Darland Captures King Of Indiana Sprint Series Event At Lincoln Park Speedway May 21, 2005 - Dave Darland topped a strong field of 48 sprint cars as the 2005 King of Indiana Sprint Series finally found dry land. After the year's first two...
Darland Captures King Of Indiana Sprint Series Event At Lincoln Park Speedway
May 21, 2005 - Dave Darland topped a strong field of 48 sprint cars as the 2005 King of Indiana Sprint Series finally found dry land. After the year's first two races fell victim to Indiana's fickle spring rains, Darland paced all but the first five laps at Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway for his first KISS victory. Levi Jones edged A. J. Anderson in a close battle for second, with Mat Neely and Bud Kaeding filled the top five.
Darland jumped into the lead with a charge around the top of turn one, but bounced sloppily through the turn at the opposite end, opening the door for Neely, the polesitter, to scramble past. "I had trouble getting through the cushion in three and four," Darland explained. "I slid over it and had to abandon the top. I tried the middle and then the bottom."
Bart Grider held third in the early laps, followed by Anderson, Matt Westfall, Shane Cottle and Jones. Running the bottom, Grider took second just before Dickie Gaines brought out a caution with a second turn spin on lap five. It took just one lap after the restart for Darland to hustle around Grider, and motor into the lead when Neely got crossed up in turn one.
Once out front, Darland was in control, opening a full straightaway advantage by the halfway point. Neely began to fight a push as Jones and Anderson worked past. On the 23rd circuit, Grider spun in turn four, bringing another caution. In the final laps, Darland pulled fifteen car-lengths ahead, while Anderson grabbed second, diving inside of Jones in the first turn. But Jones returned the fight and reclaimed the position with two laps to go.
Darland said that he looked at the track before the feature and saw a lane around the top of turn one and two that he could run through smoothly. "A big key to any race is figuring out where you can work, and I wanted to do that early," he pointed out. The victory gave the Lincoln, Ind., driver the lead in KISS series points.
Heat 1: Shane Cottle, Jon Sciscoe, Kent Christian
Heat 2: Mat Neely, A. J. Anderson, Jared Fox
Heat 3: Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, Kyle Wissmiller
Heat 4: Bart Grider, Matt Westfall, Mitch Wissmiller
Heat 5: Dave Darland, Marc Arnold, John Wolfe
B-Main #1: Dickie Gaines, Justin Marvel, Kenny Carmichael Sr.
B-Main #2: Scotty Weir, Jon Stanbrough, Shawn Krockenburger
Feature: 1. Darland, 2. Jones, 3. Anderson, 4. Neely, 5. Kaeding, 6. Gaines, 7. Cottle, 8. Marvel, 9. K. Wismiller, 10. Westfall, 11. Christian, 12. Stanbrough, 13. M. Wissmiller, 14. Arnold, 15. Carmichael, 16. Weir, 17. Wolfe, 18. Krockenberger, 19. Grider, 20. Fox, 21. Sciscoe
Point standings: 1. Darland 135, 2. Jones 130, 3. Anderson 125, 4. Neely 120, 5. Kaeding 115
The 2005 KISS series continues next Saturday, at Lawrenceburg Speedway, with the Roy Mattlin Memorial. Located on Rt. 40, just off of I-70, west of Indianapolis, the racing program includes AMSA 1200 Winged Mini-Sprints Nationals, Budweiser UMP Modifieds and Brockman Signs Super Stocks. The pit gate opens at 4 pm, the general grandstand gate at 5 pm and racing will start at 7:15. Tickets are $15, pit pass $25.