NATIONAL/16TH STREET/SPEEDROME MIDGET SERIES TREADWAY GETS ...
NATIONAL/16TH STREET/SPEEDROME MIDGET SERIES TREADWAY GETS #1 AT 16TH STREET, SLUSS GETS #4 AT SPEEDROME NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES RETURNS TO NEW CASTLE SUNDAY NIGHT
Jason Leffler, Jay Drake and Ricky Shelton renew their battle for the USAC National Midget Championship Sunday night at Mount Lawn Speedway in New Castle, Ind. in a race which was rained out on August 16. A 40-lap feature is scheduled on the 3/10-mile paved oval. Leffler leads Drake, who is coming off his first-ever USAC Sprint Car win Sunday at Salem, Ind., by only eight points, with Shelton another 51 back. Practice at Mount Lawn begins at 5 p.m., with qualifying at 6 and racing at 7. Rick Treadway and John Sluss earned "regional" USAC Midget triumphs in Indianapolis, Ind. last week but Michael Lang continues to lead both series point standings. Treadway scored his initial victory at the 16th Street Speedway Saturday, leading all but the first six laps in his Sprint PCS/WavePhore/Mi-Jack/Miller Lite Gaerte. He passed Johnny Parsons III on the seventh lap and led the rest of the way to win the 30-lapper. Andy Pierce, Roy Caruthers, David Bridges and Tim Mehner trailed him to the checkered flag. Sluss caught Lang on the 39th lap of Thursday night's 50-lapper at the Speedrome's 1/5-mile paved oval and led the final 12 laps in his Ultra Sun/KECO Coatings/Pro-Motion Motorsports VW. Lang was second ahead of Brad Kuhn, Norm Young and Daryl Campbell. Lang flipped during Saturday night's feature at 16th Street but still leads Pierce by 37 points in that series' standings. He enjoys a comfortable lead over Sluss at the Speedrome, with remaining races there slated this Thursday and September 3.
National Midget Standings: 1-Jason Leffler-664; 2-Jay Drake-656; 3-Ricky Shelton-605; 5-Jerry Coons, Jr.-486; 5-Jimmy McCune-431; 6-Tracy Hines-374; 7-Ronnie Johncox-284; 8-Travis Welpott-245; 9-Dave Steele-243; 10-Michael Lewis-208.
16th Street Midget Standings: 1-Michael Lang-240; 2-Andy Pierce-203; 3-Ron Smoker-188; 4-Critter Malone-180; 5-Rick Treadway-171; 6-Roy Caruthers-163; 7-Steve Knepper-149; 8-Johnny Parsons III-148; 9-David Bridges-144; 10-Jeff Hampton-143.
Speedrome Midget Standings: 1-Michael Lang-6,640; 2-John Sluss-5,300; 3-Norm Young-1,980; 4-Dean Franklin-1,960; 5-Daryl Campbell-1,790; 6-Brad Kuhn-1,775; 7-Gregg Cory-1,610; 8-Ron Hamm-1,560; 9-John Mount-1,550; 10-Robbie Parish-1,320.