Eldora, Winchester race report

Reid, Lewis notch USAC 1sts in "Branson/Larson" & "Vogler" Classics; Hines now a 3-time "Border Wars" champion. Boston Reid of Kokomo, Ind. and Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind. became the second and third brand-new USAC National Sprint Car ...

Reid, Lewis notch USAC 1sts in "Branson/Larson" & "Vogler" Classics; Hines now a 3-time "Border Wars" champion.

Boston Reid of Kokomo, Ind. and Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind. became the second and third brand-new USAC National Sprint Car feature winners in the first three races of the 2003 series with their victories in weekend events.

Reid won Saturday night's "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, while Lewis grabbed Sunday afternoon's "Rich Vogler Classic" at the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind., runner-up finisher in both races, emerged with his third "Border Wars" title and the series point lead going into a May 16 race at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Reid led all 30 laps of the Eldora race which opened "Border Wars IX," despite a determined late-race bid by Hines. Reid piloted the Davis Racing/Lucas Oil/Keppel Chiropractic/Red Bull/Qualtech Maxim/Gaerte. Bud Kaeding finished third, ahead of Dickie Gaines and fast qualifier J.J. Yeley.

Lewis came from 11th starting spot Sunday to pass Eric Gordon on lap 26 and lead the final five laps in his Jeff Walker Racing/Hoosier Tire/Weld Wheels Beast/Chevy. Hines was second, followed by Gordon, who led the first 25 laps, fast qualifier Dave Steele and J.J. Yeley.

Hines, by virtue of scoring the most USAC points in the two events, wins his third "Border Wars" title, having previously won the 1999 and 2002 titles. He also has a 14-point lead over Yeley in the National standings after the two races.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Tracy Hines 190
2. J.J. Yeley 176
3. Bud Kaeding 137
4. Jay Drake 119
5. Levi Jones 119
6. Eric Gordon 112
7. Boston Reid 112
8. Brian Tyler 111
9. Dave Darland 108
10. Cory Kruseman 92

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Cory Kruseman , Jeff Walker , Jay Drake , Eric Gordon , Levi Jones , Boston Reid