Salem: Event recap

Darland repeats in Salem'S "James/O'Connor" Midget race. USAC National Midget Car point leader Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. remains undefeated since the series was added to the "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" program at the Salem (Ind.)...

Darland repeats in Salem'S "James/O'Connor" Midget race.

USAC National Midget Car point leader Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. remains undefeated since the series was added to the "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" program at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway two years ago. Saturday night, he won for the third straight year, beating Dave Steele, Tony Ave, John Nervo and Tracy Hines to the checkered flag in the 30-lap feature at the 1/2-mile paved oval.

Darland led all 30 laps in his Ford/Beast/Performance Racing Industry machine to repeat the wins he scored in the same event in 2000 and 2001. The victory boosted his lead over runner-up J.J. Yeley to 121 points going into the "Bob Wente Classic" at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. August 24.

Steele was Saturday's "Road to Indy" fast qualifier, but the heats went to Hines, Aaron Pollock and A.J. Felker. Dane Carter won the 10-lap semi.

The feature was red-flagged on the final lap when Teddy Beach flipped during a multi-car tangle on the backstretch. Beach escaped injury and the event was restarted with Darland leading the final lap for the win.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Dave Darland 804
2. J.J. Yeley 683
3. Aaron Fike 676
4. Tracy Hines 542
5. Bobby East 538
6. Steve Paden 474
7. A.J. Fike 445
8. Ron Gregory 433
9. James Chesson 414
10. Dave Steele 366

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Ave , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , James Chesson , Tracy Hines , Aaron Pollock , Dave Steele , Aaron Fike , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Dane Carter , A.J. Fike , Ron Gregory , Steve Paden