BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 3, 2004) -- The weatherman came through for us one more time last night. There was lots of rain all around Bloomington Speedway. However, for all practical purposes, the rains missed us. The racing was done; and most people...
BLOOMINGTON, IN (July 3, 2004) -- The weatherman came through for us one more time last night. There was lots of rain all around Bloomington Speedway. However, for all practical purposes, the rains missed us. The racing was done; and most people had found their way out of the parking lot before the rains started. And, there was only light rain then.
The good folks from Big Red Liquors were with us; and our fans bought raffle tickets on lots of great Budweiser stuff donated by Budweiser and Big Red Liquors. All of the proceeds from the raffles went to the Boys and Girls Clubs.
To get us all started on a great Independence day weekend, the great people at Bloomington Powersports provided us with an Ariel Fireworks display that was even better than last year's. Each year we leave the track thinking, "Well, that's it!!! They'll never be able to top that one." However, each year they manage to top the previous year's display. The surprise explosion after the traditional finale took everyone by surprise. Those who couldn't make it to Bloomington Speedway for this year's Independence Day spectacular will certainly want to plan better next year.
Sometimes circumstances can create a race that is so good that you might think that the France guys from NASCAR had scripted it that way. Last night was one of those occasions. The evening started normally enough. Kevin Birscoe had quick time followed by fifteen year old Bryan Clauson, Jon Stanbrough, Derek Scheffel, Kenny Carmichael, and Jared Fox. Clauson, Stanbrough, Scheffel and Carmichael, and Fox all transferred to the feature through their heat races. Briscoe, on the other hand, had to transfer from the "B" Feature. This put six of the best sprint car racers anywhere in the front of our feature event.
The green flag waved; and the race was underway. The field came around at a torrid pace. As the leaders charged into turn three of the second lap, Briscoe, Scheffel, Fox, Kevin Besecker, and Alex Pruett all got tangled up and brought out the yellow flag. The stage was set for one of the best sprint car races ever. Three strong cars driven by Kenny Carmichael, Bryan Clauson, and Joe Stanbrough would be up front for the restart; while two of the best drivers ever on the red clay of Bloomington Speedway would be restarting on the tail. Briscoe would have to go to the work area to get his wadded up tail tank sort of secured to the chassis.
On the restart, Clauson took the point with the wily Stanbrough glued to his back bumper. Of course two of the winningest drivers ever at Bloomington Speedway were restarting on the tail. We've seen how hard it is for a driver to come from tenth place to win a feature. Coming from the tail to win seemed to be beyond any reasonable chance of success. However, Briscoe and Scheffel were not about to concede the feature to anyone.
Jon Stanbrough passed Clauson to take the lead on the sixth cricuit. Stanbrough gradually began to lengthen the distance between his car and the seven of Clauson. At the same time Briscoe and Scheffel were slicing their way through the field. At the half way marker Scheffel was running seventh while Briscoe was running ninth. With five circuits remaining, only Bobby Stines separated the cars of leaders Stanbrough and Clauson from those of Scheffel and Biscoe.
On the 21st lap Scheffel got past Stines while on the 22nd circuit, Briscoe would get past both Stines and Scheffel to take third place. On the 23rd lap Scheffel passed Stines to take fourth place; and that would be the way they would finish.
Watching Briscoe and Scheffel come through the field from the tail was so exciting that it would have been easy to miss the battle for the win. Stanbrough gradually pulled away from Clausen to the point that he had nearly a straightaway's advantage over the charging Clauson. However, during the closing laps, Clauson was chewing up Stanbrough's lead. However, Clauson ran out of laps before he caught Stanbrough. And, neither Briscoe nor Scheffel were able to catch the leaders. However, the first four provided one of the most exciting features ever on the red clay.
Stines held on to finish fifth while Kenny Carmichael, Shane Cottle, Kevin Huntley, Kevin Chambers, and A.J. Anderson made up the rest of the top ten.
In preliminary sprint car action, Kent Christian, Shane Cottle, and Stanbrough won the heat races while Briscoe prevailed in the "B" feature.
