Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. became the first driver this year to claim victories in all three USAC National racing series, winning Saturday night's "Dominic's of New York 100" at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. ...
Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. became the first driver this year to claim victories in all three USAC National racing series, winning Saturday night's "Dominic's of New York 100" at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
East, the son of noted car builder Bob East, led all but the first three laps of the 100-lap USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race at the 3/4-mile paved oval. He caught early leader Jason McCord on lap four and held off repeated challenges from runner-up Brian Tyler to put his Power Stroke Diesel/Ford Beast/Ford into victory lane. The win followed previous 2004 USAC victories in National Sprint Car and Midget Car competition.
"I had a good car today," said East in victory lane. "My car was good on restarts, although it was a little looser than we wanted. My spotter told me Brian (Tyler) was coming through the field on the outside and was looking quick, but I just ran my line and my race and if he got by us, so be it. My crew worked real hard this weekend and I can't say enough about their efforts."
Trailing East and Tyler at the checkered flag were pole starter Jerry Coons, Jr., McCord, Bud Kaeding, Dave Steele, J.J. Yeley, Eric Gordon, Dave Darland and Dane Carter. Coons won the pole Friday with a speed of 130.574 mph.
Saturday night's race was interrupted six times by yellow flags but there were no driver injuries in any of the incidents. Teddy Beach won Friday's 15-lap "qualifying race."
Saturday's "Rocky Mountain Classic" timetable at PPIR has practice starting at 9 am and qualifying beginning at 1 pm. A Midget and Sprint car "qualifying race" are also slated Saturday. Sunday's schedule has warm-ups beginning at 2 pm and the Silver Crown "qualifying race" at 3. The 30-mile Midget feature starts at 4:45, followed by the 30-mile Sprint car feature and the 100-mile Weld Racing Silver Crown race. Midway concerts and a spectacular 9:15 pm fireworks display conclude the weekend activity.
Jay Drake is the defending champion of the "Rocky Mountain Classic" Silver Crown race, while Dane Carter holds the 1-lap track qualifying record of 142.062 mph, set in 2001. Drivers will be aiming at Steele's ultimate series qualifying mark of 143.967 mph set at Madison, Ill. in 2001.
WELD RACING USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS