Pikes Peak race report

Fountain, Colo. - Results Friday afternoon (July 4) from the running of the "Rocky Mountain Classic" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at Pikes Peak International Raceway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed,...

Fountain, Colo. - Results Friday afternoon (July 4) from the running of the "Rocky Mountain Classic" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at Pikes Peak International Raceway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif., who established a new World's Record for Sprint Cars at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Thursday, came back to win Friday's 100-mile "Rocky Mountain Classic" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race at the 1-mile oval.

Drake took the lead from series point leader J.J. Yeley on the ninth lap and never looked back, giving car owner George Snider a record 15th series triumph. Snider and NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Tony Stewart co-own Drake's winning car.

Yeley started on the pole with a speed of 141.559 mph but lost the early lead to former series champion Paul White at the start. He regained the lead on lap six but yielded to Drake on lap nine. Yeley eventually finished 20th, three laps down after two pit stops. His series point lead slipped to 15 points over runnerup Dave Steele who finished seventh Friday.

Eric Gordon finished second, ahead of Chet Fillip, Tracy Hines and Dave Darland.

Drake's win was his second in the series and first on pavement.

Drake qualified for Friday's USAC Sprint Car portion of the "Rocky Mountain Classic" at a World's Sprint Car record of 144.950 mph but finished second to Tracy Hines in the 30-lap Sprint feature. Drake also finished third in the 30-lap USAC Midget race behind winner Dave Steele and runnerup J.J. Yeley.

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jay Drake , Chet Fillip , Eric Gordon , Paul White