NEAL WOOD PRODUCTS MODIFIEDS
When the O'Neal Wood Products modified feature got underway the three heat race winners, Shelby Miles, Jesse Cramer, and Gary Barrow, held their advantage for the first couple of circuits; however Brady Short was clearly coming. On the third lap Short got past Barrow to take third; and, on the sixth lap, he passed Cramer to take second.
On the tenth lap Miles fell to Short's charge; and it began to look as if Short would win his second feature of the season. However, Clint DeMoss had other ideas about that. He too was making a charge to the front; and, by the end of the tenth lap, he was running fourth. On the 12th circuit, DeMoss passed Cramer to take third. Two laps later he passed Miles to take second; and the stage was set for the duel for the win. The battle got tighter and tighter until the final lap. DeMoss slipped under Short and snatched his own second feature win of the season from Short's grasp.
Miles managed to hold on to a respectable third place finish.
Kerry Norris of Columbus has competed at Bloomington Speedway many dozens of times through the years; and, at one point, he was very nearly unbeatable on the red clay. He was often caught by the "two wins in a row" rule; and, as often as not, he would come from the tenth starting position to win. Prior to his years of modified competition, he had been a very successful sprint car racing at Bloomington Speedway. In fact, he won the first Sheldon Kinser Memorial. However, it's been some time since he has competed on the red clay. Kerry's father, retired sprint car racer, Dave Norris, moved to Florida and left Kerry to run the family garage on his own. This made it difficult for Kerry to get away on Friday night to compete at Bloomington Speedway. It was great to have Kerry back with us last evening; and we hope that he is able to find a way to compete with us often over the rest of the season. He came home with a solid fourth place finish.
Jesse Cramer, Jeff Bland, Jr., Gary Barrow, Al Flick, Ryan Lawrence, and Ralph Groomer rounded out the top ten.
In preliminary action, Cramer, Miles, and Barrow won the heat races while Ralph Groomer took the "B" Feature. Shelby Miles prevailed in the dash.
As the 2004 season got under way it looked as if Greg Kendall might be a lock to win a second Tire & Wheel Center super stock championship. Of the first seven shows, Kendall had three wins, two seconds, and a fifth. However, since then, mechanical problems have plagued the Kendall team. Kendall is almost certain to come back stronger as the season continues; however, last night his bad luck continued; and he was forced to leave the track in last place in the feature, the victim of yet another mechanical gremlin. If you have an abundance of rabbits' feet, four leaf clover, or similar talismans you might well find a ready buyer in Greg Kendall.
Danny Harris has been close to his first feature win on the red clay many times over the past few years; but it all finally came together last night. He came from his third place starting position in his heat race to win. He then drove to victory in the dash. He led the feature flag to flag. The crowd assembled for the victory lane photo was, indeed, worthy of a win that was so long overdue.
Mickey Hines drove from his fifth place starting position to third on the first lap; and, two laps later, he took second from third place starter Greg Amick. He would chase Harris the rest of the way to the checkered flags. Amick held on to come home third.
Greg O'Neill made his first appearance in years on the red clay of Bloomington Speedway; and he turned in a strong fourth place finish. Terry Arthur, Steve Hollars, Kevin Arthur, Ben DuBois, Anthony Walker, and Chris Hillman made up the balance of the top ten.
In route to a great feature, Greg Amick, Chris Deweese, and Danny Harris won the heat races while Harris took the dash.
