Bloomington Speedway July 6th racing preview

Non Winged Sprint Cars, O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modifieds, And Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks - Harrell Pipe & Supply Night BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 1, 2001) - The great folks from Harrell Pipe and Supply will be bringing us a great...

Non Winged Sprint Cars, O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modifieds, And Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks - Harrell Pipe & Supply Night

BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 1, 2001) - The great folks from Harrell Pipe and Supply will be bringing us a great evening of racing at Bloomington Speedway on July 6. Plan on being with us to enjoy some of the best racing entertainment you'll find anywhere.

It seems as if it has been an awfully long time since the Bloomington Speedway fans have had an opportunity to watch the ground-pounding sprint cars battle on the famous red clay. On July 6 they will be back; and the sprint drivers will be trying to earn as many points as possible toward the coveted Bloomington Speedway track championship. Because of terrible treatment by the weatherman, the championship will be decided by fewer races; and they will have to make the ones still to be run count. Who are the favorites? Look for those up front to do everything possible to stubbornly cling to their lead. Kevin Thomas has the points lead followed closely by Kevin Briscoe, only five points back. Young Josh Cunningham is turning in great finishes and is only 14 points out of the lead. Two time Bloomington Speedway Sprint Car champion Derek Scheffel is always a threat; and he is only twenty points out of the lead. He has been running well of late at other venues; and he is certainly a threat to come to the top as the season wears on.

The wily veteran Dave Peperak, Kevin Chambers, Critter Malone, Jared Fox, Danny Holtsclaw and Eric Burns make up the balance of the top ten; and you can bet that they haven't given up on the Bloomington Speedway championship. They know that they have to start finishing better; but they believe that they can do it.

Just out of the top ten are Jason Knoke in the Law Brothers car, Jimmy Laser, and Jason Setser in the Midwest Tubing car. Knoke is an exceptionally smooth and smart racer in a good solid car. He very seldom does anything stupid; and he will make the other drivers pay for their mistakes. Laser has continually improved. However, the big wild card among the dark horses is Jason Setser. His career has had more ups and downs than a roller coaster. A new sponsorship deal came through a couple of weeks ago that took Jason out of the Greg Staab car and put him in Stealth/Gaerte that Jay Drake drove to all of those USAC feature wins last season. However, about a week after getting the car he crashed it hard at Gas City. The team worked all night to get the car repaired for Twin Cities. Prior to the Twin Cities feature, Jason's father and chief mechanic said, "We had to straighten the chassis; but it's not 'close enough', it's perfect."

However, early in his heat race, Setser got collected by J.T. Stapp; and both of them took a wild ride. Setser got the worst of it and sustained a broken collarbone and a severe headache. It remains to be seen how long he will be down. If he doesn't miss too many races, he is certainly capable of coming through the pack.

The O'Neal Wood Products Modified class continues to be very competitive. There are a lot of the drivers that make it a point to be at Bloomington Speedway every week; and that has turned the points battle into a real dog fight. Don't miss the next round of this battle.

The Tire & Wheel Center Super Stock class is another class that has a lot of dedicated competitors. As it does with the modifieds, this fact makes the points race pretty much wide open. While a win will certainly guarantee a gain in the points race, consistent good finishes are more important.

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, 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. Coolers are allowed; but glass containers aren't. Parking and overnight camping are still free at Bloomington Speedway

-BS-

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Jay Drake , Kevin Chambers