WM: Irwindale report, standings

Hines, Lewis grab "Mopar Twin 25s Irwindale" Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. fell short in his bid for a $50,000 cash bonus Saturday night at the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, finishing sixth in the second 25-lap USAC Midget feature race after ...

Hines, Lewis grab "Mopar Twin 25s Irwindale"

Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. fell short in his bid for a $50,000 cash bonus Saturday night at the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, finishing sixth in the second 25-lap USAC Midget feature race after winning the first 25-lapper. Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind. captured the second race of the "Mopar Twin 25s Irwindale" at the 1/2-mile paved oval.

The program offered a $50,000 bonus to any driver who could win both 25-lap USAC Midget feature events and Hines was required to start last in the second race.

Hines led all but the first lap of the opening "25" in his Oxi Clean/Mopar Beast after passing pole-starter Jason Leffler, then started 25th in the second race and worked his way to 15th before spinning on lap five. After the restart he managed to get back into the "top-10" but the laps ran out.

Lewis passed A.J. Fike with three laps remaining in the second race in his Fontana Automotive/Electronic Chrome Grinding Beast/Fontana.

"I told my team I figured it would be virtually impossible to win the second race since the lap times for the starting field were so close," said Hines. "It's hard to make up that many spots in 25 laps, but a late-race yellow would have made it interesting. I got pinched in turn two and spun and traffic was hard to figure in terms of which groove to take."

Lewis, the 2002 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Champ at Irwindale, admitted Hines had him covered car-wise. "Tracy had us beat, but we got the breaks in the second race," he added.

Trailing Hines in race one were Lewis, fast qualifier Kasey Kahne, Dave Steele, and J.J. Yeley. In the second race, Lewis was followed by A.J. Fike, Steele, Bobby East and Aaron Fike.

East's finishes (sixth and fifth) left him as the new National and Western Midget Car point leader after the event. Twelve-lap qualifying races were won by Josh Wise and Ryan Durst.

The accompanying 25-lap USAC Ford Focus Midget Car race was won by Darren Hagen of Placentia, Calif, who led every lap. He was trailed by Todd Hunsaker, Ryan Kaplan, Garrett Hansen and Bradley Galedrige.

The USAC Western Midget Car Series continues May 10 at Kings Speedway at Hanford, Calif., while the USAC National Midget Car Series continues May 16 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

This Saturday night's originally-scheduled USAC Western Midget Car race at Bakersfield, Calif. has been cancelled by the race organizer.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Bobby East 274
2. J.J. Yeley 271
3. A.J. Fike 243
4. Tracy Hines 227
5. Jay Drake 191
6. Teddy Beach 188
7. Steve Paden 171
8. Dave Steele 170
9. Bud Kaeding 156
10. Michael Lewis 144

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Bobby East 274
2. J.J. Yeley 271
3. A.J. Fike 243
4. Tracy Hines 227
5. Steve Paden 222
6. Jay Drake 191
7. Teddy Beach 188
8. Jerome Rodela 171
9. Dave Steele 170
10. Josh Wise 157

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Kasey Kahne , Michael Lewis , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Bud Kaeding , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , A.J. Fike , Steve Paden , Josh Wise , Ryan Durst , Ryan Kaplan , Garrett Hansen