ROSSBURG, Ohio – It may be fifteen years since his historic Four Crown Nationals ‘sweep’ at Eldora, and an equal number of years since visiting the famed speedway’s hallowed victory lane, but Jack Hewitt’s record of all-time leading winner of 31-year old event is not any imminent danger of being broken.
Of the 57 drivers that have carried the checkered flag at the end of 120 Four Crown Nationals feature events, Hewitt, of nearby Troy, Ohio, has accomplished the fete 19 times. Broken down, those wins include three in USAC (United States Auto Club) Midget, five in USAC Sprint, eight in USAC Silver Crown and three in UMP DIRTcar Modified competition.
His closest rivals to that total, Dave Darland (7) and Tracy Hines (5) remain active along the USAC trail and are expected to do triple-duty during this weekend’s (Sept. 20-21) 32nd annual running of the Four Crown Nationals, in their attempt to inch closer to Hewitt’s (currently inactive) total.
Of that duo, Darland is the most diverse, with Four Crown wins in each of USAC’s National divisions; four Silver Crown, two Midget and one Sprint), while Hines’ five victories have been spread between the Midget (two) and Sprint (three) divisions.
Hines recorded a Sprint conquest during last year’s running to up his total; while Darland has not tasted a Four Crown checkered flag since his 2009 Silver Crown success.