Rain Can't Stop Burthay In KISS Series May 15, 2004 -- Neither a rainy morning nor a cool evening could keep Michael Burthay from claiming his second consecutive King of Indiana Sprint Car Series victory at Lincoln Park Speedway, Saturday. But...
Rain Can't Stop Burthay In KISS Series
May 15, 2004 -- Neither a rainy morning nor a cool evening could keep Michael Burthay from claiming his second consecutive King of Indiana Sprint Car Series victory at Lincoln Park Speedway, Saturday. But Matt Westfall nearly grabbed the victory away with a daring pass attempt in the race's final turn. The victory gave the Kokomo sprint car veteran a commanding point lead in the chase for the 2004 KISS series crown.
Everything has been going Burthay's way in this year's KISS events. On Saturday, he started on the pole of his heat, which he won, and then on the pole of the 30-lap main event. Jumping out front quickly, Burthay was able to extend as much as a straightaway advantage while second-place Westfall fought off Jon Stanbrough in the early laps. After contact with another car, Stanbrough appeared to begin falling back and finished eighth.
As the leaders began working through slower traffic, Westfall slipped past on the inside of turn two on lap 24. However with a strong run off of turn four, Burthay was able to race back around Westfall two laps later. After several more attempts, Westfall charged inside of Burthay in turn four on the last lap and the two banged wheels as they accelerated off turn four. At the finish line, Burthay's Bud's Auto Sales Maxim edged Westfall for the win. Jason Robbins hustled from fourteenth to third, Dusty Wright finished fourth and Kenny Carmichael earned fifth from the eighteenth starting slot.
The run moved Westfall to second in the points, trailing by 25 as the series moves to Bloomington Speedway next Friday. Robbins jumped from 18th to a tie for fourth. Two of the top sprint car racers in the KISS series, A. J. Anderson and Eric Shively encountered problems, with Shively taking a hard flip off of the frontstretch wall during the consy, and neither transferred to the feature.
KISS Results Lincoln Park Speedway, May 15, 2004 (56 cars):
Heat 1: Matt Westfall, Rick Hayden, Dave Darland
Heat 2: Chris Urish, Bryon Clauson, Jason Robbins
Heat 3: Michael Burthay, Dusty Wright, Doug Heck
Heat 4: Bill Baker, Jon Stanbrough, Scotty Weir
Heat 5: Shawn Krockenberger, Darren Hagen, Bill Rose
Heat 6: Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Stanfill, Kenny Carmichael
B Main #1: Kent Christian, Corey Smith
B Main #2: Jared Fox, Kevin Newton
Feature (30 laps): Burthay, Westfall, Robbins, Wright, Carmichael, Krockenberger, Rose, Stanbrough, Clausen, Hagen, Darland, Christian, Newton, Smith, Stanfill, Heck, Urish, Fox, Baker, Hayden, Weir, Briscoe
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 third round of the King of Indiana Sprint Car Series will be Friday, May 21, at Bloomington Speedway, located just south of downtown Bloomington. The racing program will include UMP modifieds and super stocks. General admission is $15 and the pits are $25. The pit gate opens at 4:30, general admission at 5:30, with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:30. For additional information see the track's website: www.bloomingtonspeedway.com or phone (812) 824-7400.
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 Bloomington
June 24, 2004 Terre Haute June 26, 2004 Paragon