Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ICE Speedway Reviews Bloomington 'Big One' Round 5 Event

2012 World Championship ICE Racing Series
January 12, 2013 U.S. Cellular Coliseum - Bloomington, IL Round - 5

By: Ole Woody Doogan


The "Battle For Bloomington" is traditionally one of the best WC Rounds of the season and tonight was no different. An enthusiastic, much larger than last year, crowd braved the cold winter weather to get to the coliseum for some red hot ice racing inside.

The Manufacturers World Cup Bikes started off the program with the big story being the return of Defending World Champion Jared Mees-Clio, MI to the Series. He picked up right where he left off last season with a perfect Heat Race performance. Also winning all his Heats was "Captain" Kirk Cheney-Hastings, MI and with quick time he earned the Pole for the Main.

Before the Main a 6-lap LCQ was run. This one showcased a strong run by the "Freight Train" Tom McGrane-Gap, PA leading wire to wire. The real battle for this one for second place between Darren Carter-Bloomington, IL and Oakland, NJ's Jay Maloney. Carter held off a determined Maloney for 4 laps but Jay was too strong and got by on lap 5 down low. Fourth place went to "Fly'n" Brian McKenna-Boston, MA who was struggling tonight with a new set of tires. He was followed by Bloomington natives Shea Knuth and Brittany Powell who both looked good out there tonight.

The 8-lap Main Event was up next and all "safe" money was on the "Jammer". Official ICE Referee Robert Arms released the starting gate and it was Cheney out first and in the lead for a lap and a half. On lap 2 Jared got by underneath and set sail. From that point on all the action was to see who would join Mees on the podium. Maloney also got by Cheney moving into second place. McGrane made a late race move taking the third and final spot in the limelight. He was followed respectively by Cheney; MeKenna; Knuth; Powell and Carter who crashed out.

A big ole Bloomington style field of Pro ICE Unlimited Outlaw Quads turned out tonight to give it a go, 19 to be exact. It was great to see so many of our old friends from Iowa and Illinois! Round one Heat Race victories were earned by Chuck "The Ica Man" Calvert-Madison, WI; Dusty "Time Bomb" Crouch-Topeka, KS; Kevin Veon-Winterset, IA; Mandy "Wild Child" Brodil-Poplar Branch, NC and Table Grove, IL's Ryan "Hit Man" Kaufman. Tonight's Round-2 Heat winners were, going better every week, Anthony Demeo-Woodland Park, NJ; also getting quicker and quicker Ken "Stuntman" Remer-Burlington, WI; local hot shoe Todd McGuire-Bloomington, IL; Crouch and Brodil.

So is so often the case with big fields like this the LCQ is the most intense race of the night. The top 4 finishers will move on to the money race Main Event and the bottom 4 going home empty handed. There's only 4 laps to get the job done so if you snooze you lose! Veon was wide awake in this one taking the lead from the #2 starting slot. Once he got there he never looked back. Had he turned around he'd seen Demeo and Remer chasing him down like the blood hounds in Cool Hand Luke! But hold on to your horses! In a daring last move Shane "Nitrous Man" Quam-Gladstone, IL blew by Remer! In the process Remer was turned around allowing the new age "Cool Hand" Kevin Smith-Overbrook, KS to move up to the 4th and final transfer position. Told ya these LCQ's get wild! Just missing the cut was Calvert followed by Garrett Dean-Hamilton, IL; Brandon Davis first time up on the Harley-Davidson powered "Thunder Quad" and Remer who got so close to making the Main.

Wow! After that wild LCQ we still had the Main to run! Boom! The gate went up and Mandy was gone being chased by Crouch and McGuire. Mandy had opened up a big lead by lap 4 of this 6-lapper when suddenly, and totally uncharacteristic, the "Wild Child" lost it spinning out of control on the ice! She quickly gathered it back up and was immediately WFO but the "Time Bomb" pounced on the opportunity to grab the lead. In the chaos McGuire and others following got all messed up. Once things sorted themselves out for the last lap Crouch wasn't about to give the gift he'd just received back! He went on win just ahead of Brodil and Kaufman to round out the podium. Following the first three respectively were Veon; Smith; Quam; Demeo and McGuire. Man! If the Official ICE Scorekeeper job ever opens up I'm not available! Way too hard!!

Things are getting very interesting with just two more Rounds, Hampton, VA and Trenton, NJ, before the 2013 World Champions will be crowned at the beautiful new Ford Center in Evansville, IN on February 23rd. See ya soon at an ICE Race!!



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