South Boston recap, Drake new points leader

Hines 1st At South Boston; Drake New Point Leader Whirlwind Terre Haute, Salem Series Wrapup Saturday-Sunday Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. capped a memorable evening at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA Saturday night,...

Hines 1st At South Boston; Drake New Point Leader
Whirlwind Terre Haute, Salem Series Wrapup Saturday-Sunday

Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. capped a memorable evening at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA Saturday night, coming from the tail of the field to win the 50-lap USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car feature.

Hines spun in turn two on the 22nd lap of the race in his Northside Propane Gaerte/Beast and was relegated to the rear of the field on the restart. He methodically moved through traffic and was running third when leaders Robbie Rice and Bud Kaeding tangled in turn two on the 47th lap. Rice had led the first 46 laps from the pole. Tracy then led the final four laps for the victory.

Hines' victory, his sixth of the season, solidified his fifth-place point ranking going into the series finales, slated this weekend at Terre Haute and Salem, Ind.

Jay Drake, who finished second at South Boston, is the new series leader by 29 points over the sidelined Dave Darland and by 41 points over J.J. Yeley, who finished 18th at South Boston.

Saturday's program at the Terre Haute (IN) Action Track features two 30-lap main events on the 1/2-mile dirt track. The "Jan Opperman Classic," held over from July 28, opens Saturday's events at 6:15 pm, followed by a complete program of racing, including the 30-lap "Fall Harvest Classic" finale. A 20-lap feature also caps the USAC Dirt-Track Regional Midget car portion of Saturday's Terre Haute card.

Former series champions Gary Bettenhausen and Larry Dickson will be guests at Sunday's "USAC Sprint Legends Classic" at the Salem (IN) Speedway. A 30-lap feature caps the final event of this year's series, with Bettenhausen and Dickson expected to sign autographs, etc. Sunday's racing action starts with practice at noon and qualifying at 1. The first race gets the green flag at 2.

Trailing Hines and Drake at South Boston were Tony Elliott, Derek Davidson and Ed Carpenter. Drake was the Turbines, Inc. fastest qualifier. Mike Bliss' appearance in the famed Hoffman Auto Racing machine was short-lived as he spun into the outside wall after taking the checkered flag during qualifying.

STOOPS FREIGHTLINER USAC SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Jay Drake 1,363
2. Dave Darland 1,334
3. J.J. Yeley 1,322
4. Tony Elliott 1,219
5. Tracy Hines 1,143
6. Bud Kaeding 1,059
7. Derek Davidson 920
8. Robbie Rice 885
9. Brian Tyler 806
10. Bill Rose 696

-USAC

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Jay Drake , Bill Rose , Ed Carpenter