Indiana Sprint Week recap 2005-07-25

"MOPAR THUNDER" AT ELDORA NEXT FOR SPRINTERS KRUSEMAN TAKES VALVOLINE "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" TITLE DARLAND, KRUSEMAN, GAINES, JONES WIN FINALES The "Mopar Thunder" Sprint Car event at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio is just...

"MOPAR THUNDER" AT ELDORA NEXT FOR SPRINTERS
KRUSEMAN TAKES VALVOLINE "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" TITLE
DARLAND, KRUSEMAN, GAINES, JONES WIN FINALES

The "Mopar Thunder" Sprint Car event at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio is just two weeks away, scheduled for Saturday night, August 6. Offering $200,000 in prize money, it is the richest non-winged Sprint car race in America.

Levi Jones of Olney, Ill. emerged as the third point leader of the week in the Valvoline National Sprint Car Series after his victory in Friday night's "Jan Opperman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. He leads Dave Darland by only two points and Jay Drake by 22 going into the Eldora spectacular.

Jones led all but the first five laps of Friday night's 30-lap Terre Haute feature in his Lucas Oil/Karavan Trailer Maxim/Gaerte in beating Shane Cottle, Darland, Bud Kaeding and Josh Wise.

Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif. finished eighth at Terre Haute to outpoint Jones by 33 to win the 2005 Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" Championship. Kruseman won Wednesday night's race at Gas City and finished third at Putnamville Tuesday and eighth at Lawrenceburg Thursday in his Vital Express/Snyder Engines Bullet.

Darland recorded his first series victory in four years with Tuesday night's 30-lap victory at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville. He led all but nine laps in his Hoosier Race Tires/Weld Wheels Chalk/Claxton to beat Cottle, Kruseman, Wise and Jones.

Kruseman led the final seven laps at Gas City Wednesday after leader Brandon Petty's engine faltered. Kruseman was trailed by Jones, Justin Marvel, Dickie Gaines and Drake.

Gaines led the final 23 laps of Thursday night's "Robbie Stanley Classic" at Lawrenceburg Speedway in his Service Drywall/Thermo Spray of Indiana DRC/Chevy, beating Cottle, Jerry Coons, Jr., Shane Hollingsworth and Mat Neely.

USAC VALVOLINE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Levi Jones-881
2.-Dave Darland-879
3.-Jay Drake-859
4.-Josh Wise-763
5.-Bud Kaeding-737
6.-Mat Neely-687
7.-Jon Stanbrough-528
8.-Darren Hagen-443
9.-Tracy Hines-439
10.-Justin Marvel-435

VALVOLINE "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" FINAL STANDINGS
1.-Cory Kruseman-417
2.-Levi Jones-384
3.-Dave Darland-346
4.-Jay Drake-304
5.-Josh Wise-272
6.-Mat Neely-264
7.-Shane Cottle-262
8.-Bud Kaeding-257
9.-Tracy Hines-255
10.-Justin Marvel-239

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Bud Kaeding , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Brandon Petty , Shane Cottle , Darren Hagen