumstances will make the race a little more important to at least those two competitors.
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 for this special show is only $15; and pit admission is $20. There is no entry fee for the sprint cars. Children are admitted free to the grandstand when accompanied by a paying adult. Overnight camping is permitted. Coolers are allowed; but no glass containers please.