Eldora V: 4-Crown Nationals summary

Gaines Finally Scores in "4-Crown" 30-Lap Sprint Charlotte, Dixie up Next October 13, 16 Dickie Gaines of Mitchell, Ind. earned his initial USAC National feature victory Saturday night, leading all 30 laps to win the "4-Crown Nationals"...

Gaines Finally Scores in "4-Crown" 30-Lap Sprint
Charlotte, Dixie up Next October 13, 16

Dickie Gaines of Mitchell, Ind. earned his initial USAC National feature victory Saturday night, leading all 30 laps to win the "4-Crown Nationals" Valvoline Sprint Car main event on the 1/2-mile dirt Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Gaines, who had posted three runner-up finishes this year, beat Jac Haudenschild to the checkered flag, driving the Popeye's Chicken & Biscuit/Weld Wheels DRC/Jones. Rob Chaney finished third, ahead of Matt Westfall and Shane Cottle.

Valvoline National Sprint Car point leader Jay Drake failed to finish the race but retained a 117-point lead over Bud Kaeding in the standings going into the "Mopar Sprint Car Nationals" October 13 at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. The series also travels to Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga. October 16. Kaeding finished sixth in the "4-Crown" feature.

Dave Darland, who had just won the "4-Crown" Midget feature, escaped injury in a flip on the 23rd lap of the Sprint race. Jimmy Stinson also walked away from a lap-23 restart flip.

VALVOLINE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Jay Drake-1,411
2.-Bud Kaeding-1,294
3.-Cory Kruseman-1,217
4.-Levi Jones-1,141
5.-Tony Elliott-928
6.-Dave Darland-913
7.-Josh Ford-902
8.-Brian Tyler-837
9.-Dickie Gaines-796
10.-Josh Wise-782

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Shane Cottle , Josh Ford , Jac Haudenschild