BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 7, 2001) - The good folks at Harrell Pipe & Supply were on hand to help the fans at Bloomington Speedway enjoy another evening of the best in motorsports entertainment. The sprint cars competed on the famous red clay that...
BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 7, 2001) - The good folks at Harrell Pipe & Supply were on hand to help the fans at Bloomington Speedway enjoy another evening of the best in motorsports entertainment.
The sprint cars competed on the famous red clay that is Bloomington Speedway for only the third time this season on July 6. Kevin Briscoe, who won more sprint car features than any other driver last season, had not yet found victory lane going into Friday night's competition; and he rolled into the track with every intention of correcting this situation. He was only fifth quick in qualifications; and that turned out to be an advantage to him. The fifth place finish gave him the outside front row start position in the feature. However, he must first transfer into the feature.
Briscoe finished sixth in his heat race - just missing a transfer spot. He started the "B" Feature on the outside of the front row and cruised to an easy win. Young Jared Fox had also missed the transfer and started on the pole in the "B". He finished in second place. Both of these guys got a late look at the race track; and they probably gained some advantage from the experience. However, they also had more wear and tear on themselves and their race cars. If given the option, probably neither of them would have chosen to run the "B".
When the green flag fell to start the feature event, Briscoe took the lead; and it looked like he might run away with it. However, Kevin Thomas and Derek Scheffel were starting up front too; and they weren't about to let Briscoe pick up an easy win. The race was run without interruption from the time the green flag fell until the 23rd circuit when Jared Fox's engine locked up. Fox had been running very well; and it seemed that he had a shot at least a second place finish. His car had begun to smoke on the 22nd circuit; and it was done a lap later. The sudden slowing caught Eric Burns and Brian Hayden unaware; and they were disabled in the melee that was created by Fox's disabled mount ending their race as well. It was a big disappointment to all of them.
When the race resumed, Briscoe's advantage had been unceremoniously eliminated. Thomas was right behind Briscoe; and he wanted a win very badly. To compound the problem for Briscoe, his car had started to get loose. Thomas used the final laps to attempt to get past the wily Briscoe. However, as they came down for the checkered flag, Thomas pulled along side of Briscoe and missed making the pass by a couple of feet. Thomas had to settle for second place.
Justin Marvel had been running a solid race in the Booe Brothers car and came home third followed by Wil Newlin who drove a very strong race moving up from his 17th place starting position. Derek Scheffel also had a great night, setting fast time, winning his heat race, and finishinging fifth ahead of Jason Knoke who came from 11th to finish sixth. Danny Holtsclaw, Jimmy Laser, Kevin Chambers, and Josh Cunningham rounded out the top ten..
Holtsclaw and Hayden won the other two heat races.
O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modified Action
Matt Boknecht is a 27 year old truck driver from Seymour; but he is also a pretty fair modified racer. He has two wins and only one finish out of the top five - a sixth on June 29 - going into Friday night action. On Friday night he dominated as well. He won his heat, finished second in the dash; and led the feature flag to flag.
Ray Humprey battled to take the lead the entire feature attempting to win his second feature of the week as he had won the feature event at the Terre Haute Action Track's Fourth of July show. Getting to Bloomington for Friday night's show could not have been easy for Humprey as his engine had gone up in smoke as he crossed the finish line inches ahead of Kerry Norris at Terre Haute.
Adam Sasser ran a great race to finish third trailed by Paul Bumgardner, John DeMoss, Gary Trammell, Rick Callaway, Donnie Parson, Mike Bowersox, and Jason Sims.
Humphrey won the BMI Stone first heat race while Boknecht, Parson, and Sasser took the other three heats. Humphrey also took the Blackwell Trucking Dash for Cash.
Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks
Greg O'Niell, Jeremy Hines, and Brad Cummings were running one, two, three in the points going into Friday night's action; and that is the way the feature event finished. Perry Bruce came home fourth trailed by Greg Kendall, Brian Campbell, Trent Niflis, Michael Purtlebaugh, Terry Arthur, and Steven Hunt.
In preliminary action, O'Neill, Jeremy Hines, and Brad Cummings won the heat races while O'Neill took the dash for cash.. Chris Hillman took the Tom Cherry Muffler "B" Feature.
Modified Owners & Mechanics Race
The Owners & Mechanics race was a pretty clean affair as those things go. The eight lap race was interrupted only once by a yellow flag. Following that yellow, Bubba Woods took the lead and refused to give it up. Roy Bruce, Sr came home second.
Coming Events: July 13 - Teamster Night - Non Winged Sprint, O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks
July 20 - Blue Marble Night - Discount Tickets Available At Karton King and Big Red Liquor Stores - Non Winged Sprint Cars, O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks
July 27 - Indiana Sprint Week - The Larry Rice Classic - USAC Non Winged Sprint Cars and O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modified.