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Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind., who ran short of fuel while leading at Madera (Calif.) Speedway August 7, made sure he had enough to outlast Tony Hunt to win Saturday night's 100-lap "Trigueiro Classic" at the 1/3-mile paved ...

Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind., who ran short of fuel while leading at Madera (Calif.) Speedway August 7, made sure he had enough to outlast Tony Hunt to win Saturday night's 100-lap "Trigueiro Classic" at the 1/3-mile paved oval.

Lapping all but the top five finishers, Lewis admitted to having a perfect car for the longest race on the 2004 USAC Western Sprint Car calendar. The race honored the Trigueiro racing family and Trigueiro fielded cars battled to the checkered flag, Lewis nipping teammate Hunt. The result is that Lewis owns an eight-point lead over Hunt going into this weekend's back-to-back races at Meridian Speedway near Boise, Idaho. A 30-lap feature caps Friday night's program at the 1/4-mile paved oval, while a 50-lapper is planned Saturday night.

Lewis and his Team ASE/Red Line Oil Eagle/Wes-Mar earned nearly $8,000 in total prize money from the record Western Sprint Car purse of $29,000-plus. He caught Greg Anderson on lap seven and led the rest of the way despite late-race pressure from Hunt. Lewis was also the fastest qualifier for the 100-lapper.

Tim Barber, Rick Hendrix, who led the opening lap, and Anderson rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag.

Ironically, Lewis and Hunt won the two Boise features last year and are favorites to repeat in this weekend's back-to-back events.

USAC VALVOLINE WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Michael Lewis-482
2.-Tony Hunt-474
3.-Brad Bumgarner-453
4.-Brian McClish-395
5.-Greg Anderson-366
6.-Michael Trimble-349
7.-Shauna Hogg-346
8.-Mike Murgoitio-328
9.-Greg Taylor-311
10.-Tim Barber-301

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Series USAC
Drivers Greg Anderson , Michael Lewis , Tim Barber , Mike Murgoitio , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Brad Bumgarner