Yeley narrowly misses "Indiana Sprint Week" sweep Drake 1st at Lincoln Park; Yeley'S magic number now 2! Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Bloomington, Terre Haute up next J.J. Yeley stands at the threshold of United States Auto Club history after nearly ...
Yeley narrowly misses "Indiana Sprint Week" sweep Drake 1st at Lincoln Park; Yeley'S magic number now 2! Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Bloomington, Terre Haute up next
J.J. Yeley stands at the threshold of United States Auto Club history after nearly sweeping this past week's four Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" feature events. He won three of the four and now has a total of 18 USAC feature wins for the year. A victory in this Wednesday night's "Vince Osman Classic" at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway would tie the all-time single-season USAC win record!
Yeley is chasing the record of 19 single-season USAC wins posted by A.J. Foyt in 1961 and tied by Sleepy Tripp in 1988 and Jay Drake in 2000. In the process he leads all three USAC National Series point standings and has a four-point lead over Jay Drake in the Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" points.
Drake interrupted Yeley's dominance Saturday night by winning the 30-lap race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, fighting off a last-corner challenge from Yeley to post a narrow win in his Keith Kunz Motorsports Vital Express/Stanton Race Engines Kunz/Mopar. Yeley put his Tony Stewart Racing Mopar/Twister in victory lane Thursday night at Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway and Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.
Yeley led all 30 laps at North Vernon and Gas City, while Drake led the last eight at Putnamville after passing Tracy Hines on lap 23. Jon Stanbrough, who led the first three at Putnamville, also led the first 25 at Haubstadt before yielding to Yeley on lap 26.
Trailing Yeley at North Vernon were Drake, Boston Reid, Bud Kaeding and Dave Darland. Rounding out the "top-five" at Gas City were Drake, Hines, Reid and Terry Pletch, while Drake and Yeley were followed by Matt Neely, Hines and Stanbrough at Putnamville. Chasing Yeley and Stanbrough to the checkered flag at Haubstadt were Drake, John Scott and Hines.
Reid, Hines, Yeley and Damion Gardner claimed Indy Racing League "Road to Indy" fast qualifier honors in the four Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" openers.
Thursday night's "Robbie Stanley Classic" at Lawrenceburg Speedway will be aired on the Speed Channel at 9 pm ET, while Saturday night's "Jan Opperman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track will air on the Speed Channel on August 7. Friday night's race at the Bloomington Speedway is the "Larry Rice Classic."
Wednesday's Kokomo timetable has practice at 6 pm, qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7:30. The times at Lawrenceburg Thursday are identical, while Practice at Bloomington Friday starts at 6:30, qualifying begins at 7 and racing starts at 7:30. Practice for Saturday's finale at Terre Haute starts at 5:30 pm, with qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7:30.
<pre> VALVOLINE "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" STANDINGS (4 Races) 1. J.J. Yeley 263 2. Jay Drake 259 3. Tracy Hines 215 4. Jon Stanbrough 196 5. Boston Reid 177 6. Damion Gardner 163 7. Bud Kaeding 154 8. Cory Kruseman 143 9. Dave Darland 137 10. Levi Jones 121