Buckeye Nationals final report

USAC's Valvoline National Sprint Car Series makes its initial appearance at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway this Friday in the "Showdown at Sundown," a 60-lap race on the 3/4-mile oval. The race marks only the...

USAC's Valvoline National Sprint Car Series makes its initial appearance at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway this Friday in the "Showdown at Sundown," a 60-lap race on the 3/4-mile oval.

The race marks only the second time the series has visited the "Old Dominion State," with Tracy Hines winning at South Boston Speedway in 2001. The 60-lap race will be split into two 30-lap segments but will produce just one race winner, the second segment beginning in the order of the first segment finish.

The Richmond weekend includes the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Cars in the "Dominic's of New York 100," as well as the Indy Racing League's "SunTrust Indy Challenge". The Valvoline Sprint Cars compete only on Friday, with practice from 12:45-1:15 and 1:45-2:15 pm and qualifying at 3. The Sprint car feature is slated for an 8:30 pm start.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. captured the "Buckeye Nationals" Sprint title last week, winning Wednesday night's 30-lap feature at Attica Raceway Park and adding a pair of "top-10" finishes at Lima and Rossburg in his Loan City/High Five Pizza Maxim/Shaver. He passed J.J. Yeley on the 25th lap and led the final six laps at Attica to beat Jon Stanbrough, Cory Kruseman, Jay Drake and Shane Cottle. Kaeding led the first 18 laps but Yeley slipped past for six laps before mechanical problems forced him out. Kevin Newton escaped serious injury in a flip during qualifying.

Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif. won Friday's 30-lapper at Limaland Motorsports Park, holding off a determined bid by Dave Darland, who finished second. Cory Kruseman, Jay Drake and Levi Jones rounded out the "top-five" at the finish. Levi Jones and Jon Stanbrough led early laps but Wise took over on a lap 25 restart. Darland led briefly on lap 29 but Wise regained the top spot on the final lap for the win in his Snyder Racing Engines/Bullet Chassis Chevy.

Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. won Saturday night's "Buckeye Nationals" finale at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for team owner Tony Stewart, who was on hand to watch Drake's win in the Mopar/Vital Express Eagle/Mopar. Darland took second ahead of Kevin Huntley, Dickie Gaines and Kaeding. Brian Lee led the first 14 laps and Huntley led the next 10 laps before Drake took over.

Drake's victory in the Eldora race, titled the "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic," also earned him the title of "Border Wars X" Champion, concluding the two-race series which began April 30 at Gas City, Ind.

VALVOLINE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Jay Drake-579
2.-Cory Kruseman-459
3.-Bud Kaeding-447
4.-Dave Darland-435
5.-Levi Jones-418
6.-Tony Elliott-323
7.-Brian Tyler-320
8.-Josh Wise-279
9.-Boston Reid-274
10.-Josh Ford-259

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Kevin Newton , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Boston Reid , Shane Cottle , Josh Ford