Darland Doing Triple Duty At Eldora’s 4-Crown

RaceChaser Staff Featured, USAC Leave a Comment

Dave Darland will drive a second Tyler Thomas midget at Eldora Speedway’s 4-Crown Nationals this weekend. (Jeremey Rhoades photo)

ROSSBURG, Ohio — United States Auto Club legend Dave Darland has officially secured rides in all three USAC National divisions for Saturday night’s 36th annual 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway.

The Lincoln, Indiana native and USAC Triple Crown champion has been tabbed to drive in the USAC National Midget portion of the program, piloting a second car fielded by Brian Thomas as a teammate to Tyler Thomas.

Darland had previously inked deals for Saturday’s event with Phillips Motorsports in the USAC Silver Crown Series and with Mark Hery in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series.

His prowess at Eldora has him ranked as the second-winningest USAC driver at the famed half-mile dirt oval with 14 wins, trailing only Jack Hewitt’s 24. Darland is one of only four drivers to win a Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget feature at the 4-Crown, alongside Hewitt, Kyle Larson and Jerry Coons Jr.

Darland’s seven total 4-Crown victories include two in a midget (1999 & 2004), one in a sprint car (1999) and four in a Silver Crown car (2004, 2005, 2008 & 2009).

His career resume includes four USAC National championships, including the 1997 Silver Crown title, 1999 Sprint title and back-to-back Midget titles in 2001 and 2002.

No driver owns more USAC National Sprint Car feature wins than Darland’s 59.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *