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Tony Stewart joins field for Altamont Sprints. Former USAC Triple Crown Champion, Indy Racing League Champion and 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup runner-up Tony Stewart has joined the field for Saturday night's USAC Western Sprint Car race at Altamont...

Tony Stewart joins field for Altamont Sprints.

Former USAC Triple Crown Champion, Indy Racing League Champion and 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup runner-up Tony Stewart has joined the field for Saturday night's USAC Western Sprint Car race at Altamont Raceway Park in Tracy, Calif.

Stewart will drive a Beast for car owner Larry Trigueiro in the program at the 1/2-mile paved oval in his initial USAC appearance of the 2002 season. Tony "swept" USAC's "Triple Crown" in 1995, winning the USAC Silver Crown, Sprint Car and National Midget Car titles and is one of only three drivers to have won all three titles in a career. Dave Darland and Pancho Carter also accomplished that feat.

Stewart will face the likes of series point leader Rick Hendrix and defending series champion Tony Hunt in the Altamont program, which offers points for both the Western Sprint Car and Western Regional Sprint Car Championships.

Lady driver Shauna Hogg of Roseville, Calif. leads the Regional standings after finishing second at Madera, Calif. June 8. She shares a seven point lead over Bryan Bullard with Hunt, but is considered the series leader due to her Madera finish. She will try to join Kaylene Verville as the only lady drivers to score USAC Sprint Car feature victories during a career. Verville won a USAC New Mexico/Arizona Regional race at Show Low, Ariz. May 25.

A 30-lap feature event concludes Saturday night's Altamont program.

<pre> USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Rick Hendrix 130 2. Tony Hunt 115 3. Tim Barber 115 4. Scott Hansen 105 5. Jeff Gardner 93 6. Chad Nichols 90 7. Kevin Kierce 89 8. Mike Aaby, Jr. 86 9. Bryan Bullard 78 10. Brian McClish 73

USAC WESTERN REGIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Shauna Hogg 224 6. Scott Hansen 158 2. Tony Hunt 224 7. Tony Iacobitti 131 3. Bryan Bullard 217 8. Anthony Simone 124 4. Jeff Gardner 189 9. Mike McCreary 118 5. Brian McClish 170 10. Bobby McMahan 118

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Darland , Tim Barber , Pancho Carter , Anthony Simone , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Bobby McMahan , Scott Hansen