Indiana Sprint Week review

Tony Elliott of Kokomo, Ind. wasn't going to let the Pennzoil "Indiana Sprint Week" championship elude him this year. After losing last year's championship to Dave Darland by a single point, he came back this year to win the six-race...

Tony Elliott of Kokomo, Ind. wasn't going to let the Pennzoil "Indiana Sprint Week" championship elude him this year. After losing last year's championship to Dave Darland by a single point, he came back this year to win the six-race series title by 29 points over 1997 champion J.J. Yeley, with Darland taking third. Elliott will be among favorites for victory when the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car series resumes action this Sunday night at his "home" track - the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. A 30-lap feature is on tap at the 1/4-mile dirt oval after practice at 5 pm, qualifying at 6 and preliminary races, starting at 7. Tracy Hines and the Willoughby Stealth Special cruised to victory in Wednesday night's Pennzoil "Indiana Sprint Week" finale at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. He passed Cary Faas on the 15th lap and never looked back, beating Jack Hewitt, Bill Rose, J.J. Yeley and Brian Tyler to the checkered flag in the 30-lapper. Elliott, who needed only an 11th to clinch the six-race series crown, was eighth. Darland, who finished sixth a Eldora, continues to lead Hines by 114 points in the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car standings going into Sunday's Kokomo race. Scott Orr won Wednesday's "non-qualifiers" race, while heats went to Cory Kruseman, Brian Tyler, Roger Chaudion and Kevin Doty. Todd Kane won the True Value semi and Jimmy Sills was the Turbines, Inc. fast qualifier.

STOOPS FREIGHTLINER SPRINT CAR STANDINGS

1.      Dave Darland    1,108           6.      Eric Gordon     598
2.      Tracy Hines     994             7.      Robbie Rice     543
3.      Tony Elliott    935             8.      Jack Hewitt     536
4.      Brian Tyler     725             9.      Brian Gerster   472
5.      Derek Davidson  605             10.     Terry Pletch    472

FINAL PENNZOIL "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" STANDINGS

1.      Elliott, Tony   314             6.      Briscoe, Kevin  241
2.      Yeley, J.J.     285             7.      Hewitt, Jack    238
3.      Darland, Dave   269             8.      Doty, Kevin     202
        Kruseman, Cory  256             9.      Hines, Tracy    189
5.      Pletch, Terry   243             10.     Kane, Todd      182

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Cory Kruseman , Eric Gordon , Jimmy Sills , Brian Gerster , Bill Rose