Ryan Stahl leads driver standings

12:00 AM 19 Sep 2012 NZST
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Ryan Stahl with his stepson Owen Ryan Stahl
Ryan Stahl with his stepson Owen
Ryan Stahl

Ryan Stahl holds a slight four win lead, in the 2012 Northfield Driver Standings with 215 victories over the Flying Turns just ahead of Aaron Merriman who has 211. Kurt Sugg (129), Wyatt Irvine (122) and Dan Noble (121) round out the top-five harness racing drivers.

The 34-year-old Stahl is a native of Republic, Ohio and is in search of his first career driving title.

Stahl finished second in the 2011 Northfield Driving Standings and was the runner-up three times at Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio. Ryan began driving in 1994 and has won 2,957 races and purses of $9,148,480.

Stahl has split his driving between Northfield Park, Scioto Downs and many of Ohio's county fairs.

His 2012 total win tally is 275, ranking him 28th nationally. Leading the nation in wins are Tim Tetrick and David Palone who each have 524 victories.

George Napolitano Jr (459), George Brennan (452) and Dan Noble (413) complete the nation's top-five.

by Heather MCCOLLOCH

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