Indianapolis, IN - Matt Westfall, Donnie Lehmann, Ted Hines and Michael Lang were the big winners in today's official drawing for positions for Saturday night's Indy Racing and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway present "Thunder in the Dome...
Indianapolis, IN - Matt Westfall, Donnie Lehmann, Ted Hines and Michael Lang were the big winners in today's official drawing for positions for Saturday night's Indy Racing and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway present "Thunder in the Dome XVII" USAC Midget car race at the RCA Dome in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Each drew "pole" starting positions for their respective team quarterfinal races. Hines and Lang are former RCA Dome winners, Hines winning in 1991 and Lang in 1996, while Westfall's best finish in two previous appearances is a fifth and Lehmann's best finish in five tries has been a ninth. The 48-driver field for Saturday night's events is now set and faces 20-lap quarterfinals before advancing to 40-lap Team features. The 100-lap finale will pit the top-12 drivers from each Team feature. Defending RCA Dome race winner Johnny Parsons drew sixth in his quarterfinal, while former race winners Jim Hettinger (2nd), Mike Streicher (7th), Kevin Besecker (11th) and Russ Gamester (12th) met with varying degrees of success. Present at today's draw were Kasey Kahne and Derek Davidson, who passed Indy Racing tests last November at Texas Motor Speedway, plus Parsons, 2000 USAC Dirt-Track Regional Midget Car Champ Lang, 2000 Speedrome Midget Car Champion Daryl Campbell and Justin Marvel. Davey Hamilton, although not a participant in Saturday's race, was also on hand to talk about competing in all four divisions of next week's Pennzoil "Copper World" Indy 200 at Phoenix, Ariz. Gates open to the public at 4 pm Saturday, with a USAC driver autograph session starting at 4. A 20-lap Mini-Cup race at 4:30 and a 20-lap Go-Kart race at 4:50 precede pre-race ceremonies. The first USAC Midget car race starts at 6:20 pm.
<pre> The results of today's drawing for starting positions are as follows (in order of starting position:
Team USA Quarterfinal #1
MATT WESTFALL JIM HETTINGER AARON POLLOCK SCOTT HATTON A.J. FIKE KEVIN OLSON JIMMY McCUNE WAYNE CHINN TERRY COOK A.J. DAVIS KEVIN BESECKER DANNY PENS
Team USA Quarterfinal #2
DONNIE LEHMANN CLAY KLEPPER JAY DRAKE STEVE KNEPPER THOMAS BRIGGS JACK HEWITT MIKE STREICHER JASON FULLER DAVID THOMPSON BECCA ANDERSON AARON FIKE KASEY KAHNE
Team Indiana Quarterfinal #1
TED HINES TRAVIS WELPOTT MICHAEL LEWIS DARYL CAMPBELL JUSTIN MARVEL JOHNNY PARSONS JOHN BATTS TRACY HINES MEL KENYON RICK VAUGHN ROBBIE RICE RUSS GAMESTER
Team Indiana Quarterfinal #2
MICHAEL LANG BOBBY EAST JOHN HEYDENREICH TONY ELLIOTT DAVE DARLAND CHRIS MALONE AARON PIERCE CRAIG DORI BRIAN GERSTER DEREK DAVIDSON TONY AVE TONY REED