Leffler-Yeley Set for Hut 100 Run / East Looking Strong Ford/Chevy/Mopar Battle Shaping Up (Terre Haute) A pair of former race winners are set to return to Terre Haute's Action Track this Saturday for the 57th scheduled running of the Hut ...
Leffler-Yeley Set for Hut 100 Run / East Looking Strong Ford/Chevy/Mopar Battle Shaping Up
(Terre Haute) A pair of former race winners are set to return to Terre Haute's Action Track this Saturday for the 57th scheduled running of the Hut 100.
Jason Leffler, who won the classic 100 lap USAC National Midget Series event in 1997, takes a break from his current NASCAR schedule to be in Terre Haute for Saturday's race, while 2004 Hut 100 winner Bobby East returns looking for his second victory. Both Leffler and East announced their intentions to attempt to qualify for the "Hut" just days after J.J.Yeley confirmed that he would compete.
Yeley, who won at Eldora in the 4-Crown Midget feature driving the #4 Klatt Enterprises, Ford Racing Beast, will relinquish that ride to East this Saturday. Yeley will strap into the #1 Husqvarna sponsored Triple Crown racing entry for the Terre Haute race.
"Obviously I feel like I can win, or I wouldn't be running," said the former USAC Triple Crown Champion. "We've got a brand new version of the Mopar engine for Terre Haute, and I'm looking forward to adding that race to my resume. It's a race with a lot of tradition, and I'd like to win it."
Bobby East will be in the hunt with Ford power on Saturday, and following last Friday's private test at the half-mile Action Track he appears to be ready to run up front.
"We learned a lot today," said East. "The Ford/Esslinger power is going to be tough to beat, and I just can't wait to race here again. This is a big race for us at an historic track. It was huge to win it once (2004) and I'd like to be one of the few that can say I've won it twice."
Saturday's race could feature an epic Ford vs Chevy vs Mopar duel.
The Chevy powered Tony Stewart Racing team comes to Terre Haute this weekend looking to maintain it's current USAC National Midget Series championship lead. TSR driver Tracy Hines currently leads the driver points, with his teammate, Tony Hulman Classic winner Levi Jones fourth in the standings. East, with Ford power, is currently 6th, and Yeley, who's running a partial schedule, looks to be the spoiler and rive into Victory Lane with Mopar.
Fans will enjoy a "double dose of dirt" Saturday at the famed Action Track. The Monster Modified Classic, delayed from it's original September 12th date due to rain, will also be a part of Saturday's huge day of racing.
Top modified teams from across Indiana and the Midwest will be a part of the action, and will take to the track first. Modified hot laps are expected to get underway at approximately 2:30, with heat races set to follow at approximately 4:30. USAC midgets will take to the track for hot laps at 5:45, with qualifying set to get underway at 6:30. The 30 lap Monster Modified A-Main is scheduled to take the green flag at 8pm, with the Hut 100 scheduled for a 9pm start.
The Action Track ticket office and gates will open Saturday at 2pm. Adult tickets start at $10 for the infield, with an infield Family Pass (2 adults/4 children) available for just $25. General admission bleacher and grandstand tickets are also available. Reserved grandstand tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (812) 239-4078.