Earl's Fast Qualifier 2004-07-12

Steele, Wise Take Earl's Sprint, Midget Lead Dave Steele and Josh Wise are the new leaders respectively in the Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifiers Championship standings in USAC's Valvoline National Sprint Car and National Midget...

Steele, Wise Take Earl's Sprint, Midget Lead

Dave Steele and Josh Wise are the new leaders respectively in the Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifiers Championship standings in USAC's Valvoline National Sprint Car and National Midget Car Series following weekend performances.

Steele was the fastest qualifier for the Sprint race at Toledo, Ohio Friday and second fastest behind Bobby East at Indianapolis Raceway Park Saturday. Wise set a new track National Midget record at the Blossom Chevrolet Indianapolis Speedrome Wednesday.

Garrett Hansen posted the fastest qualifying time for Saturday night's USAC Western Midget race at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

Earl's points this week will be distributed to participants in USAC's Valvoline National and Western Sprint Series, USAC's Western Midget Series and USAC's Ford Focus Series.

Points are traditionally awarded at each USAC event based on an international system awarding the top-six qualifiers with points in the following scale: 1st-9. 2nd-6, 3rd-4, 4th-3, 5th-2, 6th-1.

Each USAC National, Western and Ford Focus Midget Car Earl's Plumbing FQ Champion will be honored at USAC's Champions Night ceremony in Indianapolis in December. The National and Western FQ champs will receive $5,000 each, while the Ford Focus FQ champs will each receive $1,500.

2004 Standings:

Weld Racing Silver Crown:
1-Dave Steele-31
2-Dane Carter-22
3-Jerry Coons, Jr.-12
4-Levi Jones-11
5-Jon Stanbrough & Jason McCord-10.

Valvoline National Sprint Car:
1-Dave Steele-33
2-Jason McCord-27
3-Jay Drake & Bobby East-26
5-Bud Kaeding-24.

National Midget Car:
1-Josh Wise-44
2-Bobby East-38
3-Dave Steele-30
4-Dave Darland-25
5-J.J. Yeley-19.

Valvoline Western Sprint Car:
1-Tony Hunt-30
2-Michael Lewis-21
3-Brian McClish-12
4-Chad Nichols-11
5-Greg Taylor-9.

Western Midget Car:
1-Jerome Rodela-57
2-Steve Paden-38
3-Garrett Hansen-37
4-Johnny Rodriguez-20
5-Michael Lewis-17.

California Ford Focus:
1-Chris Rahe-59
2-Bradley Galedrige-40
3-Josh Lakatos-37
4-Bobby Michnowicz-26
5-Nick Morago-21.

Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus:
1-Chase Scott-34
2-Sam Beam-25
3-Kevin Conway-16
4-Jordan Noblitt-15
5-Danny Bopp-14.

Midwest Ford Focus:
1-Tate Martz-42
2-Rex Norris III-36
3-Ronnie Wuerdeman-27
4-Jordan Noblitt-26
5-Trenton Darland & Ryan Litt-21.

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Dave Steele , Bud Kaeding , Johnny Rodriguez , Bobby East , Dane Carter , Levi Jones , Jason McCord , Steve Paden , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Chris Rahe , Jordan Noblitt , Chase Scott , Tony Hunt , Garrett Hansen , Bobby Michnowicz