Illinois: Tony Bettenhausen 100 race report

Springfield, Ill. - Results Saturday afternoon (August 16) from the running of the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps...

Springfield, Ill. - Results Saturday afternoon (August 16) from the running of the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. scored his third "Tony Bettenhausen 100" triumph in Saturday's 100-mile USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, leading all but one lap in his Foxco/Jarvis Enterprises Beast/Foxco Chevy.

"This might have been the best car I've ever had," said the jubilant Darland in the winner's circle. Dave also won at the Springfield mile in1997 and 1999 and the win boosted him to second in the new series standings behind leader J.J. Yeley.

Yeley, leading all three USAC National Series standings, fought an ill-handling car and finished 17th, eight laps behind the winner after making numerous pit stops for adjustments on yellow flags.

Darland won the pole for the race at 119.047 mph. and was trailed at the checkered flag Jerry Coons, Jr., Tyler Walker, Jay Drake and Tracy Hines. Coons caught Darland on a restart and led lap 21 but Darland regained the lead the next lap and was never again headed.

"It's too bad the day's over," said Darland, who attributed the win to a great car. "We weren't good on restarts but once we got the momentum we were OK."

The race was halted on lap 90 for a five-car accident at the end of the frontstretch but there were no serious injuries. Tom Capie, one of three driver who flipped during the melee, was transported to a Springfield hospital for a precautionary checkup. Brian Tyler and Rich Tobias, Jr. also flipped.

Yeley's point lead slipped to just nine over Darland and 13 over Steele going into this week's (Aug. 22-24) USAC "tripleheader" at the Nazareth (PA) Speedway, involving all three USAC National Racing Series.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Brian Tyler , Jay Drake , Tyler Walker , Jerry Coons , Tom Capie , Tony Bettenhausen