STOOPS FREIGHTLINER SPRINT CAR SERIES KEVINS (THOMAS & DOTY) & RAIN TAKE FEATURE EVENTS 26TH "WINCHESTER OLDTIMERS WEEKEND" SPRINTS SATURDAY NIGHT Kevin Doty of Milan, Ill. stamped himself as a leading contender for "Indiana Sprint Week" honors...
STOOPS FREIGHTLINER SPRINT CAR SERIES KEVINS (THOMAS & DOTY) & RAIN TAKE FEATURE EVENTS 26TH "WINCHESTER OLDTIMERS WEEKEND" SPRINTS SATURDAY NIGHT
Kevin Doty of Milan, Ill. stamped himself as a leading contender for "Indiana Sprint Week" honors with his success in last weekend's Stoops Freightliner/USAC Sprint Car races. The 7-race Indiana series opens July 18 at the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
The Stoops Freightliner/USAC Sprint Cars head for the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway this Saturday night for the 26th Annual "Winchester Oldtimers Weekend" races. Practice on the 1/2-mile paved oval gets under way at 6 p.m. Qualifying starts at 7 and racing begins at 8. A 30-lap feature is on tap.
Doty captured Saturday night's 30-lapper at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio in the Steve Chrisman Racing/Columbus Silgas Special, leading the final 17 laps to beat J.J. Yeley and Derek Davidson to the checkered flag. Doty finished second in Friday night's 30-lap feature at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park behind winner Kevin Thomas, who led the final six laps in his Tom Cherry Muffler/Neal Trailer Sales Special. Thomas' victory over Doty and Frankie Kerr, coupled with his ninth-place at Eldora, gives him a 65-point lead over Brian Tyler going into the Winchester race Saturday. Tyler was 11th and sixth in the two races.
Rains forced cancellation of Sunday afternoon's scheduled Sprint/Midget "doubleheader" at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway.
Doty has now competed in all seven Stoops Freightliner dirt-track events this season and has yet to finish worse than second, with three wins and four seconds!
Todd Kane and Yeley won True Value "last chance" semis at Attica and Rossburg respectively. Likewise, Brian Hayden and Tony Elliott took Turbines, Inc. fast qualifier awards.
Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Point Standings: 1-Kevin Thomas-878, 2-Brian Tyler-813, 3-Tony Elliott-759, 4-Tim Cox-717, 5-Derek Davidson-709, 6-J.J. Yeley-671, 7-Jason McCord-631, 8-Kevin Doty-573, 9-Brad Armstrong-570, 10-Dave Steele-486
FORMULA 2000 SERIES BESNARD, LeMOND IN MINNEAPOLIS "SPRINT PCS G.P." SPOTLIGHT
United States Formula 2000 Championship Series point leader David Besnard of Sydney, Australia is seeking his sixth 1998 series triumph in this weekend's "Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota" in the streets of downtown Minneapolis. He leads Ryan Hampton by 52 points in the new series standings.
Practice on the 1.6-mile course is slated Saturday from 1:30-2:10 p.m. Qualifying is set for 10:10-10:40 a.m. Sunday with the 30-lap race beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Among favorites will be Medina, Minn.'s Greg LeMond, the three-time "Tour de France" cycling champion who scored his second podium finish of the season June 14 at Lexington, Ohio.
Formula 2000 Point Standings: 1-David Besnard-213; 2-Ryan Hampton-161; 3-Robby McGehee-141; 4-Andy Lally-135; 5-Marc Antoine Camirand-102; 6-Jon Herb-98; 7-Mike Johnson-96; 8-Bobby Oergel-85; 9-Jonathan Bottoms-78; 10-Steve Rikert-75.
NATIONAL/16TH STREET/SPEEDROME MIDGET SERIES SHELTON 1ST AT ANDERSON, "ENCORE" THIS FRIDAY; RAIN AT SALEM COONS TOPS AT 16TH STREET, SLUSS TAKES SPEEDROME 50-LAPPER
USAC National Midget point leader Ricky Shelton of Huntington Beach, Calif. extended his lead with another feature victory Wednesday night in the "Robust 40" at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway. He will return to that 1/4-mile paved oval Friday night to try for a repeat victory in his Willoughby Keco/Stealth Esslinger. A 30-lap feature event is scheduled following practice at 6 p.m., qualifying at 7 and preliminary events, beginning at 8.
Shelton passed Brian Tyler on the third lap of Wednesday night's ESPN2 taped program at Anderson and led the rest of the way to beat Davey Hamilton and Jay Drake to the checkered flag. The win left him with a 40-point lead over teammate Drake going into Sunday's scheduled race at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway but that event was canceled due to morning rains.
Jason Leffler was the fastest Anderson qualifier but was sixth in the 30-lap feature.
Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. and John Sluss of Indianapolis, Ind. captured USAC Midget features in Indianapolis last week, Sluss' triumph putting him atop the Indianapolis Speedrome Midget Series standings.
Coons drove his Chuck DeCrane/Custom Equipment Design/ARS/KECO Ford to victory in Saturday night's 30-lapper at the 16th Street Speedway, leading the final six laps after passing series point leader Critter Malone, who finished second ahead of Clay Klepper. Sluss caught Norm Young on lap 16 of Thursday night's Speedrome 50-lapper and led the rest of the way in his Ultra Sun/KECO Coatings/Pro-Motion Motorsports Gaerte to beat Daryl Campbell and Dean Franklin as 4-time series champion Michael Lang was a victim of a spinout on lap eight.
