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ROSEBURG SPRINTS FEATURE 5-WAY POINT BATTLE Five drivers are knotted in a battle for the USAC Valvoline Western Sprint Car point lead going into this Saturday's race at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore. The race marks USAC's...

ROSEBURG SPRINTS FEATURE 5-WAY POINT BATTLE

Five drivers are knotted in a battle for the USAC Valvoline Western Sprint Car point lead going into this Saturday's race at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore. The race marks USAC's Sprint car debut at the 3/8-mile paved oval. Only nine points separate the five drivers with a total of 74 available at Roseburg.

Saturday's race is only the 10th USAC event ever conducted in the Beaver State but not the first at Roseburg. USAC's Supermodifieds competed in 1985 and 1986, NASCAR Nextel Cup star Mike Bliss taking the final race and Gordon Smith, Bernie Voytek, Jan Sneva and Rick Veenstra also posting wins. Robby Flock won USAC's last race in Oregon, a Midget race at Portland in 2001.

A 40-lap feature event is on tap Saturday and Brad Bumgarner of Chico, Calif. is the series leader. Trailing closely are Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind., Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif., defending Western Sprint Car Champion Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. and Tim Barber of San Francisco, Calif., fresh from a third-place finish in last Saturday night's PayLess/Remy International "Little 500" at Anderson, Ind.

USAC VALVOLINE WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Brad Bumgarner-123
2.-Michael Lewis-122
3.-Kody Swanson-122
4.-Tony Hunt-118
5.-Tim Barber-114
6.-Brian McClish-101
7.-Mike Murgoitio-89
8.-Shauna Hogg-88
9.-Jim Waters-88
10.-Chuck Maddox-82

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Series USAC
Drivers Gordon Smith , Michael Lewis , Mike Bliss , Tim Barber , Robby Flock , Mike Murgoitio , Kody Swanson , Tony Hunt , Brad Bumgarner