Bloomington Speedway preview 2002-05-03

Non Winged Sprints, O'Neal Wood Products Modifieds, And Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks at Bloomington Speedway on May 3. BLOOMINGTON, IN (April 28) - On May 3 the non winged sprint cars should be back in force at Bloomington Speedway. Last...

Non Winged Sprints, O'Neal Wood Products Modifieds, And Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks at Bloomington Speedway on May 3.

BLOOMINGTON, IN (April 28) - On May 3 the non winged sprint cars should be back in force at Bloomington Speedway. Last week we ran a GLOSS winged sprint show. While Bloomington Speedway regulars Kevin Briscoe, Derek Scheffel, Jared Fox, Nick Naber, Justin Marvel, Kenny Lacey, Jim Mills, Dave Peperak, Kenny Carmichael, Eric Roberts, and Dean Ryan all bolted on wings to take on the touring winged sprint pilots, many of our regulars took the week off. They should all be back this Friday when the wings are gone and the red clay is again used for non winged sprint car racing.

Kevin Briscoe is atop of the sprint car points battle; but there are plenty of guys intent on preventing him from repeating as Bloomington Speedway sprint champion. Justin Marvel is only five points behind Briscoe; and Kenny Carmichael and Brian Hayden are both less than ten points back. There is still a lot of racing to do; and nobody is out of the hunt. But, in a tight race, the competitors can't afford to miss an opportunity to score points.

In the O'Neal Wood Products modified division, John DeMoss, Adam Sasser, and Lee Hobbs are near the top of the standings. With the large field of competitors, the championship will require consistently strong performances.

Matt Boknecht, Adam Sasser, John DeMoss, Richie Lex, and Ray Humphrey finished in the top five positions in the O'Neal Wood Products modified points standings last season. All five drivers can be expected to run well each week. All of them will probably run into bad luck sometime during the season; but they can't afford to do it too often. In addition to the traditionally strong performers, some modified rookies are very likely to give the veterans a run for their money. The most prominent among them are probably Jeremy Hines and Greg O'Neill.

The Tire & Wheel Center super stock division may be even more competitive than the O'Neal Wood Products modified division. Greg Kendall and Rick Hines have both finished in the top five both times out this season; but Trent Niflis leads the points race - maybe for the first time in his career. Niflis has a second and a seventh, Kendall has a win and a second; and Hines has a win and a fourth. Ralph Groomer has a fifth and a sixth.

Fourteen year old Zach Carney may well be the driver to watch. He is in only his second year in super stock competition; but he handles the competition like a veteran. The last time out he had to run the "B" feature; and he won it. Then, in the feature, he charged from his 16th place starting position to finish third. That would be a tough route for a seasoned competitor. For a kid that is a couple of years away from legally driving a passenger car, it is simply amazing.

Don't miss the next chapter of these three great points battles. Be at Bloomington Speedway on Friday, May 3.

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
Drivers Kenny Carmichael