Gas City, Lawrenceburg race notes

Yeley grabs Gas City & Lawrenceburg Sprints Drake halts Yeley streak in Sunday race at the "Burg" J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. continued his dominance of the 2003 USAC National Sprint Car Series with back-to-back wins at Gas City...

Yeley grabs Gas City & Lawrenceburg Sprints
Drake halts Yeley streak in Sunday race at the "Burg"

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. continued his dominance of the 2003 USAC National Sprint Car Series with back-to-back wins at Gas City and Lawrenceburg, Ind. Friday and Saturday. He also finished fifth in Sunday night's Lawrenceburg race to extend his series point lead to 81 points going into the mid-June "Buckeye Nationals" in Ohio.

Yeley caught Levi Jones Friday and led the final six laps in his Tony Stewart Racing Twister/Mopar, then led the final 16 laps of Saturday night's race after passing Jay Drake. Drake, of Val Verde, Calif., returned to lead all but three laps of Sunday night's 30-lapper in his Vital Express/American Race Tire Kunz/Mopar.

Yeley was trailed Friday at Gas City by Jones, Tony Elliott, Boston Reid and fast qualifier Jon Stanbrough. Elliott led the opening lap and Jones led the next 23 before Yeley moved to the front. Fast qualifier Tracy Hines finished second in Saturday night's Lawrenceburg feature, ahead of Drake, Reid and Jones. Elliott led the first two laps, Drake the next 12 and Yeley the rest. On Sunday night, Yeley was the fastest qualifier but had to settle for fifth in the 30-lap Lawrenceburg main behind Drake, Jac Haudenschild, Hines and Bud Kaeding. Haudenschild led the first three laps before Drake took over.

Drake's victory was his first of the season and first since last September in Joliet, Ill.

Yeley has now finished fifth or better in all 10 of this year's USAC Sprint Car feature events! He has four wins, two seconds, a fourth and three fifths! Tracy Hines, who ranks second in the series standings, has been hard-pressed to close any ground despite nine "top-10" finishes in 10 starts. He has four seconds and a third already this year.

The National Sprint Car Series resumes June 18-19-20-21 with the 2nd Annual "Buckeye Nationals" at four Ohio tracks, beginning at Attica Raceway Park on June 18.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 633
2. Tracy Hines 552
3. Jay Drake 504
4. Bud Kaeding 488
5. Boston Reid 443
6. Levi Jones 389
7. Cory Kruseman 359
8. Dave Darland 327
9. Brian Tyler 326
10. Matt Westfall 260

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Matt Westfall , Levi Jones , Jon Stanbrough , Boston Reid , Jac Haudenschild