Night Before 500 summary, Beaver Dam preview

7th "SUE THIEL MEMORIAL" FRIDAY AT BEAVER DAM; EAST LEADS ALL 50 TO CLAIM "NIGHT BEFORE 500" TITLE Tracy Hines and Bobby East are separated by only three points in the new Mopar USAC National Midget standings going into this ...

7th "SUE THIEL MEMORIAL" FRIDAY AT BEAVER DAM; EAST LEADS ALL 50 TO CLAIM "NIGHT BEFORE 500" TITLE

Tracy Hines and Bobby East are separated by only three points in the new Mopar USAC National Midget standings going into this Friday night's 7th Mid-State Equipment "Sue Thiel Memorial" at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, Wis. Defending two-time USAC National Midget Champ Jerry Coons Jr. will be trying for a third consecutive victory in the final event of the 2008 "Midget Maynia Tour" on the 1/2-mile dirt oval. The race is co-sanctioned by the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association.

East, of Brownsburg, Ind., led all 50 laps to win Saturday night's 63rd Toyota "Night Before the 500" Mopar USAC National Midget race at O'Reilly Raceway Park. East and his Klatt Enterprises Ford Racing Beast/Esslinger Ford were trailed at the checkered flag by Chase Scott, Hines, fast qualifier Kody Swanson and Bobby Santos III.

The victory put East on top the "Toyota Challenge" series standings. The "Toyota Challenge" series continues July 24 and September 12 at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Tracy Hines , Bobby East , Bobby Santos III , Kody Swanson , Jerry Coons Jr.