J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. bolted into the lead for the 2002 Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier Championship with a stunning performance in eight USAC "Buckeye Nationals" races this past week. Yeley posted the fastest qualifying time for...
J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. bolted into the lead for the 2002 Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier Championship with a stunning performance in eight USAC "Buckeye Nationals" races this past week.
Yeley posted the fastest qualifying time for Sprint car races at Fremont, Lima and Rossburg, Ohio, while John Wolfe was the fastest qualifier at Attica. Yeley also posted "top-six" qualifying times in two of the Ohio Midget Car events as well and emerged with a 15-point lead over Tracy Hines in the new Earl's standings.
Hines was the fastest Midget qualifier at Lima and added a second, third and fourth in the other seven Ohio events to stay in the hut for the Earl's title.
In Western USAC competition, Tony Stewart was the fastest qualifier for the Western Sprint Car race at Tracy, Calif. Saturday night.
A $20,000 bonus will be paid to the driver accumulating the most points during 2002 in five USAC racing series, computed through an international point system utilized specifically for this title.
The system somewhat mirrors the system used for years for determining the World Driving Champion, with nine points for fast qualifying time, six for second, four for third, three for fourth, two for fifth and one for sixth. Series included in the Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Hose Fast Qualifier Championship are the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series, the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series, Western Sprint Car Series, National and Western Midget Car Series.
The $20,000 cash bonus will be presented in January at the USAC National Awards Dinner in Indianapolis, Ind.
EARL'S PRO-LITE 350
FAST QUALIFIER POINT LEADERS
(As of June 24, 2002)
1. J.J. Yeley-88
2. Tracy Hines-73
3. Dave Steele-58
4. Josh Wise-42
5. Jason Leffler-37