Indiana Midget Week preview

5 "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" RACES ON TAP; A "SWEET" VICTORY AT BELLEVILLE; EAST TAKES PRELIM This week's five "Indiana Midget Week" events will certainly be pivotal in the battle for USAC's 2008 Mopar National Midget Championship.

5 "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" RACES ON TAP; A "SWEET" VICTORY AT BELLEVILLE; EAST TAKES PRELIM

This week's five "Indiana Midget Week" events will certainly be pivotal in the battle for USAC's 2008 Mopar National Midget Championship. Bobby East currently leads Tracy Hines by 49 points as Hines continues his quest for the final jewel in USAC's "Triple Crown."

"Indiana Midget Week" debuts Wednesday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway, then continues Thursday at Union County Speedway in Liberty, Friday at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday at Lawrenceburg Speedway before concluding Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway.

Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, Calif. won Saturday night's 31st Speedway Motors "Belleville Midget Nationals" 40-lap feature driving the Kasey Kahne Racing Mopar/Team ASE Spike Speedway Mopar. Sweet, who admitted he was feeling sick when he arrived at the track Saturday, led all 40 laps to beat East, teammate Brady Bacon, Cole Whitt and Hines. Defending Belleville champion Jerry Coons Jr. was running third when he dropped out of the race on lap 31. Kevin Swindell, driving a backup car, came from 19th to second by lap 20 before a flat tire forced him to the sidelines.

East, of Brownsburg, Ind., led all 25 laps in a virtuoso performance Friday at the Belleville High Banks to capture the preliminary night feature of the 31st Speedway Motors "Belleville Midget Nationals." East started second but took the lead at the start in his Klatt Enterprises Ford Racing Beast/Esslinger Ford and never looked back. Bryan Clauson finished second, followed by Sweet, Davey Ray, Darren Hagen and Brad Loyet, all of whom "locked into" Saturday night's 40-lap championship feature, which paid $10,000 to win. Sweet was Friday's fastest qualifier.

Former Indiana Midget Week Champions are Shane Cottle (2005-06) and defending series champ Jerry Coons Jr. Cottle is the only driver to repeat feature wins in the three-year series history.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Kevin Swindell , Kasey Kahne , Tracy Hines , Bobby East , Davey Ray , Shane Cottle , Bryan Clauson , Darren Hagen , Cole Whitt , Brad Sweet , Brad Loyet , Jerry Coons Jr.