J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. extended his point lead in the race for the 2002 Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Hose Fast Qualifier Championship Saturday, winning the pole position for the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. extended his point lead in the race for the 2002 Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Hose Fast Qualifier Championship Saturday, winning the pole position for the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. He now leads Tracy Hines, who qualified fifth at Springfield, by 37 points going into this Saturday night's "Bob Wente Classic" USAC National Midget Car race at Granite City, Ill.
Jay Drake and Jerry Coons, Jr., enhanced their ranking in the Earl's standings with top qualifying efforts at Springfield, while Paul White and Russ Gamester also earned Earl's points at the Springfield mile.
Earl's points will be available for the top six qualifiers at Granite City Saturday night and also at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway in Saturday night's USAC Western Midget Car Series.
A $20,000 bonus will be paid to the driver accumulating the most points during 2002 in five USAC racing series, computed through an international point system utilized specifically for this title.
The system somewhat mirrors the system used for years for determining the World Driving Champion, with nine points for fast qualifying time, six for second, four for third, three for fourth, two for fifth and one for sixth. Series included in the Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Hose Fast Qualifier Championship are the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series, the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series, Western Sprint Car Series, National and Western Midget Car Series.
The $20,000 cash bonus will be presented in January at the USAC National Awards Dinner in Indianapolis, Ind.
EARL'S PRO-LITE 350
FAST QUALIFIER POINT LEADERS
(As of August 19, 2002)
1. J.J. Yeley-171
2. Tracy Hines-134
3. Dave Steele-106
4. Jay Drake-63 25. Jerry Coons, Jr.-46