East Rules the West in Copper World Classic
Talk about a good night at the office. Bobby East swept both ends of the Copper World Classic Presented by FASTSIGNS GOODYEAR, AZ at Phoenix International Raceway Thursday night, easily coasting to wins in the USAC Midget and Silver Crown divisions on the opening night of PIR's November event weekend. East took the pole in each round of afternoon qualifying and led 121 of 125 possible laps on the evening, only ceding control to Ryan Newman for four of the opening five laps in the Silver Crown nightcap. After celebrating with the crew members from his Nos. 4 (Midget) and 6 (Silver Crown) Klatt Enterprises Fords, East accepted congratulations from Sprint Cup Series owner Jack Roush in Victory Lane. Brad Kuhn and Cole Carter followed East to the line in the 25-lap Midget opener, and Cameron Dodson and Dave Steele finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-lap Silver Crown feature. With his ninth place finish in the Silver Crown event, Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson clinched the 2008 USAC K&N Silver Crown Championship. Coons finished the season with 428 points to narrowly edge Dave Darland (423). The November event weekend at PIR continues Friday with Jack in the Box Qualifying Day as the Sprint Cup Series turns laps to determine the starting lineup for Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil, the Semi-Final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Sparks will fly as Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday bring their championship act to the track in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Lucas Oil 150. With just a six-point lead in the series standings, Benson looks to join a select group of NASCAR drivers to win championships in multiple series. Hornaday, the defending series titlist, aims to back up his 2007 title with some hardware for 2008. Don't miss the grand opening of PIR's newest entertainment venue, SPEED Cantina! Located just outside Turn 2 on the PIR Midway and featuring live music and entertainment, SPEED Cantina is the place to be for your post-race bash.