Phoenix Copper World Classic Race Review

Phoenix, Ariz. - Results Sunday afternoon (February 6) from the running of the 23rd "Copper World Classic" Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown,...

Phoenix, Ariz. - Results Sunday afternoon (February 6) from the running of the 23rd "Copper World Classic" Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

Jason Leffler of Long Beach, Calif. won Sunday’s "Copper World Classic" 50-mile USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet race at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway. The victory was worth $19,070 and was the second of the day for co-car owner Tony Stewart. Leffler drove the Team ASE/Wynn’s Beast Special. Stewart, last year’s NASCAR Winston Cup "Rookie of the Year" earlier won the 25-mile USAC MCI WorldCom Midget Car race in his Wynn’s/ASE/Performance Racing Industry/Beast. "The car was awesome," said Leffler after the race. "We were lucky with traffic today. I got a break when Tracy Hines got held up by lapped cars and got away. Tony was spotting for me in the turn 1-2 suites and it was nice having his help." Brian Tyler, the defending race winner and winner of last week’s series opener at Orlando, Fla., finished second in Sunday’s race and leads the series standings going into the April 7-8 race at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway. Rounding out the top-five were Brad Noffsinger, Hines and Dave Darland. Four yellow flags and one red flag slowed the race. There were no injuries and the red flag flew on lap 26 when Jack Hewitt and Pat Abold crashed exiting turn four. Leffler established a new track qualifying record of 140.806 mph to win the pole starting position. He led the first four laps before yielding to Kenny Irwin for laps 5-11. He regained the lead on lap 12 and led the rest of the way as Irwin retired after 43 laps with power steering problems.

1.      (1) Jason Leffler, Long Beach, Calif., 50, $19,070, No Speed (Red flag)
2.      (6) Brian Tyler, Parma, Mich., 50, $10,763.
3.      (8) Brad Noffsinger, Concord, N.C., 50, $,8,134.
4.      (3) Tracy Hines, New Castle, Ind., 50, $5,749.
5.      (18) Dave Darland, Kokomo, Ind., 50, $3,884.
6.      (16) Gary Hieber, Langhorne, Pa., 50, $3,361.
7.      (20) John Heydenreich, Bloomsburg, Pa., 50, $2,562.
8.      (2) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., 50, $3,253.
9.      (26) Ed Carpenter, Indianapolis, Ind., 50, $2,076.
10.     (15) Jimmy Sills, Placerville, C1lif., 50, $1,808.
11.     (13) J.J. Yeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 50, $1,953.
12.     (10) Paul White, Temple, Texas, 50, $1,723.
13.     (23) Jay Drake, Val Verde, Calif., 50, $1,600.
14.     (19) Eric Gordon, Indianapolis, Ind., 50, $1,592.
15.     (14) Bentley Warren, Kennebunkport, Maine, 50, $1,500.
16.     (12) Tony Hunt, Fair Oaks, Calif., 50, $1,400.
17.     (11) Chuck Leary, Greenfield, Ind., 49, $1,349.
18.     (30) Rich Tobias, Jr., Annville, Pa., 49, $1,299.
19.     (24) Jon Herb, Indianapolis, Ind., 49, $1,249.
20.     (9) Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind., 43, Engine, $1,691
21.     (4) Kenny Irwin, Charlotte, N.C., 43, Power Steering, $1,772.
22.     (21) Tony Elliott, Kokomo, Ind., 24, Engine, $1,074.
23.     (25) Jack Hewitt, Troy, Ohio, 24, Accident, $1,024.
24.     (27) Pat Abold, Pennellville, N.Y., Accident, $1,024.
25.     (29) Wally Pankratz, Orange, Calif., 23, Oil Pressure, $1,023.
26.     (7) Dan Drinan, Indianapolis, Ind., 18, Accident, $1,186.
27.     (28) Ken Hamilton, Boise, Ida., 18, Handling, $1,018.
28.     (5) Jason McCord, Anderson, Ind., 9, Engine, $1,106.
29.     (17) Chet Fillip, San Angelo, Texas, 9, Accident, $1,009.
30.     (22) Donnie Beechler, Springfield, Ill., 9, Engine, $1,009.

Average Speed: NONE-Red Flag Time of Race: NONE-Red Flag Caution Flags: 4 and 1 Red Flag. Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers. Lap Leaders: Leffler 1-4, Irwin 5-11, Leffler 12-50. Fastest Qualifier: Jason Leffler - 25.567 seconds – 140.806 mph. Consolation Race Winner: (10 laps) Jack Hewitt Coors Light Silver Bullet Point Standings: 1-Tyler-117; 2-Noffsinger-105; 3-Hieber-99; 4-Newman-99; 5-Darland-93; 6-Hines-90; 7-Leffler-72; 8-White-71; 9-Gordon-58; 10-Fillip-51. Next Coors Light Silver Bullet Race: April 7-8 - Nazareth (PA) Speedway.

-Dick Jordan-

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , Jon Herb , Donnie Beechler , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Jay Drake , John Heydenreich , Bentley Warren , Chet Fillip , Dan Drinan , Brad Noffsinger , Russ Gamester , Eric Gordon , Paul White , Jason McCord , Wally Pankratz , Gary Hieber , Jimmy Sills , Jordan Dick , Tony Hunt , Ed Carpenter