Milwaukee: Round nine preview

WISE LEADS MIDGETS TO MILWAUKEE Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif., hoping to follow the recent success of his car owner, NASCAR star Tony Stewart, leads the USAC National Midget Car Series to the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin this ...

WISE LEADS MIDGETS TO MILWAUKEE

Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif., hoping to follow the recent success of his car owner, NASCAR star Tony Stewart, leads the USAC National Midget Car Series to the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin this weekend.

Wise holds a 67-point lead over defending series champion Bobby East in the latest standings, and with 66 points available at Milwaukee Wise is assured of retaining the lead.

Wise has eight "top-10" finishes in nine races this year in his Mopar/Vital Express Beasts, including victories on the pavement at Toledo, Ohio and on the dirt at Beaver Dam, WIs.

A 30-mile feature is on tap at the 1-mile paved oval, scheduled to start at 2 pm Saturday. Practice and qualifying are slated Friday. J.J. Yeley, winner of last year's Milwaukee Midget race, holds the 1-lap track qualifying record of 127.384 mph set last year, the first appearance of the USAC Midgets at Milwaukee since 1993.

The Indy Racing League's ABC Supply A.J. Foyt 225 racing weekend at Milwaukee also includes the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series, which will compete in a 100-miler race at 4:30 pm Saturday.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Josh Wise-454
2.-Bobby East-387
3.-Ron Gregory-379
4.-Jerry Coons, Jr.-312
5.-Teddy Beach-309
6.-Michael Lewis-288
7.-Tom Hessert III-285
8.-Dave Steele-273
9.-Jay Drake-256
10.-Cole Carter-252

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Michael Lewis , J.J. Yeley , Dave Steele , Tom Hessert III , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Ron Gregory , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Cole Carter , A.J. Foyt