INAUGURAL "MOPAR-PRI SPRINT & MIDGET CLASSIC" SET FOR ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD THURSDAY & FRIDAY; ONE USAC DRIVER COULD WALK AWAY WITH $70,000-PLUS! Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. is expected to be among favorites for victory in his home...
INAUGURAL "MOPAR-PRI SPRINT & MIDGET CLASSIC" SET FOR ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD THURSDAY & FRIDAY; ONE USAC DRIVER COULD WALK AWAY WITH $70,000-PLUS!
Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. is expected to be among favorites for victory in his home state this Friday when USAC conducts the inaugural "Mopar-PRI Sprint and Midget Classic" at Orlando SpeedWorld Speedway. Preliminaries are set for Thursday night and feature events in four different racing classes are scheduled Friday.
Steele comes fresh from his victory in Thursday night's USAC Western Sprint race at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. The Florida veteran has a remarkable record in recent USAC racing becoming the first driver to record victories in all three USAC National Series five consecutive years! His 2005 resume includes four Silver Crown wins, two Sprint wins and a Midget triumph and he is the reigning USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Champion.
Friday night's racing program includes 144 laps of green-flag racing. Feature events will be 40 laps for Sprint Cars and Midgets, 20 laps for Ford Focuses and 20 laps for the 600 Racing Legends Invitational. A 12-lap Midget qualifying race and 12-lap Sprint qualifying race are also on tap. In addition to qualifying, Thursday night's events include three eight-lap Ford Focus heat races and a 10-lap Ford Focus semi.
The event marks USAC's first appearance in the Sunshine State since 2002 and a stellar field of cars and drivers is expected, showcasing the nation's top racing talent on the 1/2-mile paved oval.
Prize money incentives include a $50,000 cash bonus from Impact Racing for any driver who can win both the 40-lap Sprint and Midget features. To qualify for the bonus, the driver must come from last starting position in the second feature! The total prize money for Friday's events, including additional cash bonuses for cars passed and laps led, has topped the $115,000 mark!
One USAC driver could walk away with over $70,000 in cash based on the above posted prizes!
The field at Orlando is expected to include 2005 USAC driving champions Steele (Silver Crown), Levi Jones (National Sprint), Josh Wise (National Midget), Kody Swanson (Western Sprint), Damion Gardner (CRA Sprint), Robbie Ray (National Focus), Chase Scott (Carolina/Virginia Focus), Michael Sboro (Northeast Focus) and Chase Barber (California Focus Dirt), plus USAC Triple Crown Champions Dave Darland and J.J. Yeley.
Bryan Clauson, the youngest USAC National Midget feature winner in the club's 50-year history at age 16, is also among early entrants, as are Tracy Hines and Aaron Fike, both USAC stars now competing regularly in NASCAR events.
The Orlando event is being held in conjunction with the annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, which unfolds December 1-3 at the Orange County Convention Center.