WS: Idaho, Utah race notes 2003-07-28

Former Sprint Car driving champions Rick Hendrix and Jim Waters captured USAC feature events Tuesday and Thursday nights in Idaho and Utah. Hendrix, of Canyon Country, Calif., won Tuesday night's 50-lapper at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls,...

Former Sprint Car driving champions Rick Hendrix and Jim Waters captured USAC feature events Tuesday and Thursday nights in Idaho and Utah.

Hendrix, of Canyon Country, Calif., won Tuesday night's 50-lapper at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Ida., while Waters, of Salt Lake City, Utah, won Thursday night's 40-lapper at Rocky Mountain Raceways in his hometown.

Waters will try to protect his lead in the USAC/SLVRA Port-O-Call Rocky Mountain Sprint Car Series this Saturday night as the series resumes at the 3/8-mile paved oval in the Utah capital. A 40-lap feature event is on tap.

Hendrix caught Todd Ellison on the third lap at Twin Falls and led the final 48 laps in his Rick's Gate Works/Wilwood Disc Brakes Beast/Shaver. Ellison finished second ahead of fast qualifier Michael Lewis, Jeff Gardner and Greg Taylor. Lewis continues to lead the USAC Western Sprint Car Series standings by 82 points over Gardner going into an August 27 race at Wenatchee, Wash.

Waters led all but six laps of Thursday's race in Salt Lake City in the Lori Scott/Kilgore Machine/Tel Tac Beast Built by D. Fast qualifier Tony Hunt finished second ahead of Hendrix, Chuck Maddox and Jimmy Wysong. The victory left Waters with a 15-point lead over Dave Fitzgerald in the new USAC/SLVRA Port-O-Call points as Fitzgerald was 20th in the 40-lap race. Rick Pardee led laps 1-4 and 7-8 in his early race battle with Waters but Pardee slipped to 13th at the checkered flag.

USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Michael Lewis 494
2. Jeff Gardner 412
3. Tony Hunt 406
4. Jim Waters 370
5. Brian McClish 369
6. Shauna Hogg 352
7. Rick Hendrix 337
8. Jason McCord 307
9. Scott Hansen 276
10. Greg Taylor 257

USAC/SLVRA PORT-O-CALL ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Jim Waters 446
2. Dave Fitzgerald 431
3. Jim Wysong 417
4. Jeff Bergener 351
5. Ryan Burdett 329
6. Bryan Shafer 288
7. Rick Pardee 278
8. Mel Andrus 222
9. Jim Campbell 221
10. Mark Bergener 211

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Jason McCord , Jim Campbell , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Scott Hansen