Second Generation Racer Claimed First KISS Championship April 30, 2004 -- Without winning a race, Dickie Gaines was the inaugural King of Indiana Sprint Cars, out-pointing Jon Stanbrough and Justin Marvel in 2001. For the son of Hall of Fame ...
Second Generation Racer Claimed First KISS Championship
April 30, 2004 -- Without winning a race, Dickie Gaines was the inaugural King of Indiana Sprint Cars, out-pointing Jon Stanbrough and Justin Marvel in 2001. For the son of Hall of Fame sprint car racer Dick Gaines, it was an early milestone of a rapidly growing career.
Gaines ran fourth in the first KISS race ever, trailing winner Tony Elliott, Stanbrough and Bill Rose at Gas City's I-69 Speedway. The next two events, at the Bloomington and Paragon Speedways were rained out, and the policy from the beginning has been to not reschedule KISS races. The series reconvened at Haubstadt's Tri-State Speedway and Gaines finished second to Justin Marvel in the third event. When Gaines was third to Stanbrough and Marvel at Lincoln Park Speedway, he held a 21-point lead over Stanbrough, and 33 ahead of Marvel, going into Terre Haute's final race. Although Stanbrough won the feature at the Action Track, Gaines' fourth place finish had narrowly secured the crown by just six points.
Those who have watched Gaines move up racing's ladder have recognized skill and passion similar to that which had embodied his father's career. Driving primarily for car-owners Karl Kinser and Richard Briscoe, Dick Gaines was one of the winningest drivers in the Midwest for many years, including a thrilling Knoxville Nationals victory on a last turn pass of legendary Jan Opperman.
When the 2004 King of Indiana Sprint Car Series opens at the I-69 Speedway in Gas City on Friday, May 7th, Gaines could again play a leading role. Stanbrough, the defending KISS series champion, Marvel and Elliott can also be expected in the field. However, the drivers most familiar with each track need to be included in any list of contenders. At Gas City, this means Brandon Petty, who won this spring's opening event, and last season's track champion Michael Burthay. The field will also include multi-year track sprint car champion Jon Wolfe, who is returning from injuries sustained last summer.
Large car counts and a draw starting system, rather than qualifying, highlights 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 May 7 program includes double-point events for Gas City's UMP modified and street stock racers. The track will open at 4:00 and racing begins at 7:30. The website for I-69 Speedway is www.gascityi69speedway.com.
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 Gas City
May 15, 2004 Putnamville
May 21, 2004 Bloomington
June 24, 2004 Terre Haute
June 26, 2004 Paragon