Illinois: Race report

Springfield, Ill -- Brian Tyler of Parma, Mich. stormed from 21st starting position to take the lead on the 48th lap of Saturday's "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and went on to win the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race...

Springfield, Ill -- Brian Tyler of Parma, Mich. stormed from 21st starting position to take the lead on the 48th lap of Saturday's "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and went on to win the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race by three seconds over runner-up Rich Tobias, Jr.

Tyler won the "qualifying race" which preceded the 100-miler, then led the final 53 miles of the race in his Dellen Automotive Family/Utility Peterbuilt Beast/Chevy. The win was the eighth of his Silver Crown career and his second this season as he solidified his fourth-place point ranking.

"Everytime we go out on dirt we keep getting better and better," said Tyler in victory lane. "I'm not worried about the points, I'm here to win and the points will take care of themselves. I knew on the lap 48 restart if I was going to get Tobias it would be on the front stretch. I got a really good start and made a great entry into turn one."

Trailing Tyler and Tobias at the checkered flag was pole starter Jerry Coons, Jr., who had finished second at Springfield the last three years!

John Heydenriech and Matt Westfall rounded out the "top-five" at the finish, while series point leader Dave Steele was seventh and takes a 77-point lead into an August 29 race at Nazareth, Pa.

Jay Drake's bid for a record-tying fourth consecutive series victory fell short as he finished 14th, one lap in arrears after starting 10th.

Only two yellows slowed the event, for a blown engine and a blown tire.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Jay Drake , Matt Westfall , Jerry Coons