Richmond: Race report

Richmond, Va. - Results Saturday Night (June 28) from the running of the "Dominic's of New York 100" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at Richmond International Raceway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps ...

Richmond, Va. - Results Saturday Night (June 28) from the running of the "Dominic's of New York 100" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at Richmond International Raceway, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. repeated as the champion of the "Dominic's of New York 100" Saturday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, the fifth round of this year's USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series. Steele caught point leader J.J. Yeley on the backstretch of lap 49 and led the final 52 laps in his Northside Propane Beast/Gaerte for his second straight win at Richmond, second victory of the season, and ninth career Silver Crown victory.

Trailing Steele to the finish line were the last two Infiniti Pro Series winners - 2001 USAC Richmond winner Aaron Fike and 2002 USAC Richmond runner-up Ed Carpenter. Tracy Hines finished fourth, while Tyler Walker scored his best career finish in the series with a fifth-place.

Steele's win helped close a large gap between him and Yeley, whose bid for four straight Silver Crown Series wins was dashed with a sixth-place finish. Yeley led for 36 laps after taking the point from outside polesitter Jason McCord, who led the first 12 laps, and Yeley now leads Steele in the championship race by 41 points.

"Right now, he is carrying the biggest stick in the pits, so we'll stay after him to chip away a little bit," Steele said of Yeley. "When a driver has that much confidence, he's hard to stop."

Steele will try to close the gap more Friday as the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series convenes at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. for the "Rocky Mountain Classic". The first-year event also includes the USAC National/Western Sprint Car Series and National/Western Midget Series. Practice and qualifying are scheduled to begin the Independence Day holiday weekend on Thursday.

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Series USAC
Drivers J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Aaron Fike , Tyler Walker , Ed Carpenter