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April 19th, 2017
Two of the most popular venues on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship calendar reside in the heart of southern Indiana. Bloomington Speedway’s lush, green hillside provides a welcoming ambience to nearly a century of enthralling racing theater on the quarter-mile oval of radiant red clay. Deeper south is Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway where crowds come in droves, annually filling up both sides of the racing arena to cheer on their racing heroes.
Coming into this weekend’s USAC National Sprint Car events on Friday, April 14th at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday, April 15th’s “Spring Showdown” at Tri-State Speedway, co-sanctioned by MSCS, only four active drivers have mastered both Bloomington and Haubstadt during their USAC National Sprint Car driving careers. You can count Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas, Jr. among them. KTJ recently returned to the USAC wars, picking up 8th in his season debut two weekends ago at Lawrenceburg for the Pace Brothers team. The winningest non-wing sprint car driver in the country in 2016 continues to find his stride as, just last weekend, he scored a pair of top-five finishes in a midget at the “Kokomo Grand Prix.”
Sikeston, Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg began the year in winning fashion by taking the Saturday night portion of Winter Dirt Games in Ocala, Florida. At Lawrenceburg, Schuerenberg was flat-out fast again until he rode out a harrowing ride while running second.
Though he resides just a stone’s throw away in Bedford, Indiana, Bloomington Speedway has been home-sweet-home to Brady Short over the past decade-plus. Short, a six-time Bloomington Sprint Car track champion earned his first career USAC win there in 2006. Tri-State Speedway has been kind as well to the “Bedford Blaster,” where he captured a pair of USAC National Sprint Car victories in 2015.
Jon Stanbrough needs just one more victory to surpass Rich Vogler for sole possession of 10th place all-time on the USAC National Sprint Car win list. What better place to do it than this coming weekend at Bloomington and Haubstadt? Stanbrough, who announced his intentions to step away from full-time racing at the end of the year, is riding a high after a solid 4th place run at The Burg on the first of April.
Ironically, each of the four drivers have exactly three wins apiece at this weekend’s two tracks, mirroring each other with a single win at Bloomington and a pair of victories at Tri-State. However, there will be a stacked field on hand to disrupt any notions those four have of adding another tally mark to their southern Indiana dirt track scorecard.
They will have to contend with the likes of series point leader Justin Grant of Ione, California, Hanford, California’s Chad Boespflug, who occupies second in the standings, plus additional top-10 points residents Jarett Andretti of Mooresville, North Carolina, Tijeras, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, Kokomo, Indiana’s Shane Cottle, and Tipp City, Ohio’s Landon Simon, plus a bevy of others who can and will contend this weekend.
USAC National racing is in the midst of a streak of sweeps. Just last weekend, Brady Bacon dominated both nights of the “Kokomo Grand Prix” in a midget and, two weeks ago, Chris Windom began the flourish by winning the National Sprint Car Midwest season opener at Lawrenceburg, then followed that performance one night later with a victory in the Silver Crown series’ “Sumar Classic” at the Terre Haute Action Track.
This weekend provides another opportunity for a Windom sweep. He was a winner at Bloomington in the Spring of 2011, but Tri-State has proved troublesome throughout his career. In 13 starts at the quarter-mile paperclip, he possesses an average finish of 12th. The tide seems to be turning as three of his four most recent starts at Tri-State have resulted in top-10 finishes.
Last April at Bloomington, Bryan Clauson continued his dominance there by leading the final 12 laps to take his fourth-straight USAC National Sprint Car victory at the track. Prior to him, no driver had even won two-straight USAC Sprint races at Bloomington!
One night later, Chase Stockon from nearby Fort Branch, Indiana picked his way past Thomas Meseraull on lap 12, then owned the final 19 laps of the feature for his first USAC triumph at his home track in Haubstadt.
Pit gates for Friday night’s round at Bloomington open at 4:30pm with spectator gates set to open at 5:30pm. Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 6:30pm. All times eastern. Adult general admission is just $20 while children 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.
Tri-State Speedway’s opening event on Saturday gets underway with ProSource Qualifying at 6:30pm and racing scheduled to begin at 7:30. All times central. Adult general admission is $25. General admission tickets for students age 13-18 are $20. Tickets for kids age 12 and under are FREE.
All around the globe, fans who are unable to make the trek to Bloomington and Tri-State this Friday and Saturday can watch flag-to-flag coverage of each race a day after the event on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.
