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USAC's WorldCom Western Midget Car participants are gearing up for Saturday night's 100-lap USAC/BCRA race at Carson Tahoe Champion Speedway in Carson City, Nev. The race is the first of two 100-lap feature events they'll contest this...

USAC's WorldCom Western Midget Car participants are gearing up for Saturday night's 100-lap USAC/BCRA race at Carson Tahoe Champion Speedway in Carson City, Nev. The race is the first of two 100-lap feature events they'll contest this year.

Only the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale, Calif. in November rivals this weekend's race in terms of lap distance and Danny Ebberts of Canyon Lake, Calif. hopes he can hang on to his point lead of 23 over runner-up Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif.

Wise fared the better of the two in their last 100-lap outing, finishing 27th in last November's "Turkey Night" classic, while Ebberts was 30th, neither around at the checkered flag.

Sleepy Tripp won the last Western Midget Car race at Carson City's 1/3-mile paved oval in 1998, beating 2000 series champion Wally Pankratz to the line in a 30-lapper. Pankratz is currently fifth in the 2001 series standings.

Practice at Carson City Saturday starts at 3 pm.

<pre> USAC WORLDCOM WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Danny Ebberts 313 2. Josh Wise 290 3. Alex Harris 276 4. Thomas Meseraull 247 5. Wally Pankratz 241 6. Robby Flock 240 7. Matt Streeter 219 8. Shane Scully 195 9. Dallen McKenney 139 10. Bobby Boone 135

-USAC

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Series USAC
Drivers Danny Ebberts , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Robby Flock , Matt Streeter , Thomas Meseraull