WS: Dodge City, Albuquerque preview

Randy Bauer of Kingston, Wash. leads the USAC Western Sprint Car Series to events this week at Dodge City, Kans. and Albuquerque, N.Mex., ending a six-week series hiatus. Bauer won the last event, May 19 at Tucson, Ariz. and also won a race at...

Randy Bauer of Kingston, Wash. leads the USAC Western Sprint Car Series to events this week at Dodge City, Kans. and Albuquerque, N.Mex., ending a six-week series hiatus.

Bauer won the last event, May 19 at Tucson, Ariz. and also won a race at El Cajon, Calif. in March. He holds a nine-point lead over Fresno, Calif.'s Jeff Gardner, the 1998 series champion, going into the July 3 and 7 races.

A unique format for the Tuesday night race at Dodge City Raceway Park finds 80 laps of feature racing on tap at the 3/8-mile paved oval. Two 20-lap main events will precede a 40-lap finale starting 22 cars. Practice gets under way at 5 pm. Tony Hunt, who is currently third in the standings, is the defending winner at Dodge City, taking last year's inaugural race there.

Gardner, on the other hand, won last year's inaugural at Albuquerque's Sandia Motorsports Park and will be among top threats for victory in Saturday night's 40-lapper on the 4/10-mile pavement. Practice there also begins at 5 pm.

Since 288 total points are available in this week's events, these races will be pivotal in the battle for the USAC Western Sprint Car Championship.

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USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Randy Bauer 235 2. Jeff Gardner 226 3. Tony Hunt 224 4. John Ryals 169 5. Troy Cline 146 6. Ryan Flynn 140 7. Kevin Kierce 137 8. Rick Hendrix 134 9. Damion Gardner 125 10. Tom Stansberry 122

-USAC-WS

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Series USAC
Drivers Troy Cline , Damion Gardner , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix