Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. captured Wednesday night's "Bosma 50" at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, but rains forced postponement of Saturday night's scheduled USAC Midget/Sprint Car "doubleheader" at the Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Speedway....
Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. captured Wednesday night's "Bosma 50" at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, but rains forced postponement of Saturday night's scheduled USAC Midget/Sprint Car "doubleheader" at the Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Speedway. The Mansfield event has been rescheduled for Sunday night, August 17.
Drake is among drivers headed for four events in Nebraska and Kansas this week as the National Midget Car Series makes its annual trek to Lincoln and Belleville. Tuesday night's race at Eagle Raceway in Lincoln, Neb. is a 40-lapper, while the 26th "Belleville Midget Nationals" opens Thursday night at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks. The three-night Belleville program, presented by Budweiser and Kansas Touchstone Energy, offers a whopping $91,000-plus in total prize money and 25-lap features are slated Thursday and Friday nights, with Saturday night's finale at the 1/2-mile dirt oval a 40-lapper.
Tracy Hines is the defending winner at Eagle, while Dave Darland won last year's Belleville classic. Both will be trying to stop J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. from establishing a new all-time USAC single-season feature victory record. He has 19 at present, tied with A.J. Foyt, Sleepy Tripp and Drake for the all-time mark. A victory at Lincoln would be historic, making him the first driver in USAC history to reach the 20 plateau in a single season!
Yeley leads Hines by only six points and Bobby East by 24 going into the four races. A title for Yeley or Hines in the National Midget Series would classify them as a USAC "Triple Crown Champion," joining Tony Stewart, Pancho Carter and Dave Darland in that exclusive club. Yeley and Hines already own USAC Silver Crown and Sprint Car championships.
Practice at Lincoln begins at 6 pm, with qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7:30.
Drake led all 50 laps of Anderson Speedway's "Bosma 50" Wednesday in his Mopar/Vital Express Kunz/Mopar, beating East, Kasey Kahne, Eric Butze and Bud Kaeding to the checkered flag. Fast qualifier Hines finished sixth.
USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 849
2. Tracy Hines 843
3. Bobby East 825
4. Jay Drake 694
5. A.J. Fike 683
6. Teddy Beach 511
7. Dave Darland 493
8. Aaron Fike 440
9. Tom Hessert 382
10. Ryan Durst 336