Tyler edges Drake for PPIR Silver Crown victory. Brian Tyler of Parma, Mich. led the final 62 miles of Sunday afternoon's 100-mile USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race at Pikes Peak International Raceway to record his fifth career victory. He ...
Tyler edges Drake for PPIR Silver Crown victory.
Brian Tyler of Parma, Mich. led the final 62 miles of Sunday afternoon's 100-mile USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race at Pikes Peak International Raceway to record his fifth career victory. He averaged 105.616 mph on the 1-mile paved oval, driving the Kroger/Pringles/Folgers/Sunny Delight Gaerte/Beast.
"I thought this place owed me one after we were chasing Dave Steele for second last year and blew a motor," said Tyler in victory lane. "I guess it just paid me back."
Tyler started sixth in the 30-car field and caught leader Jay Drake on lap 39 but had to fight off late-race challenges from Drake to post a narrow win. Drake was second ahead of Chet Fillip and brothers Aaron and A.J. Fike. Tyler's victory was worth $17,100 from a total purse of $86,980.
The race concluded with 34 green-flag laps, which apparently aided Tyler's drive. "We were good on the long green runs," the winner admitted.
Pole winner J.J. Yeley, who qualified at 141.104 mph Saturday, failed to finish, retiring after just nine laps due to ignition trouble.
Series point leader Dave Steele finished seventh to maintain a 33-point lead over Jason Leffler, who was sixth at the checkered flag and led one lap.
John Starks of Puyallup, Wash. won Saturday's 15-lap "qualifying race."
Sunday's Pikes Peak International Raceway event will be broadcast on ESPN2 Saturday night, June 22 from 7:30-9:30 pm ET.
USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS
1. Dave Steele 212
2. Jason Leffler 179
3. J.J. Yeley 157
4. Rich Tobias, Jr. 156
5. Jason McCord 152
6. Tracy Hines 144
7. John Heydenreich 143
8. Tony Elliott 127
9. Aaron Fike 113
10. Jerry Coons, Jr. 113