Dave Darland, formerly of Lincoln but now a resident of Atlanta, Ind., crept ever closer to surpassing Tom Bigelow for the most USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series feature wins by finding Victory Lane over the weekend in Nebraska.
On Friday night at the Eagle Raceway, Darland got around Justin Grant just before the midway point of the 30-lap A-main, then set sail the rest of the way to score the 49th feature win in the series. He now trails all-time leader Tom Bigelow, who finished his career with 52 wins.
Aside from his prowess in national competition, Darland also has the distinction of being the winningest sprint car driver at both the Lincoln Park Speedway as well as the Kokomo Speedway. He accomplished the feat at Kokomo with his night three win in the second-running of the Sprint Car Smackdown.
Chasing him to the checkered flag Friday was Grant followed in the top-five by Brady Bacon, Tracy Hines and Bryan Clauson.
On Saturday the series made the trek to the Junction Motor Speedway with Hunter Schuerenberg posting the win, leading all but the opening four laps.
Bacon came home second and Hines third. Darland and Clauson rounded out the top five.
The series returns to action May 21 at the Terre Haute Action Track in the annual-running of the Tony Hulman Classic, the event Darland scored his first national win at while driving the Earlywine Auction/Valvoline No. 36D.
Bacon leads the points battle by seven over Clauson (459-452) while Darland sits in third with 431 markers.
Kokomo teenager Parker Price-Miller turned in a stellar outing Saturday night at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Missouri.
Competing in the POWRi National Midget Series Mid-States Nationals, Miller saw his strong early showing on Friday at Valley Speedway go for naught as the motor let go on his No. 9P. In Saturday’s finale, Miller finished a solid third behind winner Zach Daum and second-place Daniel Robinson. USAC Honda National Midget Series champion Darren Hagen won Friday night and finished fourth on Saturday. Andrew Felker rounded out the top five.