Terre Haute III: Race report

CHARLOTTE'S "MOPAR NATIONALS" NEXT FOR SPRINTERS LEVI "SWEEPS" TONY HULMAN FALL HARVEST CLASSIC Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car point leader Levi Jones of Olney, Ill. swept last weekend's 35th "Tony Hulman Fall Harvest ...

CHARLOTTE'S "MOPAR NATIONALS" NEXT FOR SPRINTERS
LEVI "SWEEPS" TONY HULMAN FALL HARVEST CLASSIC

Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car point leader Levi Jones of Olney, Ill. swept last weekend's 35th "Tony Hulman Fall Harvest Classic" events at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and takes an 81-point lead over runner-up Dave Darland into the October 12 "Mopar Sprint Car Nationals" at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.

Ironically, it was the 4/10-mile dirt Charlotte oval which produced Jones' initial USAC National feature victory a year ago. A victory this year would give Jones four consecutive wins in the series. Rick Hood was the last to win four straight, in 1985, while Larry Dickson set the record of six straight in 1968.

Jones led the final five laps of Friday's 20-lap prelim at Terre Haute and the final 13 of Saturday's 30-lapper at the 1/2-mile dirt oval. In Saturday's "Tony Hulman Fall Harvest Classic" main event he and his Lucas Oil/Karavan Trailer Maxim/Gaerte were trailed by Jon Stanbrough, Bryan Clauson, Mat Neely and Bud Kaeding. On Friday, Neely led 15 laps and finished second ahead of Clauson, Stanbrough and Jerry Coons Jr.

Darland finished seventh and sixth respectively in the two Terre Haute features, while defending series champion Jay Drake, third in the standings, was 16th and 13th in the two races.

USAC VALVOLINE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Levi Jones-1,279
2.-Dave Darland-1,198
3.-Jay Drake-1,126
4.-Bud Kaeding-1,045
5.-Josh Wise-1,039
6.-Mat Neely-912
7.-Jon Stanbrough-796
8.-Jerry Coons Jr.-625
9.-Darren Hagen-600
10.-Shane Cottle-586

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Bud Kaeding , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Shane Cottle , Bryan Clauson , Darren Hagen , Jerry Coons Jr.