Clovis News: Sports

Clovis racer nears first Outlaws title

Clovis sprint car driver Jason Meyers finished third Saturday night in New York to move closer to his first career World of Outlaws season championship after three runner-up finishes dating to 2005.

With three points races left, Meyers leads Steve Kinser by 98 points, 8,887-8,789.

His finish at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., was his 53rd top-10 finish of the season. Meyers has finished in the top 10 in 15 of the past 16 races and earned qualifying bonus points in 10 races to lead all drivers.

The series moves this Saturday to Haubstadt, Ind.

USAC Silver Crown

Kingsburg's Kody Swanson finished fifth Saturday at the U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown 100-lap race in Terre Haute, Ind. -- the same event where Shane Hmiel was critically injured in a crash in qualifying.

Swanson had the best passing job, moving from 24th starting position. He goes to the final race of the season, Saturday in Toledo, Ohio, third in season points with 337. Bud Kaeding of San Jose leads Levi Jones of Illinois 364-363 at the top.

Tanner Swanson, Kody's younger brother, finished 13th Saturday.

Hmiel suffered head injuries and compression fractures in his neck and back when his car hit an outside wall and rolled several times. A preliminary CT scan, however, showed no permanent brain damage.

Hmiel, a former NASCAR driver who was banned for life from that circuit after failing his third drug test in 2006, underwent surgery on the neck fractures Sunday and had surgery on his back Monday.

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Tommy Tarlton of Easton finished third Friday night in the 360 Sprint feature at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville and continues to lead the season points standings heading into Friday's season finale.

Tarlton leads Kyle Larson of Elk Grove 735-707. Cory Eliason of Visalia finished fifth Friday.

Giant Chevrolet Speedway in Hanford will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cotton Classic on Saturday. The Golden State Challenge 410 winged sprint cars and the USAC 360 non-winged sprint cars headline the show.