SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES STEWART CLAIMS INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK'S "COCA-COLA 100;" "HULMAN-HOOSIER HUNDRED" FRIDAY AT INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS Tony Stewart of Rushville, Ind. scored his third consecutive USAC Silver Crown Championship...
SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES STEWART CLAIMS INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK'S "COCA-COLA 100;" "HULMAN-HOOSIER HUNDRED" FRIDAY AT INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
Tony Stewart of Rushville, Ind. scored his third consecutive USAC Silver Crown Championship victory in Saturday night's 100-lap "Coca-Cola 100" at Indianapolis Raceway Park, leading all but the first six laps in his True Value/Terre Haute First National Bank Special. Stewart previously won the 1997 series closer at Las Vegas, Nev. and the February 1 "Copper World Classic" at Phoenix, Ariz. He did not compete in the January 17 race at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida.
The Silver Crown Championship Cars are now preparing for A.J. Foyt's True Value "Hulman-Hoosier Hundred," this Friday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind. Chuck Leary of Greenfield, Ind. is the defending champion of the 100-mile race on the 1-mile dirt oval. Practice starts at 5 p.m., with qualifying at 6 and the True Value "last chance" consi at 7. The 100-mile feature gets the green flag at 8 p.m.
Stewart started on the front row alongside fast qualifier Jason Leffler at I.R.P. but trailed Jason for the first six laps. Leffler slipped to fifth at the checkered flag behind runner-up and defending race winner Pat Abold, Dave Steele and Russ Gamester. Tracy Hines won the 15-lap "last chance" semi and Doug Didero won the Turbines, Inc. "Rookie of the Race" award.
Brian Tyler of Parma, Mich. finished eighth at IRP and retained the lead in the Silver Crown standings going into this Friday night's race on the Indy mile. In addition to Leary, former "Hulman" winners Dave Darland (1995-96), Jimmy Sills (1994) and Jack Hewitt (1986-90) are expected to compete, along with 1990 "Hoosier Hundred" winner Gary Hieber. Darland also won the 1995 "Hoosier," Sills won the "Hoosier" in 1994 and Hewitt won it in 1986-88-89.
Johnny Parsons holds the 1-lap track qualifying record of 114.726 mph. Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Brian Tyler-156; 2-Jason Leffler-134; 3-Tony Stewart-123; 4-Chet Fillip-121; 5-Ryan Newman-109; 6-Dave Steele-105; 7-Jack Hewitt-105; 8-J.J. Yeley-93; 9-Davey Hamilton-93; 10-Russ Gamester-91.
STOOPS FREIGHTLINER SPRINT CAR SERIES "EMGE 50" FIRST FOR JASON McCORD; ELDORA HOSTS SUNDAY NIGHT RACE
Jason McCord of Anderson, Ind. finally found the Stoops Freightliner/USAC Sprint Car winners circle Friday night at his home track - the Anderson Speedway! He passed Chet Fillip on the 21st lap and led the rest of the way to win the "Emge 50" in his PayLess Super Markets/Weidner Chevrolet/Delco Remy America Special.
Kevin Thomas of Danville, Ind., runner-up in the Anderson 50-lapper, leads the Stoops Freightliner standings going into this Sunday night's program at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Practice at the 1/2-mile dirt track starts at 6:30 p.m, qualifying gets under way at 7 and racing begins at 8:30. A 30-lap feature is on tap.
McCord and Thomas were trailed by Fillip, Pat Abold and Brad Armstrong at Anderson. Turbines, Inc. fast qualifier Dave Steele failed to finish the 50-lapper. Abold won the True Value semi.
Stoops Freightliner Point Standings: 1-Kevin Thomas-439; 2-Brian Tyler-416; 3-Tim Cox-404; 4-Jason McCord-384; 5-Dave Steele-376; 6-Brad Armstrong-362; 7-J.J. Yeley-361; 8-Chet Fillip-354; 9-Tony Elliott-336; 10-Derek Davidson-294.
FORMULA 2000 SERIES BESNARD WINS ONE BUT ALSO LOSES TO McGEE IN HOMESTEAD F2000s
David Besnard of Sydney, Australia extended his lead in the United States Formula 2000 Championship Series with a victory and second-place finish in two 22-lap contests at the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex in Homestead, Fla. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Besnard won the pole for both races and outdueled Ryan Hampton of Glendora, Calif. in Saturday's race. Hampton led nine of the 22 laps but Besnard put his Haase Racing Karts Van Diemen Ford in front to stay on lap 14 for his third consecutive series triumph, despite losing his rear wing in a shunt with Hampton. International cycling star Greg LeMond finished third in his best F2000 outing to date.
Robby McGehee of St. Louis, Mo. battled Besnard in Sunday's race on the twisting 2.21-mile circuit and led all but four laps to win in his Energizer/VisionAire Tatuus Ford. The defeat was Besnard's firs in four 1998 F2000 events as he finished second, just over two seconds behind. Hampton took third.
Besnard leads the F2000 standings over McGehee and Hampton, who are tied for second, going into races May 29-30 at the Watkins Glen Circuit in NewYork.
Formula 2000 Point Standings: 1-David Besnard-122; 2-Robby McGehee & Ryan Hampton-86; 4-Andy Lally-64; 5-Jon Herb-55; 6-Mike Johnson-47; 7-Jonathan Bottoms-46; 8-Rolando Quintanilla-45; 9-Sam Hornish, Jr.-37; 10-Jeff Shafer-36.
NATIONAL/16TH STREET/SPEEDROME MIDGET SERIES 16TH STREET THURSDAY; "NIGHT BEFORE 500 CLASSIC" SAT. AT IRP '97 "ROOKIE OF YEAR" SLUSS TAKES SPEEDROME MIDGET SERIES OPENER
The USAC National Midget Series visits two Indianapolis, Ind. race tracks this week as the speed capital gears up for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
The 1/4-mile dirt 16th Street Speedway hosts Thursday night's events, with a 40-lap feature scheduled. Saturday night's race is the 53rd Budweiser "Night Before the 500" Classic at Indianapolis Raceway Park's .686-mile paved oval, A 50-lap main event concludes the IRP activities.
Practice at the 16th Street Speedway starts at 5 p.m. Qualifying begins at 5:30 and the first race is set for 7. The IRP timetable calls for practice at 4:30 p.m., qualifying at 5:30 and racing at 8. Ryan Newman won last year's "Night Before the 500" Classic.
John Sluss of Indianapolis, last year's Indianapolis Speedrome Midget "Rookie of the Year," captured Thursday night's 1998 series opener at the 1/5-mile paved oval in his Ultra-Sun/Keco Motorsports/Michael Lang Engines VW. He becomes the early leader in the series standings going into the May 28 racing program at the Speedrome.
Sluss trailed series "rookie" J.D. Nash for the first 11 laps, then led the rest of the 50-lap feature to beat Dean Franklin, David Fuhrman, Brad Kuhn and Jerry McPherson. Franklin flipped during practice but returned to win the second semi and take second in the feature!
National Midget Standings: 1-Tracy Hines-128; 2-Ricky Shelton-123; 3-Jay Drake-115; 4-Jimmy McCune-110; 5-Jason Leffler-108; 6-Ronnie Johncox-84; 7-Ted Hines-70; 8-Chris Shultz-66; 9-Kevin Thomas-62; 10-Sarah McCune-57. 16th Street Midget Standings: 1-Critter Malone-49; 2-Jeff Hampton-40; 3-Roy Caruthers-37; 4-Andy Pierce-37; 5-Donnie Beechler-32; 6-Steve Knepper-31; 7-Andy Michner-29; 8-Tracy Hines-27; 9-Jay Drake-25; 10-Jerry Coons, Jr.-23. Speedrome Midget Standings: 1-John Sluss-1,000; 2-Dean Franklin-500; 3-David Fuhrman-250; 4-Brad Kuhn-200; 5-Jerry McPherson-180; 6-Shelby Howard III-160; 7-Gregg Cory-140; 8-J.D. Nash-130; 9-Dave Coffman-120; 10-Daryl Campbell-110.
WESTERN STATES SERIES FACCINTO, POMBO TAKE "REBEL" SPRINT FEATURES AT BAKERSFIELD
Monte Faccinto of Hanford, Calif. continues to lead the USAC "Regional Rebel" Sprint Car Series after a first and second in two 15-lap features at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway last Saturday night.
Faccinto was the fastest qualifier, then led all 15 laps to beat Davey Pombo and Larry Brown to the checkered flag in the first "15." Pombo came back to lead all 15 laps in the second "15" to beat Faccinto and Brown.
The "Regional Rebel" Sprints return to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. this Saturday night.
Regional Rebel Sprint Standings: 1-Monte Faccinto-297; 2-Davey Pombo-280; 3-Mark Barroso-174; 4-Lawrence Edlund & Craig Stidham-154; 6-Shane Travioli-149; 7-Larry Brown-125; 8-Tyler Haylett-99; 9-Jonathan Allard-98; 10-Jeff Gardner-92.