INDIANAPOLIS – The 29th annual Indiana Sprint Week opens this Friday at Gas City I-69 Speedway, but USAC is using two of the seven races during the classic July event to honor past legends. The “Tony Elliott Classic” is scheduled for this Saturday night at the Kokomo Speedway, while the “Sheldon Kinser Memorial” will take place at the Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 15.
Elliott, tragically passed away in a plane crash in October of last year. The Kokomo native earned 11 USAC feature victories at his home track (eight Sprint, one National Midget and two Regional Midget). He also was the 1998 as well as the 2000 National Sprint Car Champion and scored 26career USAC Sprint Car feature victories. His five USAC Silver Crown wins included the Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis in 2000 and 2001. The 1999 Indiana Sprint Week champion scored three of his five ISW victories at the Kokomo oval.
Kinser, is a three-time USAC National Sprint Car Champion (1977, 1981 and 1982). Among his five career USAC Silver Crown victories was the 1985 Hoosier Hundred. He also started a half-dozen Indianapolis 500s, finishing sixth in his final start in 1981. He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1992. Last year, Kinser was also inducted into the USAC Hall of Fame. Sheldon’s lone USAC Sprint car victory at Bloomington came in 1984. Kinser, a native of Bloomington, died August 1, 1988 after a bout with cancer.
Though Bloomington’s “Sheldon Kinser Memorial” will be the 28th running of the event, this year’s edition will mark the first under USAC sanction.