Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. takes his quest for the 2004 Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car Championship to North Carolina and Georgia this week as the series heads down the homestretch. Only races at Perris, Calif. and Phoenix, ...
Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. takes his quest for the 2004 Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car Championship to North Carolina and Georgia this week as the series heads down the homestretch. Only races at Perris, Calif. and Phoenix, Ariz. remain after this week's races to determine the 2004 champion.
Drake, despite 42 career USAC National feature wins (21 in Sprint cars), is still seeking his first USAC National Championship. He won the 1996 Western Midget Car title and TQ Midget titles in 1990-1991 and in 2000, 2001 and 2003 finished as the National Sprint Car points runner-up.
Wednesday night's race is the Mopar Sprint Car Nationals at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, N.C. Saturday night's race is at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga., north of Atlanta. Troy Cline won last year's race at Lowe's, while the USAC Sprint cars haven't appeared on dirt in the Peach State since 1957.
A 30-lap feature concludes Wednesday's program on the 4/10-mile dirt in North Carolina and another 30-lapper caps Saturday night's Georgia program.
Drake's last three victories of his four this season were on the dirt. His point lead over Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. stands at 117 points, with more than 400 left to be distributed.
Drake's challengers at both this week's events will include defending Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car Champion J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. Yeley has concentrated on NASCAR commitments this year but has found time to compete in 10 USAC Sprint races in 2004. He won races on the dirt at North Vernon and Terre Haute, Ind. and was the fastest qualifier for the rich "Mopar Thunder" race at Rossburg, Ohio in August.
VALVOLINE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS