McCord upsets Yeley in "J.D. Byrider 100" at IRP
Jason McCord of Anderson, Ind. interrupted J.J. Yeley's bid for USAC racing history last Thursday night, winning the "J.D. Byrider 100" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. McCord's win in the opening event of I.R.P.'s "Kroger SpeedFest" weekend kept Yeley from recording a historic all-time USAC single-season career record 20th feature victory! The victory was McCord's first in 57 career attempts.
Yeley won the pole starting position at 117.600 mph and led the first 93 laps, but McCord ran him down in the closing laps and led the final seven circuits in his Hat World/Lids, Top of the World Beast/Pink Ford.
"It's actually been a really down year," McCord said. "We had only finished one race before [Thursday], and we've dropped out of every other race. As soon as something starts going good, we start wondering what bad is going to happen. That was in the back of my mind after I got Yeley - what else is going to happen. Hopefully we finally got the monkey off our back and hopefully we'll have a good second half of the season."
"It means a lot," McCord said. "We were fortunate enough to win twice last year in a sprint car, but what we really wanted was a Silver Crown win. For it to come here in front of all of my sponsors, family and friends, it means a lot. I love this racetrack. We were here a couple of weeks ago in the sprint car and we were just awful, and J.J. won that race. It just feels good to bounce back and redeem ourselves a little bit."
McCord's margin of victory was about six car lengths and his take from the $57,827 purse was $9,100.
Following McCord and Yeley at the checkered flag were NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veteran Carl Edwards, Dave Darland and Dave Steele. NASCAR Busch Series competitors Kasey Kahne and Mike Bliss failed to finish the 100-lapper, Kahne hitting the wall on lap 20 and Bliss encountering mechanical problems. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular Jason Leffler retired after 50 laps with handling problems.
Chet Fillip and Michael Lewis won preliminary "qualifying races."
Yeley extended his Weld Racing Silver Crown point lead over Dave Steele to 30 points going into the August 16 "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield, Ill.
USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 364
2. Dave Steele 334
3. Dave Darland 308
4. Tracy Hines 282
5. Jay Drake 237
6. Paul White 224
7. Brian Tyler 210
8. Tyler Walker 173
9. Jason McCord 158
10. Rich Tobias, Jr. 155