Bobby East dominated the USAC Silver Crown race at O'Reilly Raceway Park after leading every lap. Starting on the outside of the front row, East took the lead entering the first turn. Even a late race caution did little to trim East's advantage.
Bobby East dominated the USAC Silver Crown race at O'Reilly Raceway Park after leading every lap. Starting on the outside of the front row, East took the lead entering the first turn.
Even a late race caution did little to trim East's advantage. Despite an 8 lap dash to the finish East was able to cross the finish line two seconds ahead of second pace finisher Pablo Donoso.
Both the first and second place drivers compete for A.J. Foyt Enterprises.
"That car was awesome from the get-go," said East, a Brownsburg, Indiana native. "It's just great to come out here and give those guys a great run. I've always liked this track. It's right here in my backyard."
On each run, East would pull away with a 3 second lead before a caution period would close the field. On the restart he would pull away from the field with ease. The last caution period came with 92 laps complete when Wayne Reutimann stopped on the backstretch.
"I ran the race in two phases," said East. "For the first 50 laps I took it easy and saved my tires. During the last 50 laps I wasn't worried about saving anything."
As the final caution flag flew, East had just put fourth place finisher Cameron Dodson a lap down. When the lineup reverted to the previous lap for the restart, Dodson started on the tail end of the field.
On the final restart, East and Donoso were separated by a lapped car, which was quickly dispatched only to provide a good view of East checking out.
"My tires went away at about 75 laps," Donoso said. "Bobby started on the front row and didn't have to drive as hard at the beginning."
East admitted that his tires began losing grip with 20 laps remaining.
"I had to drive hard," Donoso reported, "diving through traffic and braking hard," and that made my tires wear faster.
It was apparent very early in the race that East had the dominant car.
Pole sitter Jason Leffler had problems on the initial start as well as on restarts, dropping to third on the first lap. Leffler fell to fourth on the second lap before regrouping and mounting a charge back to second. With several caution periods throughout the race, Leffler continued to suffer on restarts, eventually finishing eighth.
Tim Barber finished third with Cameron Dodson fifth, the last car on the lead lap.
Carl Edwards was scheduled to compete in the USAC Silver Crown race at O'Reilly Raceway Park but a July 22 injury in a late model race at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska sidelined the Roush Fenway Racing driver. Edwards was to drive his own No. 199 RE Technologies Silver Crown car. Cameron Dodson, the regular driver of the No. 199, was back behind the wheel, finishing fourth. Dodson had arranged to drive the PDM Racing No. 18 that was wheeled by pole sitter Jason Leffler. Roush Fenway Racng President, Geoff Smith reported that Edwards will be able to compete in Saturday's Busch Series race at O'Reilly Raceway Park and Sunday's Allstate Brickyard 400 at IMS.
K & N Engineering has elevated their sponsorship of the USAC Silver Crown Series. As of tonight's race at O'Reilly Raceway Park, the series will be known as the K & N Silver Crown Championship Series. K & N, a manufacturer of performance air and oil filters, has been a presenting sponsor of the series for the past two seasons. Title sponsorship of the series runs through 2008.