FF: Eldora and Anderson previews

"Branson-Larson" & "Glen Niebel" classics this weekend as Sprints open at Eldora & Anderson; Indiana Ford Focuses debut Sunday at Anderson. The 2003 USAC National Sprint Car Series debuts this weekend with two "classic" events. The brand-new...

"Branson-Larson" & "Glen Niebel" classics this weekend as Sprints open at Eldora & Anderson; Indiana Ford Focuses debut Sunday at Anderson.

The 2003 USAC National Sprint Car Series debuts this weekend with two "classic" events. The brand-new USAC Indiana Ford Focus Midget Car Series also debuts in conjunction with Sunday's Sprint Car race.

The 21st "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio Saturday night opens the 2003 Sprint Car campaign with a 30-lap race on the 1/2-mile dirt oval. Sunday's 50-lap "Glen Niebel Classic" Sprint at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway will be augmented with a 20-lapper for the new Indiana Ford Focus Midget Cars.

Defending USAC National Sprint Car Champion Tracy Hines returns in the Dynamics, Inc. entry, trying to build on the team's claim as the winningest car entrants in series history. Practice at Eldora gets under way at 6:30 pm, with qualifying slated at 7 and racing at 8. J.J. Yeley, runner-up to Hines in last year's Sprint Car standings, won last year's "Branson/Larson Classic."

Hines is the defending winner of the "Glen Niebel Classic" at Anderson, which gets under way with practice at 11:30 am. Qualifying is scheduled at 1:15 pm and racing starts at 2 pm.

Among expected entrants in the brand-new Indiana Ford Focus Midget Car Series are second-generation drivers Trenton Darland of Lincoln, Ind. and Brice Kenyon of Lebanon, Ind. Darland is the son of USAC "Triple Crown Champion" Dave Darland, while Kenyon is the son of 7-time USAC National Midget Champion Mel Kenyon. Also expected in Ford Focus Midget Cars are lady drivers Samantha Weakley of Indianapolis, Ind. and Heather Margo of Angola, Ind.

The Eldora race pays tribute to two of USAC's greatest Sprint Car drivers, who both perished in racing accidents during the 1966 racing season. The Anderson race honors the memory of the late mechanic and car owner Glen Niebel, who fielded USAC race cars for many drivers, including USAC "Triple Crown Champion" Tony Stewart. Niebel passed away in December, 1999.

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines