Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier update 2002-08-26

Hines shaves 3 more off Yeley's lead. Tracy Hines shaved three more points off J.J. Yeley's lead in the Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier Championship after posting fourth-fastest qualifying time for Saturday night's USAC National Midget Car...

Hines shaves 3 more off Yeley's lead.

Tracy Hines shaved three more points off J.J. Yeley's lead in the Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Fast Qualifier Championship after posting fourth-fastest qualifying time for Saturday night's USAC National Midget Car race at Granite City, Ill. He'll have another chance to close in on Yeley this Saturday when the Midgets compete at Marne, Mich. and Sunday when the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown cars compete at DuQuoin, Ill.

Yeley failed to earn points at Granite City, timing in ninth. Yeley, however, won the 30-lap feature over runner-up Hines.

Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif. rejoined the "top-five" in the Earl's standings with his fast-qualifying effort in Saturday night's Western Midget Car activity at Santa Maria, Calif. Earl's points will also be available this Saturday night at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park when the USAC Western Sprint Car Series resumes.

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 at the USAC Champions Night in Indianapolis at season's end.

EARL'S PRO-LITE 350
FAST QUALIFIER POINT LEADERS
(As of August 26, 2002)

1. J.J. Yeley-171
2. Tracy Hines-137
3. Dave Steele-106
4. Jay Drake-63
5. Josh Wise-51

--USAC--

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Series USAC
Drivers J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jay Drake , Josh Wise