WS: Madera season opener preview

Western Sprints Debut at Madera Saturday Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind. is the defending champion of the USAC Western Sprint Car Series, which kicks off its 2004 calendar of events as part of a "doubleheader' program this...

Western Sprints Debut at Madera Saturday

Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind. is the defending champion of the USAC Western Sprint Car Series, which kicks off its 2004 calendar of events as part of a "doubleheader' program this Saturday at the Madera (Calif.) Speedway.

Lewis currently leads the USAC Western Midget Car standings after winning the April 10 "Fred Gerhardt Open Wheel Classic" at the 1/3-mile paved Madera oval.

Saturday's racing program, which also features the USAC California Ford Focus North Midget Car Series, will conclude with a 25-lap Ford Focus and 40-lap Sprint Car feature.

USAC Sprint Car feature winners at Madera in 2003 included Tony Stewart, Shauna Hogg and Tony Hunt. Hunt is a former series champion, while Hogg's win last year was the first by a female in the series history!

Lewis won six USAC Western Sprint Car features on his way to the 2004 title and co-"Rookie of the Year" honors. In three Madera starts in 2004 his best finish was a fourth.

--USAC--

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Michael Lewis , Tony Hunt