Dave Darland Secures Eastern Storm Seat

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Dave Darland has landed a ride for the upcoming USAC Eastern Storm Tour. (Dallas Breeze photo)

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – USAC’s winningest AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver, Dave Darland, has teamed up with New Jersey car owner Tim Hogue to compete during the upcoming five-race Eastern Storm tour June 11-16.

Darland’s lone Eastern Storm win came in 2013 at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway, the same year he posted his best points finish in the series, taking the runner-up spot just one marker behind Bryan Clauson.  He’s also earned points finishes of fourth in 2015, third in 2014 and third in 2012 to go along with last year’s seventh-place result after fifth-place runs at Port Royal and New York’s Weedsport Speedway.

The Hogue No. 39 has been a familiar staple on the Eastern Storm tour over the last four seasons, with California’s Richard Vander Weerd in the seat for the 2015 campaign, while Darland’s USAC Triple Crown contemporary, Jerry Coons Jr., took the wheel in 2016 through 2018.

Hogue’s sprinter has competed on the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car trail this season with driver Mike Thompson at the controls.

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., owns four USAC National titles, including the 1997 Silver Crown, 1999 Sprint Car and the 2001-02 Midget championships, and leads all drivers in USAC Sprint Car starts with 741, and in terms of career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories with 62.

This year he’s earned a pair of top-10 finishes in five sprint car starts, all while competing for three different teams – Chase Briscoe Racing, Epperson Racing and Michael Dutcher Motorsports.