Bloomington preview 2001-07-20

BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 8, 2001) - This week, race fans will have an opportunity to get one of the biggest bargains in motorsports. Coupons for a discount on grandstand admission may be picked up at Karton King and Big Red Liquor stores. This ...

BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 8, 2001) - This week, race fans will have an opportunity to get one of the biggest bargains in motorsports. Coupons for a discount on grandstand admission may be picked up at Karton King and Big Red Liquor stores. This bargain admission coupon offers the fan a great opportunity to introduce their friends to the great entertainment offered by Bloomington Speedway. The normally low admission price at Bloomington Speedway offers the fan an entire evening of racing at a cost that is lower than most other options; and there is no place else with the intensity of competition at Bloomington Speedway.

This will be the last time that the sprint car racers will have to prepare for the Larry Rice Classic, Bloomington Speedway's leg of the Indiana Sprint Week series. Since USAC doesn't have a race scheduled for July 20, it can be expected that a number of their sprint drivers will take this opportunity to get reacquainted with the famous red clay of Bloomington Speedway. Many of the USAC sprint drivers are battling for the exposure necessary to take them to the next level; and they will do just about anything that will take them a little closer to the USAC sprint car championship. Anything that might give them a small advantage the following week is certainly worth doing.

The Bloomington Speedway regular sprint car competitors will be doing the same thing; but they have an additional mission. They will be attempting to improve their position in the Bloomington Speedway points race. Derek Scheffel (1998 and 1999 sprint car champion) and Kevin Briscoe won their first features of the season at Bloomington Speedway the past two weeks; but they still needs to run better than Kevin Thomas and each other to take the lead in the points chase. However, Thomas won't just lay down and let Scheffel or Briscoe have another win. Only 16 points separate these three. A particularly good or bad night for any of them could shuffle the points standings. Thomas will pull out all of the stops to get the win himself as will Josh Cunningham, Kevin Chambers, Danny Holtsclaw, and the rest of the Bloomington Speedway sprint car competitors. This should be a great show.

The O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modifieds points race is not quite as tight as the races in sprint car and super stock divisions; however, Adam Sasser is only 15 points behind points leader Matt Boknecht. A good or bad night for either of them would reverse their positions. Obviously, one of them as very little control over the night that the other one has, so they just do the best that they can and hope for the best.

This past week, Brad Cummings jumped from third place to the lead in the battle for the Tire & Wheel Center super stock championship; but he could fall back to third or even farther with one bad night. Only eight points separate Cummings, Greg O'Neill, and Jeremy Hines. There is a lot of season left; but all of these guys would rather lead the points race than chase whoever might be in the lead instead.

Pits will open at 4:30 PM; grandstands open at 5:30 PM: hot laps get underway at 6:30 PM; and racing begins at 7:30 PM, Coolers are permitted; but glass containers are not. Both parking and overnight camping are free.

General admission is only $10 while pit admission is $20. As always, children 12 and under are admitted free to the grandstand with a paying adult.

k-BS

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Kevin Chambers