June 6th, 2016
Just like clockwork, each June when “Indiana Midget Week” rolls around, one has been able to witness what has become a yearly tradition: Christopher Bell standing in Bloomington Speedway’s victory lane. For the third straight year, Bell’s mastery of Bloomington’s red clay was on full display Friday night at the southern Indiana track as he picked up USAC National Midget victory number 17, tying him with Jay Drake and J.J. Yeley for 36th on the all-time list.
Norman, Oklahoma’s Bell also extended the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports dominance of the past week by becoming the fourth consecutive (and fourth different) pilot on the team to earn a victory in the first four races of the six-race series. At the start, pole sitter Dave Darland stepped out in front of the field and, despite contact from behind by Carson Macedo between turns one and two, was able to take the advantage in the early going, leading his first laps in the series since the “Belleville Nationals” in July of 2014.
Meanwhile, seventh-place starter and ProSource Fast Qualifier Bell was steadfast in his charge to the front, moving into fifth by the second lap and fourth by lap three. On the fifth circuit, Bell surged from fourth to second with a three-wide pass on the outside of Shane Golobic and teammate Spencer Bayston coming off the second turn. On lap seven, Bell continued to use the cushion to reel in race leader Darland, powering off of turns three and four to nip Darland at the stripe. Darland continued to fight back, but was beat back to the line by Bell out of turn four to lead the eighth lap.
After a yellow on lap 12, sixth-running Clauson was the only frontrunner running the high line as the top-five continued to utilize the bottom groove. But Clauson found the topside to his liking, taking the fifth spot away from Macedo at the halfway mark and then running down Shane Golobic for fourth and Gas City winner Spencer Bayston for third with 13 to go. Clauson then set sail toward Darland for second, who was working the low line as Clauson skated the rail up top with 10 laps remaining.
A caution for a Dayne Kingshott blown right rear tire closed the gap at the front of the field with just six laps to go. Immediately, Bell left his challengers in the distance as Darland (inside) and Clauson (outside) continued to battle for the runner-up spot. Each time Clauson was able to inch ahead of Darland, the wily racing veteran refused to relent, regaining the second position on lap 29 after the two champions waged war in a see-saw battle throughout the final run to the checkered. But, once again, nobody could match the sheer speed of Christopher Bell at the end, taking a nearly one and a half second victory over Darland, who edged out Clauson by a mere 27-hundreths of a second and a half-car length to take second, while Golobic and Bayston grabbed fourth and fifth.
In an era of domination at Bloomington in both the USAC National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car divisions, Bell’s three consecutive victories at the track are just one shy of Clauson’s current string of four straight USAC Sprint Car victories. Bell, though, has found that sweet spot on the red clay that has suited his strengths at the wheel of his Keith Kunz – Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD – DC Solar/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“This place is really technical and that plays to my advantage,” Bell assured. “Tonight, there was a big ledge up top and I didn’t spend a lot of time up there, but when I did, I could use it to my advantage and pass guys. The bottom here is really tough to run; you have to make sure you have enough angle in your car, but not too much so you miss the moisture. It’s tough, but very fun too, and, obviously, Keith’s (Kunz) cars are always good so that helps.” With his second place result in the Gray Auto – Petry Excavating/Spike/Esslinger, Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, earned his best series finish since collecting the win in the “Indiana Midget Week” round at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana in June of 2014. Furthermore, he rewarded the Gray team with its best ever series finish, besting the 14th place finish earned by C.J. Leary for the team at Bloomington one season ago.
“I could hit the bottom of (turns) three and four really well, but in (turns) one and two, it was a lot harder,” Darland explained. “When Bryan (Clauson) got up next to me, I might’ve bobbled down there and let him get around me. But I just had to get into turn one easy and not get out into the slick. I did that a couple of time early on, but, luckily, it didn’t cost me anything. Tonight is a great confidence builder. It feels good for the team. These guys are still new to the midget scene, so it feels really good to reward their effort.”
Noblesville, Indiana’s Clauson had his night go sour during heat race action after encountering mechanical trouble. Clauson and the team rolled the backup machine out of the trailer to start at the tail-end of the semi, a race in which Clauson drove from the rear of the 19-car field to earn a coveted transfer spot. During the feature, Clauson started in the eighth position before racing through to grab third at the checkered in the RKR-Dooling Racing/Cancer Treatment Centers of America – B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11 to extend his “Indiana Midget Week” point lead to 40 markers over Spencer Bayston heading into Saturday’s penultimate “Midget Week” event at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
“The middle was never really the fastest, but on restarts, I could use it to pick some guys off,” Clauson said. “It made the guys on the bottom overdrive the corner a little bit and let me sneak by and that was really the only option I had. It was a herculean effort tonight to get back into contention with having to pull out the backup car and it kept our ‘Midget Week’ hopes alive.”
