Pikes Peak recap; Toledo, Mansfield preview

WISE LEADS MIDGETS TO TOLEDO & MANSFIELD LEWIS TAKES PPIR'S "ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC" Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif., despite failing to finish Sunday's "Rocky Mountain Classic" at Pikes Peak International Raceway, continues to lead the USAC ...

WISE LEADS MIDGETS TO TOLEDO & MANSFIELD LEWIS TAKES PPIR'S "ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC"

Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif., despite failing to finish Sunday's "Rocky Mountain Classic" at Pikes Peak International Raceway, continues to lead the USAC National Midget standings heading into back-to-back races in Ohio this weekend.

The series visits Toledo Speedway Friday night and Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Saturday. Both events are "doubleheaders" also featuring the Valvoline National Sprint Cars and the Toledo race marks the first-ever appearance of the USAC National Midgets at that 1/2-mile paved oval. A 30-lap Midget feature is on tap at both tracks.

Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind. captured Sunday's 30-mile race at the 1-mile PPIR oval in Colorado piloting the Western Speed Racing CMKXtreme.com/Wirtgen America Gerhardt Esslinger. He started next to pole-winning teammate Bobby Santos III but trailed teammate Billy Wease for the first half of the race. He took the lead from Wease on lap 17 and led the rest of the way to beat Santos, Aaron Fike, Ron Gregory and Tracy Hines.

Wise's point lead over Gregory stands at 48 points but a total of 148 are available at Toledo and Mansfield. Defending National Champion Bobby East, who finished seventh Sunday, is now third in points, 29 behind Gregory.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Josh Wise-333
2.-Ron Gregory-285
3.-Bobby East-256
4.-Teddy Beach-242
5.-Brad Kuhn-242
6.-Tom Hessert III-237
7.-Jay Drake-201
8.-Jerry Coons, Jr.-200
9.-Darren Hagen-181
10.-Dave Darland-180

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