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May 4, 2014

BOWMAN: KISS visits Kokomo tonight

Cottle was winner in Friday's opener

When the King of Indiana Sprint Series rolls onto the racing surface tonight at the Kokomo Speedway, local standout Shane Cottle will be sitting in the driver’s seat as he bids for his first KISS title.

The seven-race mini-series saw its opening night washed out last Sunday at the Terre Haute Action Track. Friday night the series visited the Bloomington Speedway with Cottle working his way around Dalton Gabbard, who led the opening 21 laps before Brady Short worked his way to the top spot on the next lap. On the final lap, Cottle made the pass that counted the most as he picked up the fourth win of his career in KISS competition.

Short settled for second while Gabbard took third. Jerry Coons Jr. and Casey Shuman completed the top five.

Following tonight’s race, the series will be on hand Friday night at the Gas City I-69 Speedway. On May 17 the Lawrenceburg Speedway will host the series. The final two nights will take place at the Tri-States Speedway (May 25) before concluding and crowning a champion May 31 at Paragon.

Among those expected to be on hand tonight at the local oval are Cottle, Short, Gabbard, Coons, Josh Spencer, Logan Jarrett, Aaron Farney, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Robert Ballou to name a few. Track officials noted that the possibility is many of the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series teams will make the long tow back from the Junction Motor Speedway in Nebraska should the event from last night get over in a timely manner.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. today while the main grandstands open at 4 o’clock. Racing should begin around 6:30. More information and ticket information can be found at www.kokomospeedway.net.

Brett Bowman may be reached at brettbowman29@aol.com.

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