SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES LEFFLER WINS IRP's "DuPONT 100," EXTENDS SILVER CROWN LEAD Jason Leffler of Long Beach, Calif. extended his lead in the USAC Silver Crown Series standings Wednesday night by leading wire-to-wire to capture the ...
SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES LEFFLER WINS IRP's "DuPONT 100," EXTENDS SILVER CROWN LEAD
Jason Leffler of Long Beach, Calif. extended his lead in the USAC Silver Crown Series standings Wednesday night by leading wire-to-wire to capture the "DuPont 100" at Indianapolis Raceway Park, round eight of the 1998 series and the opening event of IRP's "Kroger SpeedFest." Leffler won the pole position with a speed of 116.380 mph and led every lap in his Action Performance/Beast Special despite late-race pressure from runner-up Dave Steele and third-place Russ Gamester. Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart, who came from 21st starting spot after winning the "qualifying race," rounded out the top-five at the checkered flag. "It feels good," said Leffler, whose victory was his first in Silver Crown racing. "I never dreamed it would happen here. And with all the big dogs here too! The car had a bad push about mid-race but we overcame it and held on." The race was red-flagged on the 89th lap when John Heydenreich of Bloomsburg, Pa. crashed on the front straight-away and was taken to the track's care center suffering from a concussion. He was transported to Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital and later released. Brad Armstrong was named Turbines, Inc. "Rookie of the Race" after finishing 19th. The "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. is next up on the Silver Crown calendar, a race won last year by Dave Darland. Leffler leads Brian Tyler by 37 points going into the event.
Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Jason Leffler-388; 2-Brian Tyler-351; 3-Ryan Newman-337; 4-Jimmy Sills-282; 5-Dave Steele-259; 6-Dave Darland-225; 7-Russ Gamester-220; 8-J.J. Yeley-219; 9-Robby Flock-218; 10-Jack Hewitt-210.