Conseco/A.J. Foyt Driver Billy Boat Scores First IRL Win at Texas, Again Ft. Worth, Texas: June 6, 1998 - Billy Boat drove the No. 11 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara-Aurora on Goodyear tires to first place in the exciting True Value 500 at...
Conseco/A.J. Foyt Driver Billy Boat Scores First IRL Win at Texas, Again
Ft. Worth, Texas: June 6, 1998 - Billy Boat drove the No. 11 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara-Aurora on Goodyear tires to first place in the exciting True Value 500 at Texas Motor Speedway today. Taking the checkered flag in first place is a repeat of last year's Texas race but that victory was taken away the day after the race because of a timing and scoring error.
"We really wanted to win this one bad," Boat said about his first official IRL victory. "I won this race last year and woke up 12 hours later in second. I wasn't going to let that happen again. The whole A.J. Foyt/Conseco team did a great job. We had a race car that was absolutely perfect all night long."
Six different drivers led during the 208-lap race on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. Boat led the most number of laps at 108 and finished 0.928 seconds in front of Greg Ray. Teammate Kenny Brack finished third.
"It's great," said A.J. Foyt about his first IRL victory since New Hampshire in 1996. "I'm so proud of Billy. It just looked like it was Billy's day today.
"I'm awful proud of this series," Foyt continued. "This is showing the talent that the young guys have. These guys are used to running wheel-to-wheel and inches apart. On the quarter-mile and half-miles you learn to rub a lot of bumpers. That's what they're doing here."
Winning the fourth race of the 1998 Pep Boys IRL series places Boat third in the championship standings with 110 points. He is only five points behind Tony Stewart and Scott Sharp, who are tied for the lead.
The next Pep Boys Indy Racing League event is the New Hampshire 200, June 28 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
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