Indianapolis, May 23, 2003 - J.J. Yeley led all 100 laps of tonight's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Combined with his dual win in yesterday's Hoosier Twin 50s at Indianapolis Raceway Park, he earned the $50,000 Hoosier Double...
Indianapolis, May 23, 2003 - J.J. Yeley led all 100 laps of tonight's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Combined with his dual win in yesterday's Hoosier Twin 50s at Indianapolis Raceway Park, he earned the $50,000 Hoosier Double Bonus.
Starting from the pole, Yeley immediately drew away, maintaining a small but comfortable lead over second row starter Tracy Hines. Hines pursued Yeley for most of the race, but was never able to close the gap. Dave Darland took over second place at two-thirds of the distance, and slowly narrowed the gap to Yeley, but after sixteen laps of pursuit destroyed his right rear tire and fell back. With 10 laps to go, Hines lost second place to Rich Tobias, who could not catch Yeley either. In the final laps, Paul White took over third place while Hines fell to fifth.
The 100 lap race was interrupted by one red flag and six yellow flags totaling 30 laps. Each restart was a carbon copy of the original start: Yeley put the hammer down and pulled to the lead without challenge.
"It was awesome," Yeley said. "The car was great the whole race. I got a little bit loose at the end, and they said Dave Darland was coming, so I had to pick up the pace. We maintained about a five car length lead. It was a big load off my mind when I saw him sitting down in Turn One with a flat tire. After that, we had a couple of lapped cars and making sure we didn't blow a tire ourselves."
Rich Tobias' second place was a comeback from adversity yesterday, when he did not make the show at IRP. "Tonight the guys pulled through," Tobias said. "We were not good at the beginning. Luckily we had that red and made some changes. We were smart enough to make the right changes. Then we had to work our way back up. We were too tight at the end. Maybe I had something for him, but I believe he had 53,000 reasons not to catch him."
Yeley's win, including the Hoosier Double Bonus, was worth $60,550. The next Silver Crown Race will be the Sumar Classic on June 14, at the Terre Haute Action Track.