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Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. recorded his initial USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race victory in Sunday's O'Reilly "Tulsa 100" at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex in Tulsa, Okla. Kaeding was leading when the race was halted for the second time...

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. recorded his initial USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race victory in Sunday's O'Reilly "Tulsa 100" at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex in Tulsa, Okla.

Kaeding was leading when the race was halted for the second time due to track conditions in the interest of driver safety and checkered flagged after 77 of the scheduled 100 laps. The race had been halted 24 laps earlier for track conditions and maintenance.

J.J. Yeley finished second and emerged with a 72-point lead in the series standings with only 66 available in the series finale October 10-11 at Syracuse, N.Y.

"I had the dominant car today," admitted a happy Kaeding in victory lane. "We gambled with softer tires at the start and I was worried about them in the later laps but we never got to where I had to abuse them. We were lucky when the red came out at lap 53 because I had broken a shock and we were able to fix that. It's been a while since I've run these cars on dirt and we were really confident, so I don't think things would have changed if we'd run the full 100."

Tyler Walker, after leading the first seven laps, finished third ahead of Aaron Fike and Tracy Hines. The race was the first for the series at the reconfigured 3/4-mile dirt oval since 1980.

Yeley won the pole at 108.342 mph but slipped at the start and never got back to the front. Mike Hess won the 15-lap "qualifying race" which preceded the feature event.

The 2003 USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series concludes October 10-11 at the New York State Fairgrounds mile dirt oval in Syracuse.

USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 560
2. Dave Darland 485
3. Tracy Hines 480
4. Dave Steele 432
5. Jay Drake 349
6. Tyler Walker 339
7. Paul White 314
8. Rich Tobias, Jr. 276
9. Brian Tyler 270
10. Aaron Fike 249

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , Paul White , Tyler Walker