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July 4, 2013

IndyCar finds its way back to Pocono after 24-year hiatu

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“The track is so different and it makes it very difficult to set up a car there. But from the testing, I can assure you that we are going to have another great race,” Hinchcliffe says.

In addition to Iowa, Hinchcliffe has won in Brazil and in Florida.

Danny Sullivan was the last open-wheel driver to win at Pocono in 1989. Other winners at the track have been Mark Donohue, A. J. Foyt, Tom Sneva, Bobby Unser, Mario Andretti and Bobby Rahal.

Foyt will miss being at Sunday's race. He is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

Qualifying is set for Saturday afternoon at Pocono and the race will be shown live on ABC-TV.

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* Racing in area — Weather permitting, racing is slated in the area starting tonight with U.S. Auto Club sprint car action at Lincoln Park Speedway.

Veteran driver Dave Darland has assumed first place in the USAC sprint point totals with 756 points. Bryan Clauson is second with 725.

Sullivan native Chase Stockon is tied with Kevin Thomas Jr. for fourth place in the totals after being the early leader in the division.

Racing also is scheduled at Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday followed by fireworks.

The Bernie Mann Memorial is the feature on the card at Crossroads Dragway on Saturday.

Weather wiped out NASCAR Night racing at The Action Track on Tuesday and the Hut Hundred for USAC midgets on Wednesday at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois.

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* Jones retires — Levi Jones likely would have been in the USAC programs at Lincoln Park and Tri-City but the driver from Illinois has retired.

The 31-year-old driver from Olney, Ill., says he will focus on his family and the family business — the family owns Rural King franchises in Illinois.

Jones is a seven-time USAC national champion and won six of those titles with Tony Stewart Racing. He won sprint car titles in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and took back-to-back Silver Crown titles in 2010 and 2011.

He began racing at the age of 16 and often competed in Terre Haute.

“My decision … was not an easy one but I am in a place personally that allows me to do so without being bitter or wondering what might have been,” Jones said in a press release.

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