Earl's Pro-Lite 350 fast qualifier standings 2002-05-06

Hines up to 3rd in Earl's $20,000 FQ standings. Tracy Hines, who will try to defend his "Tony Hulman Classic" title this Saturday when the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Cars return to the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, climbed to third in the ...

Hines up to 3rd in Earl's $20,000 FQ standings.

Tracy Hines, who will try to defend his "Tony Hulman Classic" title this Saturday when the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Cars return to the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, climbed to third in the Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Hose Fast Qualifier Championship over the weekend.

Hines posted third-fastest qualifying time for the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Midget race Friday night and is now tied with Aaron Fike for third, behind Dave Steele and Western participant Josh Wise.

Fast qualifiers over the weekend for events counting toward the Earl's bonus were J.J. Yeley (Cedar Rapids Midgets), Bobby East (Cedar Rapids Sprints) and Tim Barber (Madera, Calif. Western Sprints).

A $20,000 bonus will be paid to the driver accumulating the most points during 2002 in five USAC racing series, computed through an international point system utilized specifically for this title.

The system somewhat mirrors the system used for years for determining the World Driving Champion, with nine points for fast qualifying time, six for second, four for third, three for fourth, two for fifth and one for sixth. Series included in the Earl's Pro-Lite 350 hose fast qualifier championship are the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series, the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series, Western Sprint Car Series, National and Western Midget Car Series.

The $20,000 cash bonus will be presented in January at the USAC National Awards Dinner in Indianapolis, Ind.

EARL'S PRO-LITE 350 FAST QUALIFIER POINT LEADERS (As of May 6, 2002)

1. Dave Steele 42
2. Josh Wise 24
3. Tracy Hines 19
4. Aaron Fike 19
5. Jason Leffler 18

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Aaron Fike , Bobby East , Tim Barber , Josh Wise