Anderson: Season opener to try again

Anderson's "Niebel Classic" Opens Sprint Season Sunday Nashville 77 - Lappers reset for September 12 Aaron Pierce, Tracy Hines and Eric Gordon will try to become the first two-time winner of the "Glen Niebel Classic" Sunday as the 2004 USAC ...

Anderson's "Niebel Classic" Opens Sprint Season Sunday
Nashville 77 - Lappers reset for September 12

Aaron Pierce, Tracy Hines and Eric Gordon will try to become the first two-time winner of the "Glen Niebel Classic" Sunday as the 2004 USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series debuts with a 50-lap race at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.

Bad weather forced postponement of the "Music City 150" Sunday at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tenn. Featuring a pair of 77-lap feature events on the 5/8-mile paved oval, the event has been rescheduled for September 12 as part of the Tennessee State Fair activities.

Pierce, of Muncie, Ind., Hines of New Castle, Ind. and Gordon, of Indianapolis, are all entered for Sunday's race at the 1/4-mile paved Anderson oval. Derek Davidson won the 2001 "Glen Niebel Classic" but is not among this year's pre-entrants.

Honoring one of USAC's most talented car owners and mechanics, Sunday's racing program also features the opening race in the 2004 USAC Midwest Ford Focus Midget Car Series, with a 50-lapper on tap. Practice starts at 10:30 am, with qualifying slated at 1:15 pm and racing at 2.

Pierce won last year's "Classic," his initial USAC triumph, but returns this year in his father's Beast/Chevy. Hines, the 2002 winner, will pilot the Dynamics, Inc. Beast/Gaerte for the winningest team in USAC Sprint Car history, while Gordon, who drives the Dynamics pavement Silver Crown car, will compete Sunday in a Beast/Gaerte for Davis-Bowman Racing.

Track record holder Dave Darland is among top challengers hoping for their initial "Niebel Classic" victory Sunday. Others include Boston Reid, Jason McCord, Bobby East, Brian Tyler, Dave Steele, Jay Drake, Cory Kruseman, Bud Kaeding, Marc Jessup and Mat Neely.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Eric Gordon , Jason McCord , Aaron Pierce , Boston Reid , Marc Jessup