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Madison, Ill. - Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. broke the USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series qualifying record and led all but 13 laps of Saturday's "Silver Crown 100" at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. 'I knew we were fast but we...

Madison, Ill. - Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. broke the USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series qualifying record and led all but 13 laps of Saturday's "Silver Crown 100" at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.

'I knew we were fast but we slipped at the start because our motor is not good on starts," Steele commented in the post-race interview. He trailed Dave Darland for the first 13 laps before taking the lead going into turn one. Darland eventually spun while running second on lap 23 and finished a disappointing 20th.

Steele eclipsed Brad Noffsinger's ultimate series record of 143.039 mph. (set at Gateway last year) with a lap at 143.967 mph. during Friday's rain-interrupted qualifying. Oliver Trucking qualifying was completed Saturday morning.

Defending series champion Tracy Hines finished second in the 100-mile race, followed by Mike Bliss, Paul White and Brian Tyler.

White emerged as the new series point leader going into the September 2 "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. He has a 21-point lead over Russ Gamester, who was the first one out of Saturday's race with a head gasket problem.

Only three cautions slowed the race, with Steele averaging 117.101 mph in his Northside Propane Gaerte/Beast.

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Results Saturday (August 25) from the running of the "Silver Crown 100" USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Race at Gateway International Raceway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

1.      (1) Dave Steele, Tampa, Fla., 80, $17,680, 117.101 mph.
2.      (10) Tracy Hines, New Castle, Ind., 80, $9,580.
3.      (7) Mike Bliss, Charlotte, N.C., 80, $5,580.
4.      (8) Paul White, Temple, Texas, 80, $4,380.
5.      (6) Brian Tyler, Parma, Mich., 80, $3,580.
6.      (2) J.J. Yeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 80, $2,955.
7.      (11) Ed Carpenter, Indianapolis, Ind., 80, $2,630.
8.      (9) Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash., 80, $2,430.
9.      (14) Bud Kaeding, Campbell, Calif., 80, $2,180.
10.     (26) Chet Fillip, San Angelo, Texas, 80, $2,030.
11.     (27) Gary Hieber, Langhorne, Pa., 80, $1,930.
12.     (19) John Heydenreich, Bloomsburg, Pa., 80, $1,830.
13.     (17) Jerry Coons, Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 80, $1,730.
14.     (22) Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Brownsburg, Ind., 79, $1,679.
15.     (15) Jason McCord, Anderson, Ind., 79, $1,629.
16.     (21) Rich Tobias, Jr., Annville, Pa., 79, $1,579.
17.     (16) Tom Capie, Browns Mills, N.J., 79, $1,529.
18.     (18) A.J. Fike, Galesburg, Ill., 79, $1,479.
19.     (24) Robby Flock, Murrieta, Calif., 79, $1,429.
20.     (4) Dave Darland, Lincoln, Ind., 79, $1,379.
21.     (20) Derek Davidson, Lafayette, Ind., 77, $1,352.
22.     (28) Eric Butze, Memphis, Tenn., 77, $1,327.
23.     (12) Jay Drake, Val Verde, Calif., 73, Engine, $1,298.
24.     (13) Tony Elliott, Kokomo, Ind., 52, Overheating, $1,252.
25.     (30) Bentley Warren, Kennebunkport, Maine, 48, Engine, $1,223.
26.     (23) Michael Lewis, Noblesville, Ind., 31, Engine, $1,181.
27.     (25) Dane Carter, Brownsburg, Ind., 29, Engine, $1,179.
28.     (29) John Nervo, Akron, Ohio, 23, Engine, $1,173.
29.     (3) Aaron Fike, Galesburg, Ill., 19, Clutch, $1,169.
30.     (5) Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind., 10, Head Gasket, $1,160.

Average Speed: 117.101 mph Time of Race: 51:14.28 Caution Flags: 3 for 13 laps. Lead Changes: 2 between 2 drivers Lap Leaders: Darland 1-13, Steele 14-80. Fastest Qualifier: Dave Steele - 31.257 seconds - 143.967 mph. Qualifying Race Winner: (15 laps) NOT HELD

Coors Light Silver Bullet Point Standings: 1-White-439; 2-Gamester-418; 3-Steele-375; 4-Yeley-355; 5-Hines-335; 6-McCord-317; 7-Carpenter-311; 8-Coons-303; 9-Tyler-301;10-Kahne-297.

Next Coors Light Silver Bullet Race: September 2 - DuQuoin, Ill. - DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

-USAC

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Series USAC
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Michael Lewis , John Nervo , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Eric Butze , Tony Elliott , Mike Bliss , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , John Heydenreich , Bentley Warren , Chet Fillip , Dane Carter , Brad Noffsinger , A.J. Fike , Russ Gamester , Paul White , Jason McCord , Jerry Coons , Tom Capie , Gary Hieber , Robby Flock , Ed Carpenter