BLOOMINGTON -- Racers fought furiously and went wheel to wheel on the track while fans in the stands went shoulder to shoulder keeping an eye on all of the action in the Larry Rice Classic at Bloomington Speedway on Friday, May 20. Fans barely had time to catch their breath as exciting battles unfolded in every corner and down every straight throughout the evening. The event included the United States Auto Club Sprint Cars and the Midwest Mini Sprint Association Mini Sprints. Chris Windom and Ryan Broughton brought their cars home first in each of their respective classes. Chris Windom, of Canton Ill., hustled his way around the red clay oval and snuck past Jon Stanbrough, of Avon Ind., to lead the final laps of the USAC Larry Rice Classic feature race. Windom fought his way through USAC stalwarts like Dave Darland, of Lincoln Ind., and Levi Jones, of Olney Ill., as well as a young gun in Kyle Larson, of Elk Grove Calif. 19 year-old Larson, pole-sitter of the feature race, jumped out to a big lead and led for the majority of the race. He left Stanbrough, Darland, Jones, and Windom to battle amongst themselves. A late race caution caused by the disabled car of Brady Bacon, of Broken Arrow Okla., gave the veterans one last chance to fight for the twin checkered flags. Windom used the restart to get underneath Stanbrough and run away with the win.
Ryan Broughton, of Chillicothe OH, started on the outside of the second row and charged into the lead just before the midpoint of the MMSA Mini Sprint feature race. Broughton, who had a solid run in his heat race earlier in the evening, opened up a huge lead and dared his competitors to challenge him for the victory. Rod Henning, of Middletown OH, and Don Harvey, of Milford N.Y., answered the call and put the hammer down to catch Broughton. Their best opportunity to battle it out for the checkered flag came on a late race restart after several cars running wheel to wheel made contact, flipped end over end and caused a red flag period. Broughton would prove to be too strong however, as he cruised into victory lane. The next night of racing at Bloomington Speedway is the Mail Pak Night event on Friday, May 22. The event features 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 ornets. 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 $12 with children 12 and under FREE with a paying adult.
United States Auto Club Sprint Cars
Heat 1 Winner: Brady Short
Heat 2 Winner: Brady Bacon
Heat 3 Winner: Bub Cummings
Heat 4 Winner: Jon Sciscoe
"B Main" Winner: Blake Fitzpatrick
Feature: 1.) Chris Windom; 2.) Jon Stanbrough; 3.) Kyle Larson; 4.) Dave Darland; 5.) Levi Jones; 6.) Danny Holtsclaw; 7.) Bobby East; 8.) Damion Gardner; 9.) Keith Bloom Jr; 10.) Jon Sciscoe; 11.) Blake Fitzpatrick; 12.) Brady Short; 13.) Casey Riggs; 14.) Bub Cummings; 15.) Robert Ballou; 16.) Jerry Coons Jr; 17.) Tracy Hines; 18.) Bryan Clauson; 19.) Casey Shuman; 20.) Daron Clayton; 21.) Chase Babcock; 22.) Brady Bacon
Midwest Mini Sprint Association Mini Sprints
Heat 1 Winner: Howard McCormick
Heat 2 Winner: Mark Billings
Heat 3 Winner: Rod Henning
"B Main" Winner: Ben Murphy
Feature: 1.) Ryan Broughton; 2.) Rod Henning; 3.) Don Harvey; 4.) Mark Billings; 5.) Doug Jones; 6.) Andy Bradley; 7.) Lynn Ambrose; 8.) Scott Bradley; 9.) Lynsey Tilton; 10.) Drew Dorsett; 11.) Ben Murphy; 12.) Kevin Rice; 13.) Alec Sipes; 14.) Nick Hale; 15.) Beau Binder; 16.) Collin Ambrose; 17.) Alex Shipman; 18.) Colin Parker; 19.) Chris Baumeuer; 20.) Howard McCormick