Salem Race Report 1999-08-23

Dave Darland of Kokomo, Ind. capped a fabulous weekend of racing with his triumph in Sunday afternoon's 50-lap Emge/JayC Food Stores "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Darland, who also won Saturday's "Tony ...

Dave Darland of Kokomo, Ind. capped a fabulous weekend of racing with his triumph in Sunday afternoon's 50-lap Emge/JayC Food Stores "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Darland, who also won Saturday's "Tony Bettenhausen 100" Coors Light Silver Bullet race at Springfield, Ill., led the final 24 laps of Sunday's race in his Kroger/Pringles/Sunny Delight Special to win the longest race on the 1999 Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car calendar. Darland was running second when fast qualifier Dave Steele tapped another car and spun in turn two while leading on lap 27. Steele rejoined the race but eventually retired from competition. Darland then led the final 24 laps to beat Ryan Newman, Jason McCord, Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. and Steve Surniak. Brian Gerster led the first 13 laps before yielding to Steele, but slipped to sixth at the finish. Darland continues to lead the standings in the Stoops Freightliner Series, which visits two Indiana dirt tracks this weekend. Bloomington Speedway hosts Friday night's "Sheldon Kinser Memorial," which offers additional incentive in the form of $4,000 in lap prizes, half of which go to the driver leading each lap of the 40-lap feature event and half of which goes to the Rich Vogler Scholarship Fund. Saturday night's contest is the "Danny Milburn Classic" at the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. Practice at Bloomington gets under way at 5:30 pm, followed by qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7:30. Lawrenceburg's timetable has practice at 6, qualifying at 7 and racing at 8. The Lawrenceburg feature is a 30-lapper.

STOOPS FREIGHTLINER SPRINT CAR STANDINGS

1.      Dave Darland    1,340           6.      Robbie Rice             660
2.      Tracy Hines     1,132           7.      Brian Gerster           621
3.      Tony Elliott    1,037           8.      Derek Davidson          605
4.      Brian Tyler     851             9.      Billy Puterbaugh, Jr.   594
5.      Eric Gordon     714             10.     Jack Hewitt             552

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Series USAC
Drivers Ryan Newman , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Eric Gordon , Jason McCord , Brian Gerster , Tony Bettenhausen