SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES HEYDENREICH STARS IN "ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC" 100-MILER John Heydenreich and Bentley Warren turned Sunday's USAC Silver Crown "shootout in the west" into a battle of Easterners as they finished 1-2 in the...
SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES HEYDENREICH STARS IN "ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC" 100-MILER
John Heydenreich and Bentley Warren turned Sunday's USAC Silver Crown "shootout in the west" into a battle of Easterners as they finished 1-2 in the 100-mile "Rocky Mountain Classic' feature at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo..
Heydenreich of Bloomsburg, Pa., earned his initial Silver Crown victory despite fighting an ill-handling American Compressed Steel Special in the closing laps. On the last lap he slid up to the outside wall but kept going and on the final turn he smoked the tires in a broadslide but held on to beat Warren, of Kennebunkport, Maine by just over a car length.
"I thought it was over," said John in victory lane. "I didn't know how close he (Bentley) was. I was so busy watching the wall. I just had to ride it out to the checkered flag."
Heydenreich started ninth in the 30-car field and moved to the front on lap 67. Four laps later he lost the lead to Pat Abold of Pennellville, N.Y. on a restart but regained the lead the next lap and held it to the end.
Pole winner Russ Gamester of Peru, Ind. led the first 40 laps but retired after 69 laps due to overheating problems.
Jimmy Sills and Jason Leffler, the series point leader, rounded out the "top-five" at the end. Jerry Coons, Jr., who was 17th, earned the $250 Turbines, Inc. "Rookie of the Race" award.
The race was slowed by three cautions. One was for Dan Drinan's trip into the outside wall in turn three on lap 15. Another came out when race leader Dave Steele tapped a lapped car and spun out on lap 67.
Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Jason Leffler-322; 2-Brian Tyler-306; 3-Ryan Newman-286; 4-Jimmy Sills-263; 5-J.J. Yeley-219; 6-Dave Steele-202; 7-Dave Darland-194; 8-Robby Flock-176; 9-Jack Hewitt-171; 10-Russ Gamester-166.