Terre Haute "Fall Harvest Classic" format set

TONY HULMAN "FALL HARVEST CLASSIC" FORMAT SET FOR SEPT. 30-OCT. 1 TERRE HAUTE SPRINTS Race organizer Jamie Reed and USAC Officials have finalized the format for the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car weekend at the...

TONY HULMAN "FALL HARVEST CLASSIC" FORMAT SET FOR SEPT. 30-OCT. 1 TERRE HAUTE SPRINTS

Race organizer Jamie Reed and USAC Officials have finalized the format for the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Valvoline USAC National Sprint Car weekend at the famed Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

In an unprecedented move, the "Fall Harvest Classic" and "Tony Hulman Classic" races have been combined in one dynamic weekend of Thunder & Lightning Sprint Car racing on the lightning-fast 1/2-mile dirt oval, titled the "Tony Hulman Fall Harvest Classic."

Each night will comprise a complete program of events, with a 20-lapper concluding Friday's program and the 35th Annual 30-lap "Tony Hulman Fall Harvest Classic" ending Saturday night's acivities. Complete preliminaries each night will include practice, qualifying, heat races and semi-features.

The top-six finishers in Friday's feature will earn automatic starting berths in Saturday's "Tony Hulman Fall Harvest Classic" main event and will compete in a special heat race Saturday to determine the first six starting spots in the 30-lap race.

The two-night Terre Haute event is expected to impact this year's battle for the Valvoline National Championship heavily, with three drivers virtually deadlocked for the point lead as of Sept. 1. National Championship points will be up for grabs each night, totaling 148 available for the weekend.

Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., USAC's 2005 Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" Champion, is the defending winner of the "Tony Hulman Classic," while Bud Kaeding won last year's "Fall Harvest Classic." Rains forced postponement of this year's "Tony Hulman Classic" in May, setting up the unique "doubleheader" weekend.

In addition to series point leaders Levi Jones of Olney, Ill., Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. and Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., drivers expected to compete at Terre Haute include USAC National Midget Car point leader Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif., Kaeding, Hoosier Auto Racing Fans 2004 Driver of the Year Jon Stanbrough of Danville, Ind. and a host of other Hoosier fan favorites.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Bud Kaeding , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough