Phoenix Copper World Classic report

Steele repeats as Copper World Classic champion. Phoenix, Ariz. - Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. successfully defended his "Copper World Classic" championship Sunday at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, winning the 100-mile USAC Weld Racing ...

Steele repeats as Copper World Classic champion.

Phoenix, Ariz. - Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. successfully defended his "Copper World Classic" championship Sunday at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, winning the 100-mile USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship race.

Steele led 85 of the 100 laps in his Northside Propane Gaerte/Beast to beat Tracy Hines and Dave Darland to the checkered flag in a race slowed by four caution periods.

Steele won the pole on Saturday at 138.658 mph and emerged as the series point leader going into a May 10 race at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

"We had a great car," said Steele in victory lane. "I had to run hard and I could see Tracy's nose at times, so I knew they were right there. The car started to get a bit loose near the end so I drove defensively and guarded the bottom of the track. It worked."

Rounding out the "top-10" at the finish were Yeley (4th), Chet Fillip, Jay Drake, Bentley Warren, Paul White, Brian Tyler and Michael Lewis.

Tyler Walker won Saturday's 15-mile consolation race and Fillip earned the race's University of Northwestern Ohio "Hard Charger Award" for advancing 15 positions.

Next Weld Racing Silver Crown Race: May 10 - Indianapolis (IN) Raceway Park

-usac-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bentley Warren , Chet Fillip , Paul White , Tyler Walker