Mansfield rained out, new date set

Rains forced postponement of USAC's initial Sprint Car/Midget Car "doubleheader" at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Speedway Saturday night. The event has been rescheduled for Sunday night, August 17. The USAC National Sprint Car series now gears...

Rains forced postponement of USAC's initial Sprint Car/Midget Car "doubleheader" at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Speedway Saturday night. The event has been rescheduled for Sunday night, August 17.

The USAC National Sprint Car series now gears up for the 44th running of the famed "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic," scheduled this Sunday afternoon at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway. A 50-lap feature event concludes the racing program at the 1/2-mile paved oval. Practice gets under way at 1:30 pm, followed by qualifying at 2:30 and racing at 4.

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. continues to lead the Sprint Car series standings, with 11 feature victories so far this season. He is chasing Tom Bigelow's single-season series mark of 14 set in 1977.

Former "James/O'Connor" champions Chet Fillip (1996), Dave Steele (1997), Jay Drake (1998), Dave Darland (1999), Eric Gordon (2000) and Tracy Hines (2001) are among drivers expected to give Yeley stiff competition in Sunday's event.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. J.J. Yeley 1566
2. Tracy Hines 1310
3. Jay Drake 1301
4. Bud Kaeding 1142
5. Boston Reid 944
6. Levi Jones 883
7. Cory Kruseman 883
8. Dave Darland 787
9. Jon Stanbrough 694
10. Brian Tyler 575

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Chet Fillip , Eric Gordon , Levi Jones , Jon Stanbrough , Boston Reid