Rich Vogler Classic Preview

TITLE CONTENDERS EYE SUNDAY'S "VOGLER CLASSIC" AT WINCHESTER Sunday's Pepsi-Cola "Rich Vogler Classic" is expected to reveal much about the potential title contenders in the 1999 Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series. A 30-lap feature caps...

TITLE CONTENDERS EYE SUNDAY'S "VOGLER CLASSIC" AT WINCHESTER

Sunday's Pepsi-Cola "Rich Vogler Classic" is expected to reveal much about the potential title contenders in the 1999 Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series.

A 30-lap feature caps the program on the 1/2-mile high-banked paved oval where drivers will aim for Brian Tyler's track record of 124.602 mph, set last October. Practice starts at noon and qualifying is set for 1 pm. Racing gets under way at 2.

Derek Davidson of Lafayette, Ind. leads the 1999 standings after his March 27 victory at Rossburg, Ohio, but his best finishes at Winchester in 1998 were a pair of ninths in four starts. Tyler, however, trails by just two points and had a victory and two seconds in only three 1998 Winchester starts!

Third in the current standings is Jack Hewitt, whose 43 career victories now rank third on the all-time series list. Dave Darland and Tony Elliott round out the "top-five" in points. Darland had an eighth in two 1998 Winchester starts, while Elliott had a seventh in four starts.

The defending champion of the Pepsi-Cola "Rich Vogler Classic" is Chet Fillip of Speedway, Ind.

Also expected to compete in Sunday's Winchester program are 1998 Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car feature winners Dave Steele, Jason McCord, Brad Armstrong, Tracy Hines and Jay Drake.

STOOPS FREIGHTLINER SPRINT CAR STANDINGS

1. Derek Davidson 69 2. Brian Tyler 67 3. Jack Hewitt 58 4. Dave Darland 54 5. Tony Elliott 54 6. Tray House 41 7. Robbie Rice 36 8. Tim Cox 35 9. Rob Chaney 33 10. Bill Rose 30

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