IRP: Race report

Indianapolis, Ind. - Results Thursday night (May 22) from the running of the 100-lap "Hoosier Twin 50s" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps...

Indianapolis, Ind. - Results Thursday night (May 22) from the running of the 100-lap "Hoosier Twin 50s" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. scored a spectacular victory in Thursday night's "Hoosier Twin 50s" at Indianapolis Raceway Park, coming from fourth place in the final four laps to win the 100-lap USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race.

The victory gives Yeley a change at a $50,000 cash bonus if he can also win Friday night's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Yeley was fourth on a restart after a lap 97 accident involving four cars, but he passed Dave Darland and Brian Tyler before catching leader Dave Steele in the final turn on the last lap!

Yeley was driving the Ford/Power Stroke Diesel Beast/Ford co-owned by NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Tony Stewart and Bob East. His trails Steele by 18 points in the updated series standings.

"I was surprised how slow everyone was going on the restart after I got past Brian [Tyler]," Yeley said. "I didn't think I had much of a chance at Steele, but he left me enough room to squeeze by on the bottom and we rubbed just a little in the middle, and that was enough to propel me to the front. I hadn't had a lot of pavement experience when I first started USAC, and it's just something where you have to get more and more laps to feel comfortable. This is awesome. I've never won a race at IRP. It's a difficult pavement racetrack, and hopefully when we come back here we can win some more."

Steele finished second, about two car lengths back, while Tyler took third and Darland fourth. Tracy Hines rounded out the "top-five."

Steele won the pole and led 46 of the 100 laps.

Chet Fillip and Jason McCord won the two 15-lap "qualifying races."

Next Weld Racing Silver Crown Race: May 23 - Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds - 51st "Hoosier Hundred"

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Brian Tyler , Chet Fillip , Jason McCord