Times Sports Editor
BLOOMINGTON -- Competitors beware, Jon Stanbrough is beginning to take on his 2007 form.
Last year's North American Sprint Car Driver of the Year doubled up over the weekend, winning his third consecutive feature at Bloomington and then added his third straight King of Indiana Sprint Series title with a Saturday win at Paragon.
On Friday night, Stanbrough won his heat race, but track rules require that a driver that has won the two previous features may start no better than 10th.
Danny Holtsclaw was also a heat race winner and Bobby Stines went wire-to-wire in the fourth heat race.
In the 'B' feature, young Chase Briscoe started on the front row and was able to chase down Ryan Tusing on the seventh circuit to take a very popular victory and earn a spot in the feature.
In the second B race, Jesse Cramer made an impressive run from the tail to take the lead just six laps in and roll to the victory ahead of Coleman Gulick.
On the 13th lap, Stanbrough was able to chase him down with red clay veteran Brady Short in third place.
Once he had set his teeth on the lead, Stanbrough powered away from the field leaving the battle for second place.
With one lap remaining, Short was able to dive into second place past Gaines with Stines right behind for third. Gaines was fourth with Jeff Bland Jr. taking fifth.
For the UMP Super Stocks, Bloomington played host to the second Battle of the Super Stock Series (BOSS) event.
Earlier in the evening, Seymour's Jeremy Hines had claimed the make-up feature that had been postponed due to rain.
Starting on the pole, Hines led from the drop of the green flag with Brad Cummings charging up from an eighth-place start for second. Lee Hobbs came up for third with Jack Frye and Chris Hillman in the top-five.
In the BOSS feature, Hines again got a pole position start and was able to double up in a dominant performance. Mike Cawood moved through the field for second place ahead of Frye and Cummings. Joe Lucas wrapped up the top-five and the BOSS Series first winner, Troy Clark, placed second.
In UMP Modified action, Kent Robinson picked off the competition one-by-one in the feature, getting past former track champion Shelby Miles and rolling to the victory.
John Demoss placed second ahead of Miles, Matt Boknecht and Bradley Sterrett.
Friday night will be a bonus night for sprint cars, modifieds and super stocks.
Friday (38 Cars)
1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Brady Short, 3. Bobby Stines, 4. Dickie Gaines, 5. Jeff Bland Jr., 6. Danny Holtsclaw, 7. Jon Siscoe, 8. Bub Cummings, 9. Kenny Biro, 10. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 11. Kyle Cummins, 12. Kent Christian, 13. Chris Babcock, 14. Chase Briscoe, 15. Coleman Gulick, 16. AJ Clark, 17. Ricky Williams, 18. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 19. Lance Grimes, 20. Jesse Cramer
1. Kent Robinson, 2. John Demoss, 3. Shelby Miles, 4. Matt Boknecht, 5. Bradley Sterrett, 6. Jared Bailey, 7. Chase Sterrett, 8. Ray Humphrey, 9. Clint Demoss, 10. Greg Amick, 11. Adam Sasser, 12. Brad Barrow, 13. Josh Eads, 14. Zach Fair, 15. Jacoby Hines, 16. Jerry Davis, 17. Levi Kissinger, 18. Brian Yeatman, 19. Chad Combs, 20. Brady Short
UMP Super Stocks (29 Cars)
1. Jeremy Hines, 2. Mike Cawood, 3. Jack Frye, 4. Brad Cummings, 5. Joe Lucas, 6. Travis Todd, 7. Chris Hillman, 8. Kevin Arthur, 9. Derrick Hufford, 10. Troy Clark, 11. Lee Hobbs, 12. Travis Howe, 13. Steve Hollars, 14. Slick Griffin, 15. Gerald Todd, 16. Jason Thomas, 17. Tami Lawson, 18. Joe Starks, 19. Kris Starks, 20. Roy Bruce Jr.