Bloomington Speedway race report 2002-09-21

Boknecht and Gilpin enjoy big paydays. BLOOMINGTON, IN (September 21, 2002) - Bloomington Speedway closed its season with a great racing program to get its fans through the long, cold winter months. Matt Boknecht won yet another Bloomington ...

Boknecht and Gilpin enjoy big paydays.

BLOOMINGTON, IN (September 21, 2002) - Bloomington Speedway closed its season with a great racing program to get its fans through the long, cold winter months. Matt Boknecht won yet another Bloomington Speedway feature; and Todd Gilpin added his name to the star-studded list of Bloomington Speedway feature winners. As if that weren't enough, the top ten competitors in each division, received their awards and the accolades from their fans for their seasons' competition.

O'NEAL WOOD PRODUCTS MODIFIED AWARDS --

This season some great sponsors came forward with cash to increase the points money and sweeten the pot those intrepid competitors who fought each week for their position in the points standings. Advanced Auto Care, Erwin's Drywall Company, Inc., Indiana Stone Works, Inc., J&S Auto Care, Laser Mfg. Home Sales, and Loggers, Inc. all made generous contributions to the fund for all three classes; and we, along with our competitors thank them for it.

Matt Boknecht - Seymour, Ind: The O'Neal Wood Products Modified division provided Lee Hobbs - Mitchell, Ind some of the mostly hotly contested races that we have had all season. Defending champion Matt Boknecht and Lee Hobbs battled all season for this championship; and, after 14 shows and a couple of rainouts that paid show-up points, they tied for the championship with 791 points each. Boknecht had three feature wins; and he finished out of the top ten only once. Hobbs had two feature wins and finished out of the top ten three times.

John DeMoss - Bloomington, Ind: John DeMoss finished third with two feature wins and an amazing ten top five finishes

Ray Humphrey - Bloomington, Ind: Ray came home fourth with two feature wins; and finished out of the top ten only twice.

Shelby Miles - Bloomington, Ind: In only his second season of racing, Shelby finished fifth and made every feature event.

Brady Short - Bedford, Ind: Brady finished sixth; and he missed only one feature. He was co-winner of the Steve Kinser Most Improved Driver award.

Richie Lex - Morgantown, Ind: Richie finished seventh with a feature win; and he missed only two features.

Brandon Short - Bedford, Ind: Brandon missed only two features and finished eighth in the points standings. He received honorable mention for the Steve Kinser Most Improved Driver award.

Rodney Harris, Jr. - Bloomington, Ind: Rodney was ninth in the points and missed only five features.

Jesse Cramer - Bloomington, Ind: Jesse finished tenth missed only four features.

Clint DeMoss - Bloomington, Ind: Clint was 11th in points and was the co-winner of the Steve Kinser Most Improved Driver award.

Greg O'Neill - Mooresville, Ind: Greg received the Jeff Gordon Rookie of the Year award.

TIRE & WHEEL CENTER SUPER STOCK AWARDS --

Greg Kendall - Paoli, Ind: Greg's top priority this season was to win the Tire & Wheel Center Super Stock championship; and he accomplished that with style. He had four feature wins and finished out of the top ten only once.

Danny Harris - Bloomington, Ind: Last season Danny finished 20th in the points; and this year he was second. He really earned his Steve Kinser Most Improved Driver award. He had seven top five finishes.

Chris Hillman - Gosport, Ind: Chris was third in the points with two feature wins and had seven top five finishes.

Zach Carney - Mooresville, Ind: Fourteen year old Zach Carney was simply amazing. He made every feature and had five top five finishes.

Trent Niflis - Bedford, Ind: Niflis came home fifth by making every feature and by finishing in the top ten nine times.

Ralph Groomer - Bloomington, Ind: Groomer was sixth; and he too made every feature. He scored his first feature win and seven top ten finishers.

Ben DuBois - Bloomington, Ind: DuBois was seventh in the points and missed only two features; and he was the Jeff Gordon Rookie of the Year.

Chris Deweese - Columbus, Ind: Chris was eighth in the points and won his first Bloomington Speedway feature and missed only four features all season.

