DuQuoin Race Report

DuQuoin, Ill. - Results Monday afternoon (September 6) from the running of the "Southern Illinoisan 100" Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps...

DuQuoin, Ill. - Results Monday afternoon (September 6) from the running of the "Southern Illinoisan 100" Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won: "It don't get no better than this," said Tony Elliott of Kokomo, Ind. after winning Monday afternoon's "Southern Illinoisan 100" USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet race at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. "We were fast all day and we keep getting better and better. This is fun." Elliott scored his second career series triumph in the 100-mile race on the 1-mile dirt track, leading the final 61 miles in his Centennial Sales/Columbus Container/Moody Auto Special. He started fourth and caught early leader Eric Gordon on the 40th lap, then held off a determined Dave Darland in the closing laps. Gordon took third, ahead of defending race winner Jimmy Sills and Brian Tyler. The 100-miler was interrupted by two red flags and one yellow. Chuck Leary clipped the outside wall in turn two on the 26th lap and overturned, then Billy Puterbaugh, Jr.'s car erupted in flames on the 83rd lap and stopped in turn one. Neither driver was injured. Jack Hewitt also spun while running third on lap 90. Russ Gamester of Peru, Ind. passed Ryan newman of South Bend, Ind. for the series point lead. Gamester was seventh and Newman 13th in Monday's race and Gamester leads by three points going into the September 17 race at Terre Haute, Ind. Rich Tobias, Jr. earned the Turbines, Inc. "Rookie of the Race" award for his 11th-place finish.

1. (4) Tony Elliott, Kokomo, Ind., 100, $9,250, No Time or Speed because of red flags. 2. (1) Dave Darland, Kokomo, Ind., 100, $4,600. 3. (2) Eric Gordon, Indianapolis, Ind., 100, $3,075. 4. (7) Jimmy Sills, Placerville, Calif., 100, $2,000. 5. (13) Brian Tyler, Parma, Mich., 100, $1,800. 6. (3) Chuck Gurney, Livermore, Calif., 100, $1,600. 7. (11) Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind., 100, $1,400. 8. (6) Jay Drake, Val Verde, Calif., 100, $1,200. 9. (17) J.J. Yeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 100, $1,100. 10. (16) Bill Rose, Plainfield, Ind., 100, $1,000. 11. (15) Rich Tobias, Jr., Lebanon, Pa., 100, $1,400. 12. (19) Tom Capie, Trevose, Pa., 100, $800. 13. (9) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., 99, $700. 14. (5) Jack Hewitt, Troy, Ohio, 98, $600. 15. (12) Randy Bateman, Murphysboro, Ill., 97, $500. 16. (14) Donnie Lehmann, Springfield, Ill., 97, $500. 17. (26) Craig Dori, Lafayette, Ind., 96, $500. 18. (18) Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Brownsburg, Ind., 80, $500, Fire. 19. (24) Jimmy Stinson, Englewood, Ohio, 60, $500, Clutch. 20. (22) Todd Kane, Delaware, Ohio, 53, $500, Engine. 21. (8) Tracy Hines, New Castle, Ind., 46, $400, RR Tire. 22. (25) Bill Baue, Indianapolis, Ind., 40, $400, Engine. 23. (28) Robin Bank, Pittsburgh, Pa., 33, $400, Overheating. 24. (10) Chuck Leary, Greenfield, Ind., 25, $400, Handling. 25. (27) Terry Babb, Decatur, Ill., 25, $350, Rear End. 26. (23) Gary Hieber, Langhorne, Pa., 23, $350, Overheating. 27. (20) Donnie Beechler, Springfield, Ill., 13, $350, Rear End. 28. (21) Cary Faas, Yorba Linda, Calif., 13, $350, Power Steering. 29. (30) William Schemonia, Murphysboro, Ill., 11, $350, Black Flagged. 30. (29) Tad Roach, Granite City, Ill., 9, $350, Ignition.

Average Speed: NONE-Red Flags. Time of Race: .NONE-Red Flags. Caution Flags: 1 for 5 laps and 2 Red Flags. Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers. Lap Leaders: Gordon 1-39, Elliott 40-100. Fastest Qualifier: Dave Darland - 30.728 seconds -- 117.157 mph. Qualifying Race Winner: (15 laps) Cary Faas. Coors Light Silver Bullet Point Standings: 1-

Next Coors Light Silver Bullet Race: September 17 - Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track - Pepsi "Sumar Classic 100"

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Series USAC
Drivers Ryan Newman , Donnie Beechler , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Jay Drake , Russ Gamester , Eric Gordon , Tom Capie , Gary Hieber , Jimmy Sills , Donnie Lehmann , Tad Roach , Randy Bateman , Bill Rose