6 NATIONAL SPRINT TITLES REPRESENTED IN "LAS VEGAS CLASSIC" ENTRIES Defending USAC National Sprint Car Champion Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif., 2005 National Champion Levi Jones of Olney, Ill. and former two-time series titlist...
6 NATIONAL SPRINT TITLES REPRESENTED IN "LAS VEGAS CLASSIC" ENTRIES
Defending USAC National Sprint Car Champion Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif., 2005 National Champion Levi Jones of Olney, Ill. and former two-time series titlist Brian Tyler of Mt. Pleasant, N.C. are the latest USAC champions to join the field for this week's "Las Vegas Classic" USAC/CRA Sprint Car races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway dirt track Thursday and Friday nights.
Wise, Jones and Tyler join two-time series champ J.J. Yeley, who was announced as a participant earlier in the week.
Wise will pilot a car fielded by Keith Kunz Motorsports of Columbus, Ind., while Jones will team with 2006 USAC National Sprint Car "Rookie of the Year" Scott Weir in cars fielded by 2006 CRA car owner champion Glenn Crossno of Alta Loma, Calif. Tyler will drive for long-time California entrant Anne Wilkerson. Wise is coming off a 2006 season which included a victory in last November's "Western World Championships" at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. and Jones won five times en route to the 2005 crown.
Tyler's last USAC Sprint car start produced a victory on the pavement at Richmond International Raceway last June. He also is the reigning champion of the grueling "Little 500" 500-lap pavement spectacular held each May at Anderson, Ind.
All three of USAC's CRA Sprint Car Champions are also entered. They are defending titlist Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. and Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Calif. Gardner won a series-high nine features last year.
Williams ranks second in the current standings, just 26 points behind Tony Jones of Corona, Calif., who is still seeking his first 2007 victory after winning eight races in 2006.