History back-to-back races at IRP, Indiana Fair

Kroger pavement/Dirt Showdown this week offers possible $68,000-plus payoff at IRP, Fairgrounds! This week's Kroger Pavement/Dirt Showdown Presented by the Dellen Automotive Family at Indianapolis Raceway Park Thursday and the Indiana State ...

Kroger pavement/Dirt Showdown this week offers possible $68,000-plus payoff at IRP, Fairgrounds!

This week's Kroger Pavement/Dirt Showdown Presented by the Dellen Automotive Family at Indianapolis Raceway Park Thursday and the Indiana State Fairgrounds Friday offer USAC drivers a chance at more than $68,000 in prize money!

Victories in Thursday night's 100-lap "Hoosier Twin 50s" race at IRP's .686-mile paved oval and Friday night's 51st "Hoosier Hundred" at the 1-mile dirt fairgrounds oval will earn two $9,000 first-place checks plus a $50,000 cash bonus plus additional accessory prizes and a number of drivers will do "double duty" in the two USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship events.

Defending "Hoosier Hundred" winner Jason Leffler put together back-to-back victories at the two tracks last year, in the Silver Crown cars at the fairgrounds and the Midgets at IRP, and he is one of three drivers who have won at both tracks in Silver Crown competition. The others are Rick Hood and George Snider, who will field cars for Jay Drake in both races and Mike Bliss at IRP.

Only once before has USAC sanctioned back-to-back Silver Crown races at two different tracks. Mario Andretti was the winner of both 1974 races at Sedalia, Mo. and Springfield, Ill.

Dave Steele leads the Silver Crown standings by nine points over Tracy Hines going into the two races. Defending series champion J.J. Yeley ranks fourth in the standings.

Practice at IRP Thursday starts at 4:30 pm and qualifying begins at 5:30. A 15-lap "qualifying race" starts at 7:20. Friday night's Indiana State Fairgrounds schedule has practice at 4:30 pm and qualifying at 5:30. The 15-lap "qualifying race" gets the green flag at 7 and the 100-mile "Hoosier Hundred" starts at 8.

Both Weld Racing Silver Crown events are slated for telecast on the Speed Channel. Thursday's IRP race will be aired at 10 pm Friday (May 23) and Friday's "Hoosier Hundred" will air June 15 at 9 pm.

USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS

1. Dave Steele 66
2. Tracy Hines 57
3. Dave Darland 54
4. J.J. Yeley 51
5. Chet Fillip 48
6. Jay Drake 45
7. Bentley Warren 42
8. Paul White 39
9. Brian Tyler 36
10. Michael Lewis 33

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Mario Andretti , Michael Lewis , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Jay Drake , Bentley Warren , Chet Fillip , Paul White