SPRINTS AT IRP THURSDAY' "IRWIN CLASSIC" SUNDAY AT WINCHESTER DRAKE TAKES GAS CITY, SWEEPS "BORDER WARS XI" Jay Drake leads the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series to races at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Winchester (Ind.) ...
SPRINTS AT IRP THURSDAY' "IRWIN CLASSIC" SUNDAY AT WINCHESTER
DRAKE TAKES GAS CITY, SWEEPS "BORDER WARS XI"
Jay Drake leads the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series to races at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Winchester (Ind.) Speedway this week after completing a "sweep" of the 2005 "Border Wars XI." events.
Drake, of Val Verde, Calif., holds a slim four-point lead over Dave Darland going into the "Thursday Night Thunder" race at IRP. The "Kenny Irwin Classic" Sunday afternoon re-opens the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway to USAC racing after a brief hiatus. Both racing programs conclude with 30-lap features.
Drake piloted the Tony Stewart Racing Mopar/Vital Express Eagle/Mopar to victory in Saturday night's 30-lap "Border Wars XI" finale at the Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway. The win was Drake's third consecutive in "Border Wars" history, dating back to 2004.
Darland trailed Drake to the checkered flag at Gas City. Levi Jones, Jerry Coons, Jr. and A.J. Anderson rounded out the "top-five."
Justin Marvel was treated at Marion (Ind.) General Hospital following a flip on the 13th lap of the Gas City feature event, then released. Shane Cottle was the fastest of 53 Gas City qualifiers.
Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. will be among drivers trying to establish a new 1-lap Winchester track record Sunday. Steele holds the record of 128.333 mph set in 2002.
Jason McCord set the existing 1-lap IRP track record of 123.381 mph in 2001.
USAC VALVOLINE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
6.-Jerry Coons, Jr.-199
8.-Tom Hessert III-187
"BORDER WARS XI" SPRINT CAR FINAL STANDINGS
3.-Jerry Coons, Jr.-120
10.-Tom Hessert III-69