Bloomington May 16th preview

BLOOMINGTON, IN (May 11, 2003) - The KISS (King of Indiana Sprint Series) is in its third year. Although the series has been scheduled to compete at Bloomington Speedway last two seasons, they both fell victim to the weatherman. Since the series...

BLOOMINGTON, IN (May 11, 2003) - The KISS (King of Indiana Sprint Series) is in its third year. Although the series has been scheduled to compete at Bloomington Speedway last two seasons, they both fell victim to the weatherman. Since the series rules do not permit "makeup" shows, neither of them was rescheduled. The series was very successful the first two years; and we look forward to being a part of it this season.

There will be no qualifications to waste time or the track. However, passing points will be awarded to line up the races.

Two time Bloomington Speedway sprint car champion Kevin Briscoe has won the first two sprint car features at Bloomington Speedway this season; and he would have to be the best bet to win the KISS race too. However, there would have to be a number of other drivers who are ready to give Briscoe all he can handle. Kevin Thomas and Dick Gaines II have also been hard to beat this season. However, it is likely that a number of USAC regulars will compete too. The ones who don't have a pavement car will be idle on Friday night; and will almost certainly be looking for a race.

Th KISS series began Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway with a great field of top-quality non-winged sprint cars. Indianapolis 500 veteran J.J. Yeley won the feature event followed by A.J. Anderson, Levi Jones, Michael Burthay, and Tony Elliott. Three time and defending Bloomington Speedway track champion Derek Scheffel finished ninth and 2002 Bloomington Speedway rookie of the year Tim Spindler came from a last place starting position to finish 12th.

Kevin Briscoe's evening got off to a good start; but the evening came to an unceremonious when he tangled with John Wolfe and Jerry Coons, Jr. All three cars were done for the night. However, Briscoe is always a good bet to win at Bloomington Speedway; and a win next week at the Bloomington stop in the series could put Briscoe right back in the hunt for the series championship.

Kevin Thomas' evening ended even earlier when a drive line failure on his Rock Steady Racing mount took him out of competition. But, he should be back in competition Friday night.

From Bloomington Speedway the series will go to Lincoln Park Speedway (June 28), the Terre Haute Action Track (July 3), and conclude at Paragon Speedway (August 2). Any of these races should be worth the trip.

In addition to a huge field of Sprint Cars, the O'Neal Wood Products UMP Open Wheel Modifieds and Tire and Wheel Center Indiana Super Stocks will be in competition. These racers will probably also turn out in huge numbers as there will be an additional $500 to the purse for each class with $100 of it added to the winner's purse.

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 $15 for this special event; and pit admission is $25. There will be no entry fee for this special show. Overnight camping is permitted. Coolers are allowed; but glass containers are prohibited.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tony Elliott , Levi Jones , Jerry Coons