Memphis: Race report, standings

Steele Wire-To-Wire in Memphis' "USAC Mid-South 100" Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. continued his winning ways in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Saturday afternoon, winning the "USAC Mid-South 100" at Memphis Motorsports Park.

Steele Wire-To-Wire in Memphis' "USAC Mid-South 100"

Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. continued his winning ways in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Saturday afternoon, winning the "USAC Mid-South 100" at Memphis Motorsports Park. Steele is now two-for-two in the series, also having won at Phoenix, Ariz. in March.

Steele earned his 14th career series pole in the Ford/Power Stroke Diesel Beast co-owned by NASCAR star Tony Stewart and Bob East and proceeded to lead every lap of the 100-lap race on the 3/4-mile paved oval. The race, presented by Brim's Snack Foods, completed the complex's "Big M Motorfest" weekend of racing.

"Our car was pretty good," commented Steele in victory lane. "My hat is off to Bob East and the whole crew. We unloaded and were not very good but we kept fighting it and made a lot of changes. I guess we went the right way."

Trailing Steele at the checkered flag were Jason McCord, Bobby East, P.J. Jones, Eric Gordon, Michael Lewis, John Heydenreich, Russ Gamester, Aaron Fike and Tracy Hines.

Steele averaged 105.939 mph in the race slowed by only two minor cautions for 12 laps.

Jimmy Kite won the 15-lap "qualifying race." Driver Jeff Gardner of Fresno, Calif. was transported to a Memphis hospital suffering pains in his side after crashing during the 15-lapper.

The series now prepares for the 52nd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" May 28 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The race is the first of 2004 for the series on dirt.

WELD RACING USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Dave Steele-132
2.-Jason McCord-105
3.-Tracy Hines-90
4.-Michael Lewis-87
5.-Russ Gamester-84
6.-P.J. Jones-76
7.-Chet Fillip-67
8.-Boston Reid-58
9.-Bobby East-57
10.-Aaron Pierce-55

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jimmy Kite , Michael Lewis , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , P.J. Jones , Aaron Fike , Bobby East , John Heydenreich , Chet Fillip , Russ Gamester , Eric Gordon , Jason McCord , Aaron Pierce , Boston Reid