RICH "GOLD CROWN MIDGET NATIONALS" NEXT UP AT TRI-CITY; WHITT TAKES 57TH "HUT HUNDRED" The USAC Mopar National Midget Series heads for Tri-City Speedway bin Pontoon Beach, Ill. this week for the richest Midget race of the year,...
RICH "GOLD CROWN MIDGET NATIONALS" NEXT UP AT TRI-CITY; WHITT TAKES 57TH "HUT HUNDRED"
The USAC Mopar National Midget Series heads for Tri-City Speedway bin Pontoon Beach, Ill. this week for the richest Midget race of the year, the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals," and Tracy Hines continues to lead the standings in search of USAC's career "Triple Crown."
Hines owns championships in USAC's Silver Crown and National Sprint Car series but would like to add the Midgets to become the fifth driver in history to own career titles in all three National series. The others are Tony Stewart, Pancho Carter, Dave Darland and J.J. Yeley.
Jerry Coons Jr., who won the last two USAC National Midget crowns, also is seeking a career "Triple Crown" as he currently leads USAC's K & N Silver Crown points and the USAC National Sprint car standings. Coons will be among Hines' challengers in this week's events at Tri-City Speedway. Preliminaries are slated Thursday and Friday, with a 25-lap feature each night on the 3/8-mile dirt oval. Saturday night's $15,000-to-win finale is 40 laps.
Cole Whitt of Alpine, Calif. won Saturday's 57th First Financial Bank "Hut Hundred" USAC Mopar National Midget race at the Terre Haute Action Track, presented by Dorsett Mitsubishi. Whitt started alongside pole winner Brad Sweet and led the first 45 laps in his Red Bull/MMI Bullet/Esslinger Ford.
Shane Cottle, who was involved in a multi-car tangle on lap one and restarted at the back of the field, raced through the pack to take the lead on lap 46 in his Tony Stewart Racing machine. On lap 79, Whitt regained the lead and led the final 22 laps for the victory. Cottle finished second ahead of Sweet, series point leader Hines and Bobby East.