NatM: Weekly racing news 2008-05-12

"MIDGET MAYNIA TOUR" THIS WEEK IN WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS; RACES AT LaCROSSE, SLINGER & ROCKFORD This week's "Midget Maynia Tour" includes races at three tracks relatively new to the USAC Mopar National Midget calendar.

"MIDGET MAYNIA TOUR" THIS WEEK IN WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS; RACES AT LaCROSSE, SLINGER & ROCKFORD

This week's "Midget Maynia Tour" includes races at three tracks relatively new to the USAC Mopar National Midget calendar. Friday night's "Battle in the Bluffs" is at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisc., while Slinger (Wisc.) Super Speedway hosts Saturday night's 2nd Annual Kubota "Stan Fox Classic." Sunday afternoon's race is at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway. The "Midget Maynia Tour" wraps up with the 7th Annual Mid-State Equipment "Sue Thiel Memorial" May 30 at Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, Wisc.

A $5,000 point fund has been posted in addition to purse money for the "Midget Maynia Tour."

USAC's only previous event at the 5/8-mile paved LaCrosse Fairgrounds oval came in 1973 when Butch Hartman won a 100-lap Stock car race there. USAC's only previous Slinger appearance found Jeff Nuckles winning a 50-lap Midget race in 1984. Rockford has hosted 21 USAC events beginning with Jack Holbrook's victory in a 1958 Short-Track Stock Car race and ending with Rich Vogler's victory in a 1979 Midget feature. Twenty of the 21 USAC races at Rockford were Midget races.

Youngster Cole Whitt of Alpine, Calif. and veteran Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. enter this week's three-races in a virtual tie for the USAC Mopar National Midget point lead. Whitt is still seeking his first USAC feature win at age 16, while Hines won Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Sprint Car race at Rossburg, Ohio and has a total of 22 National Midget wins to his credit.

Early entries forecast a large field for the three races this week, headlined by no less than 12 drivers with USAC championships on their resume. They include two-time defending National Champion Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., Dave Darland, Hines, Levi Jones, Bobby East, Bradley Galedrige, Kody Swanson, Brad Kuhn, Chase Barber, Chris Windom, Josh Wise and Dakoda Armstrong.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Brad Kuhn , Dave Darland , Bobby East , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Cole Whitt , Kody Swanson , Dakoda Armstrong , Chris Windom