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From Dick Jordan

Rossburg, OH — (April 1, 2000) — Jay Drake won the USAC National Sprint Car Series feature Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. Danny Smith, Kasey Kahne, Tony Elliott, and J.J. Yeley rounded out the top five.

STOOPS FREIGHTLINER/USAC SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 1, 2000 — Rossburg, Ohio — Eldora Speedway – “Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jay Drake, 97, Willoughby-15.321; 2. J.J. Yeley, 76, GT Racing-15.575; 3. Tony Elliott, 66, Walker/Lamers-15.749; 4. Kasey Kahne, 23k, Kahne-15.824; 5. Dave Darland, 69, Dynamics-15.836; 6. Tracy Hines, 62, BWB-15.896; 7. Derek Davidson, 9R, Roudebush-15.947; 8. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 7, Puterbaugh-16.020; 9. Danny Smith, 4x, Baker-16.020; 10. Kevin Miller, 21, Miller-16.031; 11. Greg Wilson, 63, Hampshire-16.034; 12. Bill Rose, 34, Baker-16.102; 13. Derek Scheffel, 21s, Scheffel-16.120; 14. Rusty McClure, 77, Law-16.122; 15. Bud Kaeding, 129, BK Racing-16.143; 16. Brian Tyler, 17, Newkirk-16.180; 17. Levi Jones, 2J, Jones-16.184; 18. Jonathan Vennard, 54, Vennard-16.192; 19. Eric Gordon, 3ac, DeSalle-16.287; 20. Chuck Wilson, 31, Wilson-16.340; 21. Kenny Carmichael, 92, C & W-16.364; 22. A.J. Anderson, 320, Kissel-16.455; 23. Steve Surniak, 1st, Surniak-16.462; 24. Jack Hewitt, 16, BWB-16.498; 25. Eric Shively, 55, Shively-16.516; 26. Greg Dillon, 68, Britt-16.549; 27. Eric Burns, 86, Britt-16.573; 28. Corey Smith, 66s, Smith-16.597; 29. Aaron Mosley, 27, Mosley-16.649; 30. Jeff Wilson, 3R, Reynolds-16.667; 31. Mike Miller, 82, Miller-16.709; 32. Kevin Thomas, 3B, Booe-16.765; 33. Justin Marvel, 47, Davis/Marvel-16.811; 34. Terry Pletch, 29, Pletch-16.855; 35. Ande Possman, 12, Ulrick-16.858; 36. Rick Hayden, 5H, Hayden-16.900; 37. Dustin Smith, 77s, Smith-17.026; 38. Brandon Petty, 30p, Petty-17.057; 39. Terry Babb, 4, Babb-17.135; 40. Wayne Newlin, 70, Newlin-17.163; 41. Kevin Doty, 25, Chrisman-17.228; 42. Tim Clark, 9, Frazier-17.228; 43. Chris Simon, 24c, Cross-Eyed-17.307; 44. Scott Orr, 88, Orr-17.387; 45. Jim Mills, 45, Turbines-17.405; 46. Scott Stone, 42, Stone-17.565; 47. Mike Mossi, 13, Mossi-18.855; 48. Thomas Davies, 44D, Davies-19.541; 49. Kevin Huntley, 60, Spectrum-NT; 50. Mike Brecht, 97x, Seeling-NT.

“NON-QUALIFIERS” RACE: (6 laps) 1. Pletch, 2. Marvel, 3. Hayden, 4. Possman, 5. Newlin, 6. Petty, 7. Orr, 8. Clark, 9. Babb, 10. Dustin Smith, 11. Mills, 12. Stone, 13. Davies, 14. Mossi. NT

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Drake, 3. Danny Smith, 4. Pletch, 5. Shively, 6. Mosley, 7. Jones, 8. Carmichael, 9. Scheffel. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dillon, 2. Yeley, 3. McClure, 4. Hines, 5. Vennard, 6. K.Miller, 7. J.Wilson, 8. Marvel, 9. Anderson. 2:14.46

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gordon, 2. G.Wilson, 3. Davidson, 4. Kaeding, 5. Elliott, 6. M.Miller, 7. Burns, 8. Hayden, 9. Surniak. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler, 2. K.Thomas, 3. Hewitt, 4. Kahne, 5. C.Wilson, 6. Possman, 7. C.Smith, 8. Puterbaugh, 9. Rose. NT

TRUE VALUE SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Puterbaugh, 2. Jones, 4. K.Miller, 5. Vennard, 6. Carmichael, 7. C.Smith, 8. Anderson, 9. Shively, 10. C.Wilson, 11. Possman, 12. Burns, 13. J.Wilson, 14. Marvel, 15. Hayden, 16. Mosley, 17. Surniak, 18. M.Miller. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Danny Smith, 3. Kasey Kahne, 4. Tony Elliott, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Derek Davidson, 8. Rusty McClure, 9. Bud Kaeding, 10. Greg Wilson, 11. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 12. Brian Tyler, 13. Kevin Thomas, 14. Kevin Miller, 15. Tracy Hines, 16. Eric Gordon, 17. Jonathan Vennard, 18. Greg Dillon, 19. Jack Hewitt, 20. Terry Pletch, 21. Kenny Carmichael, 22. Levi Jones. NT

**Mossi flipped during the “non-qualifiers” race. Scheffel flipped during the first heat. Rose & Puterbaugh flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Hines, Laps 2-30 Drake.

NEW STOOPS FREIGHTLINER SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Drake-71; 2-Kahne-60; 3-Elliott-59; 4-Yeley-58; 5-Darland-53; 6-Davidson-46; 7-McClure-43; 8-Kaeding-39; 9-G.\\Wilson-38; 10-Tyler-35.

NEXT STOOPS FREIGHTLINER SPRINT CAR RACE: April 2 – Anderson (IN) Speedway – “Glen Niebel Classic”

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