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MIDGETS EYE "BUCKEYE NATIONALS" JUNE 17-18 BEACH ...

MIDGETS EYE "BUCKEYE NATIONALS" JUNE 17-18
BEACH #1 IN "VOGLER CLASSIC," LEWIS TAKES "NIGHT BEFORE 500"

Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif. leads the USAC National Midget Car series into the June 17-18 "Buckeye Nationals" events at Lima and Rossburg, Ohio after scoring "top-five" finishes in two "traditional" events last week in Indiana.

Teddy Beach of Donnelsville, Ohio won Thursday night's 100-lap "Vogler Classic" feature at the Blossom Chevrolet Indianapolis Speedrome, leading the final 58 laps in his Beach Mfg. Company/Weld Wheels Beast/Mopar. Michael Lewis led the first 42 laps before a tangle forced him out of the race. Dave Steele, Bobby East, Billy Wease and Wise rounded out the "top-five."

Lewis came back to take Saturday night's 60th Coca-Cola "Night Before the 500" Classic at Indianapolis Raceway Park in his CMK Xtreme.com/Wirtgen America Gerhardt/Esslinger. He caught defending race champion Ron Gregory on the final lap to post the victory over Gregory, Jerry Coons, Jr., Wise and Tom Hessert III. Coons led the first 28 laps before Gregory moved to the front.

Wise has a 48-point lead over Beach following the two Indiana races.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Josh Wise-218
2.-Teddy Beach-170
3.-Bobby East-168
4.-Ron Gregory-149
5.-Tom Hessert III-148
6.-Jay Drake-122
7.-Dave Steele-113
8.-Aaron Fike-110
9.-Michael Lewis-105
10.-Darren Hagen-97

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Dave Steele , Aaron Fike , Tom Hessert III , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Ron Gregory , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Billy Wease , Darren Hagen