Gas City recap, Winchester preview

"RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY AT WINCHESTER; COTTLE & RAIN PREVAIL AT GAS CITY The 18th running of the "Rich Vogler Classic" is re-scheduled for this Sunday afternoon (April 27) at the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway...

"RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY AT WINCHESTER; COTTLE & RAIN PREVAIL AT GAS CITY

The 18th running of the "Rich Vogler Classic" is re-scheduled for this Sunday afternoon (April 27) at the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway after persistent showers forced Sunday's postponement of the race honoring the memory of USAC's winningest driver of all time.

Shane Cottle of Kokomo, Ind. kicked off the 2008 USAC National Sprint Car season with a thrilling victory in Friday night's 30-lap race at the Gas City I-69 Speedway. Driving the Contos Racing Chalk/Frampton, Cottle took the lead from Brad Sweet on lap 18 and led the rest of the way to beat Dustin Morgan, Sweet, Levi Jones and Dave Darland, who came from the last row to take fifth.

Rains forced cancellation of Saturday night's scheduled return to Gas City's 1/4-mile dirt oval.

Brady Bacon was Friday's fastest qualifier. Blake Fitzpatrick won the qualifying race and heats went to Scotty Weir, Jon Stanbrough, Darren Hagen and Jerry Coons Jr. Cottle won the semi. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 13 of the feature but escaped injury.

Cottle leads the series standings going into Sunday's return to the 1/2-mile paved Winchester oval.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Scotty Weir , Levi Jones , Jon Stanbrough , Shane Cottle , Dustin Morgan , Brad Sweet , Thomas Meseraull , Jerry Coons Jr.