Aaron Fike of Galesburg, Ill., at age 18, became the youngest winner in the history of the USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Saturday evening as he won the "Dominic's of New York 100" at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Fike surpasses...
Aaron Fike of Galesburg, Ill., at age 18, became the youngest winner in the history of the USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Saturday evening as he won the "Dominic's of New York 100" at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
Fike surpasses Jeff Gordon, who at age 19, won a similar race at Phoenix, Ariz. in 1991.
"I was really conservative," he admitted after the race. "The first 60 laps I was just cruising around. This win is great. I'll be celebrating by running two Midget races tomorrow - one in the afternoon and one at night!"
Fike started eighth in the McGladrey & Pullen/Azer Clinic/Weld/Hoosier/Sparco Foxco/Beast and bolted into the "top-five" on lap 12. He slipped out of the top-five, then returned on lap 47. By lap 80 he had joined leaders Dave Steele and Tyler Walker in a three-car battle for the lead.
Walker got by Steele on lap 91 but four laps later spun out, allowing Fike, who had passed Steele on lap 92, to assume the lead on the final restart. Fike's final margin of victory over series point leader Russ Gamester was just over a second, with Steele taking third ahead of Jason McCord and Paul White.
Tracy Hines won the pole with a new track record speed of 133.935 mph but a right rear tire forced him out of the race on lap 94 while running in the "top-10."
Brad Noffsinger won the 15-lap "qualifying race" which preceded the 100-lap feature.
A crowd of near 30,000 was on hand for the race, which was followed by the SunTrust Indy Challenge Indy Racing Northern Light Series event at the 3/4-mile paved oval.
USAC COORS LIGHT SILVER BULLET SERIES STANDINGS
1. Russ Gamester 328 2. Paul White 283 3. Dave Steele 267 4. Jason McCord 234 5. Dave Darland 221 6. Ed Carpenter 217 7. Tracy Hines 210 8. John Heydenreich 205 9. J.J. Yeley 205 10. Jerry Coons, Jr. 204