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Tony Stewart to race in Jackson

Fri 7-27-2018

JACKSON - One of the biggest names in racing history will make his first appearance at Jackson Motorplex Friday when Tony Stewart races on a night named in his honor. He'll be among the drivers with the All Star Circuit of Champions that will compete in the $10,000-to-win Richard White Memorial.

Stewart is a three-time NASCAR Cup series champion as a driver, winning in 2002, 2005 and 2011. He won as an owner when Kevin Harvick won the 2014 title.

Stewart has won racing titles in Indy, midget, sprint, and USAC Silver Crown cars. He is the only driver to win a championship in both IndyCar and NASCAR.

The All Star Circuit of Champions series was at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis. Thursday, with Ryan Smith (Kunkletown, Penn.) winning the A Feature, followed by Aaron Reutzel (Chute, Tex.) and Chad Kemenah (Findlay, Ohio).

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) had a two-point lead over Reutzel (Clute, Tex.) in the ASCoC point standings heading into the Thursday night show. Ruetzel had the most wins with seven. No other driver has more than two.

Rounding out the top five were Kemenah, who was 30 points off the pace; Jac Haudenschild (Wooster, Ohio), who trailed by 88 points; and Dave Blaney (High Point, N.C.), who was 172 points behind.

Stewart (Columbus, Ind.) was 14th.

After Friday's races, Stewart will sign autographs at his trailer.

IMCA 305 sprint cars will also be in action Friday.

Kaleb Johnson (Sioux Falls) has a 10-point lead over Shane Fick (Brandon, S.D.) in that class.

Filling out the top five are Brandon Bosma (Round Lake), who is 12 points out; Elliot Amdahl (Flandreau, S.D.), who is 16 points off the pace; and Colin Smith (Sheldon), who trails by 18 points.

Nate Eakin (Okoboji) is seventh, 26 points off the pace; and Johnny Sullivan (Arnolds Park) is ninth, 46 points out.

The grandstand opens at 4 p.m., hot laps are 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

After Friday, the next event at Jackson Motorplex is Friday, Aug. 17 when the Midwest Power Series returns, featuring Nebraska 360 sprints with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series; IMCA 305 sprints; and NSL 360 non-wing sprints.