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JONES TARGETS CHARLOTTE'S "MOPAR NATIONALS" AS HE CONTINUES QUEST FOR NATIONAL TITLE Levi Jones of Olney, Ill. will take a three-race winning streak into next Wednesday night's "Mopar Sprint Car Nationals" at The Dirt Track at...

JONES TARGETS CHARLOTTE'S "MOPAR NATIONALS" AS HE CONTINUES QUEST FOR NATIONAL TITLE

Levi Jones of Olney, Ill. will take a three-race winning streak into next Wednesday night's "Mopar Sprint Car Nationals" at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. One year ago he recorded his initial USAC feature triumph at the 4/10-mile banked dirt oval, beating 2003 Charlotte winner Troy Cline to the checkered flag!

Jones hopes to become the sixth driver in USAC Sprint car history to win four straight National races. Larry Dickson set the record of six straight in 1968. Parnelli Jones won five straight in 1961 and Pancho Carter (1976), Steve Chassey (1979) and Rick Hood (1985) followed with four in a row. It hasn't happened in the last 20 years, a stretch of 524 races!

Jones leads Dave Darland by 81 points going into the Charlotte race. Darland has a single win this year compared to Jones' four. A total of eight feature events remain on the 2005 calendar.

Darland is a USAC "Triple Crown Champion," having claimed titles in all three USAC National Series (Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget), while Jones is seeking his first National title.

Jay Drake, who ranks third in points and could challenge the leaders by season's end, won the title last year.

The Charlotte field should rank as one of this year's most competitive. Practice is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm and racing gets under way at 8.

USAC VALVOLINE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Levi Jones-1,279
2.-Dave Darland-1,198
3.-Jay Drake-1,126
4.-Bud Kaeding-1,045
5.-Josh Wise-1,039
6.-Mat Neely-912
7.-Jon Stanbrough-796
8.-Jerry Coons Jr.-625
9.-Darren Hagen-600
10.-Shane Cottle-586

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Series USAC
Drivers Parnelli Jones , Dave Darland , Bud Kaeding , Jay Drake , Troy Cline , Levi Jones , Pancho Carter , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Shane Cottle , Darren Hagen , Jerry Coons Jr.