WS: Championship decided at season finale

STEELE TAKES 30-LAP IRWINDALE SPRINT SWANSON LOCKS UP WESTERN SPRINT TITLE Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. captured Thursday night's 40-lap Valvoline USAC Western Sprint Car Series finale, leading the final four laps after passing fast...

STEELE TAKES 30-LAP IRWINDALE SPRINT
SWANSON LOCKS UP WESTERN SPRINT TITLE

Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. captured Thursday night's 40-lap Valvoline USAC Western Sprint Car Series finale, leading the final four laps after passing fast qualifier Kody Swanson on lap 37. Steele piloted the GM Land & Cattle/MPH Enterprises Eagle/Chevy to the victory.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., finished third after leading 31 laps but his performance was enough to win the series championship, defeating title challengers Mike Murgoitio and Tim Barber.

Swanson finished with a 46-point lead over Murgoitio, who took second from Swanson on the final lap and edged Barber by a single point in the final standings.

Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. won Thursday night's 12-lap "qualifying race."

Swanson will be among honorees at the USAC Western Racing Series Banquet January 7 in Buena Park, Calif. and the USAC "Night of Champions" in Indianapolis, Ind. January 28. <pre> USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Kody Swanson 664 2. Mike Murgoitio 618 3. Tim Barber 617 4. Tony Hunt 546 5. Cody Veenstra 513 6. Brian McClish 499 7. Michael Trimble 488 8. Shauna Hogg 380 9. Brad Bumgarner 343 10. Chris Petersen 304

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Steele , Tim Barber , Mike Murgoitio , Cody Veenstra , Kody Swanson , Tony Hunt , Brad Bumgarner