NATIONAL SPRINT POINT RACE HEADS WEST "RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" IS DARLAND'S 1ST AT WINCHESTER The battle for the 2005 Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car Championship heads west for back-to-back tripleheader weekends at Perris, Calif....
NATIONAL SPRINT POINT RACE HEADS WEST
"RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" IS DARLAND'S 1ST AT WINCHESTER
The battle for the 2005 Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car Championship heads west for back-to-back tripleheader weekends at Perris, Calif. and Phoenix, Ariz. The "Budweiser Oval Nationals" are slated at the Perris Auto Speedway Nov. 3-5 and the Checker Auto Parts/Budweiser "Western World Championships" will unfold Nov. 10-12 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix.
Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. enhanced his "contender" status Sunday afternoon, recording his initial Winchester (Ind.) Speedway triumph in the "Rich Vogler Classic" at the 1/2-mile paved oval. The race was the first for USAC at the track since 2003.
Darland grabbed the lead in his Hoosier Race Tires/Weld Wheels Beast/Claxton on lap 18, charging beneath Ron Gregory on the backstretch to take the lead going into turn three. Gregory had led the first 17 laps of the 30-lap race. Dave Steele finished second ahead of Gregory, Levi Jones and Josh Wise. Fast qualifier Tracy Hines, who just missed a new track record during qualifying, finished sixth.
Darland cut into Jones' series point lead as a result, trailing now by 78 points going into the point-rich California and Arizona programs. All six nights of racing at Perris and Phoenix offer Valvoline National and CRA points.
Jay Drake, despite not competing at Winchester, remains third in the new series standings and with more than 400 total points up for grabs in the western events, continues as a title contender, as does teammate Josh Wise, who trails Drake by 27.
USAC VALVOLINE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
8.-Jerry Coons Jr.-712