Eldora II: 4-Crown race recap

Drake takes "4-Crown" Midget feature. Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. piloted the Mopar/Stanton Race Engines Mopar/Kunz to victory in Saturday night's 22nd Annual "4-Crown Nationals" USAC National Midget Car race at the Eldora Speedway...

Drake takes "4-Crown" Midget feature.

Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. piloted the Mopar/Stanton Race Engines Mopar/Kunz to victory in Saturday night's 22nd Annual "4-Crown Nationals" USAC National Midget Car race at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. His victory in the race presented by the University of Northwestern Ohio was his second of the 2002 campaign.

The USAC National Midget Car Series now prepares for back-to-back events in central Indiana, beginning with Friday night's $82,000-plus "Indianapolis Twin 25s" Monza-Style events at Indianapolis Raceway Park presented by Ford. Included in the posted prize money is a $50,000 bonus from Prolong Super Lubricants for any driver who can win both 25-lap feature events. The winning driver in the first "25" will be required to start last in the second "25."

The IRP timetable has Midget practice from 4-5 pm and Midget qualifying at 5:10. A driver autograph session at 6 pm will precede the first preliminary race at 7. Two 12-lap Midget "qualifying races" are on tap prior to the two 25-lap features.

Saturday night, the USAC National Midget Car Series will visit the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway for a 40-lap feature on the 1/4-mile paved oval. Practice starts at 5 pm and qualifying begins at 6. The preliminary races get under way at 8.

Bobby East led the opening three laps at Eldora Saturday before yielding to Drake. He slipped to fourth at the finish behind Drake, J.J. Yeley and Tracy Hines, while defending series champion Dave Darland was fifth.

Darland enters this weekend's action with a 109-point lead over Yeley, with 138 total points available at IRP and Anderson.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Dave Darland 1037
2. J.J. Yeley 928
3. Aaron Fike 864
4. Tracy Hines 747
5. Bobby East 737
6. A.J. Fike 604
7. Steve Paden 568
8. Ron Gregory 532
9. Teddy Beach 468
10. Ryan Scott 439

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Series USAC
Drivers Ryan Scott , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , A.J. Fike , Ron Gregory , Steve Paden