June 4, 2008 Ė Money and points will be at stake when the King of Indiana Sprint Series competes back-to-back, Saturday and Sunday. With two races in the books and only three remaining in the 2008 KISS campaign, the races scheduled for this weekend, at the Tri-State and Kokomo Speedways, will be pivotal in determining who will wear the crown. Will Jon Stanbrough continue his hot streak and lock up his third consecutive, and fourth overall KISS championship? Will Brady Short dominate this weekend and take command of the point lead? Or will one of the other drivers who still have a remote chance, like Kyle Cummins, A.J. Anderson or Jesse Hockett, make a dramatic charge and carry the battle to the final race?
Stanbroughís ability to win at any track where he belts into a sprint car has always been impressive. For the record, in addition to two KISS victories already, heís won twice at Kokomo this season. When he won at Tri-State in May, it was his second MSCS victory of the season. Still, even with all of his success, he admits that each KISS race is important.
ďThis series is something special to me,Ē he explained last Friday. ďI donít have a pavement car, so I canít go run USAC. Iím far enough in my career and old enough in my age now that Iím not going to NASCAR or Indy Car, so itís real important to me. When I retire and I can look back and say that at one point in time, I kind of dominated the series. Maybe thatís not real good for fans, but itís something that I can treasure in my lifetime. And if I get another one of those helmets, I can set it up on top of my cabinets with the rest of them. That will be a nice memorabilia piece for me.Ē
The helmet he refers to is the KISS Championís Helmet. Stanbrough keeps the 2007 KISS helmet, the only one previously awarded, with many of his other trophies.
For the record, 222 miles, or 4 hours and 15 minutes, separate Tri-State Speedway, the Haubstadt, IN, host of the Saturday program, from the historic Kokomo Speedway, site of Sundayís show. Kokomo Speedway will open its front gate at 4 pm, and the pit gate at 3:30. Racing starts at 6:15. Tickets are just $15 general admission and pit passes are $30. The program includes street stocks and thunder cars. More information is available at www.kokomospeedway.net.
Each event on the KISS tour will pay $2,500 to win, and 250 to start. Sponsorship from Indiana Stone Works has boosted the B-Main starting money to $100 for drivers not transferring to the A feature. The point fund pays $1000 to the new champion, who will also earn the 2008 King Of Indiana Sprint Series Championís Helmet.
KISS Points (corrected): 1. Jon Stanbrough 300, 2. Brady Short 267, 3. Kyle Cummins 225, 4. A.J. Anderson 220, 5. Jesse Hockett 215, 6. Scotty Weir 207, 7. Jeff Bland Jr. 202, 8. Thomas Messeraull 192, 9. Shain Matthews 190, 10. Matt Goodnight 187
SCHEDULE. The KISS series will celebrate the first evening of summer by crowning the 2008 King Of Indiana on Saturday, June 21 at Paragon Speedway.
2008 King Of Indiana Sprint Series Schedule
Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday, May 16 Stanbrough
Lawrenceburg Speedway Saturday, May 24 canceled
Bloomington Speedway Friday, May 30 Stanbrough
Tri-State Speedway Saturday, June 7
Kokomo Speedway Sunday, June 8
Paragon Speedway Saturday, June 21
SPONSORS. Bedfordís Indiana Stone Works, Elliottbrand Web Designs, in Westport, IN, and Kiva Networking in Bloomington are returning sponsors for the KISS series. The 2008 KISS Championship Helmet is sponsored by Simpson Performance Products, Sprint Car & Midget Magazine and Eagle Graphix.
The King of Indiana Sprint Series is organized and conducted by the individual Indiana sprint car race track promoters to provide the best sprint car racing. More information is available on our website, www.kissracing.com.