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East Leads Midgets To Milwaukee Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind., who became USAC's youngest National feature winner in history in 2001 at age 16, leads the USAC National Midget Car Series to the famed Milwaukee Mile for this ...

East Leads Midgets To Milwaukee

Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind., who became USAC's youngest National feature winner in history in 2001 at age 16, leads the USAC National Midget Car Series to the famed Milwaukee Mile for this weekend's "Milwaukee Mile 25," part of the track's Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225 weekend, also featuring the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series, the Indy Racing League and the Menards Infiniti Pro Series.

East leads Josh Wise by 116 points in the latest standings and has already posted major Midget victories this year at Irwindale, Calif., Terre Haute, Ind. (the "Hut Hundred") and Rossburg, Ohio (the "Buckeye Nationals").

He'll have to contend with the likes of USAC Triple Crown Champion J.J. Yeley and others this weekend. Yeley won the series opener at Phoenix, Ariz., while Ron Gregory, Teddy Beach, Dave Darland, Dave Steele and Davey Ray also own 2004 series victories.

Included in the list of entries is also Tracy Hines, whose career has expanded to include the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He'll pilot the famed Wilke-Pak entry at Milwaukee and should also be among pre-race favorites.

Stan Fox, who won the last USAC Midget race at the Milwaukee Mile in 1993, established the 1-lap track qualifying record of 117.386 mph that year. It'll be up for grabs Friday when qualifications commence at 12:15 pm, following a morning Midget practice from 8:45-9 am.

Saturday's timetable calls for the 25-mile Midget feature to start at 2:30 pm, to be followed by the 100-mile USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race at 3:30.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Bobby East-588
2.-Josh Wise-472
3.-Teddy Beach-403
4.-Cole Carter-371
5.-Dave Darland-352
6.-Davey Ray-340
7.-Brad Kuhn-325
8.-Tom Hessert-324
9.-Ron Gregory-257
10.-Brian Gerster-233

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Series USAC
Drivers Brad Kuhn , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Tom Hessert , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Ron Gregory , Josh Wise , Davey Ray , Cole Carter , Brian Gerster , A.J. Foyt