DuQuoin: Ted Horn 100 race report

DuQuoin, Ill. - Results Saturday night (September 6) from the running of the "Ted Horn 100" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason...

DuQuoin, Ill. - Results Saturday night (September 6) from the running of the "Ted Horn 100" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

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 started 25th in the 30-car 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 the September 14 O'Reilly "Tulsa 100" at Tulsa, Okla.

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.

Next Weld Racing Silver Crown Race: September 14 - Tulsa (OK) Fairgrounds Motorplex - "Tulsa 100"

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Dave Steele , Teddy Beach