Kahne Captures "J.D. Byrider 100" At IRP Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw, Wash. captured Thursday night's "J.D. Byrider 100" at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet race opened the track's Kroger SpeedFest, a three-night...
Kahne Captures "J.D. Byrider 100" At IRP
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw, Wash. captured Thursday night's "J.D. Byrider 100" at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet race opened the track's Kroger SpeedFest, a three-night program leading into the "Brickyard 400" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The victory was the first for Kahne in pavement Silver Bullet racing and one of three in USAC racing last week. He won Tuesday night's USAC Midget race at Lincoln, Neb. and also won Saturday night's 24th annual "Belleville Midget Nationals" main event at Belleville, Kans. He scored his initial Silver Bullet win on the dirt in last year's 100-miler at DuQuoin, Ill.
NASCAR veteran Tony Stewart, making a rare USAC Silver Bullet appearance, lasted only nine laps before his car overheated and retired, but he made it to victory lane anyway as a co-owner of the winning car with Bob East.
"It takes a lot to win one of these Silver Bullet races," said Kahne after the 100-miler. The competition is so intense, but I enjoy it every lap. I watched Tyler for about 10 straight laps before I made my move and figured out what line he was running. He was good in traffic. He could go anywhere through traffic a little better than me."
Kahne averaged 106.768 mph. in the race, slowed only by one caution flag when Dane Carter spun and hit the wall in turn one on the 23rd lap.
Tyler won the pole starting spot with a speed of 117.700 mph. and "qualifying races" went to John Heydenreich and Derek Davidson.
The "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield is next on the calendar, with A.J. Foyt slated to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 100-mile race on August 18.
USAC COORS LIGHT SILVER BULLET SERIES STANDINGS
1. Russ Gamester 361
2. Paul White 325
3. Dave Steele 294
4. Jason McCord 263
5. Kasey Kahne 258
6. J.J. Yeley 256
7. Tracy Hines 255
8. Brian Tyler 253
9. Ed Carpenter 236
10. Dave Darland 225