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Stewart Returns For South Boston Midgets Saturday NASCAR star Tony Stewart of Rushville, Ind. returns to his "roots" Saturday night to compete in the "USAC 200" WorldCom National Midget Car race at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway in South ...

Stewart Returns For South Boston Midgets Saturday

NASCAR star Tony Stewart of Rushville, Ind. returns to his "roots" Saturday night to compete in the "USAC 200" WorldCom National Midget Car race at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia.

Stewart, who will compete in this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup event at Martinsville, Va., won the USAC Midget Car championship in 1994 and 1995 and has 25 career wins in the small cars. It'll be his third Midget car appearance in Virginia, having finished second to Kenny Irwin at Richmond in 1996 and 13th at Richmond in 1995.

Tony will pilot the familiar #19 Steve Lewis Ford/ASE/Beast/Performance Racing Industry Pink Ford/Beast in the South Boston program, which also includes the USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Cars in their initial Virginia appearance. A 50-lap feature is on tap for each series at the 4/10-mile paved oval, climaxing 200 total laps of USAC racing.

Stewart's record in his last 21 USAC Midget starts is enviable. He has 11 victories, three seconds, a third, fourth and sixth! He will be aiming for his third consecutive USAC Midget victory in the South Boston race, having won the opening and closing events of USAC's 2000 National Midget Car Series, the "Copper World Classic" at Phoenix, Ariz. and the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale, Calif.

WorldCom National Midget Car point leader Dave Darland is not expected to compete, continuing his recovery from injuries suffered in a September Sprint Car accident, but the battle for the runner-up spot in the standings is a good one, featuring Tracy Hines, A.J. Fike and J.J. Yeley.

Hines, of New Castle, Ind., Fike, of Galesburg, Ill. and Yeley, of Phoenix, Ariz., all have 2001 victories but none has won yet on the pavement. They'll all have an eye on 16-year-old Brownsburg, Ind. phenom Bobby East, whose two wins this year made him USAC's youngest "National" race winner in its 46-year history!

Aaron Fike of Galesburg, Ill., A.J.'s brother, also deserves notice. He won the USAC Silver Crown race at Richmond in June, becoming the youngest winner in that series' history at age 18!

Practice at South Boston starts at 4 pm and qualifying begins at 4:45. The first race gets under way at 7:30.

USAC WORLDCOM NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Dave Darland 1,020
2. Tracy Hines 835
3. A.J. Fike 822
4. J.J. Yeley 796
5. Jay Drake 742
6. Aaron Fike 696
7. Steve Paden 605
8. Kasey Kahne 555
9. Jerry Coons, Jr. 524
10. Ryan Scott 475

-USAC

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kasey Kahne , Ryan Scott , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , Bobby East , A.J. Fike , Steve Paden , Jerry Coons