Qualifications: 1. Kevin Briscoe, 5, 11.679, 2. Bryan Clauson, 7, 11.839, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 10, 11.917, 4. Derek Scheffel, 10T, 11.950, 5. Kenny Carmichael, 92, 12.075, 6. Jared Fox, 56, 12.084, 7. Alex Pruett, 11x, 12.163, 8. Bobby Stines, 88, 12.185, 9. Brian Lee, 2H, 12.226, 10. A.J. Anderson, 57, 12.232, 11. Kevin Huntley, 21x, 12.246, 12. Darren Hagen, 11, 12.255, 13. Kevin Chambers, 18, 12.256; 14. Shane Cottle, 10E, 12.314, 15. Steve Rone, 9R, 12.323, 16. Kent Christian, 1c, 12.340, 17. Eric Shively, 3R, 12.371, 18. Mike Hunnicutt, 12H, 12.466, 19. Mitch Cunningham, 91, 12.513, 20. Kevin Besecker, 15, 12.601, 21. Kenny Carmichael, Jr., 92c, 12.688, 22. Scott Townsend, 42, 12.791, 23. Darr Lawson, 28, 12.865, 24. Joe Roush, 36, 12.962, 25. Josh Cunningham, 6s, 13.004, 26. Jon Sciscoe, 7x, 13.111, 27. Chuck Amati, 69ER, 13.175, 28. Jason Holt, 99, 13.386
AUTO HEAVEN AUTO PARTS HEAT 1: 1.(1) Kent Christian, 2.(3) A.J. Anderson, 3.(5) Derek Scheffel, 4.(2) Kevin Chambers, 5.(4) Alex Pruett, 6.(6) Kevin Briscoe, 7.(7) Mitch Cunningham, 8.(9) Josh Cunningham, 9.(8) Scott Townsend, 10.(10) Jason Holt
PAUL D. BAUGH LAW OFFICE HEAT 2: 1.(2) Shane Cottle, 2.(1) Eric Shively, 3.(6) Bryan Clauson, 4.(3) Kevin Huntley, 5.(7) Kenny Carmichael, 6.(7) Kevin Besecker, 7.(9) Jon Sciscoe, 8.(4) Bobby Stines, 9.(8) Darr Lawson
WALNUT STREET AUTO SALES/CAMPUS RENTAL HEAT 3: 1.(6) Jon Stanbrough, 2.(1) Mike Hunnnicutt, 3.(2) Steve Rone, 4.(5) Jared Fox, 5.(4) Brian Lee, 6.(7) Kenny Carmichael, Jr., 7.(3) Darren Hagen. 8.(9) Chuck Amati, 9.(8) Joe Roush
JB SALVAGE B FEATURE #1: 1.(1) Kevin Briscoe, 2.(2) Bobby Stines, 3.(5) Kevin Besecker, 4.(3) Darren Hagen, 5.(4) Mitch Cunningham, 6.(6) Kenny Carmichael, Jr. 7.(11) Jon Sciscoe, 8.(7) Scott Townsend, 9.(12) Chuck Amati, 10.(9) Joe Roush, 11.(13) Jason Holt. 12.(8) Darr Lawson, 13.(10) Josh Cunningham
ROOTS RV FEATURE: 1.(4) 10, Jon Stanbrough. 2.(5) 7 Bryan Clauson, 3.(6) 5 Kevin Briscoe, 4.(3) 10T Derek Scheffel, 5.(8) 88 Bobby Stines, 6.(2) 92 Kenny Carmichael, 7.(14) 10E Shane Cottle, 8.(11) 21x Kevin Huntley, 9.(13) 18 Kevin Chambers, 10.(10) 57 A.J. Anderson, 11.(15) 9R Steve Rone, 12.(17) 3R Eric Shively, 13.(12) 11 Darren Hagen, 14.(19) 91 Mitch Cunningham, 15.(7) 11x Alex Pruett, 16.(1) 56 Jared Fox, 17.(20) 15 Kevin Besecker, 18.(9) 2H Brian Lee, 19.(16) 1c Kent Christian, 20.(18) 12H Mike Hunnicutt
O'NEAL WOOD PRODUCTS OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS
SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION HEAT 1: 1.(2) Jesse Cramer, 2.(1) Kerry Norris, 3.(5) Clint DeMoss, 4.(8) Jeff Bland, Jr., 5.(4) Michael Sterrett, 6.(6) Ralph Groomer, 7.(7) Justin Hillenburg, 8.(9) J.P. Hume, 9.(3) Wendell Wisley
COLOR TYME HEAT 2: 1.(8) Shelby Miles, 2.(7) Brady Short, 3.(4) Ryan Lawrence, 4.(5) Jimmy Hayden, 5.(6) Nathan Voorhies, 6.(1) Mike Phillips, 7.(3) Rick Gale, 8.(2) Matt Hamilton, 9.(9) Joe Gilbert
CURRY GMC TRUCK CENTER HEAT 3: 1.(2) Gary Barrow, 2.(4) Jim Hume, 3.(1) Webb Lee, 4.(7) Eddie Lake, 5.(8) J.D. Francis, 6.(3) Al Flick, 7.(6) Shane Cole, 8.(9) Bobby McIntosh, 9.(5) Greg Deckard
BTI CRUSHED STONE SALES DASH FOR CASH: 1.(2) Shelby Miles, 2.(1) Jesse Cramer, 3.(3) Gary Barrow
BELL'S EXHAUST SHOPS "B" Feature: 1.(1) Ralph Groomer, 2.(3) Al Flick, 3.(2) Mike Phillips, 4.(4) Justin Hillenburg, 5.(7) J.P. Hume, 6.(12) Greg Deckard, 7.(11) Joe Gilbert, 8.(9) Bobby McIntosh, 9.(8) Matt Hamilton, 10.(8) Wendell Wisley
BLACK LUMBER MODIFIED FEATURE: 1.(7) 78c Clint DeMoss, 2.(5) 36 Brady Short, 3.(1) 76 Shelby Miles, 4.(4) 5N Kerry Norris, 5.(2) 12T Jesse Cramer, 6.(10) 38 Jeff Bland, Jr., 7.(3) 14 Gary Barrow, 8.(17) 24F Al Flick, 9.(8) 8L Ryan Lawrence, 10.(16) 48 Ralph Groomer, 11.(13) 21 Michael Sterrett, 12.(19) 57H Justin Hillenburg, 13.(20) 5H J.P. Hume, 14.(15) 371 J.D. Francis, 15.(18) 11 Mike Phillips, 16.(11) 15J Jimmy Hayden, 17.(9) 66 Webb Lee, 18.(6) 54 Jim Hume, 19.(12) 77 Eddie Lake. 20.(14) 4 Nathan Voorhies
TIRE & WHEEL CENTER SUPER STOCKS:
MCCAMMON TREE SERVICE HEAT 1: 1.(2) Greg Amick, 2.(1) Mike Jones, 3.(4) Steve Hollars, 4.(6) Chris Hillman, 5.(3) Ben DuBois, 6.(7) Gerald Todd, 7.(8) Randy Howe, 8.(5) Winston Howe
PATRIOT CHASSIS HEAT 2: 1.(2) Chris Deweese, 2.(1) Mickey Hines, 3.(4) Anthony Walker, 4.(3) Kevin Arthur, 5.(5) Greg Kendall, 6.(6) Kent Robinson
WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED HEAT 3: 1.(3) Danny Harris, 2.(5) Greg O'Neill, 3.(6) Terry Arthur, 4.(4) David Lawson, 5.(7) Troy Clark, 6.(2) Deb Friesner
Dash for Cash: 1.(3) Danny Harris, 2.(2) Chris Deweese, 3.(1) Greg Amick
TIRE & WHEEL CENTER SUPER STOCK FEATURE: 1.(1) 19 Danny Harris, 2.(5) 43 Mickey Hines, 3.(3) 27A Greg Amick, 4.(6) 49B Greg O'Neill, 5.(9) 5 Terry Arthur, 6.(7) 18 Steve Hollars, 7.(11) 74 Kevin Arthur, 8.(13) 55 Ben DuBois, 9.(8) 56 Anthony Walker, 10.(10) 11 Chris Hilliman, 11.(4) 70 Mike Jones, 12.(16) 51T Gerald Todd, 13.(15) 13c Troy Clark, 14.(17) 7R Kent Robinson, 15.(18) 143 Randy Howe, 16.(12) 35 David Lawson, 17.(19) 4 Winston Howe, 18.(2) 23 Chris Deweese, 19.(20) 8JR Jason Clark, 20.(14) Greg Kendall