Illinois: Series race results, report

WHITT WIRES "TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100" AT SPRINGFIELD Cole Whitt of Alpine, Calif. led all 100 laps of Saturday's "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The win was not only his first in the series but came in...

WHITT WIRES "TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100" AT SPRINGFIELD

Cole Whitt of Alpine, Calif. led all 100 laps of Saturday's "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The win was not only his first in the series but came in only his third Silver Crown start! It was also the first Silver Crown win for car owner and Springfield native Keith Kunz.

Whitt started on the pole after the fastest six qualifiers were inverted. He grabbed the lead quickly in his Ferguson-Moen/Red Bull Eagle/Brannan Chevy. He withstood a late-rae challenge from Jon Stanbrough, who was also seeking his first series victory. Levi Jones took third ahead of fast qualifier A.J. Fike and Josh Wise.

K & N Silver Crown series point leader Bud Kaeding came from 22nd starting position to finish seventh and retain the lead by 59 points going into the September 6 "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fair.

Three yellow flags slowed the race, one for a spin by Matt Westfall, one when Jerry Coons hit the wall and Kody Swanson spun and the final mone when Donnie Beechler's engine expired and oiled the track.

Beechler, an Indy-Car veteran and local favorite, started 15th and had worked his way to fifth during the early race laps.

USAC K & N SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2009 -- Springfield, Illinois -- Illinois State Fairgrounds -- "Tony Bettenhausen 100"

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. A.J. Fike, 32, RFMS - 29.618
2. Jon Stanbrough, 37, Indiana Underground - 29.679
3. Dave Darland, 56. Foxco - 29.710
4. Levi Jones, 10, Stewart - 29.753
5. Tracy Hines, 22, Stewart - 29.823
6. Cole Whitt, 71, CW - 29.917
7. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW - 29.956
8. Shane Hollingsworth, 20, Nolen - 30.000
9. Josh Wise, 199, Edwards/Curb/Agajanian - 30.020
10. Brian Tyler, 21, Team Six-R - 30.065
11. Derek Hagar, 6, Klatt - 30.076
12. Shane Hmiel, 17, RW - 30.144
13. Tom Capie, 153, Capie - 30.149
14. Tony Elliott, 43, Nix - 30.212
15. Donnie Beechler, 14, McQuinn - 30.256
16. Zach Daum, 50, Daum - 30.536
17. Terry Babb, 34, Morford - 30.560
18. Kody Swanson, 19, Team Six-R - 30.605
19. Matt Westfall, 7, SC - 30.860
20. Eric Todd, 16, Lightfoot - 30.964
21. Justin Carver, 991, Edwards/RE - 30.977
22. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK - 31.311
23. Patrick Bruns, 81, Quick Draw - 31.571
24. Rex Norris III, 08, Armstrong - 32.626
25. John Barrick, 33, Barrick - 34.087
26. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester - 1:31.578
27. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps)
1. Cole Whitt
2. Jon Stanbrough
3. Levi Jones
4. A.J. Fike
5. Josh Wise
6. Dave Darland
7. Bud Kaeding
8. Tracy Hines
9. Derek Hagar
10. Shane Hollingsworth
11. Tony Elliott
12. Zach Daum
13. Tom Capie
14. Eric Todd
15. Patrick Bruns
16. Justin Carver
17. Rex Norris III
18. Terry Babb
19. Donnie Beechler
20. Kody Swanson
21. Jerry Coons Jr.
22. Brian Tyler
23. Matt Westfall
24. Shane Hmiel
25. John Barrick
26. Russ Gamester. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Whitt.

NEW K & N SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Kaeding-324; 2-Fike-265; 3-Hines-261; 4-Jones-247; 5-Wise-230; 6-Tyler-224; 7-Swanson-219; 8-Daum-188; 9-Bobby East-186; 10-Hmiel-184.

NEXT USAC K & N SILVER CROWN RACE: September 6 -- DuQuoin (IL) State Fairgrounds -- "Ted Horn 100"

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Donnie Beechler , Shane Hmiel , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Bobby East , Matt Westfall , A.J. Fike , Russ Gamester , Levi Jones , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Tom Capie , Shane Hollingsworth , Tony Bettenhausen , Randy Bateman , Cole Whitt , Zach Daum , Kody Swanson , Derek Hagar , Eric Todd , Jerry Coons Jr.