South Boston: Race preview

The battle for the USAC National Midget Car Championship and a possible USAC "Triple Crown" title continues this Saturday night as the series visits Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Va. The USAC "Mini-Indy Midget" program at...

The battle for the USAC National Midget Car Championship and a possible USAC "Triple Crown" title continues this Saturday night as the series visits Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Va.

The USAC "Mini-Indy Midget" program at the 4/10-mile paved oval showcases a pair of drivers chasing the elusive USAC "Triple Crown" and a sensational youngster in a three-way fight for the series championship.

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. leads the standings in quest of a race single-season "Triple Crown." He already owns the 2003 USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown and 2003 USAC National Sprint Car titles and could become only the second driver in USAC history to win all three National championships in a single year. Tony Stewart earned all three in 1995.

Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. trails Yeley by 75 points and would like to add the Midget title to his previous Silver Crown and Sprint titles to become only the fourth USAC career "Triple Crown" titlist. Stewart, Pancho Carter and Dave Darland each own a title in all three series.

Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind., at age 18, could play the spoiler. He trails Hines by 10 and in 2001 he became USAC's youngest-ever feature race winner at the age of 16! East is Yeley's teammate for this Saturday night's race!

All three might keep an eye on 19-year-old Teddy Beach of Donnelsville, Ohio, who recorded his lone USAC feature victory in last year's South Boston race. Beach was USAC's 2002 National Midget Car "Rookie of the Year."

Practice at South Boston gets under way at 4:30 pm, with qualifying scheduled at 6 and racing at 7:30. The feature event is 50 laps.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. J.J. Yeley 1,327
2. Tracy Hines 1,252
3. Bobby East 1,242
4. Jay Drake 1,047
5. A.J. Fike 1,009
6. Teddy Beach 799
7. Dave Darland 753
8. Aaron Fike 741
9. Tom Hessert 586
10. Ryan Durst 541

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Aaron Fike , Tom Hessert , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , A.J. Fike , Ryan Durst