Bloomington Speedway report 2002-07-05

Shively notches first Bloomington Speedway wictory; Lex & Hillman score feature wins BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 5, 2002) - In addition to a great evening of racing, Bloomington Speedway fans witnessed our 17th Annual Ariel Fireworks Display presented...

Shively notches first Bloomington Speedway wictory; Lex & Hillman score feature wins

BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 5, 2002) - In addition to a great evening of racing, Bloomington Speedway fans witnessed our 17th Annual Ariel Fireworks Display presented by our friends at Bloomington Power Sports. The fireworks display was one of the best ever presented at Bloomington Speedway; and it was almost certainly the best display offered in the area. However, the racing action was even better. A total of 129 cars competed in 25 races; and there was side by side racing action for just about every position.

Non Winged Sprint Cars:

Eric Shively has really come into his own as a racer the last couple of years; and he has won track championships at Gas City I-69 Speedway as well as Lincoln Park Speedway. However, he had not yet found his way to victory lane at Bloomington Speedway. Going into last night's competition, his best finish had been a sixth place finish on last August 17th. Shively was seventh quick in qualifications; and he finished second in his heat race to earn a berth in the feature event. When rookie sensation Tim Spindler failed to transfer to the feature event, Shively inherited the coveted pole position for the feature.

When the green flag fell to start the feature, Shively charged into the lead and managed to hold it for the entire distance followed by Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brian Hayden. Tony Elliott came from his ninth place starting position to finish fourth just ahead of Jon Stanbrough. Two time Bloomington Speedway track champion Derek Scheffel turned in another tremendous performance by coming out of his "B" feature to finish sixth. Justin Marvel, Wil Newlin, fast qualifier Kevin Miller, and Rick Hayden rounded out the top ten.

Rookie Tim Spindler continued to be fast in qualifications setting second quick time late in the qualifications; but the team missed on their setup for the heat race and the "B" feature.

In preliminary action, Jerry Coons, Jr, Rick Hayden, Justin Marvel, Jon Stanbrough, and Jason Knoke won the heat races while Brian Hayden and rookie Mike Hunnicutt took the "B" features.

O'Neal Wood Product Modifieds:

Richie Lex scrapped all evening to fight his way to his first O'Neal Wood Products feature win of the season. He drove from fourth place to win his heat race. He held his own in the dash, finishing as he started - third. Defending O'Neal Wood Products modified champion Matt Boknecht, who had won the dash, grabbed the lead at the green flag that started the feature; but he was never able to put much distance between himself and the tenacious Lex. Just before the crossed flags marked the middle of the race Lex slipped past Boknecht to take the lead that he would never relinquish. Ray Humphrey ran into trouble early and dropped back into the pack; however, Humphrey is a hard man to keep down; and, on the 19th circuit, he passed Boknecht for second. He held on to finish second ahead of Boknecht, Lee Hobbs, Jesse Cramer, Shelby Miles, Clint DeMoss, Ryan Thomas, Elvin Herschberger, and Mike Bowersox.

In preliminary action, Matt Boknecht, Joey Baker, Richie Lex, Shelby Miles, and Ray Humphrey won the heat races while Boknecht took the dash. The "B" features went to Brandon Short and Jack Taylor.

The O'Neal Wood Products modified fans had a surprise last night when a beautiful new modified emblazoned with the number 56 pulled onto the track. Apparently running in contention for the Tire & Wheel Center super stock championship was not enough for 14 year old Zach Carney. Last night he made his first appearance in his O'Neal Wood Products modified. The team recently advised us that they would be running the modified class next season; but, apparently, they couldn't wait. Carney will, apparently, run both cars the balance of the season. Running two divisions is not an easy thing, even for a veteran like Lee Hobbs. For a family racing operation like Carney's with a 14 year old driver to do it is simply amazing. If this young man continues to develop as he has been, Bloomington Speedway fans may be amassing the same kind of memories held by the early fans of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.

Another 14 year old joined Carney in making his modified debut at Bloomington Speedway last night. Jeff Bland, Jr. of Bloomington made his first appearance in his brand new modified. While he failed to make the feature, the car did roll back onto the trailer at the end of the night. For a 14 year old making his first appearance on the challenging red clay of Bloomington Speedway, that's probably the best that you can hope for.

Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks:

Chris Hillman and 14 year old Zach Carney fought one of the best battles of the season in the Tire & Wheel Center super stock division. When the green flag dropped, pole-sitter Ben DuBois jumped into the lead; and third place starter Carney fell in behind him. DuBois was only able to hold onto the lead for a couple of laps before losing it to Carney. Carney held the point until the ninth circuit when Chris Hillman drove past him for the lead. The bottom was clearly the fastest way around; and, for the most part, Carney stayed low and right on Hillman's tail. However, as determined as Carney was to root his way under Hillman, Hillman was just as committed to stay on the bottom. If Carney was going to get past Hillman, he was going to have to do it on top. The top didn't work either; and all Carney could do was to attempt to pressure Hillman into a mistake that never came. Lapped traffic made things even more interesting; but the outcome was the same. Hillman won his second Tire & Wheel Center super stock feature of the season. Carney held on to finish a very strong second trailed by Ben DuBois, Terry Arthur, Trent Niflis, Danny Harris, Greg Kendall, Mel Bigham, Mike Jones, and Steve Hollars.

In preliminary action, Kyle Edwards, Mike Jones, Ben DuBois, and Zach Carney won the heats while DuBois prevailed in the dash. Mel Bigham and Steve Hollars won the two "B" features.

Coming Events:

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

July 26, 2002 15th Annual Indiana Sprint Week - Larry Rice Classic USAC Sprint Cars plus O'Neal Wood Products modifieds (Other Indiana Sprint Week races are Gas City I-69 Speedway (July 19), Lincoln Park Speedway (July 20), Tri State Speedway (July 21), Lawrenceburg Speedway (July 25), Terre Haute Aciton Track (July 27), and Kokomo Speedway (July 28).


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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Tony Elliott , Jerry Coons , Jon Stanbrough , Rick Hayden