(Bloomington, Ind. - July 20, 2002) Major sporting events are a lot like fine wine. It takes a while for them to mature. Indiana Sprint Week is set for its 16th running; and Bloomington Speedway has been an integral part of the series each ...
(Bloomington, Ind. - July 20, 2002) Major sporting events are a lot like fine wine. It takes a while for them to mature. Indiana Sprint Week is set for its 16th running; and Bloomington Speedway has been an integral part of the series each year.
Because of the usual careful track preparation at Bloomington, it is a favored stop for most of the series competitors. They know that, if they have done their job, they can win at Bloomington Speedway. A good heavy track will allow a well-prepared car to come from the back of the pack to victory.
Kevin Briscoe has four non winged sprint car feature wins this season at Bloomington Speedway while Kevin Huntley, Cory Kruseman, and Jon Stanbrough each have one. Briscoe also won last years Indiana Sprint Week show at Bloomington Speedway. However, the jury is still out as to whether Kevin will even be able to compete in Indiana Sprint Week. He got his bell rung a few weeks ago at Bloomington Speedway when a car flipped and landed on top of his cage. Briscoe is to be checked out early in the week; and he expects to be released to run the balance of sprint week. If he can get a couple of races in before the Bloomington Speedway stop on sprint week, he should be back in form when the series comes to the red clay. Whether that will be enough or not depends on a lot of things; but Briscoe can generally hold his own among the best.
However, J.J. Yeley is well on his way to a record season. He has dominated USAC competition all season; and he has started out that way in Indiana Sprint Week. His Tony Stewart owned twister/Mopar has been nearly invincible all season; and anybody's best chance of beating him is hoping that he'll beat himself. But you can't count on that; and a team will have to put everything they have into the pot and hope for the best.
Jay Drake also has to be one of the favorites to win. His Kunz/Mopar is wrenched by Keith Kunz, who used to be referred to as the Karl Kinser of Midget Racing. He is well on his way to becoming the Karl Kinser of non-winged racing. He can look at the track, feel the dirt, and pretty much know what setup he needs. The Kunz team also has the advantage of running together for a long time. They communicate well; and this can make a big difference when fine tuning the car's setup.
Then comes the rest of the USAC regulars - Dave Darland in the Steve Chrisman sprinter, Tracy Hines in the Hoffman car, Cory Kruseman, Boston Reid, etc.
There is one thing that Indiana Sprint Week always means - full pits. Last year, a total of 54 sprinters qualified; and they were the best non-winged sprint cars in nation. In addition their will, no doubt, be plenty of O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modifieds on hand as we are paying the winner an extra $100; and the purse has been increased by $500 for this special show.
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).
Grandstand admission for this special race is only $20 and pit admission is $25. As always at Bloomington Speedway, children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Coolers are permitted; but glass containers are strictly prohibited. Parking and overnight camping are both free. There are no advanced ticket sales or reserved seating. Pits gates will open at 4:30; and the grandstands will open at 5:30. Hot laps will begin at 6:30.