Richmond: Race preview

Fike looking to repeat at Richmond Saturday. Aaron Fike, fresh from his initial USAC National Midget Car victory last Wednesday at Attica, Ohio, returns to Richmond, Va. this weekend to defend his 2001 victory in the USAC Weld Racing Silver...

Fike looking to repeat at Richmond Saturday.

Aaron Fike, fresh from his initial USAC National Midget Car victory last Wednesday at Attica, Ohio, returns to Richmond, Va. this weekend to defend his 2001 victory in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown 100-lapper at the 3/4-mile paved oval.

Fike became the youngest winner in series history last year at Richmond and ranks ninth in the current Silver Crown standings entering this weekend's event, which is part of the track's Sun Trust Indy Challenge, also featuring the Indy Racing League.

Aaron executed a dramatic last-lap pass of Dave Darland and Jay Drake to win Wednesday night's 30-lap Midget car race. His brother, A.J., won Friday night's USAC Midget car race at Lima, Ohio and they will team for this weekend's Richmond event in similar RFMS/McGladrey & Pullen Foxco/Beasts.

Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. continues to lead the Weld Racing standings, but Brian Tyler of Parma, Mich. won the June 16 race at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. Other race winners so far this season have been Steele at Phoenix, Ariz., Jason Leffler of Long Beach, Calif. at Indianapolis, Ind. and Tony Elliott of Kokomo, Ind. at Terre Haute, Ind.

The Silver Crown events timetable has practice from 11:30 am-12:20 pm and 2:05-2:35 pm Friday, with qualifications scheduled Friday at 5:15 pm. A Silver Crown warmup is slated Saturday at 12:30 pm, followed by a 15-lap "qualifying race" at 1:30 pm and the 100-lap Silver Crown feature at 5 pm. The Sun Trust Indy Challenge 250-lap IRL race is scheduled at 7:30 pm Saturday night.

Tracy Hines, currently sixth in the series standings, holds the 1-lap Richmond Silver Crown track record of 133.935 mph set last year. Fike established the 100-lap race record at 90.228, also last year.

USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS
1. Dave Steele 212
2. Jason Leffler 179
3. J.J. Yeley 157
4. Rich Tobias, Jr. 156
5. Jason McCord 152
6. Tracy hines 144
7. John Heydenreich 143
8. Tony Elliott 127
9. Aaron Fike 113
10. Jerry Coons, Jr. 113

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , John Heydenreich , Jason McCord , Jerry Coons