Eldora II: Border Wars XI race summary

DRAKE LEADS SPRINT CARS TO BEAVER DAM AFTER TAKING ELDORA'S "BORDER WARS XI" OPENER Defending Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car Champion Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. will lead the series to this Saturday's USAC "doubleheader" ...

DRAKE LEADS SPRINT CARS TO BEAVER DAM AFTER TAKING ELDORA'S "BORDER WARS XI" OPENER

Defending Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car Champion Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. will lead the series to this Saturday's USAC "doubleheader" racing program at the Raceway @ Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis. The Beaver Dam event is a "twilight" program, with gates opening at 11 am, practice at 1 pm and racing at 4.

Drake emerged as the new series point leader after winning Saturday night's 30-lap "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The race served as the opening round of "Border Wars XI" following Friday night's rain-postponed event at the Gas City (Ind.) Speedway. The Gas City race, which will now conclude "Border Wars XI," was rescheduled for June 3.

Drake is also the defending USAC Sprint Car winner at Beaver Dam, winning last year's 30-lapper at the 1/3-mile dirt oval. Saturday night's events include complete prelims for both the USAC National Midgets and Valvoline National Sprint Cars and 30-lap feature for both. Drivers in the Sprint Car series will be aiming at Tony Elliott's 1-lap USAC track qualifying record of 14.885 seconds, set in 1998.

Drake's victory at Eldora gave car owner Tony Stewart a victory as a car owner in the first USAC race at his recently purchased track. Levi Jones led the first 27 laps of the race but flipped in turn one just as the yellow flew for a pair of spins on the backstretch. Jones escaped injury in the accident.

Trailing Drake's Mopar/Vital Express Eagle/Mopar were Rob Chaney, fast qualifier Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Josh Wise.

Five drivers flipped during the Eldora action but there were no serious injuries.

USAC VALVOLINE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Jay Drake-123
2.-Dave Darland-104
3.-Tom Hessert III-94
4.-Mat Neely-91
5.-Bud Kaeding-88
6.-Aaron Pierce-87
7.-Jerry Coons, Jr.-63
8.-Dave Steele-62
9.-Jonathan Vennard-62
10.-Bobby East-61

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Darland , Dave Steele , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Tom Hessert III , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Jonathan Vennard , Levi Jones , Aaron Pierce , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise