GAINES WINS SHELDON KINSER MEMORIAL BLOOMINGTON, IN (AUGUST 13, 2005) -- Sheldon Kinser would have been proud of the race run in his honor last night. The Sheldon Kinser Memorial is one of the premier races held each season. And, every sprint...
GAINES WINS SHELDON KINSER MEMORIAL
BLOOMINGTON, IN (AUGUST 13, 2005) -- Sheldon Kinser would have been proud of the race run in his honor last night. The Sheldon Kinser Memorial is one of the premier races held each season. And, every sprint car racer wants his name on the list of Sheldon Kinser Memorial champions. Last night the stands were full of fans anxious to learn whose name would be added.
Last night 37 sprint car teams unloaded to compete for the honor of being added to the list of Sheldon Kinser Memorial champions. Of course most of our regular competitors were on hand.to maintain their positions in the points races as well as to take the $3000 first place money. However their were a number of heavy hitters who showed up to try to take the the money away from the local guys. Among them were defending Sheldon Kinser Memorial Champion Shane Cottle, Jon Stanbrough, Dave Darland, A.J. Anderson, Terry Pletch, etc.
Justin Marvel set quick time trailed by Jon Stanbrough, Shane Cottle, Ted Hines, Dave Darland and Shane Hollingsworth.
Rookie of the year candidate Broc Burton of Columbus was not put off by the level of competition last night; and things were looking good for him until his left front wheel broke. He got upside down; and his father, Gary, his grandfather, and the rest of his crew had their hands full getting the #0 repaired. However, he missed his heat race and had to start on the tail of the "B" feature. He worked his way up to a 13th place finish.
The heat races were won by Dave Darland, Brady Short, Matt Westfall, and Kevin Besecker, while Bryan Clauson won the "B" feature. Fan favorite Kevin Briscoe lined up 16th to start the heat race; and "B" feature; and he drove it to a strong third place finish and a transfer to the feature event. It was vintage Briscoe. But, Kevin would also have to come from deep in the field if he was going to win the feature.
When the green flagged waved to start the feature event, Dave Darland took the point from his outside front row starting position. However, on the fourth circuit, polesitter Shane Hollingsworth slipped past him to take the point; and Dick Gaines had moved up to seventh.
On the tenth lap, Gaines passed Darland to take second place; and, four laps later, he passed Hollingsworth to take the lead. On the 16th circuit, defending Sheldon Kinser Memorial champion Shane Cottle passed Hollingsworth to take second place. From that point on, the race became duel between Gaines and Cottle.
Cottle passed Gaines to take the lead on the 27th lap. Cottle was running on the bottom; and Gaines was up on the top shelf. Although Cottle officially led the race until the final lap, the lead actually changed several times a lap. As they came down to take the checkered flag, Gaines passed Cottle when Shane was trapped behind lapped cars. While Gaines was less than a foot ahead of Cottle, he still had his first Sheldon Kinser Memorial win.
When the feature started, everyone anticipated a patented charge to the front. However, on the 23rd lap, Briscoe was halfway through the field when he rolled to a stop in the infield. Mechanical woes ended Kevin chances for another Sheldon Kinser Memorial championship Bryan Clauson, Jon Stanbrough, and Dave Darland rounded out the top five.