Eldora: 4-Crown Nationals summary

Steele Takes Weld Racing Silver Crown Title; Darland Wins "4-Crown Nationals" Series Finale Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. led all 50 laps to win Saturday night's "4-Crown Nationals" feature event at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, while...

Steele Takes Weld Racing Silver Crown Title; Darland Wins "4-Crown Nationals" Series Finale

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. led all 50 laps to win Saturday night's "4-Crown Nationals" feature event at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, while Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. emerged as the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Champion after his 16th-place finish.

Steele, who drives for car owners Tony Stewart and Bob East, earned his first-ever USAC National driving title with a 47-point cushion over Bud Kaeding, who finished 13th at Eldora.

"The track was perfect," said Darland. "I love it when it's like this. My car owner (Galen Fox) gave me a great car and we just got a new engine with a lot of power."

Darland finished 1.22 seconds ahead of Kevin Huntley at the checkered flag. Mike Brecht, Rich Tobias, Jr. and Levi Jones rounded out the "top-five" at the finish. Boston Reid escaped injury in a flip on the 14th lap of the Eldora feature.

Darland also won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Midget feature but flipped during the 30-lap USAC Sprint race while running second. Dickie Gaines won the Sprint car feature.

Darland's Silver Crown victory made him a "4-Crown" triple-crown champ, now having won in all three USAC National series during the traditional event.

WELD RACING USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES FINAL STANDINGS
1.-Dave Steele-563
2.-Bud Kaeding-516
3.-Dave Darland-476
4.-Brian Tyler-472
5.-Jason McCord-463
6.-Jay Drake-427
7.-John Heydenreich-355
8.-Rich Tobias, Jr.-330
9.-Aaron Pierce-328
10.-Tracy Hines-304

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Jay Drake , John Heydenreich , Levi Jones , Jason McCord , Aaron Pierce , Boston Reid