Yeley takes "Sumar Classic" at Terre Haute; "Dominic's Of New York 100" at Richmond June 27-28. J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. extended his lead in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series standings with his fifth dirt-track...
Yeley takes "Sumar Classic" at Terre Haute; "Dominic's Of New York 100" at Richmond June 27-28.
J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. extended his lead in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series standings with his fifth dirt-track victory in six starts dating back to 2002, winning Saturday night's 100-lap Terre Haute First National Bank "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
"My Ford/Power Stroke Diesel Beast/Ford ran well all race," said Yeley in victory lane after the marathon race, which featured 14 caution periods. "We had an awesome race car those last seven laps. We were really struggling for fuel and in the corners it started hiccupping, making it tough to run the top groove." Speculation was that Yeley's car was so short on fuel at the checkered flag that it may not have been able to complete another lap.
Yeley's victory was his 11th in USAC National competition this season as he chases the single-season USAC mark of 19. "It's easier when you run for three great teams, like I do," said Yeley, whose Silver Crown car is co-owned by NASCAR Winston Cup Champ Tony Stewart and Bob East.
Kevin Huntley, who led lap one and lap 97, finished second, ahead of Dave Darland, Paul White and Matt Westfall, as only nine of the 26 starters made it to the finish.
New track record holder Jay Drake started on the pole and ran strong until he spun on lap 45. He rejoined the race and came back to fourth place before exiting on lap 76 when he encountered steering problems.
Russ Gamester, winner of the qualifying race, escaped injury in a flip on lap 13.
Yeley's lead over runner-up Dave Steele in the new series standings stands at 62 points going into the June 27-28 "Dominic's of New York 100" at the Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 240
2. Dave Steele 178
3. Brian Tyler 177
4. Dave Darland 176
5. Tracy Hines 172
6. Paul White 165
7. Jay Drake 135
8. Matt Westfall 114
9. Tyler Walker 98
10. Rich Tobias, Jr. 96