Bloomington Speedway report 2002-06-29

Briscoe wins Sheldon Kinser Memorial; Hobbs and Bigham win too. BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 29, 2002) - The 2002 Edition of the storied Sheldon Kinser Memorial was run before a packed house at Bloomington Speedway last night. Included in the crowd...

Briscoe wins Sheldon Kinser Memorial; Hobbs and Bigham win too.

BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 29, 2002) - The 2002 Edition of the storied Sheldon Kinser Memorial was run before a packed house at Bloomington Speedway last night. Included in the crowd was 90 year old Jean Kinser, Sheldon's mother. It's not hard to see where Sheldon got the grit to race the way he did. As popular as Bloomington Speedway is, our stands generally do not contain too many 90 year old ladies.

Sheldon Kinser Memorial:

Kevin Briscoe took a week off last week to run USAC's Buckeye Nationals in Ohio; but he was back at Bloomington Speedway last night and resumed his customary position - victory lane. Briscoe pulled out the low pill in the draw to earn the right to qualify first; and he used the opportunity to set fourth quick time behind only USAC regulars Levi Jones, Kevin Miller, and Jon Stanbrough. This qualification time would put him inside of the second row to start the feature event.

In preliminary action, A.J. Anderson, Justin Marvel, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Briscoe, and Kenny Carmichael won the heat races. In the third heat, Kevin Chambers and Troy Link got together coming out of the fourth turn; and Chambers was sent tumbling into the front-stretch guardrail. Chambers was transported to Bloomington Hospital for a precautionary check. However, he was back at the track before the evening was over suffering only from bumps, bruises, and a damaged sprinter.

The motor woes that plagued two time Bloomington Speedway track champion Derek Scheffel last week were apparently back this week. He found himself starting mid field in the "C" Feature; but he was in pretty good company - Eric Shively, Jason Robbins, Kurt Gross, Bobby Smith, Jason Knoke, and Eric Burns. He finished third in the "C" - behind Kurt Gross and Jason Robbins and ahead of Joe Roush and Troy Link who also transferred to the "B" feature.

As usual, the "B" feature was packed with talent. Kevin Miller started on the pole and won the event; but the show was Scheffel coming from the seventh row to snatch the final transfer spot from rookie standout Tim Spindler. This was the first feature that Spindler has missed all season - anywhere.

When the green flag waved to start the Sheldon Kinser Memorial feature event, last year's Indiana Sprint Week feature winner at Bloomington Speedway, A.J. Anderson, took the lead from his front row starting position. But he managed to hold it for only three circuits before Briscoe was able to overtake him. He dogged Briscoe for a few laps; but, before the halfway point of the race, it became obvious that he had more to worry about from behind. Stanbrough was coming; and he passed Anderson to take second place on the 19th circuit. Anderson was able to hold on to finish third trailed by Kevin Miller, Brad Fox, and Justin Marvel.

Derek Scheffel turned in a sparkling performance coming from the last row to finish seventh in a very tough field.

The victory was Briscoe's fourth of the season at Bloomington Speedway. Briscoe will be permitted to start no better than tenth next week; because of a track rule that states that anyone winning two consecutive features in a class may start no better than tenth the next time out. It was determined that this rule did not apply to special events such as the Sheldon Kinser Memorial.

O'Neal Wood Products Modifieds:

Always tough Ray Humphrey took the point from the pole as O'Neal Wood Products modified feature began. However, it soon became obvious that he would have his hands full with Lee Hobbs and John DeMoss. Hobbs got around him to take the lead on the seventh trip around the red clay. However, as Humphrey began to fade, Hobbs had another driver to worry about - John DeMoss was coming. And, as if that weren't enough, defending modified champion Matt Boknecht moved into third on the 18th circuit. The three ran together for the final seven laps. Hobbs held on to take the win ahead of John DeMoss, Matt Boknecht, Clint DeMoss, Adam Sasser and Ray Humphrey.

In preliminary action, Brandon Short, Ray Humphrey, Lee Hobbs, John DeMoss, and Warren Hopkins won the heats while Ray Humprey prevailed in the dash. Richie Lex and Andrew Davis won the two "B" features.

Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks:

It looked as if Lee Hobbs might be the first driver since Steve Kinser to win two features on the same night at Bloomington Speedway and the first in an even longer time to win features in different classes on the same night. Mel Bigham of Mooresville, Ind. got the jump on Steve Morin as the green flag fell. Things got a little dicey when Bigham, Hobbs, and Trent Niflis found themselves three wide in the fourth turn. It was so tight that they nearly stopped; but it was a cinch that nobody was going to get around them. There was simply no more room.

On the 11th lap Hobbs took the lead from Bigham and held it until the 23rd lap when Bigham reclaimed the point. Tire & Wheel Center super stock points leader Greg Kendall of Paoli came from his 14th place starting position to take third on the ninth lap; but Bigham and Hobbs had moved out to a substantial lead. Kendall, whose main goal for the 2002 season is to win the Bloomington Speedway Tire & Wheel Center super stock championship, was coming and coming hard. Kendall got past Hobbs on the white flag lap to take second; and Hobbs had to settle for a third place to go with his O'Neal Wood Products modified feature win. Danny Harris, Trent Niflis, Steve Morin, Bill Hobbs, Ralph Groomer, Zach Carney, and Buddy Frye rounded out the top ten.

The feature win was Bigham's first anywhere. His best previous finish at Bloomington Speedway was a fourth on May 11, 2001.

Coming Events:

July 5, 2002 17th Annual Ariel Fireworks Display courtesy of Bloomington Power Sports -- Non winged sprint cars, O'Neal Wood Products modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center super stocks

July 12, 2002 Harrell Pipe and Supply Night - Non winged sprints, O'Neal Wood Products modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center super stocks

July 19, 2002 UMP Late Models, O'Neal Wood Products modifieds, and Tire & Wheel Center super stocks

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Steve Kinser , Andrew Davis , Levi Jones , Jon Stanbrough , Kenny Carmichael