Derek Davidson leads sprints to Eldora, Winchester

Derek Davidson of Lafayette, Ind. hopes to return to the winner's circle when the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series presents its Stoops "Border Wars VI" this weekend at tracks in Rossburg, Ohio and Winchester, Ind. Davidson won...

Derek Davidson of Lafayette, Ind. hopes to return to the winner's circle when the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series presents its Stoops "Border Wars VI" this weekend at tracks in Rossburg, Ohio and Winchester, Ind. Davidson won the first two races at Eldora Speedway last year enroute to the series point lead but an accident at Terre Haute, Ind. in June ended his bid for the series championship. He finished seventh in this year's Eldora opener and will drive the Roudebush Excavating/Hare Chevrolet/F.C. Tucker, Realtor Gaerte/Stealth in Saturday night's Stoops "Border Wars VI" opener at the 1/2-mile Eldora dirt oval. Davidson will try to become the fourth different champion of "Border Wars." Tony Stewart won the 1995 title, Brian Tyler won the 1996, 1997 and 1998 crowns and Tracy Hines was the champion last year. In his three 1999 Winchester starts before the June accident, Davidson scored three "top-10" finishes, including a pair of fifth-places. The driver who amasses the largest point total in the two weekend races will be crowned the Stoops "Border Wars VI" champion. A 30-lap feature event is on tap at both tracks. Practice at Eldora Speedway Saturday starts at 6:30 pm. Qualifying begins at 7 and racing gets under way at 8. Winchester's Sunday timetable has practice at 11:30 am, qualifying at 1 pm and racing at 2. Drivers will be aiming at Jimmy Sills' 1-lap track record of 15.312 seconds at Eldora and Ryan Newman's 1-lap track record of 14.249 seconds (126.325 mph) at Winchester.

STOOPS FREIGHTLINER USAC SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Derek Davidson               108
2. Eric Gordon                  97
3. J.J. Yeley                   96
4. Tony Elliott                 92
5. Dave Darland                 82
6. Tracy Hines                  78
7. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr.        78
8. Bud Kaeding                  76
9. Jack Hewitt                  73
10. Jay Drake                   71

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Jay Drake , Eric Gordon , Jimmy Sills