Terre Haute Action Track 98-07-03

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (July 3, 1998) - Tony Elliott of Kokomo, Ind. scored his initial USAC Silver Crown Championship race victory in Friday night's Pepsi Cola "Sumar Classic 100" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, leading 62 of the 100...

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (July 3, 1998) - Tony Elliott of Kokomo, Ind. scored his initial USAC Silver Crown Championship race victory in Friday night's Pepsi Cola "Sumar Classic 100" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, leading 62 of the 100 laps around the 1/2-mile dirt track in his Columbus Container/Jerico Mold Chevy. He took the lead for the final time on the 95th lap from Indy Racing League veteran J.J. Yeley when Yeley slid wide in turn two.

"I got the lead right at the start, then J.J. got around me and we finally got him back. Fortunately he had a problem and we were able to close on him at the end. The guys had it (the car) hooked upreal well and I'm just glad we're up here (on the podium). It was real tiring but real fun."

Jack Hewitt, who suffered minor injuries in a crash Wednesday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park, returned to win the pole for Friday night's race but failed to finish, eventually involved in a crash with Jimmy Sills on lap 53. Both drivers were unhurt.

Yeley ended up second, ahead of Brian Tyler, Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. and Turbines Inc. "Rookie of the Race" Todd Kane.

David Bridges of Indianapolis, Ind. escaped injury in a flip over the guardrail during a "qualifying" race.

Results Friday night (July 3) from the running of the Pepsi-Cola "Sumar Classic 100" USAC Silver Crown Championship Race at the Terre Haute Action Track, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

        1.        (1)        Tony Elliott, Kokomo, Ind., 100, $11,850.
        2.        (3)        J.J. Yeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 100, $5,250.
        3.        (5)        Brian Tyler, Parma, Mich., 100, $3,400.
        4.        (4)        Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Brownsburg, Ind., 100, $2,200.
        5.        (11)        Todd Kane, Powell, Ohio, 100, $2,250.
        6.        (18)        Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., 100, $1,600.
        7.        (10)        Wally Pankratz, Orange, Calif., 100, $1,400.
        8.        (14)        Kevin Doty, Milan, Ill., 100, $1,200.
        9.        (7)        Robby Flock, Murrieta, Calif., 99, $1,100.
        10.        (20)        Jerry Coons, Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 99, $1,000.
        11.        (15)        Derek Davidson, Lafayette, Ind., 98, $850.
        12.        (12)        Jason Leffler, Long Beach, Calif., 81, Oil Pump, $825.
        13.        (9)        Dave Darland, Kokomo, Ind., 70, RR Tire, $1,300.
        14.        (21)        Lou Cicconi, Jr., Aston, Pa., 69, Drive Line, $750.
        15.        (24)        Kenneth Nichols, Indianapolis, Ind., 65, LF Shock, $725.
        16.        (6)        Tracy Hines, New Castle, Ind., 53, Oil Pressure, $700.
        17.        (16)        Jimmy Sills, Placerville, Calif., 52, Accident, $675.
        18.        (1)        Jack Hewitt, Troy, Ohio, 49, Accident, $650.
        19.        (19)        Eric Gordon, Indianapolis, Ind., 42, Overhaeting, $625.
        20.        (23)        Bill Rose, Plainfield, Ind., 37, Oil Pump, $600.
        21.        (22)        Kevin Thomas, Dancille, Ind., 34, Steering, $575.
        22.        (8)        Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind., 33, Suspension, $550.
        23.        (13)        Donnie Beechler, Springfield, Ill., 16, Suspension, $525
        24.        (17)        Aaron Mosley, Lapel, Ind., 5, Brakes, $500.

Average Speed: None- Red Flag.

Time of Race: None-Red Flag.

Caution Flags: Laps 7-12, A.Mosley stalled on frontstretch; Laps 18-22, Beechler stalled in turn 4; Laps 39-46, Rose stalled in turn 3; Laps 48-52 Hines spun in turn 4; Laps 55-60, Sills-Hewitt accident in turn 3; RED FLAG on lap 61; Laps 66-69 Debris in turn 2.

Lead Changes: 5.

Lap Leaders: Elliott 1-22, Yeley 23-43, Elliott-44-77, Yeley-78-94, Elliott-95-100

Fastest Qualifier: Dave Steele, 20.803 seconds, 129.789 mph.

        New Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Leffler-274; 2-Tyler-261;
3-Newman-232;  4-Yeley-219; 5-Sills-212; 6-Darland-185; 7-Dave Steele-171;
8-Hewitt-165;  9-Gamester-149; 10-Davey Hamilton-138. 

Next Silver Crown Race: July 11-12 - Fountain, CO - Pikes Peak International Raceway - "Rocky Mountain Classic"

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Series Sprint , USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , Davey Hamilton , Donnie Beechler , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , David Bridges , Russ Gamester , Eric Gordon , Jerry Coons , Wally Pankratz , Jimmy Sills , Robby Flock , Bill Rose