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Stines, Clark and DeMoss win on red clay

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Clint DeMoss (No. 78) picked up his first feature win of the UMP Modified season Friday night at Bloomington Speedway.
BLOOMINGTON -- Four exciting classes of racing returned to Bloomington Speedway for Mail Pak Night on Friday.

The event showcased the Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Cars, the Tire & Wheel Center UMP Super Stocks, the O'Neal Wood Products UMP Modifieds and the Chad's Towing and Recovery Hornets.

Bobby Stines, Troy Clark, Clint DeMoss and Jeremy Smith earned victories in each of their respective classes. Stines, of Martinsville, flew around the top of the red clay oval and dominated for much of the Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Car feature race to get the win.

Stines started from the pole and led by nearly half a lap before multiple caution periods reined him back in and gave the rest of the field one last shot at victory. Brady Short, of Bedford, hustled his way up from 10th to challenge for the lead.

Short furiously hunted Stines down on every lap but wound up second to Stines at the line by less than half a car length.

"I was trying to drive the hell out of it and chase him down lap after lap," Short said. "It was a hard fought second-place."

Clark, of North Vernon, started from the inside of the second row and dueled with his fellow front-runners throughout the Tire & Wheel Center UMP Super Stock feature race. Clark had to fight three wide and door handle to door handle with pole-sitter Steve Hollars, of Bloomington, and Chris Hillman, of Camby, to get the win.

The high-speed chase for the podium wasn't the only battle however, as Jeremy Hines, of Seymour, fought with several cars on his way up through the field from the 10th starting position to finish fourth.

Defending Bloomington Speedway Modified Champion Clint DeMoss, of Bloomington Ind., scored his first O'Neal Wood Products UMP Modified feature victory of the 2011 season in an intense feature. DeMoss, who started on the outside of the front row, opened up a huge lead and dared his competitors to challenge him for the victory. Tempers flared and nerves frayed as the race wore on with furious wheel to wheel battles happening for every position on the track. DeMoss led his brother John DeMoss to the twin checkers.

Smith, of Bloomington Ind., led nearly every lap of the Chad's Towing & Recovery Hornet feature race. The hornet feature race was marred by mayhem and carnage as close; competitive racing turned to on-track incidents and caused numerous caution periods. Smith was able to pick his way through every restart to grab the victory. The next night of racing at Bloomington Speedway is Indiana Stoneworks Night on Friday, June 10. Indiana Stoneworks Night features the United States Auto Club Midget cars during their Indiana Midget Week stop at the red clay oval as well as the Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Cars. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. with racing getting under way at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 with children 12 and under FREE with a paying adult.