By Dick Jordan
The AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series opens its 2011 Indiana Sprint Week activities this week with races at Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday, Kokomo Speedway Saturday night and Lawrenceburg Speedway Sunday night.
The Midwest Ford Focus series also competes at Gas City, while Sunday’s Lawrenceburg race is the “Robbie Stanley Classic.”
Jon Stanbrough, last year’s Gas City winner, is the defending ISW Champion, while defending AMSOIL National Sprint Champ Levi Jones, last year’s Kokomo winner, enters Friday’s race as the 2011 series point leader. Stanbrough is second in the points, 71 behind Jones.
Dave Darland, currently ninth in the AMSOIL points, won last year’s “Robbie Stanley Classic” at Lawrenceburg.
The Indiana Sprint Week calendar continues July 13-14-15-16 respectively at the Terre Haute Action Track, Brownstown Speedway, Bloomington Speedway and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.
Once again, the car owner champion of Indiana Sprint Week will receive a distinctive Bridgeport Rocker made of cherry wood, donated by John Youngs of Bridgeport Rockers.
Former Indiana Sprint Week Champions expected to compete for the 2011 title include Jones and Darland, who each have three titles and Stanbrough, who has two.
Darland leads the all-time winners list with 14 career ISW victories. Stanbrough, who won three races last year, has 13.
USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS
1-Levi Jones-538; 2-Jon Stanbrough-467; 3-Hunter Schuerenberg-430; 4-Chris Windom-414; 5-Robert Ballou-407; 6-Damion Gardner-403; 7-Bryan Clauson-400; 8-Bobby East-399; 9-Dave Darland-358; 10-Tracy Hines-321.