Indianapolis Raceway Park Review/ Pikes Peak Preview

Ryan Newman of South Bend, Ind. is $9,500 richer after his victory in Wednesday night's CVS Pharmacy "Mel Kenyon Classic" at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Newman, raked in a $6,500 bonus from the "Wynn's Challenge" as part of his ...

Ryan Newman of South Bend, Ind. is $9,500 richer after his victory in Wednesday night's CVS Pharmacy "Mel Kenyon Classic" at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Newman, raked in a $6,500 bonus from the "Wynn's Challenge" as part of his earnings in the Ryan Newman Motorsports Brayton/Drinan. After losing the early lead to defending USAC MCI WorldCom National Midget Car Champion Jason Leffler, Newman, regained the lead on the 29th lap and led the final 12 laps for the victory. Newman will be among top favorites for victory in this weekend's USAC MCI WorldCom National/Western Midget Car showdown at the 1-mile paved Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. In 1997 he established the ultimate series speed record of 139.265 mph which drivers will be shooting for in Saturday's qualifying session. Sunday's 25-mile race is scheduled to start at 11:45 am, prior to the Indy Racing League event and following a 9 am Midget Car warm-up session and a 10:15 am 10-mile "qualifying race." Newman's challengers will not only include Leffler, who leads the MCI WorldCom National Midget Car standings, but also Marc DeBeaumont of Clayton, Calif., the current leader in the MCI WorldCom Western Midget Car standings, plus other top drivers from each series trying to gather points to secure top year-end point rankings. Leffler captured last year's Pikes Peak 25-miler. Trailing Newman and Leffler at IRP Wednesday night were Jerry Coons, Jr., John Nervo and Ryan Scott. Newman's victory narrowed Leffler's point lead to 79 points going into Sunday's Colorado race. DeBeaumont currently holds a 94-point lead over Shane Scully in the battle for the MCI WorldCom Western Midget Car championship. DeBeaumont already has posted feature victories at Irwindale and Stockton, Calif. this year, while Scully is still seeking his initial 1999 win.

MCI WORLDCOM/USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR STANDINGS

1.      Jason Leffler   317             6.      Brian Gerster   148
2.      Ryan Newman     238             7.      Dave Darland    133
3.      Jerry Coons, Jr 220             8.      Clay Klepper    128
4.      Tracy Hines     155             9.      Jay Drake       122
5.      Ricky Shelton   151             10.     A.J. Fike       119

MCI WORLDCOM/USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR STANDINGS

1.      Marc DeBeaumont 414             6.      Steve Paden     219
2.      Shane Scully    320             7.      Jason Leffler   170
3.      Alex Harris     311             8.      Rick Hendrix    154
4.      Bobby Boone     285             9.      Clay Klepper    152
5.      Wally Pankratz  230             10.     Bryan Stanfill  143

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , Ryan Scott , John Nervo , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Jay Drake , A.J. Fike , Steve Paden , Jerry Coons , Wally Pankratz , Clay Klepper , Brian Gerster , Bryan Stanfill , Rick Hendrix , Ricky Shelton