Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier update 2002-08-12

Hines narrows Yeley's Earl's lead. Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. sliced J.J. Yeley's lead in the 2002 Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier Championship standings to 30 points with a pair of point-earning efforts at Salem, Ind. Saturday night.

Hines narrows Yeley's Earl's lead.

Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. sliced J.J. Yeley's lead in the 2002 Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier Championship standings to 30 points with a pair of point-earning efforts at Salem, Ind. Saturday night. Hines ranked second in Sprint Car qualifying and fourth in the Midget Cars, while Yeley was second in the Sprint Cars.

Dave Steele, the fast qualifier for both Salem events, solidified his third-place ranking in the Earl's standings but trails Yeley by 56 points.

Chad Nichols, who leads the Western Sprint Car Series standings, was the fastest qualifier for Saturday night's race at Carson City, Nev. Points toward the Earl's championship will also be available this Saturday at Springfield, Ill. as the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series presents the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

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 August 12, 2002)

1. J.J. Yeley-162
2. Tracy Hines-132
3. Dave Steele-106
4. Jay Drake-57
5. Jerry Coons, Jr.-42
Jason Leffler-42
Josh Wise-42
Aaron Fike-42

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise