Bloomington Speedway August 9th preview

BLOOMINGTON, IN (August 4, 2002) - On August 9, Bloomington Speedway will feature our three regular classes - non winged sprint cars, O'Neal Wood Products modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center super stocks; and the members of the South Central...

BLOOMINGTON, IN (August 4, 2002) - On August 9, Bloomington Speedway will feature our three regular classes - non winged sprint cars, O'Neal Wood Products modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center super stocks; and the members of the South Central Building and Construction Trades Council will be in attendance to enjoy an evening of the best motorsports entertainment.

Each Friday night at Bloomington Speedway the pits are full of the best race cars in the area. There are, of course, almost as many reasons for this as there are cars in the pits. For many of them it is the consistency and equity that is the famous red clay of Bloomington Speedway. Each driver knows that, if he and his crew do their jobs, they can win. The track will not stand in their way. The teams know what the rules are and that they will be enforced regardless of who runs afoul of them.

Racing is a family sport; and many of the drivers and car owners bring their families with them. And, like the rest of the fans, the families enjoy sitting on the beautiful hillside watching their drivers compete on the beautifully manicured red clay oval. The facilities are clean; the food is good; and everything possible is done to help insure that each Friday night is a special experience. That's why the pits are full.

With the season beginning to wind down, our drivers are beginning to think a little more about their positions in their points races. While the points races are never too far toward the back of a driver's mind, they take on more importance this time of year. At the time of this release, our points leaders are Derek Scheffel (sprint car), Lee Hobbs (O'Neal Wood Products modifieds), and Greg Kendall (Tire & Wheel Center super stock); however, they will not necessarily be the leaders when they pull off of the red clay after August 9's competition.

Going into Friday night's competition, Derek Scheffel holds a 16 point edge over Justin Marvel; and Brian Hayden is 39 points back. However, although he is 41 points behind Scheffel, you can never count Kevin Briscoe out at Bloomington Speedway. Briscoe has only lost one non-winged sprint car feature at Bloomington all year.

The O'Neal Wood Products modified championship is really up for grabs. Lee Hobbs, Matt Boknecht, Ray Humphrey, John DeMoss, and Shelby Miles are separated by only 35 points. You can be assured that all of these guys will be at Bloomington Speedway Friday night protecting their position in the points standing and attempting to improve on it.

Greg Kendall holds a 56 point edge in the Tire & Wheel Center super stock class. Kendall has repeatedly said that winning the championship at Bloomington Speedway is his top priority this year; and he has what is, by comparison, a commanding lead. Of course, something could still go wrong; but you have to like his chances.

For the sprint cars, the August 9 race will be their last look at the Bloomington Speedway red clay before the 4th Annual Five Crown Nationals. Because of the huge field of non winged sprints cars that always turns out for this special event, many of the drivers feel that they must be spot on to work their way into the feature event on August 16. They would like a look at the track in competition as close to August 16 as they can get.

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 $10 for this event; and pit admission is $20. Children are admitted free to the grandstand when accompanied by a paying adult. Overnight camping is permitted. Coolers are allowed; but no glass containers please.

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Series Sprint , Stock car