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Drake Takes Fourth, Wise Fifth in USAC Sprint Final Standings
Team Mopar wrapped up the 2005 USAC National Sprint Car Series season at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix over the weekend, with the running of the 38th Annual Checker Auto Parts/Budweiser Oval Nationals event. Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises Jay Drake and Josh Wise ended their seasons in the top-five in the championship chase, as Drake finished fourth and Wise finished fifth in the points battle. Hoffman Auto Racing's Jerry Coons Jr., ranked seventh, and Tracy Hines rounded out the effort with a 10th-place finish. Coons kicked off the event with a decisive win in Thursday's 25-lap preliminary feature. He led laps 17Â¿25 to earn the victory in the No. 69 Hoffman Auto Racing ride. Drake drove the No. 21 Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises machine to a sixth-place finish, followed by Wise in the No. 20 Stewart-owned entry in ninth-place. Hines grabbed tenth in the No. 69OT entry for Hoffman Auto Racing. Coons followed his victory up with a second-place finish in Friday night's 25-lap preliminary feature. He also picked up a heat race win en route to the feature event. Hines won the Semi Feature along his way to a fifth-place finish in the feature, followed by Drake in 15th place. Hines continued his trend of top-10 finishes, charging to an eighth-place finish in Saturday night's 40-lap finale. Coons drove to a 12th-place finish, followed by Drake in 15th and Wise in 16th. The season wrap-up saw Team Mopar collect two top-five championship rankings and two top-ten championship rankings between the Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises and Hoffman Auto Racing teams. For more info on USAC Racing, log on to usacracing.com.