Amy Barnes of Minden, Nev. hopes to become the second female driver to
score a victory in USAC Sprint car racing history. She'll have the chance
November 30 when the USAC Western Sprint Cars and National/Western Midget
Cars return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rain forced cancellation of last year's scheduled USAC "doubleheader," so
drivers and teams are anxious to get back to The Bullring for the 2002 USAC

Barnes, a five-year USAC veteran, is one of two ladies expected to compete
in the Sprint car event on the 3/8-mile paved oval. The other is Shauna Hogg
of Roseville, Calif., with whom Barnes shared the 2000 series "Most Improved
Driver" honors.

Kaylene Verville of Phoenix, Ariz. became USAC's first female Sprint race
winner this May at Show Low, Ariz. Barnes has been close, but is still
seeking her initial win in the Western Sprint Car series. In 2000, she
finished second to Tony Hunt at Madera, Calif. Hunt is the defending series
champion and among favorites for victory on November 30.

The 21-year-old Barnes missed the end of the 2001 campaign and most of this
year due to the birth of her son Gavin in April. She's a graduate of the
Jimmy Sills School of Open Wheel Racing and Lyn St. James Driver Development Program.

A pair of 50-lap features are on tap at LVMS, following practice at 1 pm,
qualifying at 4 and preliminary races, beginning at 6:30.

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. and Robby Flock of Murrieta, Calif. are the
respective point leaders in the USAC National and Western Midget Car Series,
also part of the Las Vegas program. The 50-lap Midget race affords points
toward both series championships.

Chad Nichols of San Carlos, Calif. leads the Western Sprint Car standings
going into the final three events of the season. The Sprint cars and Midgets
are also competing November 23 at Tucson, Ariz. and November 28 at
Irwindale, Calif.