Rich Tobias, Jr. of Annville, Pa. finally shed his "bridesmaid" tag in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Saturday night, winning the "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. The race, rained out a week earlier, was held...
Rich Tobias, Jr. of Annville, Pa. finally shed his "bridesmaid" tag in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Saturday night, winning the "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. The race, rained out a week earlier, was held "under the lights" for the first time in its 55-year history.
Tobias is the seventh different race winner in succession in the series which now travels to Oklahoma for the first time in 23 years for this Sunday's O'Reilly "Tulsa 100" at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex. The race on the 3/4-mile dirt oval is the penultimate event in the series, which concludes October 11-12 at Syracuse, N.Y. and will play significantly in determining this year's champion.
Practice at Tulsa starts at noon, with qualifying slated at 1 pm and racing at 2. A 15-lap "qualifying race" precedes the 100-lap feature event. The Tulsa race is scheduled to be broadcast on the Speed Channel at 9 pm ET September 18.
Tobias started 25th in the 30-car DuQuoin field but quickly worked his way to the front of the pack and overhauled series point leader J.J. Yeley for the lead on the 76th lap around the 1-mile oval. He led the final 25 miles in his dynamicresource.com/accufax.cc Tobias/Chevy to beat a fast-closing Donnie Beechler by a half car-length at the checkered flag!
Yeley slipped to third at the finish, ahead of Kevin Huntley and Tracy Hines, but emerged with a 45-point lead over Dave Darland in the series standings going into this Sunday's race at Tulsa.
Darland was running third on lap 12 when he was involved in a four-car tangle in turn three which forced point challenger Dave Steele from competition. Darland restarted 24th and was second on a restart at lap 93 but ran short of fuel while mounting a charge on Tobias. He was seventh at the checkered flag.
"This means the world to me," said Tobias in victory lane. "It's among the high points of my career. Any time you can beat J.J. (Yeley) you're doing something. My car got better later in the race and I knew we were good at the end."
Teddy Beach of Donnelsville, Ohio earned his initial pole position with a lap at 120.212 mph., the fastest in series history on a mile dirt oval. He ran second for many laps but engine problems late relegated him to 16th at the finish.
Kevin Huntley won the 15-mile "qualifying race" which preceded the 100-mile feature.
USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 500
2. Dave Darland 452
3. Tracy Hines 432
4. Dave Steele 432
5. Jay Drake 307
6. Tyler Walker 285
7. Brian Tyler 270
8. Paul White 269
9. Rich Tobias, Jr. 249
10. Jason McCord 241