FORMULA 2000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES F2000 OVAL CROWN TITLE UP FOR GRABS AT ATLANTA

The USAC/SCCA United States Formula 2000 National Championship Series competes at Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1.6-mile "modified" oval this weekend, with the USAC Oval Crown title up for grabs, as well as valuable National points in the series which concludes September 26-27 at Fountain, Colo. David Besnard of Australia is eyeing both championships and has a nine-point lead over Ryan Hampton in the Oval Crown standings going into Saturday's 30-lap finale at Atlanta. Robby McGehee is another 10 back in third place. Besnard's National point lead is a bit more comfortable, as Hampton trails him by 51. Friday's Atlanta timetable has practice from 1-2 p.m. and qualifying from 2:30-3:45 p.m. A warmup session is scheduled Saturday from 3:30-4:15 p.m. and Saturday's race gets the green flag at 7 p.m. Oval Crown race winners this year have included Besnard at Orlando, Fla. and Phoenix, Ariz. and Hampton in both races at Charlotte, N.C.

Formula 2000 National Point Standings: 1-David Besnard-306; 2-Ryan Hampton-255; 3-Robby McGehee-215; 4-Andy Lally-182; 5-Marc Antoine Camirand-171; 6-Mike Johnson-152; 7-Bobby Oergel-151; 8-Jonathan Bottoms-148; 9-Steve Rikert-138; 10-Sam Hornish, Jr.-135.

Formula 2000 Oval Crown Point Standings: 1-David Besnard-110; 2-Ryan Hampton-101; 3-Robby McGehee-91; 4-Andy Lally-78; 5-Sam Hornish-68; 6-Jonathan Bottoms-60; 7-Bobby Oergel-56; 8-Mike Johnson-53; 9-Ric Rushton-51; 10-James Yott-44.