BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 22, 2003) - No place is more appropriate for a memorial to Sheldon Kinser than the famous red clay oval that is Bloomington Speedway. Most fans remember Sheldon for the daring that he displayed on race tracks from coast to...
BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 22, 2003) - No place is more appropriate for a memorial to Sheldon Kinser than the famous red clay oval that is Bloomington Speedway. Most fans remember Sheldon for the daring that he displayed on race tracks from coast to coast. He raced on tracks from quarter mile bull rings in sprints and midgets to mile dirt ovals in USAC champ dirt cars (now Silver Crown) to the superspeedways where he competed with the best in champ cars.
As daring as Sheldon was on the track, the battles that he fought with A.J. Foyt, Bobby Unser, Gary Bettenhausen, etc. were nothing compared to the last battle that he fought - the one against cancer. During his final races, Sheldon would cover the hole in his throat with a bandana; and he would throw the car into the first turn as hard as he ever did.
During the final days of his racing career, Sheldon said, "It would be easy for me to just give up and die. But, I want to keep going as long as I can for my kids."
Kevin Briscoe, the 2001 and 2002 Sheldon Kinser Memorial winner, will almost certainly be here trying to win his third straight Sheldon Kinser Memorial. The original plan was for Kevin to compete in the familiar white #5 wrenched by his father; however, he may decide to compete in the Danny Roberts 21R. Whichever car he drives, he'll be hard to beat. Since he didn't compete Friday night, he'll be able to start in whatever starting spot he earns.
Derek Scheffel has three Bloomington Speedway championships; but he is long overdue for a Sheldon Kinser Memorial win. Perhaps this will be his year. Kenny Carmichael, Justin Marvel, Dick Gaines II, and a host of other Bloomington Speedway regulars would like to parlay their knowledge of the red clay into a Sheldon Kinser Memorial championship.
A victory in this race is much more important to the driver than can be accounted for by the generous purse. Having their name linked with a racer the caliber of Sheldon Kinser would be an honor for any driver.
The top ten in points going into the Sheldon Kinser Memorial are Justin Marvel, Kevin Briscoe, Kenny Carmichael, Kevin Thomas, Derek Scheffel, Mike Hunnicutt, Kevin Chambers, Shawn Krockenberger, Jason Knoke, and Jon Sciscoe. Any of these guys are capable of finding victory lane. Whoever winds up in victory lane, the race to the checkered flags is bound to be exciting. Don't miss the best in sprint car competition.
Thousands of fans were disappointed on June 13 when a genuine toad strangler washed away the scheduled running of the 15th Annual Sheldon Kinser Memorial. Mike Miles and his Bloomington Speedway staff took a look at the schedule and found a place to reschedule this important race. On June 27, we will get this event in the books. Since neither the USAC sprint division nor the USAC midget division is in action that weekend, the field of cars should be even bigger on the new date.
In addition to the non winged sprints, the O'Neal Wood Products open wheel modifieds and the Tire & Wheel Centers super stocks will also be in competition that night. There will be extra an extra $500 in each class's purse up for grabs for these guys too in this special show.
Don't miss this great race. General Admission is only $15 While pit admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are admitted to the grandstand free with a paying adult. Parking and overnight camping are free. Coolers are allowed; but glass containers are prohibited.
Pit gates open at 4:30 PM; and the grandstand opens at 5:30 PM. Hot Laps begin at 6:30 PM; and racing begins at 7:30 PM. BE THERE!