Anderson recap, Powercom Park preview

Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. withstood determined challenges from several drivers in Sunday's extremely competitive "Glen Niebel Classic" 30-lapper at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway and is an early leader in the 2004 Valvoline USAC ...

Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. withstood determined challenges from several drivers in Sunday's extremely competitive "Glen Niebel Classic" 30-lapper at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway and is an early leader in the 2004 Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car Series. The victory came in his first appearance in the Tony Stewart Racing Mopar/Vital Express Beast/Mopar.

Drake trails Jason McCord by a single point going into this Saturday's USAC "doubleheader" program at the Raceway @ Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wisc. McCord emerged with the point lead after posting the fastest qualifying time for Sunday's Anderson event and finishing third.

Trailing Drake to the checkered flag were Eric Gordon, McCord, Levi Jones and Tracy Hines, although Dave Steele produced most of Drake competition for the majority of the race. Steele retired in the closing laps while running second after encountering engine woes. Jones led the first three laps before Drake took over.

This Saturday's USAC "doubleheader" at Beaver Dam, Wisc. showcases USAC's Valvoline National Sprint Cars and National Midgets with 30-lap feature planned for both on the 1/3-mile dirt.

Practice at Beaver Dam is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm, with qualifying getting under way at 3 and the first race starting at 4 pm.

Saturday's events are the first for USAC at the Beaver Dam Track since 1998 when Tony Elliott was victorious in the Sprint Cars. The last USAC Midget race at the track was in 1997, won by Tony Stewart.

VALVOLINE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Jason McCord-64
2.-Jay Drake-63
3.-Eric Gordon--62
4.-Levi Jones-58
5.-Brian Tyler-51
6.-Bud Kaeding-47
7.-Aaron Pierce-46
8.-Boston Reid-44
9.-Tony Elliott-40
10.-Dave Darland-37

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Jay Drake , Eric Gordon , Levi Jones , Jason McCord , Aaron Pierce , Boston Reid