HAMILTON PUTS WRAP ON USAC TITLE ...
HAMILTON PUTS WRAP ON USAC TITLE #5 AT BERLIN SATURDAY
Saturday's USAC Regional Midget race at the Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich. will conclude the 2009 campaign and Danville, Ind. driver Kyle Hamilton will etch his name in the USAC record books as a five-time driving champion!
Hamilton has an insurmountable 231-point lead over Alison MacLeod in the standings and earned his fourth USAC title with last Saturday's USAC National Pavement Ford Focus victory at Columbus, Ohio. He previously won the 2007 Kenyon Midget crown, and the Midwest and Indiana Ford Focus championships.
Hamilton's five titles are surpassed by only seven USAC drivers in the club's 54-year history! A.J. Foyt had 13, while Rich Vogler and Sleepy Tripp had nine, Mel Kenyon had eight, Michael Lang seven and Shorty Templeman and Steve Butler six apiece.
The Marne oval has a rich USAC heritage, dating all the way back to USAC's inaugural season in 1956 when George Amick was the victor. Subsequent USAC Midget winners at the Michigan oval have included Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Jimmy Davies, Gene Hartley, Bob Tattersall, Bob Wente, Al Alpern, Sam Sessions, Jimmy Knight and more recently Bobby East, Adam Kramer and Mario Marietta. Bradley Galedrige won last year's USAC Regional midget feature at Berlin Raceway.