SPRINT POINT RACE IDLE UNTIL "4-CROWN NATIONALS" DRAKE ...
SPRINT POINT RACE IDLE UNTIL "4-CROWN NATIONALS"
DRAKE #1 AT TRI-CITY; EAST CLAIMS "PARNELLI JONES CLASSIC"
The torrid battle for supremacy in USAC's 2005 Valvoline National Sprint Car Series will resume September 23-24 when the "4-Crown Nationals" unfolds at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Combatants Levi Jones, Jay Drake and Dave Darland are a mere 30 points apart heading into the Eldora shootout.
Drake, of Val Verde, Calif., and Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind., captured series victories during last week's action. Drake won Wednesday night's 30-lap feature at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach (Granite City), Ill., while East won Saturday afternoon's inaugural "Parnelli Jones Classic" at The Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin.
Drake, in defense of his 2004 series title, temporarily regained the series point lead with his victory at Tri-City Speedway in the Tony Stewart Racing Mopar/Vital Express Eagle/Mopar. He passed Bud Kaeding on lap four and led the rest of the 30-lap race to beat Kaeding, Bill Rose, Jerry Coons Jr. and Justin Marvel.
East led wire-to-wire to win the first USAC Sprint race at the Milwaukee Mile in 45 years, driving the Klatt Enterprises Ford Performance Parts/The Car Lot Beast/Gaerte Ford. Dave Steele finished second and was followed by Michael Lewis, Kaeding and Ron Gregory.
Jones finished sixth at Tri-City and was 13th at Milwaukee and emerged with a 23-point lead over Drake, who missed the Milwaukee race due to competing in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at Sonoma, Calif.
USAC VALVOLINE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS