Bloomington report 2001-07-20

BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 21, 2001) - As often occurs at Bloomington Speedway, our evening's sponsors provided extra entertainment for the "red clay" fans. Representatives of Blue Marble were on hand to update everyone on the latest things on the...

BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 21, 2001) - As often occurs at Bloomington Speedway, our evening's sponsors provided extra entertainment for the "red clay" fans. Representatives of Blue Marble were on hand to update everyone on the latest things on the world wide web. More and more, race fans are keeping up with their favorite drivers and venues via the internet. In fact most of the organizations receiving this press release are receiving it by E Mail. And, thousands more access it on various motorsports websites.

Big Red Liquor and Karton King stores were on hand with lots of racing things to be raffled off to benefit Wonderlab in Bloomington. Fans took home some really neat stuff; and the proceeds went to a very good cause to make Bloomington a better place for all of us.

Sprint Cars -

Last week, Kevin Briscoe lost a heartbreaker to Derek Scheffel in the sprint car feature. The night started out like it might be a repeat of last week's program. Scheffel set quick time in qualifications; and he came from outside of the third row and checked out in his heat race - winning by more than a straightaway. Eric Burns was second in the first heat; but he was in another time zone.

Dick Gaines II looked strong in his heat race. He had a new car to replace the one that he destroyed at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas. Wil Newlin took the win in the third and final heat race. Briscoe had mechanical problems in his heat; and he had to run the B. However, again that was no problem. He cruised to an easy win and got a late look at the track in the bargain.

In the feature, Jared Fox grabbed the lead from his pole starting position. On the fifth circuit, 2000 Bloomington Speedway champion Chris LaFollette flipped off the north end of the track and brought out the only red flag of the evening. When action resumed, Fox held on to the point for a couple more laps, before turning it over to Eric Burns who, in turn, lost it to Kevin Briscoe on the 11th circuit. On the 13th circuit, Dick Gaines II moved into second place after starting seventh; and it looked like he might have something for Briscoe. However, Gaines' car quit five laps later.

On the 17th circuit, Jon Stanbrough moved into second place. He was able to hold that position; but he wasn't able to catch Briscoe on the heavy red clay. Kenny Carmichael came home third for his best finish of the season at Bloomington Speedway.

Bloomington Speedway's top rookie, Eric Roberts turned in a great performance in bringing his 21x home fourth from his 11th place starting position for his best finish of the season. Burns came in fifth ahesd of Derek Scheffel, Wil Newlin, Kevin Miller, Jared Fox, and Critter Malone.

It was obvious that some of the drivers were there for a Indiana Sprint Week as seven drivers made their first appearance of the season on the famous red clay.

The points standings will certainly be jumbled after Friday night's action as Bloomington Speedway's points leader Kevin Thomas damaged his car heavily at Tri State Speedway last weekend. The Rodney Reynolds crew was unable to repair the car in time for Friday's competition.

O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modified -

In heat race action for the O'Neal Wood Products Modifieds, Jay Scott, Tony Jarvis, and Ray Humphrey. Scott won the Blackwell Trucking Dash for Cash to earn the right to start on the pole in the feature. Brent Payne scored a victory in the "B" Feature.

When the green flag fell to start the feature, Ray Humphrey grabbed the lead followed by John DeMoss and Adam Sasser. Sasser passed DeMoss for second on the third circuit and went after Humphrey. On the 16th circuit Humphrey and Sasser were battling for the lead when they came to a lapped car in turn four. The action got pretty intense as all three tried to gain the advantage coming out of the corner. Sasser was sent to the tail for rough driving. Humphrey fell back to fourth in the incident; and John DeMoss inherited the lead. DeMoss held off a strong challenge by Richie Lex who had to settle for second. Humphrey moved back up to finish third ahead of Matt Boknecht, Shelby Miles, Rodney Harris, Jr., Troy Jarvis, Mike Bowersox, Sasser, and Darin George.

Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks -

Greg Kendall of Paoli scored his first feature win of the season at Bloomington Speedway as he led Trent Niflis, Jeremy Hines, points leader Greg O'Neill, and Brad Cummings to the checkered flag.

In preliminary action Terry Arthur, Trent Niflis, and Kendall took the heat races while Niflis took the Dash. Steven Hunt jumped into the lead of the "B" feature from the second row on the first circuit and led the entire distance.

Trent Niflis grabbed the lead of the Tire & Wheel Center Super Stock feature when the green flag fell; and he held it for 17 circuits when Greg Kendall edged ahead as the pair completed the 18th lap. However, Niflis took the lead back and held it until the 22nd circuit when Kendall took the point for good.


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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Jon Stanbrough , Kenny Carmichael