AT LEAST 4 DRIVERS EYE "TRIPLE DUTY" IN SATURDAY'S "4-CROWN NATIONALS" AT ELDORA No less than four drivers are expected to see "triple duty" this Saturday when Chevrolet Presents An American Revolution Weekend, the 27th...
AT LEAST 4 DRIVERS EYE "TRIPLE DUTY" IN SATURDAY'S "4-CROWN NATIONALS" AT ELDORA
No less than four drivers are expected to see "triple duty" this Saturday when Chevrolet Presents An American Revolution Weekend, the 27th "4-Crown Nationals" USAC events at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio
Two of the four drivers who are already listed on entries for all three USAC National series (K & N Silver Crown, Lucas Oil Sprints and Midgets), will pilot cars for Tony Stewart Racing. Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be joined by Dave Darland and Jerry Coons Jr. as "triple duty" drivers, while several others are possible candidates.
Stenhouse is the only driver to record victories in all three USAC National Series this season, with wins at Phoenix, Ariz. and Springfield, Ill (Silver Crown), Minersville, Pa. (Sprint) and Haubstadt and Kokomo, Ind., McCool Junction, Neb. and Knoxville, Ia. (Midgets).
This year, a total of 19 drivers have started a feature in each National series, namely Hud Cone, Coons, Shane Cottle, Darland, Cameron Dodson, Bobby East, Ron Gregory, Tracy Hines, Shane Hollingsworth, Marc Jessup, Jones, Bud Kaeding, Cory Kruseman, Mike Murgoitio, Mat Neely, Jon Stanbrough, Stenhouse, Billy Wease and Josh Wise.
Only once in "4-Crown Nationals" history has a driver been able to sweep all three features. Jack Hewitt turned the trick in 1998, the year he also won the Late Model feature for an incredible "clean sweep." Steve Kinser won the Sprint and Silver Crown races in 1981, Larry Rice won the Sprint and Silver Crown in 1985, Rich Vogler won the Midget and Sprint in 1986, Hewitt won the Sprint and Silver Crown in 1991, Stewart won the Midget and Sprint in 1995, Darland won the Midget and Sprint in 1999, J.J. Yeley won the Midget and Silver Crown in 2001, Darland won the Midget and Silver Crown in 2004 and Tracy Hines won the Midget and Sprint last year.
Competing in all three USAC National features is nothing new. A total of 37 drivers have started all three in a single "4-Crown" and Hewitt did it 11 times! Hewitt's record includes seven times when he started all four legs of the "4-Crown," which included non-sanctioned USAC events.
The three USAC National series appeared together only once previously this season, at Iowa Speedway in May, where East, Murgoitio and Wease were the only drivers to start all three features.
Warmups and qualifying will precede Saturday night's racing events, which begin at 7:30 pm following an autograph session.