Pikes Peak: Race report

Fountain, Colo. - Results Sunday afternoon (June 16) from the running of the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at Pikes Peak International Raceway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any...

Fountain, Colo. - Results Sunday afternoon (June 16) from the running of the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at Pikes Peak International Raceway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

Brian Tyler of Parma, Mich. led the final 62 miles of Sunday afternoon's 100-mile USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race at Pikes Peak International Raceway to record his fifth career victory. He averaged 105.616 mph on the 1-mile paved oval, driving the Kroger/Pringles/Folgers/Sunny Delight Gaerte/Beast.

"I thought this place owed me one after we were chasing Dave Steele for second last year and blew a motor," said Tyler in victory lane. "I guess it just paid me back."

Tyler started sixth in the 30-car field and caught leader Jay Drake on lap 39 but had to fight off late-race challenges from Drake to post a narrow win. Drake was second ahead of Chet Fillip and brothers Aaron and A.J. Fike. Tyler's victory was worth $17,100 from a total purse of $86.980.

The race concluded with 34 green-flag laps, which apparently aided Tyler's drive. "We were good on the long green runs," the winner admitted.

Pole winner J.J. Yeley, who qualified at 141.104 mph Saturday, failed to finish, retiring after just nine laps due to ignition trouble.

Series point leader Dave Steele finished seventh to maintain a 33-point lead over Jason Leffler, who was sixth at the checkered flag and led one lap.

John Starks of Puyallup, Wash. won Saturday's 15-lap "qualifying race."

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , J.J. Yeley , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Jay Drake , Chet Fillip , A.J. Fike , John Starks