April 17th, 2016
Bryan Clauson knows the red clay of the Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway like the back of his hand, and over the past several seasons, the track has become his personal ATM as he once again found his way to victory lane for the fourth consecutive time in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at the southern Indiana speed plant.
Clauson, who started 11th, quickly made his way to the front in a race that had a rough beginning for a couple of his competitors up front. After Boespflug led the initial lap from his pole starting position, ProSource fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder, 6th place-running C.J. Leary, got upside down, bouncing over the turn one banking, resulting in the polar opposite of fortunes from his victory in the “Sumar Classic” USAC Silver Crown race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track two weekends ago. Despite the tumble, Leary was able to restart. On the restart, the action lasted until the end of the second lap as Brady Bacon made an attempt for the second spot on Brent Beauchamp. Same as Leary, Beauchamp ended up taking a wild ride over the turn one berm. However, the damage to Beauchamp’s machine was enough to end his night on the hook.
On the next restart, Bacon went to the topside to run down Boespflug, taking the lead off of turn two on the third circuit and opening up a wide margin between himself and his nearest contenders. After trading sliders with Boespflug, Hunter Schuerenberg, in his new ride for Seth Motsinger Motorsports, followed Bacon’s lead by running the high line to take the second position from Boespflug on lap nine. On lap 15, Schuerenberg’s superb run slipped through his fingers after sliding over the berm in turn four, falling all the way back to the 10th spot.
Meanwhile, Clauson was on a tear, maneuvering his way into the top-four by the midway point, chasing down and stealing the 3rd spot from Boespflug and taking 2nd from Stockon as he began to turn up the heat on Bacon for the lead. Clauson rim-rode the cushion around the ¼-mile, erasing and evaporating Bacon’s lead in a hurry, ultimately nipping him at the line for the lead on lap 19. Clauson, who initially did not have Bloomington Speedway on his racing agenda for this weekend, had to be pleased of his decision as he was a man on a mission, pulling away from Bacon in the final laps to take his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory of the year in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors – Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar, beating Bacon, Meseraull, Stockon, Robert Ballou, Dave Darland, Schuerenberg, Jarett Andretti, Brady Short and Max McGhee to the line.
Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana, picked up his 6th USAC feature win of the 2016 season, four more than any other driver.
Since taking the controls of the Dooling/Hayward sprinter in late 2015. Clauson has won five of the 11 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events he has entered. It was the Noblesville, Indiana driver’s sixth USAC feature victory in a USAC-sanctioned event in 2016. Only one other driver has won multiple features in USAC this season: Josh Hodges with two. Rolling along on a wave of confidence, tonight’s KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger, Clauson, feels he has the opportunity to win anytime he pulls into Bloomington.
“This place has always been good to me,” Clauson said. “I really feel like we can start about anywhere in this number 63 car and still have a shot to win. We were good on the top tonight and everybody else was working the bottom, which left the top open for me. I knew we were good; I just had to make sure I didn’t slip off the edge like last year.” Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who led the field with the most laps led, scored a solid second-place finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green – Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.
“When you’re the leader, it’s hard to know where to go,” Bacon admitted. “The only thing I could’ve done to hold him (Clauson) off would’ve been to go to the top earlier than when I did. But, never on Earth did I think that that was the way to go because the top was so slick all day in (turns) three and four. I just never thought it would’ve come in like it did. We were better tonight, but so was everyone else. The competition is so tough in this deal right now that everybody is pushing, pushing, pushing, and you can’t ever stop!”
San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull extended his point lead to 16 points as the series heads into Saturday night’s race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. with his third place finish in the Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction – Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech.
“It was kind of unfortunate with a couple guys going over there up on top, but we kind of got everybody going down on the bottom,” Meseraull said. “I got into Ballou in turn two and, after that, the left front seemed kind of messed up, but, in the end, it helped us run the bottom.”
June 4th, 2015
Bloomington, Indiana – Kent Robinson scored his second win of 2015 on Friday night at Bloomington Speedway, where he piloted his Jones Oil #85 Elite Chassis Modified to victory.
On Friday night Kent Robinson returned to Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, Indiana) in the #85 Jones Oil/Elite Chassis Open Wheel Modified. With 18 cars registered in the Modified division, Kent powered his Modified from the 4th starting spot into victory lane. Chad Combs, Richie Lex, John Demoss, and Bryson Clark rounded out the top five finishers.
