This is from PRwire Power Team Racing's Davey Hamilton Takes IRL Points Lead With 3rd Place Finish in Controversial True Value 500k Hamilton Leads His First Race of the '96-'97 IRL Season PHILADELPHIA,...
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Power Team Racing's Davey Hamilton Takes IRL Points Lead
With 3rd Place Finish in Controversial True Value 500k
Hamilton Leads His First Race of the '96-'97 IRL Season
PHILADELPHIA, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A.J. Foyt Power Team Racing's Davey Hamilton overtook Indy Racing League (IRL) point leader Mike Groff with his 3rd place finish in the controversy-marred True Value 500k, held last Saturday at the Texas Motor Speedway. Hamilton earned 32 points with his 3rd place finish, surpassing Groff, who was injured earlier in the week and did not compete. With 175 IRL season points, Hamilton leads second place Tony Stewart by 8 points, with 167 points. "It feels great to be on top of the points board," said Hamilton. "We need to keep and build our lead so we can win the championship in Las Vegas." The Las Vegas 500 is the concluding race of the IRL season, where the final points standings will be determined. The True Value 500k suffered a controversial finish, where Hamilton's teammate Billy Boat was declared the winner with Hamilton in 2nd. However, Treadway Racing, owner for 1997 Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, filed a protest with the United States Auto Club (USAC). The protest claimed the scoring system did not count two of Luyendyk's laps. After close analysis, USAC agreed and declared Luyendyk the winner, with Boat finishing 2nd and Hamilton 3rd. Several teams affected by the reversal decision filed another protest with USAC; however, the decision was not overturned. Hamilton's 3rd place finish at the Fort Worth track ties his previous best IRL finish, which came in March of this year, when he finished 3rd at the Phoenix 200. The Las Vegas-based driver also took his first lead of a '96-'97 IRL race, when he overtook Eliseo Salazar on lap 72. He held that lead for four laps. His performance in the IRL's first-ever night race also earned him his 7th consecutive running at the race finish and his 4th straight top-1O finish. Power Team is the leading seller of wholesale electricity, buying and selling more than 40,000 GWh in 1996. Power Team has also led the energy and power marketing industry into motorsports sponsorships by being the first energy-related company to sponsor in the IRL and NASCAR. SOURCE Power Team -0- 06/16/97