DuQuoin: Penultimate round preview

TOP 3 SQUARE OFF IN SUNDAY'S "TED HORN 100" AT THE DuQUOIN STATE FAIRGROUNDS Sunday night's "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds features a showdown between the top three drivers in the USAC Weld Racing Silver...

TOP 3 SQUARE OFF IN SUNDAY'S "TED HORN 100" AT THE DuQUOIN STATE FAIRGROUNDS

Sunday night's "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds features a showdown between the top three drivers in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series standings. Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla., Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif. and Brian Tyler of Parma, Mich. are separated by only 60 points and 66 are available in the series' penultimate race. The series concludes Sept. 23-24 at Rossburg, Ohio.

Steele is the defending series champion but finished 17th in last year DuQuoin 100-miler, one lap behind winner Tyler Walker. Wise, only 14 points in arrears and a Silver Crown rookie, leads the 2005 USAC National Midget Series standings and won the Silver Crown race earlier this season at Terre Haute, Ind. Tyler finished second at DuQuoin last year but comes to DuQuoin on a high note after winning the Aug. 20 "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield, Ill. Tyler trails Steele by 60 points.

Steele and Wise will compete in cars owned by NASCAR Nextel Cup point leader and USAC Triple Crown Champion Tony Stewart, the winningest car owner in Silver Crown history. Noted car builder Bob East co-owns Steele's mount. Tyler pilots the Team Six-R entry.

The fastest 20 qualifiers and the top-10 finishers from Sunday's "qualifying race" will start the 100-mile classic, along with possible provisionals.

Walker established the 1-lap qualifying mark of 123.550 mph last year at the Magic Mile and Johnny Parsons, who hopes to make his 145th career series start Sunday, holds the 100-mile race record of 107.047 mph, set in 1992.

In addition to Walker (2004) and Parsons (1992 and 1995), former DuQuoin champions expected to compete include Rich Tobias Jr. (2003), Paul White (2001), Tony Elliott (1999) and Russ Gamester (1997).

USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Dave Steele-374
2.-Josh Wise-360
3.-Brian Tyler-314
4.-Jay Drake-239
5.-John Heydenreich-223
6.-Bud Kaeding-221
7.-Jason McCord-220
8.-Wayne Reutimann, Jr.-216
9.-Teddy Beach-192
10.-Ron Gregory-189

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Jay Drake , Teddy Beach , John Heydenreich , Rich Tobias Jr. , Johnny Parsons , Russ Gamester , Ron Gregory , Paul White , Tyler Walker , Jason McCord , Josh Wise , Wayne Reutimann