Steve Hollars - Bloomington, Ind: Steve finished eighth; and missed only three features.

Jack Frye - Bloomigton, Ind: Jack rounded out the top ten; and he missed only five features.

Jeremy Pennington - Bloomington, Ind: - Jeremy was 13th in the points and honorable mention for the Jeff Gordon Rookie of the Year award.

Jeremy Stierwalt - Martinsville, Ind: - Jeremy was 14th in points and honorable mention for the Jeff Gordon Rookie of the Year award.

O'NEAL WOOD PRODUCTS MODIFIEDS

The points race was over going into tonight's competition. Tonight was simply about money and pride. The money will probably go into getting next year's car done. The pride? Well, it's a race. You're supposed to win it.

As predicted a new track record was set in qualifications. Carlos Baumgardner toured the red clay oval in 13.300 seconds. Because of the huge field of cars six heat races were necessary; and the were won by Paul Baumgardner, John DeMoss, Jesse Cramer, Matt Boknecht, Dan Hamstra, and Shelby Miles. Everyone who failed to transfer from their heat races was relegated to one of the three B features. The B features went to Greg O'Neill, Andrew Davis, and Matt Bex.

When the green flag dropped to start the feature, O'Neal Wood Products modified co-champion Matt Boknecht charged into the lead from his starting position on the pole. He sliced through traffic with impunity; and, early on, it was apparent that, barring some sort of catastrophe, Boknecht would have bragging rights through the winter months. However, the battle for second was much more spirited. Ray Humphrey, Clint DeMoss, Matt Bex all came from the back of the pack to battle with Shelby Miles and Paul Baumgardner who started up front for second place. With seven laps to go Miles got past Hamstra to take second place; and Baumgartner passed Clint DeMoss to take the fourth. Two laps later Humphrey passed DeMoss for fifth place. The Bloomington Speedway fans were treated to a dominating performance for the win and donnybrook for position - all in the same race. All this is pretty normal for Bloomington Speedway. Matt Bex, Lee Hobbs, Brady Short, and Greg O'Neill rounded out the top ten.

A whole bunch of Bloomington Speedway fans put up lap money for tonight's features. The leader of each lap received a $20 bill. When the feature was over, Boknecht had over $2000 to put in his pocket. From victory lane, Matt commented, "The car was just perfect tonight. I wasn't having to push it hard at all."

By the time that the checkered flag waved, Boknecht had lapped all but the first seven cars. His co-champion, Lee Hobbs was the last car to go a lap down.

TIRE & WHEEL CENTER SUPER STOCKS

The Tire & Wheel Center super stock division put on a whale of a show as they normally do. Jay Deckard got the evening off to a good start for the super stock drivers when he set a new track record of 14.095 seconds.

The heat races were won by Trent Niflis, Jerry Adams, Danny Harris, Todd Gilpin, and Lee Hobbs. The B Features were won by Denny Campbell and Brock Burton who occupies himself with attending high school in Columbus when he isn't wheeling a super stock.

When the green flag dropped to start the feature, Todd Gilpin charged into the lead. He would lead the race flag to flag; but it wasn't as easy as that makes it sound. Danny Harris started beside Gilpin; and he knows the red clay oval about as well as anybody.

Jerry Adams followed Gilpin into the first turn and held second for the first five circuits; however, Harris used his knowledge of the red clay oval to get around Adams to take second on the sixth circuit. On the following lap, Hobbs passed Adams to take third. From their to the checkered flags, it was Gilpin, Harris, and Hobbs. Harris and Hobbs traded second and third place for the whole race. Whoever had second for the moment occupied themselves with trying to get under Gilpin; but Gilpin was determined that, if they got around him, they were going to have to do it on the outside. Hobbs or Harris could get a run on Gilpin in turns one and two; but he would get the advantage back in turns three and four. Hobbs would have to settle for second; and Harris would come home third. Ralph Groomer finished fourth ahead of Mike Cawood. Terry Arthur would bring the five car from his 20th place starting position to finish seventh. Mel Bigham, Greg Kendall, and Randy Moore rounded out the top ten.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Gil de Ferran , Steve Kinser , Andrew Davis , Brady Short