Weekly News 98-10-26

NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES NEWMAN "SESSIONS" STAR; LEFFLER'S LEAD SLIPS TO JUST 10 Ryan Newman of South Bend, Ind. captured Sunday afternoon's 25th "Sammy Sessions Memorial" USAC National Midget race at the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, ...

NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES NEWMAN "SESSIONS" STAR; LEFFLER'S LEAD SLIPS TO JUST 10

Ryan Newman of South Bend, Ind. captured Sunday afternoon's 25th "Sammy Sessions Memorial" USAC National Midget race at the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, leading all but the first nine laps of the 33-lap feature at the 1/2-mile paved oval.

Jason Leffler of Long Beach, Calif., who finished 10th in Sunday's race, emerged with only a 10-point lead over Jay Drake of Canyon Country, Calif. in the series which resumes November 21 at Phoenix, Ariz. Drake finished sixth Sunday.

Newman passed Tony Ave on the 10th lap and led the rest of the way in his LCI Communications/Drinan Brayton to beat Ricky Shelton, fast qualifier Ronnie Johncox, Ave and Jimmy McCune to the checkered flag.

Shelton, who led the first three laps of Sunday's race, remains third in the National standings going into the November 21 race at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix.

National Midget Standings: 1-Jason Leffler-867; 2-Jay Drake-857; 3-Ricky Shelton-789; 4-Jerry Coons, Jr.-609; 5-Tracy Hines-568; 6-Jimmy McCune-539; 7-Ronnie Johncox-356; 8-Travis Welpott-327; 9-Michael Lewis-283; 10-Dane Carter-259.

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , Tony Ave , Tracy Hines , Ronnie Johncox , Jay Drake , Dane Carter , Jimmy McCune , Jerry Coons , Ricky Shelton