Friday, December 02, 2005
Nine Florida Drivers came to the United States Auto Club's (USAC) first sprint car race since USAC left the Walt Disney World Speedway. They came for the Mopar PRI Classic in Orlando, Florida. Seven went home early.
One Florida Driver, Dave Steele, won it. Steele had a best lap on lap 15 of 13.01 seconds at 92.208 mph.
Danny "The Hammer" Martin, Jr. another Florida Driver in Steele's family-owned car completed the race without a scratch. The Hammer qualified for his first ever USAC Sprint Car event. The Hammer's best lap came on lap 14 of 13.315 seconds at 90.034 mph. Martin's fast lap exceeded the best lap of veteran sprinter Dave Darland whose fast lap was 13.319 seconds at 90.007 mph.
Hammer plans on returning to USAC in 2006.
USAC Sprint Cars Entries - Florida Drivers
Danny Martin, Jr. Sarasota Qualified
Dave Steele Tampa Qualified
Kyle Nicholas Naples Did Not Qualify
Stan Butler Bushnell Did Not Qualify
Shane Butler Bushnell Did Not Qualify
Mark Gimmler Palm Beach Did Not Qualify
Bobby Rose Eustis Did Not Qualify
Travis Miniea Fort Laud Did Not Qualify
Gary Gimmler Palm Beach Did Not Qualify
"INDIANAPOLIS - Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. is expected to be among favorites for victory in his home state this Friday when USAC conducts the inaugural Mopar-PRI Sprint and Midget Classic at Orlando SpeedWorld Speedway. Preliminaries in four different racing classes are scheduled Friday.
Steele comes fresh from his victory in Thursday night's USAC Western Sprint race at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. The Florida veteran has a remarkable record in recent USAC racing becoming the first driver to record victories in all three USAC National Series five consecutive years! His 2005 resume includes four Silver Crown wins, two Sprint wins and a Midget triumph and he is the reigning USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Champion.
The event marks USAC's first appearance in the Sunshine State since 2002 and a stellar field of cars and drivers is expected, showcasing the nation's top racing talent on the 1/2-mile paved oval."
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