Bloomington Speedway race report 2002-06-07

Briscoe wins again! DeMoss & Deweese notch first Bloomington Speedway victories. BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 8, 2002) - With three week off courtesy of the weatherman, fans and competitors alike were ready for action last night. There were 130 cars in...

Briscoe wins again!
DeMoss & Deweese notch first Bloomington Speedway victories.

BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 8, 2002) - With three week off courtesy of the weatherman, fans and competitors alike were ready for action last night. There were 130 cars in competition - including 52 fire-breathing sprint cars. This would be the last opportunity for the racers to test the famous Bloomington Speedway red clay before the Sheldon Kinser Memorial and a lot of them seized the chance. The hillside was full of cheering fans; and, although the later evening was a little cool, the heat of the competition helped to keep everyone warm.

Non-Winged Sprint Cars:

Kevin Briscoe has been very nearly unstoppable this season. In four shows at Bloomington Speedway, he has three wins and a second place finish. He got last night off to a good start when he set quick time. This would give him a good starting spot for the feature event; but he would first have to get a transfer spot. Mechanical woes kept him from transferring from his heat race. But when it was time for the B features he was more that up to the task. Briscoe battled with Wil Newlin in the early laps of the "B" but it soon became apparent that Briscoe might lose; but he would not be beaten.

Eric Burns has always run strong at Bloomington Speedway; but last night was his first night back since he flipped his simulator. It would seem reasonable to expect that he might be a little rusty. However, he was sixth quick in qualification; and he finished fifth in his heat. He started on the outside of the first row of his "B" and got the jump on rookie Tim Spindler. Spindler chased him to the checkers; but he could not get past the wily Burns.

When the feature began, Burns jumped into the lead and held it for the first eight circuits while Briscoe worked his way through the field; but, on the ninth lap, Briscoe slipped past Burns and held onto the lead until the checkered flags waved. Briscoe continued to stretch out his lead as the laps unwound. However, in the closing laps of the feature, Burns main concern changed from how to catch Briscoe to how to stay ahead of Danny Holtsclaw. Burns and Holtsclaw ran the closing laps of the race pretty much side by side - passing the lead back and forth several times a lap. The race was almost certainly Holtsclaw's best career finish. There were no non-partisans in this battle. Every fan had a favorite and you could probably hear their cheers in Gnaw Bone.

Burns managed to hold onto second by the narrowest of margins. Two time Bloomington Speedway champion Derek Scheffel came home fourth trailed by Kevin Thomas, Justin Marvel, Donnie Gentry, Wil Newlin, Dick Gaines II, and Kent Christian.

Rookie Tim Spindler turned in another splendid effort in qualifications. He was second quick for the second outing in a row on the Bloomington Speedway red clay. The Spindler team has struggled in getting the setup right for the races; but they'll get there. Any racer who plans to beat Spindler for the Rookie of the Year title had better bring their lunch.

In preliminary action, Gaines, Gentry, Jason Knoke, Brad Marvel, and Shawn Krockenberger won the heat races.

With the kind of sprint car show that we had last night, we can only imagine what the Sheldon Kinser Memorial will be like. With more than twice as much money up for grabs along with the honor of being a Sheldon Kinser Memorial champion, there's no telling how many cars might turn up.

O'Neal Wood Products Modifieds:

It was all DeMoss in the O'Neal Wood Products modified division last night. Clint has been going to school on his older brother, John, ever since he got his own modified. Last night it all came together for Clint. He got started by winning his heat race, won the dash and led the feature flag to flag.

DeMoss' performance is made even more spectacular by the fact that John had to draw for Clint. Clint was late getting to the track; because he was still putting the engine in the car. In fact, he was still adjusting it seconds before he pulled onto the track.

While it was exciting to see Clint win his first feature at Bloomington Speedway, the battle between John and Rodney Harris, Jr. for second may have been even more exciting.

Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks

Chris Deweese is 28 has been racing for eight years; but this is his first year to compete regularly at Bloomington Speedway. He finished second the last time out and put everyone on notice that he was poised for victory. His car is always beautifully maintained. New drivers like Deweese help to make our sport what it is today.

Last night Chris won his heat, finished second in the dash and led the feature flag to flag. While Deweese turned in an outstanding performance, his fellow competitors made certain that he earned the victory. Jerry Adams, making his first appearance in a super stock at Bloomington Speedway, came from deep in the pack to pressure Deweese for the win during the closing laps.

Danny Harris finished third ahead of Brad Cummings, Mel Bigham, Jack Frye, Trent Niflis, Greg Kendall, Ben DuBois, and Bill Hobbs.

In super stock preliminary action, Rob Dodd, Niflis, Deweese, and Harris took the heats while Kim Blevins and Mel Bigham won the B Features. The dash went to Deweese

COMING EVENTS:

June 14, 2002 14th Annual Sheldon Kinser Memorial for non winged sprint cars plus O'Neal Wood Products modifieds & Tire & Wheel Center super stocks. The Rogers Group will be enjoying the Sheldon Kinser Memorial with us next weekend.

June 21, 2002 WSKT Night Non winged sprint cars, O'Neal Wood Products modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center super stocks

June 28, 2002 Blue Marble Night Non winged sprint cars, O'Neal Wood Products modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center super stocks plus modified owners & mechanics races

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