namars: Bloomington Speedway August 17th preview

NAMARS - Indiana Five Crown The Best In Open Wheel Racing (Bloomington, Ind. - August 12, 2001) 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...

NAMARS - Indiana Five Crown The Best In Open Wheel Racing

(Bloomington, Ind. - August 12, 2001) 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 third 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. Be at Bloomington Speedway on August 17 for this special show.

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 at Lawrenceburg, Gas City I-69 Speedway at Gas City, and Lincoln Park Speedway at Putnamville. Not only does this series pay a good purse for winning each class each night, it offers some very attractive bonuses for those who excel. A $1000 bonus is available to any driver who can win both feature events on any given night. In addition a driver who car win all five sprint features or all five midget features will receive a $20,000 bonus. That's the kind of check that any racer could put to good use. You will note that only four shows are listed. The series was originally scheduled to run Tuesday night at Twin Cities Raceway Park in Vernon. The reason for the cancellation of the Twin Cities event depends on who you talk to; but one thing is certain - they agree that they disagree. The shortening of the series will probably tend to increase the population of cars in the pits at Bloomington at the other tracks.

The points leaders in NAMARS as of July 21 were Travis Miniea, Teddy Beach (Rookie), Aaron Pierce, A.J. Davis, Ron Gregory (Rookie), Matt Brun (Rookie), Bobby East (Rookie), David Fuhrman, Matt Maners (Rookie), and Matt Westfall. For a series to have five rookies in the top ten is truly remarkable. Don't miss seeing these young guys compete for series honors as well as the large amount of cash that is up for grabs.

The sprint cars that will be competing will certainly include our Bloomington Speedway regulars; however, the extra money put up for grabs is certain to pull in a lot of extra sprinters in addition to just about every midget around. Many midget drivers are likely to bring a sprint car with them and pull double duty and attempt to win the extra $1000 that is up for grabs for winning both ends of the doubleheader.

This will also be the last night for sprint car competitors to accumulate Bloomington Speedway points.

For this special event there will be no qualifications. With the huge number of cars that generally turn out for five crown events, qualifications would consume a lot of time and would adversely affect the track as well. Even a track of the quality of the red clay Bloomington Speedway can go dry slick under enough traffic.

Don't be late for this program; because it is certain to to draw a huge crowd. Come early and get your favorite seat. Give Mom a break and plan on dining from the wide selection of delicious food available from the Bloomington Speedway concession stands.

Grandstand admission for this special show will be only $15 while pit admission will be only $25. You will seldom see such good competition for so modest a price. As always, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the grandstand when accompanied by a paying adult. Coolers are permitted; but glass containers are not. Parking and overnight camping are free.



(Bloomington, Ind. - August 12, 2001) After an exciting Five Crown Nationals, we're back to our regular non winged sprint, O'Neal Wood Products Modified, and Tire & Wheel Center Super Stock program on August 24. This time-tested program offers something for everyone; and the competition is so close that every race is likely to be decided by inches.

Not only will we have a great racing program on the famous red clay; but HARF members can attend for half price. Hoosier Auto Racing Fans members are some of the best supporters of grass roots racing anywhere; and it is our pleasure to say "thank you" to these nice folks by inviting them to see a great racing program for only $5.00. Our normal $10 charge for grandstand admission is certainly a bargain; but HARF members can get even a bigger bargain.

This will be the final non winged sprint car show of the season. Don't miss it. In addition to the exciting racing program, non winged sprint car fans will see their favorite drivers recognized for their season's performance. Awards will be presented to the top ten sprint car drivers for the season. Special awards will be presented to the Rookie of the Year and the Most Improved Driver.

August 24 will be the next to the last points race for O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modifieds and the Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks and these intrepid warriors will be doing everything possible to improve their position in their respective points races. Knowing that they have improved their positions in the points races by one spot can often mean more to these guys than the prize money that they earn.

As if all of this weren't enough, we will also have a powder puff race. We have no clue which ladies will choose to compete; but you can be certain that they will make it exciting.

General admission for this event is only $10; and pit admission is $20. As always, children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Coolers are allowed; but glass containers are strictly forbidden. Parking and overnight camping are free. END

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Series Midget , Sprint
Drivers Travis Miniea , Bobby East , Matt Westfall , Ron Gregory , Aaron Pierce