Orlando Coors Light Silver Bullet Opener

Orlando, FL - Results Sunday afternoon (January 24) from the running of the "Coors Light 50" USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Race at Walt Disney World Speedway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason...

Orlando, FL - Results Sunday afternoon (January 24) from the running of the "Coors Light 50" USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Race at Walt Disney World Speedway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

Mike Bliss of Milwaukie, Ore. captured the opening race of the USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Sunday afternoon at Walt Disney World Speedway, a race that actually took two days to complete!

Rains after just five laps forced a halt to Saturday's scheduled event and the final 45 miles were conducted following Sunday's TransWorld Diversified Services "Indy 200" Indy Racing League opener.

"This race was 24 hours too long," said Bliss in victory lane. "If we could have run yesterday, we'd all be home by now! These cars are so much fun. We don't run a track anything like this," he said referring to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "I'm sure Stewart (Tony) and Reeves (Stevie) were chomping at the bit watching this one.

Bliss won the pole on Friday with a new track record of 135.150 mph in his True Value Chevy but lost the lead to Steele on the original start.

Two early crashes brought out red flags, one for a four-car accident which sent Dan Drinan of Indianapolis, Ind. to Orlando Regional Medical Center with second and third degree burns on his legs and arms. When the race resumed on Sunday, the final 45 miles were conducted under the green flag and before a large audience who stayed after the IRL race.

Dave Steele of Tamps, Fla., Russ Gamester of Peru, Ind., Robby Flock of Murietta, Calif. and Ryan Newman of South Bend, Ind. rounded out the "top-five." Rebel Jackson, Jr., who was 18th, earned the Turbines, Inc. "Rookie of the Race" Award.

        1.        (111) Mike Bliss, Milwaukie, Ore., 50, $12,550.
        2.        (2) Dave Steele, Tampa, Fla., 50, $8,050.
        3.        (51) Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind., 50, $6,050.
        4.        (61) Robby Flock, Murietta, Calif., 50, $4,050.
        5.        (14) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., 50, $3,050.
        6.        (69) Brian Tyler, Parma, Mich., 50, $2,550.
        7.        (37) Tracy Hines, New Castle, Ind., 50, $2,050.
        8.        (9) Jason Leffler, Long Beach, Calif., 50, $2,350.
        9.        (80) Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Brownsburg, Ind., 50, $1,750.
        10.        (67) J.J. Yeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 50, $1,650.
        11.        (777) Chet Fillip, Indianapolis, Ind., 49, $1,549.
        12.        (20) Tony Elliott, Kokomo, Ind., 49, $1,449.
        13.        (75) Todd Kane, Powell, Ohio, 49, $1,349.
        14.        (40) Brad Noffsinger, Concord, N.C., 49, $1,249.
        15.        (66) Gary Hieber, Langhorne, Pa., 49, $1,149.
        16.        (56) Dave Darland, Kokomo, Ind., 49, $1,149.
        17.        (62) Derek Davidson, Lafayette, Ind., 49, $1,149.
        18.        (110) Rebel Jackson, Jr., Buckley, Wash., 49, $1,549.
        19.        (100) Paul White, Temple, Tex., 48, $1,048.
        20.        (78) Bill Baue, Indianapolis, Ind., 48, $998.
        21.        (18) Doug Didero, Mooresville, N.C., 47, $997.
        22.        (30) Chuck Leary, Greenfield, Ind., 31, $931, Handling.
        23.        (4) Jason McCord, Anderson, Ind., 18, $918, Engine.
        24.        (28) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Charlotte, N.C., 17, $917, Ignition.
        25.        (23) Jack Hewitt, Troy, Ohio, 14, $914, Ignition.
        26.        (31) Ken Woolley, Howell, N.J., 10, $910, Ignition.
        27.        (11) Jimmy Sills, Placerville, Calif., 5, $905, Accident.
        28.        (34) Bentley Warren, Ipswich, Mass., 5, $905, Accident.
        29.        (19) Kipp Beard, Tampa, Fla., 2, $902, Accident.
        30.        (333) Dan Drinan, Indianapolis, Ind., 2, Accident. $902.

Average Speed: NONE-Due to Red Flags. Time of Race: NONE-Due to Red Flags. Caution Flags: RED FLAG on lap 3, Drinan/Fillip/Beard/White accident in turn 2; RED FLAG on lap 6, Warren/Yeley/Sills accident in turn 1. Lead Changes: 4 between 2 drivers. Lap Leaders: Steele 1-21; Bliss 22-25; Steele 26-31; Bliss 32-50.. Fastest Qualifier: Mike Bliss - 26.637 seconds -- 135.150 mph. Qualifying Race Winner: (15 laps) Rebel Jackson, Jr. Coors Light Silver Bullet Point Standings: 1-Mike Bliss-63; 2-Dave Steele-60; 3-Russ Gamester-54; 4-Robby Flock-51; 5-Ryan Newman-48; 6-Brian Tyler-45; 7-Tracy Hines-42; 8-Jason Leffler-39; 9-Billy Puterbaugh, Jr.-36; 10-J.J. Yeley-33. Next Coors Light Silver Bullet Race: February 5-7 - Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway.

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Mike Bliss , Ken Woolley , Bentley Warren , Chet Fillip , Dan Drinan , Brad Noffsinger , Russ Gamester , Paul White , Jason McCord , Gary Hieber , Jimmy Sills , Robby Flock