"BORDER WARS" FINALE & O.R.P. NEXT FOR SPRINTS; STEWART TEAM "SWEEPS" EASTERN SWING, JONES TAKES 2, STENHOUSE 1 Levi Jones leads the Lucas Oil USAC National Sprint Cars to two prime events this week, one on dirt and the other...
"BORDER WARS" FINALE & O.R.P. NEXT FOR SPRINTS; STEWART TEAM "SWEEPS" EASTERN SWING, JONES TAKES 2, STENHOUSE 1
Levi Jones leads the Lucas Oil USAC National Sprint Cars to two prime events this week, one on dirt and the other on pavement. Jones leads the series standings after a pair of victories during last week's Eastern swing.
The final event of "Border Wars XIII" is slated Thursday night at Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway, then the series visits O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind. Saturday night as part of the 2nd Annual "Toyota USAC Racing Classic" also featuring the USAC National Midgets the night before the United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A 30-lap Sprint feature is on tap at both tracks.
Jerry Coons Jr. holds a one-point lead over Robert Ballou in the "Border Wars" standings, although Ballou won the opener at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio in April.
Jones and teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gave the Tony Stewart Racing Team Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops Maxim/Chevies a "sweep" of the three 30-lap Eastern swing events last week. Jones, of Olney, Ill., won Wednesday's race at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. and Saturday's race at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway. Stenhouse, of Olive Branch, Miss., won Friday's race at Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, Pa.
Trailing Jones at Grandview were Brady Short, Billy Pauch, Damion Gardner and Brady Bacon. Stenhouse led Jones, Daron Clayton, Gardner and Darren Hagen to the checkered flag at Big Diamond, while Short, Hagen, Mat Neely and Bacon rounded out the "top-five" behind Jones at Hagerstown.
Short led the first 27 laps at Grandview before yielding to Jones. Jones then led the first five laps and Stenhouse the next 21 at Big Diamond. Jones regained the lead for two laps only to relinquish it on the white-flag lap back to the eventual winner. Neil Shepherd led the opening lap at Hagerstown before Jones took over for good.