Bloomington race notes 2003-05-02

It's Briscoe again! Humphrey & Kendall score season's first. BLOOMINGTON, IN (May 3, 2003) - While the skies threatened moisture early in the evening, it never actually rained. However, the moist air helped to keep the track fast all night. In...

It's Briscoe again!
Humphrey & Kendall score season's first.

BLOOMINGTON, IN (May 3, 2003) - While the skies threatened moisture early in the evening, it never actually rained. However, the moist air helped to keep the track fast all night. In qualifications, the eleven fastest cars all turned times in the 11 second bracket; and only three cars were slower than 13 seconds. That was a very, very fast field. Those who let a few clouds keep them away, missed a fantastic show.

SPRINT CARS -

Kevin Briscoe was back in the familiar white #5 wrenched by his usual crew chief, his father Dick Briscoe. Although he was third from the last qualifier, he was fourth quick. When the track is that fast at the end of qualifications, you can bet that the competition will be fierce all night long.

When the green flag waved to start the first heat race, Tim Spindler charged toward the front; but, on the way, he ran out of racing room, tangled with Scott Townsend, and flipped in the second turn. Spindler climbed quickly from the car; but, when they got the car back to the pits, they found that it was too badly damaged to get repaired for further competition Friday night. Brad Marvel won from his front row starting position. Fast qualifier Jimmy Laser failed to transfer and would have to run the "B" feature.

In his first visit to red clay of Bloomington Speedway this season, Shane Hollingsworth brought his mount from his fifth place starting position to win the second heat race.

Danny Holtsclaw started on the pole of the third heat and held off a hard-charging Kevin Thomas to take the heat race win.

Dick Gaines II out-dueled Kevin Briscoe, Jason Knoke, and A.J. Anderson to take the fourth heat win.

Bobby Stines came from the second row to win the "B" feature trailed by fast qualifier Jimmy Laser, Jared Fox, and Kevin Chambers.

In the sprint car feature, Shane Hollingsworth started on the pole and took the initial lead; but it only took three laps for Briscoe to pass him for the lead; and Kevin Thomas followed Briscoe past him to drop Hollingsworth to third. Briscoe and Thomas would lead the feature all the way to the checkered flag. Jerry Coons, Jr., Hollingsworth, and Jimmy Laser would round out the top five. A.J. Anderson, in his first visit to Bloomington Speedway this season, drove from his 14th place starting posiition to finish sixth.

Kent Christian came from outside of the eighth row to finish eighth, right behind Dick Gaines II. Justin Marvel and Bobby Stines rounded out the top ten.

Following the race, Briscoe had high praise for his crew chief father and his Stealth race car.

O'NEAL WOOD PRODUCTS MODIFIEDS -

Dan Hamstra made a rare visit to Bloomington Speedway Friday night; and he planned to return north with the first place money. It looked like he just might pull it off when he came from the back row to win his heat race. He backed the heat win up by taking the dash. This would give him the pole for the start of the feature event. However, Ray Humphrey had just missed a feature win the last time out at Bloomington Speedway; and he had no plans to let that happen again. Humphrey won his heat from the sixth place starting position and finished third in the dash.

At the green flag, Hamstra took the lead and held it for four circuits; however, he and Ray Humphrey ran side by side for much of the early going. Humphrey took over for good on the sixth lap; but Hamstra was really never out of the battle as he chased Humphrey to the checkered flag.

Defending O'Neal Wood Products co-champion Matt Boknecht came from the 13th place starting position to finish a strong third. Lee Hobbs, the other defending co-champion, came home third trailed by Shelby Miles, Clint DeMoss, Jesse Cramer, Matt Bex, Bill Wagner, and Brady Short.

In preliminary modified action, Hamstra, Clint DeMoss, Shelby Miles, and Ray Humphrey took the heats while Hamstra won the dash. David Daughtery and J.P. Hume prevailed in the "B" features.

TIRE & WHEEL CENTER SUPER STOCKS -

Defending Tire & Wheel Center super stock champion Greg Kendall crashed hard into the front stretch wall as he made a daring charge to improve is finish position on April 18 at Bloomington Speedway. This meant that he had a lot of work to do on his car before returning to Bloomington Speedway this week. The rainout last week certainly gave him a little breathing room.

Kendall won his heat, the dash, and led the feature flag to flag. From victory lane he commented, "We worked very hard to win the championship here last season; and we very much want to do it again. At the opener here, I knew that I was going to have to finish better than we were doing if were going to repeat. I just made a mistake. I knew that there was moisture over the rim on the front stretch; but I went there anyway to gain some positions. The moisture sucked me right into the wall; and we've paid for it the last couple of weeks."

Mel Bigham won his heat; and he chased Kendall the rest of the night. He kept Kendall in range; but he was never able to get past him. Danny Harris and Lee Hobbs finished third and fourth respectively. Jack Frye came from his 18th place starting position to finish fifth.

Seventeen year old rookie Broc Burton turned in a great performance coming from mid-pack to finish sixth giving support to his aspirations for the rookie of the year title.

Steve Hollars, Kevin Arthur, Steve Bowlen, and C.J. Allen rounded out the top ten.

In preliminary Tire & Wheel Center super stock action, Greg Kendall, Mel Bigham, and Ben DuBois won the heat races; and Kevin Arthur prevailed in the "B" feature.

April 18's feature winner and title hopeful Chris Deweese ran into trouble in his heat race and was coming from behind all evening. He was sidelined halfway into the feature giving him a disappointing 18th place finish.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers David Daughtery , Kevin Chambers , Jerry Coons , Shane Hollingsworth , Brady Short