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"JEGS CROWN" AT COLUMBUS SATURDAY; 100 LAPS AT ANDERSON SUNDAY Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. leads the USAC Mopar National Midget Series into a busy weekend of activity, holding a 20-point lead over runner-up Brad Sweet of Alpine, ...

"JEGS CROWN" AT COLUMBUS SATURDAY; 100 LAPS AT ANDERSON SUNDAY

Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. leads the USAC Mopar National Midget Series into a busy weekend of activity, holding a 20-point lead over runner-up Brad Sweet of Alpine, Calif.

Saturday night's "Jegs Crown Midget Super Nationals" at the Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway marks the return of National Midget racing there for the first time in three years, while Sunday's visit to the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway includes a 100-lap main event.

Bobby Santos III returns as the defending Columbus winner, having won the 2006 race, but there'll be plenty of competition for the National point lead, with drivers Brad Kuhn, Bobby East, Jerry Coons Jr., Chad Boat and Kevin Swindell all within reach of Hagen.

Saturday's Columbus program includes USAC .25 Midget competition at the 1/20-mile oval during the day and the USAC Midwest Ford Focuses join the National Midgets for the night-time events on the big 1/3-mile. Sunday's Anderson events include the USAC Kenyon Midgets in their 2009 debut.

Both tracks have a long USAC history, Rex Easton winning the first USAC Midget race at Columbus in 1957 and A.J. Foyt claiming the initial USAC Midget race at Anderson in 1960.

Tracy Hines is the defending race winner at Anderson, having won last September's National race on the 1/4-mile pavement.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Kevin Swindell , Brad Kuhn , Tracy Hines , Bobby East , Bobby Santos III , Darren Hagen , A.J. Foyt , Brad Sweet , Chad Boat , Jerry Coons Jr.