Mike Bliss of Milwaukie, Ore. dominated Saturday night's "Coca-Cola 100" presented by Crystal Flash at Indianapolis Raceway Park. He led all but the first nine laps and lapped everyone but second-place finisher Russ Gamester! The win in the USAC...
Mike Bliss of Milwaukie, Ore. dominated Saturday night's "Coca-Cola 100" presented by Crystal Flash at Indianapolis Raceway Park. He led all but the first nine laps and lapped everyone but second-place finisher Russ Gamester! The win in the USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet event was his record 11th in USAC competition at IRP.
"The car was flawless," he admitted in victory lane. "It was perfect. I didn't have a radio, so I wasn't sure who was behind me. Camera flashes made me think someone was close but I'm really happy with the win. I haven't been racing much this year. This series is a lot tougher than when I ran it three years ago." Bliss' average speed of 115.326 mph broke Russ Gamester's record of 105.216 set last year.
Bliss caught Paul White on the 10th lap and led the rest of the way in his George Snider Racing Chevy/Beast. Gamester, in a bid for his third consecutive series win, finished second, about 15 seconds behind. Defending series champion Tracy Hines, Derek Davidson and White rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag.
Gamester emerged from the race, run without a single caution light, with a 41-point series lead over Kasey Kahne, who was eighth in the 100-lapper.
Hines won the Oliver Trucking pole for the race and Brian Tyler won the 15-lap "qualifying race."
The next Coors Light Silver Bullet race is A.J. Foyt's True Value "Hulman Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis Friday night, May 25.
USAC COORS LIGHT SILVER BULLET SERIES STANDINGS
1. Russ Gamester 216 2. Kasey Kahne 175 3. Paul White 174 4. Jason McCord 165 5. Ed Carpenter 152 6. Brian Tyler 135 7. Dave Darland 134 8. John Heydenreich 133 9. Tracy Hines 129 10. Dave Steele 128