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DODSON TO MAKE FIRST START AT ELDORA MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- USAC K&N Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year Candidate Cameron Dodson willmake his first Silver Crown start at Eldora Speedway Saturday. The driver of the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies...

DODSON TO MAKE FIRST START AT ELDORA

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- USAC K&N Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year Candidate Cameron Dodson willmake his first Silver Crown start at Eldora Speedway Saturday. The driver of the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies No. 199 Ford/ Red Line Oil/ Hoosier Tires entry was highlighted this week by USAC as a frontrunner for the 2007 Silver Crown rookie of Year honor. The Greenfield, Ind. driver is seventh in drivers points with a half-dozen "top-10s" and one pole.

The Rookie of the Year Award are determined by a panel of USAC Officials at season's end. The award will be given out at the USAC Champions Night National Awards Dinner, January 19, 2008 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind.

Cameron Dodson is hoping to make his case this weekend for the honor at the "Four Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway. Dodson is looking to snap a three-race streak of bad luck..

TEAM FINISHES 15th AT DARK RAIN SOAKED NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team fought rain and bad luck to finish 15th last Saturday in a darkness shortened race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Rain washed out the morning practice and qualifying session at New Hampshire. The competitors would take the track for a practice/ qualifying session late in the day just prior to sundown. Cameron Dodson made the most of the session turning in a lap of 127.057 mph, giving him his first Silver Crown pole of his career. When the green flag dropped on the race, NASCAR Nextel Cup driver J.J. Yeley dashed into the lead with Dodson right behind him. The rare mechanical gremlins struck as the throttle pedal broke. The crew quickly made repairs and Dodson returned to the track seven laps down. Undaunted, Cameron Dodson raced around the "Magic Mile" turning fast laps but finished 15th due to laps lost when the race was called 31 laps into the 50 lap feature due to darkness.

The weather forecast for this weekend in Eldora calls for clear skies. The 50-lap K & N Silver Crown feature follows a 25-lap USAC National Midget and 30-lap Lucas Oil USAC National Sprint feature to conclude Saturday's racing action at the 1/2-mile dirt oval.

POINTS UPDATE

Cameron Dodson heads into Eldora 7th in the drivers points, only 10 points out of 6th. The No. 199 Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing entry sits in 3rd in the owners points, just 7 points out of 2nd.

-credit: edwards/ret

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Series USAC
Drivers J.J. Yeley , Carl Edwards , Cameron Dodson