WM: Phoenix: Copper World Classic report

Pollock surprises "Copper World" Midget field. National/Western Midget cars head for Stockton. Aaron Pollock of Troy, Ohio captured Saturday afternoon's 26th Annual "Copper World Classic" USAC National/Western Midget Car feature at the Phoenix...

Pollock surprises "Copper World" Midget field.
National/Western Midget cars head for Stockton.

Aaron Pollock of Troy, Ohio captured Saturday afternoon's 26th Annual "Copper World Classic" USAC National/Western Midget Car feature at the Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway. The victory was the second in USAC for Pollock, who also won at Winchester, Ind. in 2000.

Pollock emerged as the race leader on lap 19 after a tangle sent leaders Michael Lewis, Jay Drake and Tracy Hines to the sidelines. Lewis had led the race for 10 laps prior to the three-car tangle which reshuffled the leaders for the restart.

Pollock led the final seven laps in his Pollock Motorsports Esslinger/Drinan to beat J.J. Yeley, Dave Darland, Ron Gregory and Bobby East to the checkered flag. Pollock was the race's fifth leader. Yeley, who won the pole at 135.069 mph on Friday, led the first two laps and teammates Darland and East led the next four before yielding to Lewis. Yeley returned to the front on lap eight, but Lewis regained the lead on lap nine and held it until the tangle on lap 19.

Yeley's finish enabled him to emerge with the National and Western series point lead going into this Saturday's Havoline Cavalcade of Motorsports program at the Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. The Stockton event, co-sanctioned by BCRA, begins with practice at 11 am and qualifying at 12:30 pm. Racing gets under way at 2:30 pm and the feature is 30 laps.

Travis Roberts of Evergreen, Colo. flipped during a first-lap melee on the frontstretch but he escaped injury. On lap 1i9 Dan Drinan suffered a mild concussion, neck and knee pain after a crash also involving Van Knill of Tucson, Ariz. Drinan was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix for treatment.

Saturday's Phoenix race will air on Speed Channel Thursday night, March 27, at 9 pm ET.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 65
2. Aaron Pollock 60
3. Dave Darland 56
4. Bobby East 52
5. Ron Gregory 51
6. Teddy Beach 45
7. Bud Kaeding 42
8. A.J. Fike 39
9. Dan Drinan 33
10. Steve Paden 31

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 65
2. Aaron Pollock 60
3. Dave Darland 56
4. Bobby East 52
5. Ron Gregory 51
6. Teddy Beach 45
7. Bud Kaeding 42
8. A.J. Fike 39
9. Stuart Birkinbine 36
10. Dan Drinan 33

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Aaron Pollock , Bud Kaeding , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Dan Drinan , A.J. Fike , Ron Gregory , Steve Paden