Short Track Specials Rule Kentucky's Quarter-Mile
Jani-King Tripleheader Kicks Off Weekend
A trio of races on the quarter-mile oval on the infield at Kentucky Speedway highlighted Friday night of a busy weekend in Sparta. Features were run by the Baby Grands Region C Series, ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series and the USAC WORLDCOM National Midget Series. The races ended around 1 a.m. Saturday after rain pushed the start of the races back by more than an hour.
The evening got started with Troy Turner claiming the 25-lap Baby Grand Race. "I didn't even practice tonight," Turner said. "I got here late. I just put on some new tires and hoped for the best. I got faster as the night went on."
Ken Ballege took second and Brian Duff placed third in the Baby Grand race.
Chad Guinn picked up his third win of the year in the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Race. "The championship is real tight right now, and we just have to come in and be real consistent," Guinn said. "This truck got real wrecked last week, and we had to work a lot of hours to get this done.
Second place was claimed by Jeff Speakman and Brett Oakly took third.
USAC WORLDCOM National Midget Series points leader Dave Darland took the final feature of the night for his 12th career win. "This feels great to get a win the first time here," Darland said of the caution-plagued race. "The yellows kind of helped sometimes when we were catching up to lapped traffic. The less cars you have to pass, the better off you'll be."
Tracy Hines placed second and Dave Steele came in third.
The weekend will continue with qualifying for the Indy Racing Nothern Light Series "Belterra Casino Indy 300." The NASCAR Gatordade All-Pro "The WHAS 150" will start at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tonight is the "Jani-King Short Track Triple Header" featuring the Baby Grands, ARCA Trucks and USAC Midgets. Heat races. Qualifying will get underway at 8 p.m.
Sunday the 2001 season at Kentucky Speedway will end with the "Belterra Casino Indy 300" at 1:30 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on ABC.
Tickets are still available for all races this weekend and may be purchased in person at the Speedway's ticket office in Sparta.