Phoenix: Copper Classic final report

Phoenix, Ariz. - Sunday afternoon (March 17) from the running of the 25th Copper World Indy 200 "Little Trees" 100 USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. captured Sunday's "Little...

Phoenix, Ariz. - Sunday afternoon (March 17) from the running of the 25th Copper World Indy 200 "Little Trees" 100 USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at Phoenix International Raceway,

Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. captured Sunday's "Little Trees" 100 USAC Silver Crown Championship Series opener at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, part of the track's "Copper World Indy 200" weekend.

Steele led all but six laps of the 100-miler in his Northside Propane/Hamm Signs/Eagle Jet Gaerte/Beast to beat Jason McCord of Anderson, Ind. and A.J. Fike of Galesburg, Ill. to the checkered flag. Steele's paycheck totaled $25,260 from the total series-record purse of $112,240.

"I couldn't ask for a better weekend," said Steele, whose victory was his second in two days at the Desert Mile. "This race was a tribute to the cars I get to drive. It was great to finally win here. We're setting out to win the championship."

Steele won the pole for Sunday's race with a track-record speed of 141.459 mph and led the first 40 laps before being penalized one position on an aborted restart. Jay Drake led for six laps before yielding to Steele on lap 47.

The race was halted on lap 73 when defending race winner and series champion Paul White of Temple, Texas flipped at the start/finish line. He escaped injury.

Rounding out the "top-five" at the finish were P.J. Jones of Cornelius, N.C. and Derek Davidson of Lafayette, Ind.

The Weld Racing Silver Crown Series now gears up for an April 19-21 event at the Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway. Steele also won Saturday afternoon's 25-mile "Little Trees" Twin 25s USAC Midget Car race at Phoenix. He started on the pole at a record speed of 136.178 mph.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Steele , P.J. Jones , Jay Drake , Paul White , Jason McCord