National Midget Standings: 1-Ricky Shelton-285; 2-Jay Drake-245; 3-Jason Leffler-229; 4-Tracy Hines-209; 5-Jimmy McCune-192; 6-Jerry Coons, Jr.-159; 7-Ronnie Johncox-133; 8-Dave Steele-118; 9-Kevin Thomas-102; 10-Sarah McCune-97. 16th Street Midget Standings: 1-Critter Malone-126; 2-Andy Pierce-109; 3-Michael Lang-108; 4-Roy Caruthers-103; 5-Ricky Shelton-92; 6-Jeff Hampton-89; 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-84; 8-Johnny Parsons III-79; 9-Donnie Beechler-77; 10-Ron Smoker-70. Speedrome Midget Standings: 1-John Sluss-2,245; 2-Michael Lang-2,065; 3-Daryl Campbell-1,184; 4-Dean Franklin-1,015; 5-John Mount-660; 6-Gregg Cory-610; 7-Mark Dismore II-520; 8-Ron Hamm-492; 9-Marc Longworth-484; 10-Brad Kuhn-461.
WESTERN STATES SERIES WADE HALTS HARRIS' STREAK; PADEN GETS #1; RICCI FARIA TOP "REBEL" SPRINTS & TQ MIDGETS COMBINE AT HANFORD SATURDAY NIGHT
A blown engine halted Alex Harris' incredible undefeated five-race winning streak in the USAC TQ Midget Series and Ron Wade of Wilmington, Calif. was the benefactor in Saturday night's USAC "doubleheader" program at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.
Wade led all but the first three laps of the feature event to beat West Evans and Brian Harris in a race flagged complete after just 11 laps when Paul Krueger flipped. Krueger escaped injury. Alex Harris suffered engine woes during warmups and never got to the starter's green flag but he continues to lead the series standings going into this Saturday night's "doubleheader" program at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. featuring both the TQ Midgets and the "Western States" Sprint Cars, led by Jeff Gardner of Fresno, Calif. A 20-lap TQ and 30-lap Sprint car feature are planned at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.
Steve Paden of Downey, Calif. earned his initial USAC "Western States" Midget feature victory at Bakersfield Saturday night, leading the final 12 laps of the 30-lap race after passing Bobby Boone. Dwayne Marcum finished second and Scott Nail was third at the checkered flag as Boone slipped to fifth.
"Western States" Midget point leader Rick Hendrix finished 11th at Bakersfield but continues to lead the standings going into the July 11-12 "Rocky Mountain Classic" at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo.
Ricci Faria of Visalia, Calif. won Saturday night's 30-lap USAC "Regional Rebel" Sprint Car race at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., leading the final 26 laps after passing Gary Ferravanti, Jr. Mike Faria was second and series point leader Monte Faccinto third. The "Regional Rebels" resume their 1998 campaign this Saturday at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.
Western States Midget Standings: 1-Rick Hendrix-291; 2-Wally Pankratz-255; 3-Bryan Stanfill-251; 4-Bobby Boone-209; 5-Shane Scully-200; 6-Steve Paden-166; 7-Dwayne Marcum-164; 8-Clay Klepper-161; 8-Sleepy Tripp-154; 10-Nick Mitchell-144.
Western States Sprint Standings: 1-Jeff Gardner-316; 2-Rick Williams-239; 3-Kirk Wartman-151; 4-Tony Hunt-141; 5-Dave Fitzgerald-118; 6-Monte Faccinto-110; 7-Ray Evans-110; 8-Kevin Urton-105; 9-Davey Pombo-93; 10-Ken Hamilton-91.
TQ Midget Standings: 1-Alex Harris-219; 2-Randi Pankratz-140; 3-Paul Krueger-131; 4-Josh Lakatos-122; 5-West Evans-120; 6-Gene Godepski-116; 7-Ron Ahrendt-111; 8-Brian Harris-100; 9-Steve Parke-94; 10-Joe Bishop-93.
Regional Rebel Sprint Standings: 1-Monte Faccinto-396; 2-Davey Pombo-380; 3-Mark Barroso-267; 4-Lawrence Edlund-249; 5-Craig Stidham-247; 6-Larry Brown-175; 7-Shane Travioli-149; 8-Jeff Gardner-137; 9-Ricci Faria-108; 10-Tim Worth-102.
RUSSELL RACING SERIES "TRIPLE CROWN" OPENS SATURDAY AT SEARS POINT
The 1998 Russell Racing USAC "Triple Crown" Championship Series opens this Saturday at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. and the third-place finisher in the 1997 standings is among drivers to watch.
Niklas Loven of Gislaved, Sweden returns for another title search and could be among favorites Saturday. Last year he won round two at Tustin, Calif.
Washington state female driver Sarah Sensky is another driver to keep an eye on this Saturday when the first of three rounds unfolds on the twisting 2.52-mile road circuit. Rounds two and three are slated August 1 at Rosamond, Calif. and October 11 at Sears Point.
Saturday's 30-minute featured race is scheduled to start at around 5 p.m.