Bloomington Speedway race report 2002-04-26

Kinser scores another Bloomington Speedway win. Demoss & Kendall also score first wins of season. BLOOMINGTON, IN (April 27, 2002) - Bloomington Speedway's fans got their money's worth last night. The pits were full to overflowing with 112 ...

Kinser scores another Bloomington Speedway win.
Demoss & Kendall also score first wins of season.

BLOOMINGTON, IN (April 27, 2002) - Bloomington Speedway's fans got their money's worth last night. The pits were full to overflowing with 112 race cars; and the fans were treated to a win by one of their favorite sons, Kelly Kinser, over the visiting winged sprint racers.


GLOSS (Great Lakes Outlaw Sprint Series) is a relatively new sprint circuit; and, while everyone was optimistic about the show that they'd put on, nobody had expected that they would pull in 37 sprint cars. They got a lot of help from a hardy group of Bloomington Speedway regulars who like to bolt on a wing once in a while just to keep their hand in. A couple of local winged sprint racers, Kelly Kinser and Kraig Kinser, showed up in search of bragging rights for the Kinser clan for the next few months. Everything combined to give the fans a great winged sprint program.

The evening got started with the winner of last year's Dizz Wilson Classic, Boston Reid, setting quick time. He was followed closely by Kelly Kinser, Travis Rilet, Jason Johnson, Danny Smith, and Paul May. However, as usual at Bloomington Speedway, Kevin Briscoe cannot be overlooked. Although he was only tenth quick behind nine winged sprint specialists, it would quickly become obvious that anyone who would propose to outrun Briscoe on the red clay would have his hands full.

The old pro, Danny Smith, outran local World of Outlaws racer, Kraig Kinser, and Brandon Wimmer to the finish line in the first heat.

Paul May managed to beat Kelly Kinser in the second heat.  Jon Popejoy and
Raymond Shank won the  other two heaats.

Because of the large field of cars, a "C" feature was necessary. Dennis Veach drove to victory and Bloomington Speedway regular Kenny Carmichael also earned a transfer to the "B" feature by finishing second in the "C".

Briscoe drove to a convincing win in the dash to earn the pole position for the feature event ahead of Jason Johnson, and two time Bloomington Speedway champion Derek Scheffel.

When the green flag fell to start the feature event, Briscoe charged into the lead followed by Danny Smith and Travis Rilet. Kelly Kinser, who started sixth, moved into fifth on the first lap. The second lap was interrupted twice by red flags. Curt Trainer, Tim Norman, Kent Wolters, Justin Marvel, and Tom Busch all became part of the carnage on the two red flags. None of them were injured; but their nights were done.

Briscoe held the lead until the 18th circuit when the leaders started entering lapped traffic. Briscoe jumped the cushion; and both Kelly Kinser and Danny Smith slipped past Briscoe to drop him back to third. On the 20th circuit, Bricoe passed Danny Smith to retake second. Briscoe was able to hold onto second; but he had nothing left for the savvy Kinser. Kraig Kinser held on to finish fourth trailed by Boston Reid, Jason Johnson, Paul May, Scheffel, Raymond Shank, and Bill Waite. Bloomington Speedway regular Jared Fox also did a good job to a 12th place finish.


John DeMoss had not won a Bloomington Speedway feature since July 20 last year. However last night at Bloomington Speedway, DeMoss took the lead at the green flag; but last week's feature winner, Lee Hobbs, who had started on the pole snagged the lead form him on the second circuit. Shelby Miles also passed him to drop him back to third. On the sixth circuit, DeMoss moved back to second and started to chase down Hobbs. He took the lead for good on the 17th lap. On the 23rd lap, Adam Sasser who had started ninth got past Hobbs for second. Hobbs held on to finish third trailed by Shelby Miles, Brandon Short, Jesse Cramer, Ryan Thomas, Ray Humphrey, Clint DeMoss, and Roy Bruce, Jr.

Perry Bruce came from his last place starting position to finish 12th.

In preliminary action, Matt Boknecht, Brandon Short, John DeMoss, and Hobbs won the heat races while Darin George and Paul Bumgardner won the "B" features. Hobbs won the dash to earn the pole position to start the feature event.


Greg Kendall of Paoli drove to a strong second place finish last week at Bloomington Speedway. Of course, to a racer, second is just the first loser. You only need look at Kendall beautiful black super stock to know that he takes a great deal of pride in what he does. Second last week may have been OK. There's nothing that he can do about it now; but he was determined to find victory lane this week. He started fifth in his heat race and finished second. He would have only one more chance to win that night.

When the green flag dropped, Trent Niflis snagged the lead from his pole starting position. Last week's feature winner, Rick Hines, fell in behind him in second place. On the fifth circuit Hines took the lead from Niflis; and he seemed destined to become the first two feature winner of the season. However, on the same lap Kendall moved into second. On the 17th lap Hines got tangled up with the lapped car driven by Kyle Edwards. This sent him on an excursion through the infield that dropped him back to mid pack. Kendall takes over the lead and never looks back. Niflis came home second trailed by 14 year old Zach Carney coming from 16th to his best finish ever at Bloomington Speedway. Hines worked his way back to finish fourth ahead of Ralph Groomer, Mel Bigham, Kim Blevins, Rick Wolsifer, Buddy Frye, and Steve Hollars.

Brian Campbell, Niflis, and Hines took the heats while Carney and Danny Harris won the two "B" features. Niflis took the dash.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Bruce Perry , Kraig Kinser , Boston Reid , Kenny Carmichael , Jason Johnson , Paul May