CHEVY POWERS “INDIANA SPRINT WEEK’ CONCLUDES AT BOSWELL, BLOOMINGTON & HAUBSTADT; DARLAND, WHITT, SHORT, BLAND & RAIN ALL VICTORIOUS
Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. finally got the emotional victory that had eluded him for several years, winning Sunday night's "Bob Darland Classic" 30-lap USAC National Sprint feature at the Kokomo Speedway. The race, named in memory of Dave's late father, was round four of the 2008 Chevy Powers Indiana Sprint Week presented by Fatheadz and Darland's victory gave him a 26-point lead in the ISW standings going into this Thursday night’s race at Kamp Motor Speedway in Boswell, Ind.
The seven-race series concludes with Friday’s race at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday night’s finale at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.
Darland appeared headed for a third-place finish before late-race drama unfolded at the 1/4-mile dirt oval. First, leader Jon Stanbrough, who snatched last year's "Bob Darland Classic" from Dave on the final lap, got tangled with a lapped car in turn one on the last lap and flipped! That put Robert Ballou, who had dogged Stanbrough for many laps, into the lead on the restart. Darland quickly jumped ahead of Ballou and on the final lap exiting turn four Ballou's car hit the outside wall and snagged the catch-fence, flipping end-over-end, bringing out a red flag after Darland took the checkered flags. Levi Jones also flipped but was officially scored fourth behind Cole Whitt and Tracy Hines. Darren Hagen rounded out the "top-five." Darland piloted the Rotondo Weirich/Karavan Trailers Maxim/Gaerte 2B Racing entry. Brad Sweet, the fastest qualifier, also flipped, bringing out the red flag on the first lap of the race.
Cole Whitt of Alpine, Calif. won round three of the Chevy Powers Indiana Sprint Week Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway, leading the final 24 laps in his Keith Kunz Motorsports Red Bull/Ferguson Bullet/Brannan Chevy. Whitt was followed at the checkered flag by teammate Hagen, Sweet, Stanbrough and Shane Cottle.
Brady Short of Bedford, Ind. led all 30 laps to win Thursday night’s “Robbie Stanley Classic” at the Lawrenceburg Speedway, round two of the 2008 Chevy Powers Indiana Sprint Week presented by Fatheadz. Short grabbed the lead from pole starter Cottle at the drop of the green flag and led all the way in his Indiana Stoneworks/Short Trucking Maxim/Fisher to beat Hunter Scheurenberg, Cottle, Jerry Coons Jr. and Darland to the checkered flag.
Jeff Bland Jr. of Springville, Ind. led the first seven and the last six laps to score an upset victory in Wednesday night’s 30-lap Chevy Powers “Indiana Sprint Week” opener at the Lawrenceburg Speedway. The win was his first ever in USAC National Sprint Car competition. He started on the pole but was running second to Ballou on lap 25 when Stanbrough blew a tire on the backstretch. During the yellow Ballou’s car developed a flat tire and he had to restart at the back of the field, putting Bland and his Servia Drywall/Servpro DRC/Chevy into the lead. He was trailed to the checkered flag by Jones, Damion Gardner, Cottle and Darland.
Rain forced cancellation of last Saturday night’s race at Gas City.
Jones’ National Sprint Car point lead after the four completed events last week stands at 37 points over Whitt.