APRIL 16, 2007...The
2007 Lucas Oil USAC National Sprint Car Series opens
this weekend at Lawrenceburg and Winchester, Ind.
following postponements of last weekend’s races at
North Vernon and Anderson, Ind.
venue is the revamped Lawrenceburg Speedway and Sunday
afternoon’s race is the prestigious “Rich Vogler
Classic” at the storied Winchester Speedway. Both
feature events are 30 laps.
Inclement weather forced
postponement of last Saturday’s race at Twin Cities
Raceway in North Vernon to Tuesday night, May 22 and
Sunday’s Banjo 100 “Glen Niebel Classic” at
Anderson Speedway to May 23.
entry includes 2006 Indiana Sprint Week King Jon
Stanbrough, 2007 “The Copper” victory Ricky
Stenhouse Jr., who scored a resounding upset in
February’s race at Phoenix, Ariz., plus 2006 USAC/CRA
Champion Damion Gardner, who pursues the National title
spectacular has entries from seven-time “Little 500”
champ Eric Gordon and three-time California Asphalt
Sprint Car king Nick Green.
Both events feature
former USAC Sprint Car Champs Tracy Hines, Levi Jones
and Dave Darland, plus Winchester track record holder
Dave Steele (128.333 mph). J.J. Yeley holds the 1-lap
Lawrenceburg mark of 11.797 seconds he set in 2003.
Bryan Clauson won last
year’s “Rich Vogler Classic,” a race which debuted
in 1991 when Robbie Stanley scored the first of his
three wins in the event (1991, 93 and 94). Other “Rich
Vogler Classic” Sprint champs have included Jim
Mahoney (1992), Kenny Irwin Jr. (1995), Andy Michner
(1996-97), Chet Fillip (1998), Steele (1999 & 2002),
Michael Lewis (2003) and Darland (2005). Ryan Newman won
the 2000 race, an event not sanctioned by USAC. In 2001
and 2004 the “Rich Vogler Classic” was a Midget
race, Teddy Beach the 2004 winner and Dane Carter taking
the non-USAC-sanctioned 2001 race.