Trammell & O'Neill Win 6TH Annual Indiana Super Stock And Ump Modified Nationals "In Memory Of Pat Burch" BLOOMINGTON, IND. (September 22, 2001) - As predicted, the pits were full for the 6th Annual Indiana Super Stock and UMP Modified Nationals.
Trammell & O'Neill Win 6TH Annual Indiana Super Stock And Ump Modified Nationals "In Memory Of Pat Burch"
BLOOMINGTON, IND. (September 22, 2001) - As predicted, the pits were full for the 6th Annual Indiana Super Stock and UMP Modified Nationals. As usual this event pulled in a lot of top drivers who were intent on adding their names to the prestigious winners of this event. Fans and drivers alike recognize that the red clay of Bloomington Speedway will lie fallow until next spring and that this last "fix" will have to hold them until then.
While there will be no competition at Bloomington Speedway until Spring, the heavy work is just beginning for Mike Miles and the rest of the Bloomington Speedway team. Work will begin immediately on the red clay oval and the rest of the facility to make it a little better for the fans and the competitors alike next season.
TIRE & WHEEL CENTER INDIANA SUPER STOCKS -
Greg O'Neill had his work laid out for him in his drive to win the Tire & Wheel Center Indiana Super Stock feature. Because he has won the previous two features, track rules mandated that he start no better than 10th in feature event. While it is true that he had an extra fifteen laps to get the job done, he had a lot of tough competitors starting ahead of him. Among those starting ahead of O'Neill were last year's track champion, Lee Hobbs, and Brad Cummings who won the feature on June 22nd.
Tom Plotz appeared to have the car to beat when he jumped into the lead when the green flag fell; however, O'Neill was busy digging himself out of the hole in which his success the past two shows had put him. On the 33rd circuit, O'Neill passed Brad Cummings to take second. Three laps later he passed Plotz to take the lead which he would continue to stretch until he passed under Rusty Nunn's checkered flags.
As Plotz' mount appeared to fade Cummings moved up to take second place. Plotz held on to finish second, trailed by Todd Gilpin, Jeremy Hines, Jay Deckard, Ralph Groomer, Mel Bigham, Doug McCullough, and Marty Cooper.
Jeremy Hines who was second in the points and the season's most improved driver was particularly impressive in his drive from his 18th place starting position to finish fifth.
In preliminary action, Tom Plotz, Terry Arthur, Brad Cummings, and Jeremy Adams won the Tire and Wheel Center Indiana Super Stock heat races; while Troy Dishong and Perry Bruce took the two Tom Cherry Muffler "B" Features.
Tom Plotz won the Dash for Cash to earn the right to start the feature on the pole.
O'NEAL WOOD PRODUCTS UMP OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS -
While a number of non-Bloomington Speedway regulars showed up to compete in the Tire & Wheel Center Indiana Super Stock feature, the O'Neal Wood Products Open Wheel Modified feature really brought out the big guns. The big haulers in the pits were evidence that this division visiting hot shoes take their racing very seriously. UMP points leader Jimmy Owens was here along with former Bloomington Speedway standouts Kerry Norris and Lee Hobbs, Rick Gumm, Wes Steidinger, Randy Petro, and a host of other top drivers. However, most of therm quickly learned that the "red clay" regulars could give them all they wanted and then some.
Gary Trammell and 2000 Tire & Wheel Center Super Stock champion Lee Hobbs started side by side on the front row of the feature event; and it would be hard to find two cars more evenly matched. Hobbs lead the first half of the race before Trammell was able to work his way past him to take the lead on the 21st circuit. Trammell and Hobbs continued to battle; and, as they did, Adam Sasser, Richie Lex, and John DeMoss moved up to join the fray. Sasser moved past Hobbs to take second place on the 30th lap. As they battled for second, Trammell began to stretch out his lead a little. The big show then became whether or not Sasser could hold off Hobbs. He couldn't. Hobbs took second place back on the final circuit as visiting Wes Steidinger and John DeMoss also moved past Sasser who was forced to settle for fifth. Richie Lex, Darren Davis, Shelby Miles, Perry Bruce, and Clint DeMoss.
A first lap melee took out Randy Hunter, Kerry Norris, Darin George and Don Shoulders. Had these guys been able to continue, it could have been a four or five way battle for the win. Darren Davis was impressive in his drive from his 15th place starting position to finish seventh.
Gary Trammell, Randy Hunter, Lee Hobbs, Kerry Norris, and Darin George won the heat races while Trammell took the Blackwell Trucking Dash for Cash. John Davis and Darren Davis took the two "B" Features.