Open Wheel Madness; One Stop Shopping at Eldora

HAMMOND, IN: Perhaps the best thing about the end of
summer for fans of open-wheel, dirt track racing is
the “Chevrolet presents An American Revolution”
weekend at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway. Whether
your preference is wings or traditional, Sept. 21-22
at Eldora will provide you with your “winter fix”.

On Friday night, the winged-warriors from the World of
Outlaws will supply the action. Season-long point
leader Donny Schatz has been struggling in recent
weeks to hold off the charge of red-hot Joey Saldana,
who has closed to within 53 points of the leader.
Along with the Championship point battle, the all-time
Eldora track record will be on the line; the one lap
record currently is held by Craig Dollansky, with a
time of 12.707 seconds set on 4/13/02. So far in 2007,
the WoO have visited Eldora four times, with the
previous victories going to Jason Meyers, Paul
McMahan, Steve Kinser and Donnie Schatz.

For fans of USAC racing, it just doesn’t get any
better than the traditional “4 Crown Nationals”(even
though there are actually only three divisions
running!). The 27th edition of USAC’s fall classic
will run Saturday night. Several drivers are scheduled
to do “triple-duty” by competing in all three USAC
divisions: Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget.

The midgets will kick off the evening with a 25 lap
feature. Enjoying what can only be described as a
“dream season”, Jerry Coons Jr. will be attempting to
protect a comfortable point lead, which he currently
enjoys over Darren Hagen. Among their challengers will
NASCAR star and former Eldora winner J.J. Yeley.

The 50 lap Lucas Oil National Sprint Car feature will
be next, as Levi Jones attempts to move closer to his
second UASC Sprint championship. Darren Hagen is
second in points, just like in the midget division.
And again, J.J. Yeley will join the regular cast of

The 75 lap Silver Crown event will cap the
triple-header evening, as Bud Kaeding will try to
maintain his point lead over Wayne Ruetimann Jr. With
only Kansas Speedway and Phoenix International
remaining on the 2007 schedule, this will be the
year’s final dirt track appearance for the Silver
Crown series.

Summer may be over, but the fun is just beginning.
Stock up now…’cause it’s going to be a long winter!

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