Indiana Sprint Week final report

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. is the 2003 USAC Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" Champion, posting an unbelievable eight podium finish in eight series events! He scored 75 points more than series runner-up Jay Drake and recorded four wins, three ...

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. is the 2003 USAC Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" Champion, posting an unbelievable eight podium finish in eight series events! He scored 75 points more than series runner-up Jay Drake and recorded four wins, three seconds and a third!

Yeley's effort to establish an all-time USAC single-season feature victory record was put on temporary hold after his runner-up finish to Tracy Hines in Saturday night's "Jan Opperman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track. He tied the mark with Friday night's "Larry Rice Classic" triumph at Bloomington Speedway in his Tony Stewart Racing Mopar Twister. The win was Yeley's 19th in USAC racing this year, tying the 1961 record set by A.J. Foyt, which was also tied in 1988 by Sleepy Tripp and in 2000 by Jay Drake.

The USAC National Sprint Car Series resumes this Saturday night at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Speedway as part of a "doubleheader" also featuring the USAC National Midget Cars. Practice at Mansfield starts at 6 pm, with qualifying slated at 7 and racing at 8. The two feature events on the 1/2-mile paved oval are 30 laps.

Bud Kaeding won Wednesday night's "Vince Osman Classic" at the Kokomo Speedway, while Jon Stanbrough won Thursday night's nationally-televised (Speed Channel) "Robbie Stanley Classic" at the Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Kaeding led all but the first three laps at Kokomo in his BK Motorsports/Loan City Maxim/Shaver to beat Cory Kruseman, Yeley, Brian Hayden and Stanbrough. Kruseman led the first three laps. Stanbrough led all 30 laps at Lawrenceburg in his Kercher Engines/Geiger Seamless Gutters Stealth/Kercher to neat Yeley, Dickie Gaines, Kaeding and Eric Gordon.

Yeley's USAC record-tying 19th feature win of 2003 came at Bloomington Friday as he led the final 20 laps to beat Levi Jones, Stanbrough, Drake and Dave Darland. Hines led all but the first four laps of Saturday's finale at Terre Haute in the Kroger/Tide/Pringles/Bounty Twister/Gaerte to beat Yeley, Jones, Kruseman and Troy Cline. Derek Scheffel led the first 10 laps but finished seventh.

Yeley's eight-race Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" earnings amounted to more than $26,000, plus accessory prizes!

Speed Channel presented Thursday night's Lawrenceburg race live and will air Saturday night's finale at Terre Haute at 10 pm (ET) August 7.

Boston Reid of Fairmount, Ind. suffered a concussion in a Wednesday night flip at Kokomo but was released from a Kokomo hospital the next morning after treatment. He had earlier posted the night's fastest qualifying time.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 1,566
2. Tracy Hines 1,310
3. Jay Drake 1,301
4. Bud Kaeding 1,142
5. Boston Reid 944
6. Levi Jones 883
7. Cory Kruseman 883
8. Dave Darland 787
9. Jon Stanbrough 694
10. Brian Tyler 575

FINAL VALVOLINE "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" STANDINGS
1. J.J.Yeley 521
2. Jay Drake 446
3. Jon Stanbrough 427
4. Tracy Hines 419
5. Bud Kaeding 328
6. Cory Kruseman 315
7. Dave Darland 300
8. Levi Jones 285
9. Tony Elliott 249
10. Jerry Coons, Jr. 234

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Troy Cline , Eric Gordon , Levi Jones , Jerry Coons , Jon Stanbrough , Boston Reid