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5 MIDGET TITLE HOPEFULS SET FOR SALEM SATURDAY At least five drivers with sights set on USAC's 2006 National Midget Championship will square off Saturday night in Salem (Ind.) Speedway's 49th "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" ...

5 MIDGET TITLE HOPEFULS SET FOR SALEM SATURDAY

At least five drivers with sights set on USAC's 2006 National Midget Championship will square off Saturday night in Salem (Ind.) Speedway's 49th "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" doubleheader at the 1/2-mile paved Indiana oval.

Only 71 points separate the top five in the series standings with 74 points available at Salem. Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. leads Brownsburg, Ind.'s Jay Drake by seven points. Bryan Clauson trails the leader by 24, while Dave Darland is 29 back and defending champion Josh Wise is fifth.

A 30-lap feature awaits the Midgets Saturday, while the USAC National Sprint Car Series is slated for a 50 lapper.

Dave Steele is the Midget track record holder at 116.099 mph. Dave Darland won the first three "James/O'Connor" Midget feature in 2001-02-03, while Dave Steele won in 2004 and Coons won last year.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Dave Steele , Jay Drake , Bryan Clauson , Jerry Coons Jr.