BLOOMINGTON -- After having the two previous weeks' events at Bloomington Speedway were washed out by rainfall, the red clay oval roared to life with an exciting opening event on Friday. The event showcased Bloomington Speedway's high-speed wheel to wheel action as Brady Short, Jeremy Hines, John DeMoss and Travis Rodgers were able to earn feature race victories in their respective classes.
The event featured the Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Cars, the Tire and Wheel Center UMP Super Stocks, the O'Neal Wood Products UMP Modifieds and the Chad's Towing & Recovery Hornets.
After a late race restart, Brady Short, of Bedford Ind., was able to hold off a hard charging Nick Bilbee, of Indianapolis Ind., to take the twin checkers in the feature race of the Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Car class. Bilbee started on the outside of the first row and led for much of the event before the only caution of the night set up the restart that Short used to sneak into the lead. Short stuck to the inside of the track and forced Bilbee to fight his way around the outside to take his first feature win of the new season.
Jeremy Hines, of Seymour battled side by side with 2010 Super Stock Bloomington Speedway Track Champion Troy Clark, of North Vernon, through an incident plagued Tire and Wheel Center UMP Super Stock feature. Twisted sheet metal and broken parts littered the track as every driver went all out to fight for a strong finishing position. Hines dueled with Clark through every restart until he was able to stretch a lead with one lap remaining.
John DeMoss, of Bloomington, started on the outside of the first row and blew the doors off the competition in the O'Neal Wood Products UMP Modifieds feature race. DeMoss, who was strong in his heat race, opened up big leads over Bradley Sterrett and Clint DeMoss, both of Bloomington Ind., through several restarts. Every position was hotly contested throughout the race and some competitors were forced out of contention due to on-track incidents.
Travis Rodgers, of Clayton Ind., fought furiously all the way around the oval with Matt Jacobs, of Bloomington Ind., for the top spot in the Chad's Towing & Recovery Hornet feature race. The two drivers went side by side for the majority of the event before a mechanical issue forced Jacobs to drop the fight.
The next night of racing at Bloomington Speedway is the Grimes Pools & Spas Night on Friday, May 6. The Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Cars headline the event and will compete for $2,500 in the King of Indiana Sprint Series. It also features the O'Neal Wood Products UMP Modifieds and the Tire and Wheel Center UMP Super Stocks. Gates open at 5:30pm, and general admission tickets are $15 with children 12 and under FREE with a paying adult.