WS: WM: Tucson "Old Pueblo Classic" preview

Yeley, Boat, Coons & Knill seek "home-state" victory in November 23 "Old Pueblo Classic" at Tucson Raceway Park. Drivers J.J. Yeley, Mike Boat, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Van Knill are primed to uphold the Arizona banner when USAC comes to Tucson ...

Yeley, Boat, Coons & Knill seek "home-state" victory in November 23 "Old Pueblo Classic" at Tucson Raceway Park.

Drivers J.J. Yeley, Mike Boat, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Van Knill are primed to uphold the Arizona banner when USAC comes to Tucson Raceway Park for the November 23 "Old Pueblo Classic."

The USAC National & Western Midget Car Series and Western Sprint Car Series combine for the "doubleheader" racing program at the 3/8-mile paved oval, with 40-lap features on tap for each division. Practice starts at 1 pm, followed by qualifying at 3:30 and racing at 5.

Boat, of Phoenix, has already wrapped up the 2002 USAC New Mexico/Arizona Sprint Car title, while Yeley, also of Phoenix, is battling defending champion and point leader Dave Darland for the USAC National Midget crown. Tucson drivers Coons and Knill are not involved in a title race, but both are capable of winning at TRP. Knill currently leads the battle for Western Midget Car "Rookie of the Year" honors, his best finish this season a third at Madera, Calif.

Boat won the USAC Sprint car race at TRP in May and Coons won USAC Midget races in Tucson in 1987, 1998 and 1999, the latter two at TRP. Although Yeley has never won at TRP, his dad won three USAC Midget races in Tucson in the late-1980s.

Defending November race winners at TRP are Tony Hunt (Sprint cars) and Bobby East (Midget cars). Both are again entered for the "Old Pueblo Classic."

Tucson has a great USAC tradition, dating back to 1962, when Arizona's own Roger McCluskey won the inaugural race, a Midget event at the 1/4-mile dirt Tucson Motor Speedway.

Series point leaders entering the November 23 Tucson races are Chad Nichols of San Carlos, Calif. (Sprints), Darland, and Robby Flock of Murrieta, Calif. (Western Midgets).



USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Chad Nichols 637
2. Scott Hansen 598
3. Tony Hunt 596
4. Rick Hendrix 585
5. Todd Ellison 561
6. Brian McClish 527
7. Tim Barber 478
8. Mike Aaby, Jr. 412
9. Mike Ford 360
10. Shauna Hogg 317



USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Dave Darland 1,212
2. J.J. Yeley 1,126
3. Aaron Fike 1,086
4. Bobby East 952
5. Tracy Hines 949
6. A.J. Fike 803
7. Ron Gregory 658
8. Teddy Beach 651
9. Steve Paden 569
10. Dave Steele 567



USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Robby Flock 881
2. Danny Stratton 847
3. Jerome Rodela 796
4. Wally Pankratz 777
5. Shane Scully 538
6. Josh Wise 497
7. Van Knill 494
8. Dallen McKenney 470
9. Bobby Boone 461
10. Matt Rossi 394

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Aaron Fike , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , A.J. Fike , Ron Gregory , Tim Barber , Mike Boat , Steve Paden , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Robby Flock , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Danny Stratton , Scott Hansen