Milwaukee, Wisc.----.Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. earned his second consecutive USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown triumph Saturday afternoon, winning the "Milwaukee Mile 100" at the famed 1-mile paved Wisconsin State Fair oval. Jay took the lead...
Milwaukee, Wisc.----.Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. earned his second consecutive USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown triumph Saturday afternoon, winning the "Milwaukee Mile 100" at the famed 1-mile paved Wisconsin State Fair oval. Jay took the lead from pole starter Bobby East on lap 27 and led the rest of the way in his Team Mopar Beast/Mopar fielded by George Snider and NASCAR star Tony Stewart. Drake also won July 4 at Fountain, Colo. and now ranks seventh in the new series standings.
"I protected my tires and kept my car straight," commented Drake after the win. "I could have run a little harder but fortunately I didn't have a real challenge at the end. My team gave me a great car. I'd like to stay and talk but my plane will leave without me." The last quote was regarding the plane he had to rush to catch which was flying him to Indiana to compete in Saturday night's Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" finale at the Terre Haute Action Track.
Trailing Drake at the checkered flag were Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind., Chet Fillip of Indianapolis, Ind, Brian Tyler of Parma, Mich. and Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. Tyler came from 28th starting spot to earn the "Hard Charger" award.
East won the pole Friday with his speed of 130.606 mph and led the first six laps. J.J. Yeley then led for 15 laps before pitting, relinquishing the lead back to East.
Yeley had won the 30-mile USAC National Midget race which preceded the 100-mile Silver Crown race, beating Dave Steele by a half-car length after a spirited duel with Steele and East.
Steele emrged from the "Milwaukee Mile 100" with a 77-point lead over Bud Kaeding in the Silver Crown points. Kaeding finished sixth in Saturday's race.