Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier update 2002-07-15

HINES TAKES EARL'S LEAD AWAY FROM YELEY Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. is the new leader in the race for the 2002 Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier Championship. He emerged from the weekend USAC activity with a one-point lead over J.J. Yeley...

HINES TAKES EARL'S LEAD AWAY FROM YELEY

Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. is the new leader in the race for the 2002 Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier Championship. He emerged from the weekend USAC activity with a one-point lead over J.J. Yeley going into the upcoming eight-race Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" events.

Hines was the fastest qualifier for Saturday night's Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car race at Indianapolis Raceway Park and posted second-fastest qualifying time for Friday's Sprint Car race at Toledo, Ohio. Yeley, on the other hand, was 15th at Toledo and third at IRP.

Fast qualifiers in USAC Western events last weekend included Chad Nichols and Rick Hendrix in the Sprint Cars at Meridian Speedway in Boise, Idaho.

The battle for the Earl's FQ title continues in the next few days with Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car races at Gas City, Putnamville, Haubstadt and North Vernon, Ind. and Western Sprint Car races at Twin Falls, Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah.

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 July 15, 2002)

1. Tracy Hines 100
2. J.J. Yeley-99
3. Dave Steele-88
4. Josh Wise-42
5. Jason Leffler-41

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Josh Wise , Rick Hendrix