Earl's Fast Qualifier 2004-08-16

Steele Closing in Earl's Sprint/Midget Points Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla., who leads the 2004 Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifier standings in the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series, took steps to improve his ranking in the Valvoline ...

Steele Closing in Earl's Sprint/Midget Points

Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla., who leads the 2004 Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifier standings in the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series, took steps to improve his ranking in the Valvoline National Sprint Car and National Midget Car qualifier points Saturday night at Salem (Ind.) Speedway.

Steele, who won both Salem feature events, was the fastest Midget qualifier and third in Sprints. He now trails Earl's Sprint leader Levi Jones by just five points and Earl's Midget leader Bobby East by nine.

Earl's fast qualifier honors this past week went to Jay Drake (Salem Midgets), Steele (Salem Sprints), and Chris Rahe (Calif. Ford Focuses at Petaluma).

Earl's points this week will be up for grabs at Springfield, Ill. (Weld Racing Silver Crown), Madera, Calif. (Western Sprint and Calif. Focus), Xenia, Ohio (Midwest Focus), and Elkin, N.C. (Carolina/Virginia Focus).

Points are traditionally awarded at each USAC event based on an international system awarding the top-six qualifiers with points in the following scale: 1st-9, 2nd-6, 3rd-4, 4th-3, 5th-2, 6th-1.

Each USAC National, Western and Ford Focus Midget Car Earl's Plumbing FQ Champion will be honored at USAC's Champions Night ceremony in Indianapolis in December. The National and Western FQ champs will receive $5,000 each, while the Ford Focus FQ champs will each receive $1,500.

2004 Standings:

Weld Racing Silver Crown:
1-Dave Steele-31
2-Dane Carter-25
3-Jay Drake-18
4-Bobby East & Bud Kaeding-13.

Valvoline National Sprint Car:
1-Levi Jones-44
2-Dave Steele-39
3-Josh Wise-36
4-Bud Kaeding & Jay Drake-31.

National Midget Car:
1-Bobby East-56
2-Josh Wise-52
3-Dave Steele-47
4-Dave Darland & J.J. Yeley-28.

Valvoline Western Sprint Car:
1-Tony Hunt-57
2-Michael Lewis-41
3-Brian McClish-19
4-Greg Taylor-18
5-Brad Bumgarner-15.

Western Midget Car:
1-Jerome Rodela-77
2-Garrett Hansen-61
3-Steve Paden-42
4-Johnny Rodriguez-39
5-Josh Wise & Michael Lewis-17.

California Ford Focus:
1-Chris Rahe-93
2-Josh Lakatos-71
3-Bradley Galedrige-59
4-Bobby Michnowicz-31
5-Bobby McGowan-25.

Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus:
1-Chase Scott-52
2-Sam Beam-25
3-Danny Bopp-20
4-Aron Oakley & Mike Ward-17.

Midwest Ford Focus:
1- Rex Norris III-53
2-Jordan Noblitt-49
3-Tate Martz-47
4-Ryan Litt-31
5-Ronnie Wuerdemann-27.

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Dave Steele , Bud Kaeding , Jay Drake , Johnny Rodriguez , Bobby East , Dane Carter , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Chris Rahe , Josh Lakatos , Jordan Noblitt , Chase Scott , Tony Hunt , Garrett Hansen , Bobby Michnowicz , Brad Bumgarner