Anderson: Glen Niebel Classic preview

Sprint cars open Sunday at Anderson following Eldora cancellation The USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series opens this Sunday at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway as the third "Glen Niebel Classic" unfolds on the 1/4-mile paved oval. The...

Sprint cars open Sunday at Anderson following Eldora cancellation

The USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series opens this Sunday at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway as the third "Glen Niebel Classic" unfolds on the 1/4-mile paved oval.

The event, which honors the memory of one of USAC's most successful car owners and builders, also features the USAC National Midget Cars in their midwestern opener and will conclude with 50-lap features for each series.

Derek Davidson of Lafayette, Ind. is the defending champion of the "Glen Niebel Classic," while Eric Gordon, last year's "Little 500" winner at Anderson, won the inaugural in 2000.

Sunday's timetable calls for practice at 10:30 am, with qualifying set for 12:30 pm and the first race scheduled at 2 pm. Complete preliminaries are slated in each series and drivers will be aiming at Dave Darland's 1-lap Sprint Car track record of 11.360 seconds set last May.

Sunday's event also features the continuing battle for the all-time victory lead in the USAC Sprint Car Owner category. Steve Stapp, who is fielding cars at Anderson for Troy Lowery of Memphis, Tenn. and Dickie Gaines of Mitchell, Ind., leads with 51 career wins, while the Hoffman Auto Racing Team of Milford, Ohio, which is fielding a car for Tracy Hines at Anderson, has 50 career wins.

Anderson entries also include Phoenix "Copper World" Silver Crown and Midget Car feature winner Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. and 2001 "Little 500" pole winner Jeff Bloom of Bangor, Mich.

Snow and wet grounds forced cancelation of Saturday's scheduled "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The "Branson/Larson" race will now serve as the opening event of "Border Wars VIII" which takes place April 27-28 at Eldora and the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Eric Gordon