Yeley wins again; takes Duquoin's "Ted Horn 100" J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. scored his 12th USAC National race victory of the season in Sunday's "Ted Horn 100" Weld Racing Silver Crown race at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. The victory...
Yeley wins again; takes Duquoin's "Ted Horn 100"
J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. scored his 12th USAC National race victory of the season in Sunday's "Ted Horn 100" Weld Racing Silver Crown race at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. The victory enabled him to snatch the series point lead from Dave Steele, who finished ninth in the 100-mile race, sponsored by The Southern Illinoisan.
Yeley's win followed a similar win at Springfield, Ill. two weeks ago as he again piloted the Team ASE/Ford co-owned by Bob East and NASCAR star Tony Stewart.
"It's nice to get this race back," said Yeley in victory lane, referring to 2001 when he had ignition failure while leading late. "We had a little power steering leak and I was just hoping nothing would break. There was a lot of rubber on the track and that made us good on the restarts."
Trailing Yeley at the checkered flag were Russ Gamester, Jay Drake, Dave Darland and defending race winner Paul White.
Yeley emerged from the race with a 16-point lead over Steele in the new standings going into the September 20-21 "4-Crown Nationals" at Rossburg, Ohio.
A red flag halted the race on lap 73 when Jonathan Vennard flipped in turn four but he escaped injury.
Ed Carpenter, who won the pole at a track record speed of 119.629 mph., led the first 48 laps but slipped behind Yeley on lap 49, then blew a tire and hit the wall in turn two on lap 59. He was also uninjured.
Brian Tyler won the 15-lap "qualifying race" which preceded the 100-mile feature.
USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 391
2. Dave Steele 375
3. Tracy Hines 339
4. Jason McCord 271
5. John Heydenreich 258
6. Jay Drake 255
7. Jason Leffler 255
8. Russ Gamester 245
9. Jerry Coons, Jr. 223
10. Derek Davidson 193