Briscoe Rides Rocket Past Bloomington KISS Field May 21, 2004 -- "The car was a rocket ship!" Kevin Briscoe advised as he relaxed in his hauler after Friday's King of Indiana Sprint Car Series event at Bloomington Speedway.
Briscoe Rides Rocket Past Bloomington KISS Field
May 21, 2004 -- "The car was a rocket ship!" Kevin Briscoe advised as he relaxed in his hauler after Friday's King of Indiana Sprint Car Series event at Bloomington Speedway. "It's the best sprint car I ever drove in my life."
Although Briscoe has been winning sprint car races for almost two decades, he had just scored his first KISS series victory. The Mitchell, IN, veteran continued with a smile, "It's pretty neat to win a KISS feature. Anytime you win a higher profile race it's more special. Plus they pay more."
KISS point leader Michael Burthay and Kevin Huntley battled for the lead in the early laps, with Huntley pacing the first three circuits, until Burthay battled past to lead lap 4. Briscoe was boxed in behind the leaders who were racing virtually side-by-side. But with Burthay pulling ahead, Briscoe quickly dispensed of Huntley and then charged past Burthay on lap 7.
Rocketing around the rim of Bloomington's quarter-mile, Briscoe built a half-lap lead in his new Briscoe Homes Stealth. After slipping to fifth early in the feature, Derek Scheffel found a quick line around the inside and finished second. Huntley came home third, followed by Justin Marvel. Burthay opened his 2004 KISS championship advantage to nearly 100-points with a fifth place result.
The evening began with a scary incident when Dickie Gaines made contact with another car coming off turn four for the start of the first heat. Gaines' Popeye's sponsored machine somersaulted into the fencing above the earthen embankment along the frontstretch, striking the flagstand and nearly taking down a light pole. The car ended up hanging from the light pole crossbar, in the fence, fifteen feet above the frontstretch. There were no injuries to either Gaines, track officials or spectators.
KISS Series Results Bloomington Speedway, May 21, 2004 (37 cars):
Heat 1: Michael Burthay, Derek Scheffel, Kent Christian, A. J. Anderson
Heat 2: Kevin Briscoe, Kenny Carmichael, Eric Shively, John Scott
Heat 3: Kevin Huntley, Justin Marvel, Jason Robbins, Jared Fox
Heat 4: Shawn Krockenberger, Bryon Clauson, Derek Franks, John Wolfe
C Main: Wil Newlin, Kenny Carmichael Jr., Josh Cunningham, Eric Edwards
B Main: Brandon Petty, Ted Hines, Kevin Chambers, John Dick
Feature (30 laps): Briscoe, Scheffel, Huntley, Marvel, Burthay, Carmichael, Shively, Krockenberger, Wolfe, Clauson, Christian, Fox, Scott, Robbins, Hines, Anderson, Franks, Chambers, Dick
Large car counts and a draw starting system, rather than qualifying, highlight The King of Indiana Sprint Car Series. The feature will pay $2,500 to win and $250 to start. This year drama will be added as the top two finishers in each heat will re-draw for feature starting spots. The KISS series will award $1,000 to this year's point champion.
The King of Indiana Sprint Car Series will resume on Thursday, June 24, at the Terre Haute Action Track, in Terre Haute, IN. The Action Track is located at the Vigo County Fairgrounds, two miles south of Interstate 70 on State Road 41. The racing program will include UMP modifieds. General admission and reserved grandstand seating is $15, $10 for the infield and the pit pass is $25. Youths aged 7 12 pay just $10 general and reserved admission and $5 to the infield. Children 6 and under are admitted free, or $10 reserved seating. The gates open at 4:00, with racing at 7:00. For additional information see the track's website: www.terrehauteactiontrack.com or phone (812) 234-6868.
The KISS series puts the spotlight on the most exciting sprint car drivers in the state as they battle on the best Hoosier dirt tracks. For more information, visit our website at www.KissRacing.com.
2004 KING OF INDIANA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
May 7, 2004 **Burthay** Gas City
May 15, 2004 **Burthay**Putnamville
May 21, 2004 **Briscoe**Bloomington
June 24, 2004 Terre Haute
June 26, 2004 Paragon