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TRIO TARGETS "4-CROWN" AS PIVOTAL RACE IN BATTLE FOR USAC'S 2005 NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TITLE This weekend's Silver Anniversary "4-Crown Nationals" at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio showcases one of the ...

TRIO TARGETS "4-CROWN" AS PIVOTAL RACE IN BATTLE FOR USAC'S 2005 NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TITLE

This weekend's Silver Anniversary "4-Crown Nationals" at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio showcases one of the most hotly-contested championships in recent USAC history.

A trio of drivers have tossed the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car point lead back and forth for the past several weeks and remain separated by only 30 points with 74 available this weekend!

Levi Jones of Olney, Ill., seeking his first USAC crown, leads defending series champion Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. by 23 points, while USAC Triple Crown Champion Dave Darland trails Drake by just seven. Although Drake and Darland finished first and third at Eldora in April, none of the three have fared better than fifth in any of the three subsequent USAC races there this year.

Everyone might just find themselves chasing Rob Chaney of Wooster, Ohio Saturday. Chaney not only won the May feature, but he came back and claimed the lucrative "Mopar Thunder" paycheck in August. Kevin Huntley of Bloomington, Ind. won the other USAC race at Eldora this year, in June.

Dickie Gaines of Mitchell, Ind. is the reigning champion of the "4-Crown Nationals" Sprint Car race.

Preiminaries are slated at Eldora Friday night, with semi-features and all four feature events set for Saturday.

USAC VALVOLINE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Levi Jones-1,068
2.-Jay Drake-1,045
3.-Dave Darland-1,038
4.-Josh Wise-944
5.-Bud Kaeding-925
6.-Mat Neely-776
7.-Jon Stanbrough-677
8.-Darren Hagen-549
9.-Justin Marvel-504
10.-Tracy Hines-473

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Bud Kaeding , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Darren Hagen