Richmond notes, Ohio double preview

SPRINTS GEARING UP FOR TOLEDO/MANSFIELD WEEKEND JULY 8-9 GREGORY WINS RICHMOND'S "SHOWDOWN AT SUNDOWN" The Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car Series is preparing for back-to-back Ohio contests July 8-9 at Toledo and Mansfield ...

SPRINTS GEARING UP FOR TOLEDO/MANSFIELD WEEKEND JULY 8-9
GREGORY WINS RICHMOND'S "SHOWDOWN AT SUNDOWN"

The Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car Series is preparing for back-to-back Ohio contests July 8-9 at Toledo and Mansfield following Ron Gregory's victory in Saturday night's "Showdown at Sundown" at Richmond, Va.

Gregory, of Noblesville, Ind., posted his initial series triumph in the BWB Racing Hannig Construction/First Financial Bank Beast/Jones. He was proclaimed the winner following post-race technical inspection during which the car driven by fast qualifier Bobby East failed to pass and was disqualified. East had originally led all 60 laps around the 3/4-mile paved oval.

Michael Lewis was officially credited with leading the first 41 laps at Richmond, with teammate Bobby Santos III leading the next 13 laps. Gregory then paced the final six circuits for the win.

Jay Drake, who failed to finish the Richmond race, continues to lead the series standings going into the two Ohio races. He is 14 points ahead of Dave Darland, who placed 11th in the Richmond feature.

The July 8 "Hemelgarn Racing Night" program at Toledo is expected to attract numerous former USAC drivers, including Toledo's Rollie Beale, USAC's 1973 National Sprint Car Champion, who have been invited as special guests.

USAC VALVOLINE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Jay Drake-479
2.-Dave Darland-465
3.-Levi Jones-446
4.-Bud Kaeding-416
5.-Josh Wise-370
6.-Mat Neely-345
7.-Jon Stanbrough-259
8.-Jerry Coons, Jr.-249
9. Dave Steele-245
10. Tom Hessert III-214

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Dave Darland , Dave Steele , Bud Kaeding , Tom Hessert III , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Levi Jones , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Bobby Santos III