Steele takes Richmond's "Dominic's of New York 100". Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. extended his lead in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series Saturday evening, winning the "Dominic's of New York 100" 100-lap race at Richmond (Va.)...
Steele takes Richmond's "Dominic's of New York 100".
Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. extended his lead in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series Saturday evening, winning the "Dominic's of New York 100" 100-lap race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The race preceded the Indy Racing League's "SunTrust Indy Challenge" at the 3/4-mile paved oval.
Steele led 60 of the race's final 72 laps in his Northside Propane/Eagle Jet International Gaerte/Beast, but had to come from behind with a last-lap pass of Ed Carpenter to post the win. Carpenter, of Indianapolis, Ind, had led 12 laps after passing Steele on lap 88.
"I hate to have to work that hard," Steele commented in victory lane. "I was lucky it was 100 laps and not 99. Ed took the wind out of our sails when he passed me but I think he must have had some tire problems at the end. My car was consistent and my tires were good."
Steele won the pole at 133.888 mph but surrendered the lead at the start to front-row starter Chet Fillip. Fillip led for 28 laps before Steele caught him. Carpenter trailed the leader until lap 88 when he took over, but Steele slipped under him in turns one and two on the final lap for the victory.
Dane Carter, J.J. Yeley and Tracy Hines rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag.
The race was slowed only three times for minor cautions and Steele's victory leaves him with a 70-point lead over Yeley in the new standings going into an August 1 race at Indianapolis (Ind.) Raceway Park.
David Gough won the 15-lap "qualifying race" which preceded Saturday's 100-lap feature.
USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS
1. Dave Steele 278
2. J.J. Yeley 208
3. Jason McCord 197
4. Tracy Hines 192
5. Jason Leffler 179
6. John heydenreich 176
7. Rich Tobias, Jr. 160
8. Jay Drake 154
9. Tony Elliott 127
10. A.J. Fike 124