MIDGETS PREPARE FOR AUGUST 13 SALEM RACE COONS, DARLAND TEAM UP TO SWEEP BELLEVILLE; LINCOLN RAINED OUT Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif. needs to look over his shoulder this week as the National Midget Series prepares for the Aug. 13...
MIDGETS PREPARE FOR AUGUST 13 SALEM RACE
COONS, DARLAND TEAM UP TO SWEEP BELLEVILLE; LINCOLN RAINED OUT
Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif. needs to look over his shoulder this week as the National Midget Series prepares for the Aug. 13 Jasper Engines & Transmissions "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway.
Wise's series point lead has slipped to 92 points over fast-closing Jerry Coons, Jr., who scored his biggest career triumph in Saturday night's 40-lap 28th Bud Racing "Belleville Midget Nationals" in Kansas.
Coons led all 40 laps in his Venture Racing US Technologies/Spike Chassis Esslinger to beat Davey Ray, Johnny Rodriguez, Danny Stratton and Tracy Hines. Coons also finished second in Friday night's 25-lap feature at Belleville behind teammate Dave Darland. Darland suffered mechanical problems Saturday night and failed to finish the 40-lap finale. Ray, Hines and Robby Flock rounded out the "top-five" Friday.
Rains forced cancellation of Tuesday night's scheduled Pepsi "Mid-Summer Nationals" at Eagle Raceway in Lincoln, Neb.
Wise finished ninth and seventh in the two Belleville feature events, while Coons has now strung together three consecutive podium finishes.
The Aug. 13 Salem program also includes the Valvoline USAC National Sprint Cars.
Glenn Revell of Canberra, Australia remained in Wichita's Wesley Hospital Monday recuperating from injuries suffered in a Friday night flip at Belleville. He is improving and is expected to be released some time this week.
USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
2.-Jerry Coons, Jr.-507
6.-Tom Hessert III-374