IRP Twin 25's race notes

INDIANAPOLIS (September 27, 2003) After waiting 24 hours and a slight shower on Saturday the fans in attendance at the Mopar Indy Twin 25's were treated to a fantastic night of racing. The fans were on their feet when the green dropped on the...

INDIANAPOLIS (September 27, 2003) After waiting 24 hours and a slight shower on Saturday the fans in attendance at the Mopar Indy Twin 25's were treated to a fantastic night of racing.

The fans were on their feet when the green dropped on the first of the two 25-lap features with current USAC midget points leader, J. J. Yeley, on the pole and Aaron Fike on the outside. Fike consistently hounded Yeley until he was able to get around him on the 13th lap to take the lead until a yellow on lap 16 bunched the field. On the restart Tracy Hines and Yeley made contact in turn one and Hines ended up getting the worst of the contact and spun in the middle of the field. Coming into tonight's race Hines was second in midget series points, only 36-points behind Yeley, and his 11th place finish will dramatically impact his chase for the midget championship.

When the action restarted it was Fike who was able to stretch his lead for on Yeley and Fike took the checkered on the first 25-lap feature. For Fike's hard work he will start from the tail of the field for the second 25-lap feature to have a chance at the $50,000 bonus.

At the drop of the green on the second feature Fike was a man on a mission and easily picked up ten spots at the competition of the second lap. Fike's charge stalled when he got to the top ten runners but he kept picking off spots with every lap. The first caution of the second feature came out on lap 6 when Aaron Pollock made hard contact on the backstretch. Leading the race at the caution was Cole Carter followed by Teddy Beach. Fike kept charging but when the final flag fell Fike was stuck back in 6th and Dave Steele was the winner of the race.

Participating in a special non-points paying exhibition race, were the stars of the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) late models in a 20-lap feature race. As a replay from numerous CARS Series races in 2003 it was a two-car battle featuring Steve Blair and Wes Bullock until Bullock suffered a massive engine break and made hard contact with the wall. Blair was able to check out from the field and went on to win the event with David Potts in second.

One of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, IRP was built in 1960 and has presented organized racing events since 1961. From March through October, the facility hosts more than 120 dates of racing on three tracks, a quarter-mile drag strip, a .686-mile paved oval and a 2.5-mile road course. Home to drag racing's biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the drag strip runs more than 50 days of point-to-point action, from national events to street legal community programs. The oval track draws racing's biggest events, including annual visits from the NASCAR Busch and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to five annual USAC races, and an exclusive Saturday Night Series. The road course provides a home for several racing sanctions, such as SCCA, while providing an ideal resource for driving schools, corporate outings and open-road tests for professional drivers.

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Series USAC
Drivers Aaron Pollock , Dave Steele , Aaron Fike , Teddy Beach , Cole Carter