Bloomington Speedway May 10th preview

It's Indiana Dirt Late Model speed week. BLOOMINGTON, IN (May 5) - On May 10, Indiana Dirt Late Model Speed Week will make its first visit to the red clay of Bloomington Speedway. We have long felt that late model racers should have a series ...

It's Indiana Dirt Late Model speed week.

BLOOMINGTON, IN (May 5) - On May 10, Indiana Dirt Late Model Speed Week will make its first visit to the red clay of Bloomington Speedway. We have long felt that late model racers should have a series similar to Indiana Sprint Week; and this year it begins. This series promises to someday rival Indiana Sprint Week in its importance to the fans and the competitors. This series is bound to bring in late models from all over. Don't miss the birth of this great series.

Don O'Neal has been determined to be the top late model racer in the country this year; and he will be here. He's raced at Bloomington Speedway before; and he's won at Bloomington Speedway before. But, after receiving his top ranking, it's like there is a price on his head. Late model racers from everywhere will come to take a shot at beating O'Neal on his home turf. They know that, to have a chance, they will have to be in top form and have their cars just right.

But it will be no cakewalk for O'Neal either. He will have to try to beat the best of the best yet again. Northern All Star Late Model champion Steve Barnett will be at Bloomington Speedway taking his shot along with the rest of the big names in late model racing. As he watched some of his less successful opponents try to try to get into the Hoosier Dirt Classic at Brownstown Speedway he commented, "You can't buy an edge anymore. All of the top competitors have the best engines and the best chassis. You have to get whatever advantage you can in the shop and in the cockpit. The crews and the drivers make the difference. The equipment is pretty comparable."

Among other area drivers expected to compete are the Godsey's, sprint car turned late model racer Jason Setser of Columbus, the Bechelli's, Mark Barber, and a host of others. While a victory for most of these guys is somewhat of a long shot, it is certainly possible.

At Friday night's races at Bloomington Speedway announcer Brad Dickison commented, "If I owned a late model, I'd put Kevin Briscoe in it." So far as we know nobody has offered Briscoe a ride nor do we know if he would accept it if they did. But, that would certainly give a new dimension to the event.

While the value of experience on the red clay is being considered, some of our O'Neal Wood Products modified drivers and our Tire & Wheel Center super stock competitors have late model experience. Some of them might well pick up a ride - at least for the Bloomington Speedway show.

Each feature event in the series will pay $2,000 to win and $225 to start. In addition, there is a $4,100 series point fund.

In addition, the O'Neal Wood Products modifieds and the Tire & Wheel Center super stocks will be in competition.

Other Indiana Dirt Late Model Speed Week events are scheduled for Twin Cities Raceway Park (May 8), Paragon Speedway (May 9), Brownstown Speedway (May 11), and Tri State Speedway (May 12). Plan to see them all.

Pit gates will open at 4:30 PM, the grandstand gates will open at 5:30 PM, hot laps will start at 6:30 PM, and racing will begin at 7:30 PM. General admission is $15 for this special event; and pit admission is $20. Children are admitted free to the grandstand when accompanied by a paying adult. Overnight camping is permitted. Coolers are allowed; but no glass containers please.

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