Earl's Fast Qualifier 2004-08-23

Earl's Battles Intensify at Nazareth & Boise! Championships in five Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifier categories will heat up this weekend, with year-end prize money bonuses hanging in the balance. Earl's points...

Earl's Battles Intensify at Nazareth & Boise!

Championships in five Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifier categories will heat up this weekend, with year-end prize money bonuses hanging in the balance.

Earl's points this week will be up for grabs at Nazareth, Pa. (Weld Racing Silver Crown, Valvoline National Sprint and National Midget); Boise, Idaho (Valvoline Western Sprint) and Perris, Calif. (California Ford Focus).

Dave Steele's Silver Crown FQ lead stands at six points over Dane Carter going into this weekend's "Bully Hill Vineyards" event at Nazareth, Pa. Steele trails Levi Jones by only five points in the National Sprint FQ standings, with Josh Wise only another three back, while Wise and Steele trail Bobby East by four and nine respectively in the National Midget FQ points. Tony Hunt leads Michael Lewis by 13 in Western Sprint FQ points with 18 available in the two Boise races. Chris Rahe has a comfortable 28 point lead in the California Focus FQ standings.

Jerry Coons, Jr. (Springfield Silver Crown), Lewis (Madera Western Sprints), Chase Scott (Elkin, NC Focuses) and Nick Morago (Madera Focuses) were Earl's fast qualifiers over the last weekend.

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-Jerry Coons, Jr.-21
4-Jay Drake-18
5-Jon Stanbrough-16.

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-63
2-Michael Lewis-50
3-Brian McClish & Brad Bumgarner-19
5-Greg Taylor-18.

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-99
2-Josh Lakatos-71
3-Bradley Galedrige-61
4-Nick Morago-33
5-Bobby Michnowicz-31.

Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus:
1-Chase Scott-61
2-Danny Bopp-26
3-Sam Beam-25
4-Aron Oakley-20
5-Mike Ward-19.

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

--USAC--

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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 , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Chris Rahe , Josh Lakatos , Jordan Noblitt , Chase Scott , Tony Hunt , Garrett Hansen , Bobby Michnowicz , Brad Bumgarner