South Boston race report

Stewart Wins At South Boston On Final Lap! Tony Stewart scored a dramatic last-lap victory in Saturday night's 50-lap USAC WorldCom National Midget Car race at Big Daddy's South Boston (VA) Speedway. The win was his third in a row in the series,...

Stewart Wins At South Boston On Final Lap!

Tony Stewart scored a dramatic last-lap victory in Saturday night's 50-lap USAC WorldCom National Midget Car race at Big Daddy's South Boston (VA) Speedway. The win was his third in a row in the series, following last year's wins at Phoenix, Ariz. and Irwindale, Calif.

Stewart, of Rushville, Ind., trailed car owner Bob East's son Bobby at the white flag after a spectacular comeback from two earlier spins. He passed East exiting turn two on the 4/10-mile paved oval and wheeled the Steve Lewis Ford/Beast/Performance Racing Industry Pink Ford/Beast into victory lane. "Bobby's only 16 and he's gonna have a lot more chances for victory in his career," said Tony about beating his car owner's son. "I'm 30 and he's got 14 years to get to where I'm at! I don't know how many more opportunities like this I'm going to get."

Trailing Stewart and East at the checkered flag were A.J. Davis, Steve Paden and Tracy Hines. Stewart spun while running third, triggering a seven-car incident on the front stretch on lap six. Two laps later he spun in turn four by himself and was relegated to the rear of the field on the restart. By halfway he had worked his way back to fourth. He took third on lap 32 and second on lap 44. "This was relaxing," he added. "It was like a family reunion for me."

Stewart was also the fastest qualifier but finished second to teammate J.J. Yeley in his heat race. Paden led the first five laps before Davis moved to the front. Davis looked like a winner until an incident caused a broken shock on a restart at lap 36. After replacing the shock he led through lap 43 when he yielded to East.

Dave Darland, still recuperating from injuries suffered in a September Sprint car crash, continues to lead the series standings and hopes to compete in the series finales in November at Tucson, Ariz., Irwindale, Calif. and Las Vegas, Nev.

USAC WORLDCOM NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Dave Darland 1,020
2. Tracy Hines 890
3. A.J. Fike 872
4. J.J. Yeley 828
5. Jay Drake 742
6. Aaron Fike 696
7. Steve Paden 662
8. Kasey Kahne 555
9. Jerry Coons, Jr. 524
10. Ryan Scott 498

-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 , A.J. Fike , Steve Paden , Jerry Coons