Jones Tops Fox Memorial

levi JonesBy Bryan Gapinski Plymouth, Wis., Sept. 7, 2007---Levi Jones scored his first career midget feature victory capturing the 30-lap Stan Fox Memorial Friday Night at The Plymouth Dirt Track. The event was co-sanctioned by the USAC National and Badger Midget Car Series. 
Jones jumped into the lead at the start followed closely by his Tony Stewart Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Danny Stratton. The events only caution appeared on the second lap for a minor spin involving two cars. Jones opened up a two car length lead by lap 5, doubled the advantage at the completion of lap 10.
A five-car battle for second place ensued behind Jones, as the leader began lapping slower cars on lap 12. Jones increased his advantage while lapping several cars. Stratton passed Stenhouse for second position on lap 21, and trailed Jones by 3.6 seconds. Stratton then began cutting into Jones's lead. With five laps remaining Jones held a two second advantage. 
Jones driving the Tony Stewart Racing/Spike/Hawk Chevrolet finished 0.83 seconds ahead of Stratton at the finish. Stenhouse, Darren Hagen and current USAC National Midget point leader Jerry Coons Jr., completed the top five. The event marked the first ever appearance for USAC, and the first midget auto race at the 1/3-mile clay oval since a Aug. 2, 1985 Badger sanctioned event. Brady Bacon established a new one-lap track record in qualifying, erasing Fox's mark set in 1981.

Feature Lap Leaders: Jones 1-30.

QUAL       HT 1   A-FT  
1 99 BACON 13.227 1 BACON 1 JONES
2 79 SWINDELL 13.323 2 HAGEN 2 STRATTON
3 05L LOYET 13.345 3 HATTON 3 STENHOUSE
4 32 HAGEN 13.39 4 STRATTON 4 HAGEN
5 2 PICKENS 13.4 5 KUHN 5 COONS
6 21 STENHOUSE 13.425 HT 2   6 SWINDELL
7 4 STRATTON 13.427 1 JONES 7 DARLAND
8 20 JONES 13.552 2 SWINDELL 8 PICKENS
9 11 COONS 13.553 3 MOSEN 9 LOYET
10 43NZ KUHN 13.614 4 PICKENS 10 KUHN
11 9 DARLAND 13.621 5 NOBLE 11 HATTON
12 91 RAY 13.626 HT 3   12 MOSEN
13 13 HATTON 13.683 1 LOYET 13 BACON
14 43 LUEBKE 13.835 2 COONS 14 RAY
15 17 WINDOM 13.851 3 STENHOUSE 15 WINDOM
16 7A ARMSTRONG 13.894 4 McALLAN 16 NOBLE
17 6X NOBLE 13.935 5 RAY 17 LUEBKE
18 9X McALLAN 14.071   18 DREHER
19 69 DREHER 14.226 19 McALLAN
20 67 MOSEN 14.237 20 ARMSTRONG
21 56 DULL 14.425 21 DULL
22 97 HOEGSTED 14.468 22 HOEGSTED