Salem recap, Indiana Midget Week preview

3 "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" RACES INCLUDE LAWRENCEBURG, GAS CITY & "HUT HUNDRED" COONS ENTERS MIDGET TITLE CHASE WITH SALEM WIN Jerry Coons, Jr. has thrust himself into title contention in the 2005 USAC National Midget Series...

3 "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" RACES INCLUDE LAWRENCEBURG, GAS CITY & "HUT HUNDRED"

COONS ENTERS MIDGET TITLE CHASE WITH SALEM WIN

Jerry Coons, Jr. has thrust himself into title contention in the 2005 USAC National Midget Series following his 30-lap victory at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway Saturday night. The 2005 "Belleville Midget Nationals" Champion now trails series point leader Josh Wise by just 58 points with 222 available in three events this week.

"Indiana Midget Week" debuts Thursday night at the Lawrenceburg Speedway, continues Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway and concludes with Saturday night's 100-lap Clabber Girl "Hut Hundred" presented by First Financial Bank and the Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Terre Haute Action Track.

Coons led all 30 laps to win the 46th Jasper Engines & Transmissions "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" feature at Salem in his Wilke-Pak Racers Speedway Motors/Team Mopar Beast. Defending race winner Dave Steele finished second ahead of Bobby Santos III, fast qualifier Aaron Fike and Cole Carter.

A 30-lap feature cap Thursday and Friday's programs at Lawrenceburg and Gas City, while Saturday's "Hut Hundred" offers a 33-car, three-abreast start for its 100-lap main event.

Coons was the fastest qualifier for last year's "Hut Hundred" but finished 15th, while Wise finished fourth in the 2004 Terre Haute classic.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Josh Wise-632
2.-Jerry Coons, Jr.-574
3.-Ron Gregory-462
4.-Bobby East-429
5.-Teddy Beach-427
6.-Tom Hessert III-405
7.-Brad Kuhn-402
8.-Dave Steele-381
9.-Michael Lewis-359
10.-Cole Carter-343

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Brad Kuhn , Dave Steele , Tom Hessert III , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Ron Gregory , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Bobby Santos III , Cole Carter