By Dick Jordan
Indianapolis, IN……..Mario Marietta of Clinton, Ind. and Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. won Wednesday night’s two 30-lap USAC Mopar D1 Midget features at the Bryant Heating & Cooling Indianapolis Speedrome on the final night of the 2011 Elite 8 Series presented by IUPUI. Marietta and Hagen each led all 30 laps of their respective races. Marietta and his Double Star Firearms Beast/Mopar were trailed by Bryan Nuckles, Ali Jackson, Kyle O’Gara and Dalton Armstrong in race one. In race two, Hagen lost the lead to Armstrong on the backstretch on the final lap but regained it coming off turn four to take the checkered flag first in his Liberty Village/McGladrey & Pullen Spike/Esslinger Ford. Armstrong took second ahead of Nuckles, Marietta and O’Gara. Nuckles ended up as the top D1 Midget point scorer in the Elite 8 series.
USAC MOPAR D1 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2011 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Bryant Heating & Cooling Indianapolis Speedrome – “Elite 8 Series” – Presented by IUPUI
FIRST FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mario Marietta (#85 Marietta), 2. Bryan Nuckles (#59 Nuckles), 2. 3. Ali Jackson (#9 Nine Racing), 4. Kyle O’Gara (#6 East), 5. Dalton Armstrong (#7A C & A), 6. Darren Hagen (#3 RFMS), 7. Morgan Nelson (#16 Nelson), 8. Jake Blackhurst (#39 Blackhurst), 9. Taylor Ferns (#55 Ferns), 10. Kyle Hamilton (#33 Spike), 11. Jason Wolfe (#4w Wolfe), 12. Isaac Chapple (#61 Chapple), 13. Thomas Hennigan (#34 Hennigan), 14. Dave Fuhrman (#32 Fuhrman). NT
SECOND FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Dalton Armstrong, 3. Bryan Nuckles. 4. Mario Marietta, 5. Kyle O’Gara, 6. Morgan Nelson, 7. Jason Wolfe, 8. Jake Blackhurst, 9. Taylor Ferns, 10. Kyle Hamilton, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Thomas Hennigan, 13. Dave Fuhrman, 14. Ali Jackson. NT
FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Marietta.
SECOND FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Hagen.
NEW USAC MOPAR D1 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Ferns-446; 2-Blackhurst-438; 3-Nuckles-394; 4-O’Gara-370; 5-Marietta-352; 6-Jackson-346; 7-Nelson-323; 8-K.Hamilton-304; 9-Davey Ray-255; 10-Fuhrman-233.
NEXT USAC MOPAR D1 MIDGET RACE: July 30 – Kokomo (IN) Speedway