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TONY STEWART RACING LEADS 'TOYOTA CHALLENGE" POINTS INTO SATURDAY'S 62ND TOYOTA "NIGHT BEFORE THE 500" AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK IN INDIANAPOLIS Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hope to keep Tony Stewart Racing atop the 2007 "Toyota Challenge"...

TONY STEWART RACING LEADS 'TOYOTA CHALLENGE" POINTS INTO SATURDAY'S 62ND TOYOTA "NIGHT BEFORE THE 500" AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK IN INDIANAPOLIS

Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hope to keep Tony Stewart Racing atop the 2007 "Toyota Challenge" standings after Saturday night's 62nd Toyota "Night Before the 500" Classic USAC National Midget race at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind. Stenhouse is the most recent series winner, taking the May 12 feature at Haubstadt, Ind.

The team has a four-point lead in the "Toyota Challenge" standings with events remaining at O.R.P. Saturday and June 16. The winning team earns a $15,000 bonus from the posted $25,000 in bonuses for competing teams.

Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif., who drives for the 2006 "Toyota Challenge" championship team of Keith Kunz Motorsports, is atop the USAC National standings, 22 ahead of defending USAC National Champion Jerry Coons Jr.

Bobby Santos Jr. won last year's "Night Before the 500" and former race winners expected to compete Saturday include Ron Gregory, Dave Steele and Ted Hines.

Drivers will shoot for the 1-lap qualifying record of 121.219 mpg (20.373 seconds) set 10 years ago by Chris Shultz.

Saturday night's feature event is a 50-lapper on the .686-mile paved oval. Kenneth Nichols established the 50-lap track mark of 110.516 mph in winning at O.R.P. in August of 1992.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Steele , Ron Gregory , Levi Jones , Chris Shultz , Darren Hagen , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Bobby Santos