OPEN WHEEL PARADISE Eldora Speedway to Host American Revolution Weekend Presented by Chevy Featuring the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws and USAC 4-Crown Nationals INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 15, 2008) --For open wheel fans, keeping up with where...
OPEN WHEEL PARADISE
Eldora Speedway to Host American Revolution Weekend Presented by Chevy Featuring the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws and USAC 4-Crown Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 15, 2008) --For open wheel fans, keeping up with where their favorite USAC and World of Outlaws drivers are racing each weekend can be quite a challenge as each series criss-crosses the country chasing season-long championships.
For the second consecutive year, the American Revolution Weekend presented by Chevy at Eldora Speedway puts them all in the same place. By combining the USAC 4-Crown Nationals with an Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint car event, Eldora offers fans of Midgets, Silver Crown, and both non-wing and winged Sprint cars the chance to see all the top stars on consecutive nights at the famous high-speed, high-banked half-mile owned by Tony Stewart.
Eldora Speedway has always been a cornerstone of the WoO Sprint Car Series schedule since 1978, when the series began. This year marks the 30th anniversary for the winged Sprint series, and Friday's event will be its fifth stop at the track this season.
During the first 29 years of WoO action, 63 "A" features have been contested at the track with 30 different drivers claiming victory.
In 20 of the Outlaws' first 29 seasons, the WoO champion scored a win at Eldora during the year. That bodes well for current point leader Donny Schatz, who won his second career WoO "A" feature at Eldora on May 31 aboard Tony Stewart Racing's No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore J&J. In 2007, Schatz won the 24th annual Kings Royal at Eldora and then went on to win the WoO title.
The WoO races at the "Big E" have been action-packed during the past two seasons with seven different winners taking the nine races. In the first two events of 2008, late-race passes for the lead kept fans on their feet until the checkered flag waved. In July's Kings Royal, winner Daryn Pittman had to hold off a furious charge by Jason Meyers on the last lap to take home the $50,000 prize.
The drama should continue in Friday's WoO event as the series' most recent winner and Eldora favorite, Jac Haudenschild, leads the Outlaws to Eldora. Schatz and Meyers will carry on their battle for the 2008 WoO points crown. TSR's Kraig Kinser will look to continue his recent surge while his dad, Steve Kinser, tries to make 2008 the 21st year he's won a WoO "A" feature at Eldora.
Since 1981, the famed Eldora Speedway has played host to 4-Crown Nationals late in the season showcasing USAC's Midget, Sprint or Silver Crown series. On Saturday, the tradition continues with complete events for Midgets, Sprint cars and Silver Crown.
Thirty-three different drivers have won a feature event in the prestigious 4-Crown Nationals while competing in the Midget, Sprint car and Silver Crown classes. Jack Hewitt leads the list of winners with 16 wins in the three USAC divisions. He also scored three Modified wins, one of which came in 1998, when Hewitt did the unthinkable and swept all four events.
Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Tracy Hines ranks fourth all-time with four career wins in the 4-Crown Nationals, picking up a pair of Midget and Sprint triumphs. In 2006, he claimed both the USAC Midget and Sprint Series feature races. On Saturday, he'll head the list of talented USAC Midget competitors at Eldora as the national points leader and most recent winner. Last Saturday, Hines drove the TSR No. 21 Chevrolet/Bass Pro entry to victory at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.
Hines will also be looking to sweep the USAC Sprint Series events at Eldora this season. He won the May 10 and June 14 USAC Sprint car features behind the wheel of the TSR No. 21 Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops Maxim.
Hines' TSR teammate, Levi Jones, leads the USAC National Sprint Series points championship in the No. 20 Chevrolet/Bass Pro Maxim. Jones, the 2007 USAC Sprint champion, recently claimed the 2008 Chevy Powers USAC Indiana Sprint Week Championship and is looking for his first USAC Sprint Series victory since May 22 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Jones picked up a USAC Midget win on Aug. 24 at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis., by beating Hines and giving TSR a one-two feature finish.
Hines and Jones will be two of many competitors vying for USAC 4-Crown Nationals glory on Saturday night.
The two-day American Revolution Weekend presented by Chevrolet will kick off on Friday, with gates opening at 3 p.m. EDT. Practice for the WoO Sprint Series and United Midwest Promoters (UMP) Modifieds begins at 6 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
For Saturday's American Revolution Weekend/USAC 4-Crown finale, gates will open at 11 a.m. Practice and qualifying for the USAC Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget divisions will take place from 3-6 p.m. A 45-minute autograph session featuring the stars of USAC is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. The session is open to the public and will be conducted in the multi-purpose building outside turns three and four on the Eldora Speedway property. Racing for all three USAC divisions will begin Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved seating for both nights of the American Revolution Weekend at Eldora Speedway can be purchased by calling (937) 338-3815. Race fans can also purchase tickets at the gate each day.
For information regarding Eldora Speedway or the American Revolution Weekend presented by Chevrolet, visit www.eldoraspeedway.com.
For complete results from this weekend's American Revolution Weekend/USAC 4-Crown Nationals, log on to www.usacracing.com. For information regarding TSR or Chevrolet, log on to www.tonystewartracing.com or www.chevy.com.