Ryan Newman of South Bend, Ind. is $9,500 richer after his victory in Wednesday night's CVS Pharmacy "Mel Kenyon Classic" at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Newman, raked in a $6,500 bonus from the "Wynn's Challenge" as part of his ...
Ryan Newman of South Bend, Ind. is $9,500 richer after his victory in Wednesday night's CVS Pharmacy "Mel Kenyon Classic" at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Newman, raked in a $6,500 bonus from the "Wynn's Challenge" as part of his earnings in the Ryan Newman Motorsports Brayton/Drinan. After losing the early lead to defending USAC MCI WorldCom National Midget Car Champion Jason Leffler, Newman, regained the lead on the 29th lap and led the final 12 laps for the victory. Newman will be among top favorites for victory in this weekend's USAC MCI WorldCom National/Western Midget Car showdown at the 1-mile paved Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. In 1997 he established the ultimate series speed record of 139.265 mph which drivers will be shooting for in Saturday's qualifying session. Sunday's 25-mile race is scheduled to start at 11:45 am, prior to the Indy Racing League event and following a 9 am Midget Car warm-up session and a 10:15 am 10-mile "qualifying race." Newman's challengers will not only include Leffler, who leads the MCI WorldCom National Midget Car standings, but also Marc DeBeaumont of Clayton, Calif., the current leader in the MCI WorldCom Western Midget Car standings, plus other top drivers from each series trying to gather points to secure top year-end point rankings. Leffler captured last year's Pikes Peak 25-miler. Trailing Newman and Leffler at IRP Wednesday night were Jerry Coons, Jr., John Nervo and Ryan Scott. Newman's victory narrowed Leffler's point lead to 79 points going into Sunday's Colorado race. DeBeaumont currently holds a 94-point lead over Shane Scully in the battle for the MCI WorldCom Western Midget Car championship. DeBeaumont already has posted feature victories at Irwindale and Stockton, Calif. this year, while Scully is still seeking his initial 1999 win.
MCI WORLDCOM/USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR STANDINGS
1. Jason Leffler 317 6. Brian Gerster 148 2. Ryan Newman 238 7. Dave Darland 133 3. Jerry Coons, Jr 220 8. Clay Klepper 128 4. Tracy Hines 155 9. Jay Drake 122 5. Ricky Shelton 151 10. A.J. Fike 119
MCI WORLDCOM/USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR STANDINGS
1. Marc DeBeaumont 414 6. Steve Paden 219 2. Shane Scully 320 7. Jason Leffler 170 3. Alex Harris 311 8. Rick Hendrix 154 4. Bobby Boone 285 9. Clay Klepper 152 5. Wally Pankratz 230 10. Bryan Stanfill 143