Hawkeye Downs: Event preview

Steele 1st at Winchester. Rain forces Eldora cancelation. Sprints join Midgets for Friday's "Hawkeye Open-Wheel Classic" Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. captured Sunday afternoon's 30-lap "Winchester Oldtimers Weekend" feature event at the Winchester...

Steele 1st at Winchester.
Rain forces Eldora cancelation.
Sprints join Midgets for Friday's "Hawkeye Open-Wheel Classic"

Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. captured Sunday afternoon's 30-lap "Winchester Oldtimers Weekend" feature event at the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, climbing to fifth in the new Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car standings as a result.

Steele caught Tracy Hines on the 27th lap of the "Border Wars VIII" event and held on to the checkered flag in his Northside Propane Gaerte/Beast. Hines finished second to extend his point lead to 38 points over Derek Davidson going into this Friday night's "Hawkeye Open-Wheel Classic" at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The USAC National Midget Cars join the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Cars for the Cedar Rapids doubleheader, which will be taped by ESPN2 for showing on May 16.

Practice at Cedar Rapids is scheduled to start at 4:30 pm, with qualifying at 6 and the first race at 7:30. Each series concludes its program with a 30-lap feature on the 1/2-mile paved oval. Hines holds the 1-lap Cedar Rapids Sprint Car track record of 103.693 mph.

Cedar Rapids entries already include the Fike brothers, Aaron and A.J. of Galesburg, Ill., as well as Minnesota drivers Brett Geldner (St. Peter) and John Nelson (Shoreview).

Trailing Steele and Hines at Winchester were Brian Tyler, Davidson and Kevin Feeney. Davidson led the first 17 laps before yielding to Hines. Hines posted the fastest qualifying time and won the first heat race. Other heats went to Jay Drake and Jason McCord and the semi was won by Ed Carpenter.

Saturday night's scheduled Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio was canceled due to rain.

USAC STOOPS FREIGHTLINER SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Tracy Hines 194
2. Derek Davidson 156
3. A.J. Fike 154
4. Jay Drake 149
5. Dave Steele 144
6. Dave Darland 129
7. Bud Kaeding 127
8. J.J. Yeley 110
9. Jonathan Vennard 105
10. Jason McCord 105

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Jay Drake , A.J. Fike , Jonathan Vennard , Jason McCord , Ed Carpenter