Earl's Fast Qualifier 2004-11-22

Hunt Nails Down Earl's Title; East Close! USAC Valvoline Western Sprint Car point leader Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. locked up a 2004 Earl's fast qualifier championship Saturday, posting sixth-fastest qualifying time at...

Hunt Nails Down Earl's Title; East Close!

USAC Valvoline Western Sprint Car point leader Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. locked up a 2004 Earl's fast qualifier championship Saturday, posting sixth-fastest qualifying time at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park. He leads runner-up Michael Lewis by 11 points with only nine available in Thursday night's series finale at Irwindale, Calif.

National Midget point leader Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. has two challengers in the battle for that series' Earl's Fast Qualifier title following Saturday's Tucson racing program. East qualified fourth at Tucson but Dave Steele, the fastest Tucson qualifier, is now tied with Josh Wise, eight points in arrears with nine available Thursday at Irwindale.

Jerome Rodela has already locked up the Earl's FQ Western Midget honors, while Chris Rahe has likewise locked up the California Ford Focus FQ honors.

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 (Final):
1-Dave Steele-40
2-Tyler Walker-36
3-Jay Drake & Jerry Coons, Jr.-30
5-Dane Carter-27.

Valvoline National Sprint Car (Final):
1-Levi Jones-72
2-Josh Wise-57
3-Cory Kruseman-54
4-Jay Drake-52
5-Dave Steele-49

National Midget Car:
1-Bobby East-73
2-Josh Wise & Dave Steele-65
4-Dave Darland-31
5-J.J. Yeley & Cole Carter-28.

Valvoline Western Sprint Car:
1-Tony Hunt-94
2-Michael Lewis-83
3-Brian McClish-40
4-Brad Bumgarner-32
5-Tim Barber-20.

Western Midget Car:
1-Jerome Rodela-87
2-Garrett Hansen-65
3-Steve Paden-60
4-Johnny Rodriguez-46
5-Michael Lewis-35.

California Ford Focus:
1-Chris Rahe-131
2-Josh Lakatos-88
3-Bradley Galedrige-73
4-Bobby McGowan-47
5-Nick Morago-39.

Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus (Final):
1-Chase Scott-94
2-Aron Oakley-34
3-Sam Beam-32
4-Danny Bopp-27
5-Mike Ward-25.

Midwest Ford Focus (Final):
1- Rex Norris III-54
2-Jordan Noblitt-49
3-Tate Martz-44
4-Brad Loyet-32
5-Ryan Litt-31.

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , J.J. Yeley , Dave Steele , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Johnny Rodriguez , Bobby East , Dane Carter , Levi Jones , Tyler Walker , Tim Barber , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Cole Carter , Chris Rahe , Josh Lakatos , Jordan Noblitt , Chase Scott , Brad Loyet , Tony Hunt , Garrett Hansen , Brad Bumgarner