Salem: Event recap

Carpenter repeats at Salem, wins "James/O'Connor Classic". Ed Carpenter of Indianapolis, Ind. recorded his second consecutive USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car feature victory at the Salem, Ind. Speedway Saturday night, winning the 43rd "Joe...

Carpenter repeats at Salem, wins "James/O'Connor Classic".

Ed Carpenter of Indianapolis, Ind. recorded his second consecutive USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car feature victory at the Salem, Ind. Speedway Saturday night, winning the 43rd "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" at the 1/2-mile paved oval.

Carpenter, who also won last year's series finale at Salem last October, passed Eric Gordon on lap 35 and led the rest of the way to win the 50-lapper in his Menards's/Jack K. Elrod Co. Wesmar Chevy/Beast, beating Gordon, Dave Steele, Tracy Hines and Jonathan Vennard to the checkered flag.

Steele was the Turbines, Inc. fastest qualifier, while heat victories went to Jason McCord, Hines and Derek Davidson. Jay Drake won the semi.

Marc Jessup of Camby, Ind. collected a $500 cash bonus for finishing seventh as the "Rookie of the Race," an award sponsored by Sellersburg and Salem, Ind. businessmen Jeff & Derrick Vogt, Jeff Smith and Brian Case.

Hines emerged from the Salem race with a 32-point lead over J.J. Yeley in the new series standings going into a September 6 race at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. Yeley finished sixth at Salem.

USAC STOOPS FREIGHTLINER SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Tracy Hines 1,363
2. J.J. Yeley 1,331
3. Derek Davidson 993
4. Jay Drake 910
5. Dave Darland 883
6. Levi Jones 816
7. Tony Elliott 690
8. A.J. Fike 592
9. Brian Tyler 584
10. Cory Kruseman 581

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , A.J. Fike , Jonathan Vennard , Eric Gordon , Levi Jones , Jason McCord , Marc Jessup , Jeff Smith , Ed Carpenter