Saturday night brought Kent Robinson to Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) for a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) event. After winning in his Modified the previous night, Kent transitioned over to the Super Late Model for the Ralph Latham Memorial. Unfortunately, mechanical woes would plague the team throughout the night. Following a 10th place finish in his heat, Kent’s night ended early after he failed to make the show with a 6th place spot in his B-Main.
“Friday night couldn’t have been much better, and Saturday night couldn’t have been much worse,” laughed Robinson. “I guess that’s just the nature of the beast, when it comes to racing though. We’ll head to Eldora this weekend and look to have better luck.”
For more results from these events, please visit www.BloomingtonSpeedway.com and www.LucasDirt.com .
This weekend, June 4th-6th, Kent Robinson Racing will travel to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) for the 21st Annual Dirt Late Model Dream. The three day affair begins with twin $2,500-to-win features on Thursday night followed by twin $5,000-to-win events on Friday evening. Saturday evening will see a complete program of heats, b-mains, and ultimately the 100 lap finale, which will post a $100,000 top prize. For more information on the event, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com .
Kent Robinson Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including JB’s Salvage, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Jones Oil Company, Club 29 Race Cars, Keyser Manufacturing, Printworx Graphics, VP Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tire, GW Performance, All Star Performance, Schaeffer’s, K&N Filters, AFCO, Bell Helmets, Simpson Race Products, Wiles Drive Shafts, Beyea Custom Headers, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Kent Robinson Racing, please visit www.KentRobinsonRacing.com .
June 23rd, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The much anticipated first ever appearance for the Midwest Open Wheel Association Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores at Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington, Ind., did not disappoint, Friday, as A.J. Bruns picked up the feature win. A field of 28 cars made the first stop with the series, which is in its 4th season. For Bruns, it was his second win of the 2014 season.
Bruns started outside the front after picking up the dash win, and led every lap of the feature event en route to the win. He didn’t come by it easily, however, as he had to survive a big time slide job by Paul Nienhiser as the pair worked through turns 1 and 2 at the drop of the green flag.
After starting second, Nienhiser stayed close to the backside of Bruns’ Maxim for much of the event, and worked beside him in lapped
traffic as the second caution came out with six laps in the books A good jump on the restart gave Bruns a nice cushion, as he worked to reel in lapped traffic. The race was slowed for the final time when Carson Short’s motor expired on the backstretch, which collected Tom Busch, and sent them both to the infield and out of the event.
As the field came back to green, it was Bruns with the lead, Nienhiser in second, but a hard charging Jamie Veal had moved to third. When Nienhiser jumped the cushion in turn three, he fell to fifth, only to do it again two laps later, eventually falling to seventh. Veal closed on Bruns as the final two laps rolled by, and threw it in deep the final time in turn three but didn’t have enough to take the win. Critter Malone, driving the Fox 53, picked up the third spot. Kevin Swindell, who started fourth, went to the back of the line-up after spinning in front of the field on the initial start. He was able to battle back to the fourth spot at the finish. Kody Kinser had his best run of the season with the MOWA Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores, as he moved from 12th to fifth. Bruns, Danny Smith and Swindell each won heat races, while Jerrod Hull picked up the B-main win.
Racing action for the MOWA Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores continues, Saturday, with the group’s second appearance at Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, Ind. For more information about the event visit www.tristatespeedway.com.
As usual information can also be found at the MOWA Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores website at www.midwestopenwheel.com or by following us on twitter at @mowasprints.
April 14th, 2008
This will also be our first Bonus Night of the season. The Safety-Kleen sprint cars will be racing for $1700 to win; the O’Neal Wood Products Modifieds will pay $800 to win with proper decals; and the Tire & Wheel Center Super Stocks will pay $700 to win with proper decals. We always have a great field of cars; however, the larger payoffs should fill our pits to overflowing
The Safety-Kleen sprint cars should turn out in even greater numbers as this will be their final tune up for the Spring Clash which will be run on April 25. While you’re making notes on your calendar, mark down April 25. You certainly don’t want to miss that one.
Bloomington Speedway is committed to providing the best motorsports entertainment every Friday night. The red clay for which we are famous assures a competitor who has trouble early in the evening a fair shot of moving up to take a good finish later in the evening. The track is the great equalizer. Join us on April 18 to see which drivers are leading to the Spring Clash.
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 $12 for this event Children twelve and under are admitted free to the grandstand when accompanied by a paying adult); and pit admission is $25. Coolers are permitted; but glass containers aren’t. Overnight camping is also permitted.