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For Immediate Release BOWN TAKES POLE FOR CHEVY TRUCKS CHALLENGE; TYLER EARNS FIRST USAC SILVER CROWN VICTORY LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Jan. 17, 1998 - Chuck Bown earned the pole for the Chevy Trucks Challenge, the first pole of his ...

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BOWN TAKES POLE FOR CHEVY TRUCKS CHALLENGE; TYLER EARNS FIRST USAC SILVER CROWN VICTORY

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Jan. 17, 1998 - Chuck Bown earned the pole for the Chevy Trucks Challenge, the first pole of his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career, and Brian Tyler earned his first victory in the USAC Silver Crown Championship Series on Saturday at Walt Disney World Speedway.

Bown, from Portland, Ore., captured the pole for Sunday's race with a lap of 28.716 seconds, 125.366 mph on the 1-mile tri-oval in the Exide Batteries Ford. Ron Hornaday is on the outside of the front row with a lap of 28.752, 125.209 in the NAPA Brakes Chevrolet. The 200-lap, season-opening race starts at 12:05 p.m.

"To tell you the truth, we had better grip out there than what I was expecting because most of the times slowed down a bit from practice," Bown said. "But the grip was better than what I was expecting."

Defending series champion Jack Sprague will start third in the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and defending event winner Joe Ruttman will start 15th in the LCI International Ford.

In the 50-lap Silver Crown feature, Tyler took the lead on the 49th lap when Jason Leffler ran out of fuel. Leffler led laps 16 through 48, taking the lead after polesitter Kenny Irwin, Robby Flock and Dave Steele hit the outside retaining wall in Turn 1.

"I saw Jason pull up, and I slid right in there," Tyler said of his late pass. "They told me on the radio I had a lot of room, so I took the last lap slow and easy, and brought it home to victory."

John Heydenreich was second and Chet Fillip third in the season-opening USAC Silver Crown race. It was the first USAC Silver Crown race at this track.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Joe Ruttman , Brian Tyler , John Heydenreich , Chet Fillip , Robby Flock
Teams Hendrick Motorsports