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Sondi is 27 from Crawfordsville, IN who was North American Midget Auto Racing Series rookie of the year - and a regional USAC midget champion this year. edenracing.com/main_index.html (not working)

Sondi Eden First Female USAC Champion Ever!
Sondi Eden of Crawfordsville, Ind. became USAC’s first female champion in the organization’s 49-year history Wednesday as she claimed the Speedrome Regional Midget Car Series championship in the weekly series at the Indianapolis Speedrome. In finishing seventh, she beat Travis Young of Franklin, Ind., who claimed his first victory in the series and third at the 1/5-mile paved oval of the year.

Young capped a second-place run in the series point standings by winning the 50-lap feature in the No. 80 Matlock Ford/Vogler-White/Ford Fontana, his first regional triumph and third victory at the Speedrome this season.

Young passed Keith Butler on lap 15 and was never challenged again to finish ahead of Rex Norris III, Butler, Adam Schuyler and Deano Lennon. Eden, who became USAC’s first female champion in the organization’s 49-year history, placed seventh.

"I was just kind of coasting,” Young said. “The car was awesome. We tweaked the car a couple of times, and I just kept watching that leader board, checking to see who all was behind me.”

Butler, who won a heat race, led for the first 14 laps before yielding to Young. Behind them, Eden tried desperately to cap off her championship campaign with her second victory of the season.

Eden, driving the No. 15 Jonathan Byrd Catering/Hawk/Brayton Chevy, made the moves early. After starting 14th, Eden drove to seventh after only 20 laps. And she didn’t stop there. Eden toured the track on the outside and picked up fifth by lap 22, then raced to third by lap 40.

Eden backpedaled ever so slightly though when her left front wheel jumped Butler’s right front. Though she lost only two spots, Eden nursed the car home to finish seventh.

Young was the class of the field though. He led by more than a straightaway at times and pulled away when as many as four cars battled for second.

“I knew Sondi pretty much had the championship wrapped up and all, so I just kind of hoping to come out here and finish on a good note,” Young said. “I found out what it took to win a Regional Midget feature out here, and I’ll keep that in the back of my mind for how hard I need to run the races next year.”

Eden, who won a feature July 28 at the Speedrome, was ecstatic after picking up the championship, 41 points ahead of Young.

“This feels great,” Eden said after the race. “I’ve been nervous for a little while, wanting to get the points deal over with, and just be able to race. This just feels great to have a USAC title.”

All Eden had to do was start the event to clinch the title, and once she did so, she switched her thinking from points race to car race

“I said it was ‘show time, time to gas it up and go for the win,’” Eden said. “There was nothing to lose once I start. I just wanted to go for it, and I wanted to go for the win. We had a pretty good shot there, but had a little tangle there near the end. Once that race started though, I was like ‘Yeehaw.’ I knew we could finally go racing. That was fun.”

Source: INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 18, 2004), images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.usadirtracing.addr.com/News/Associations/USAC/Regional/_derived/index.html_txt_eden_hs.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.usadirtracing.addr.com/News/Associations/USAC/Regional/&h=225&w=149&sz=20&tbnid=ixG28ox3QS_zuM:&tbnh=102&tbnw=67&hl=en&start=8&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522sondi%2Beden%2522%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DN

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