Silver Crown IRP 98-05-16

Clermont, IN (May 16, 1998) - Tony Stewart won tonight's USAC Silver Crown race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. It was the first race on the track since it was fully repaved in April. The new surface provided plenty of side by side action, three...

Clermont, IN (May 16, 1998) - Tony Stewart won tonight's USAC Silver Crown race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. It was the first race on the track since it was fully repaved in April. The new surface provided plenty of side by side action, three wide at times.

At the drop of the green, polesitter Jason Leffler took the point followed closely by Stewart and Russ Gamester. The trio broke away from the pack running nose to tail. Stewart slipped by Leffler on lap seven and held the lead until the finish.

Leffler's car began to fade but Pat Abold joined Stewart and Gamester in the break away trio. The three ran nose to tail until they encountered lapped traffic at half distance. Stewart pulled away easily as he sliced through traffic. As Tony later said "that was when the race became fun".

Dave Steele moved through the field from his 13th starting position making several daring moves along the way. Steele took third place from Russ Gamester with three laps to go. He tried to take second from Abold on the last turn but Abold was up to the challenge.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 16, 1998 -- Indianapolis, Indiana - Indianapolis Raceway Park - "Coca-Cola 100"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jason Leffler, 9, Goetz-21.128; 2. Tony Stewart, 11, Snider-21.147; 3. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-21.160; 4. Donnie Beechler, 67, Zarounian-21.202; 5. Pat Abold, 69, Dynamics-22.263; 6. Jimmy Sills, 75, Stanton-21.274; 7. Doug Didero, 18, Conroy-21.361; 8. Chuck Leary, 30, Leary-21.378; 9. Jay Drake, 17, Ricehouse-21.455; 10. Jason McCord, 62, Beaver-21.462; 11. Chet Fillip, 777, Advanced Racing-21.530; 12. Mike Brooks, 97, Brooks-21.532; 13. Dave Steele, 2, Vance-21.557; 14. Dave Darland, 56, Foxco-21.573; 15. Kevin Thomas, 137, Riggs-21.598; 16. Eric Gordon, 48, Shorthorn-21.609; 17. Robby Flock, 61, Howard-21.610; 18. Bentley Warren, 29, S & S-21.617; 19. Brian Tyler, 94, Hart-21.620; 20. John Heydenreich, 80, Beach-21.625; 21.Tracy Hines, 6, Potter-21.658; 22. Ronnie Day, 117, JR-21.684; 23. Todd Kane, 163, Hampshire-21.724; 24. J.J. Yeley, 25, Boles-21.737; 25. Ryan Newman, 14, M & L-21.843; 26. Ken Hamilton, 98, Gregg-21.850; 27. Gary Hieber, 66, EWH-21.853; 28. Jeff Mitrisin, 10, Cahill-21.940; 29. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 20, Nolen-22.021; 30. Bill Rose, 41, Bowen-22.025; 31. Daryl Daugherty, 34, D & D-22.044; 32. Jack Hewitt, 63, Hampshire-22.099; 33. Tony Elliott, 12, Galas-22.130; 34. Lou Cicconi, Jr., 99, Mucci-22.145; 35. Troy Regier, 54, Biswell-22.203; 36. Randy Bateman, 96, T & D-22.258; 37. Tim Cox, 83, Sohm-22.366; 38. Brian Hayden, 31, Mataka-22.492; 39. Greg Stephens, 47, Jones-23.698; 40. Dodie Miller, 8, Miller-NT; 41. Wally Pankratz, 50, Aviators-NT; 42. John Barrick, 77, Barrick-NT; 43. Paul Durant, 71, Trigueiro-NT.

LAST CHANCE RACE: (15 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Day, 3. Kane, 4. Hamilton, 5. Hieber, 6. Newman, 7. Yeley, 8. Cicconi, 9. Rose, 10. Regier, 11. Daugherty, 12. Elliott, 13. Mitrisin, 14. Bateman, 15. Stephens, 16. Hewitt, 17. Puterbaugh, 18. Cox. NT

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Tony Stewart, 2. Pat Abold, 3. Dave Steele, 4. Russ Gamester, 5. Jason Leffler, 6. Doug Didero, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Brian Tyler, 9. Chet Fillip, 10. Jimmy Sills, 11. Ryan Newman, 12. Bentley Warren, 13. Gary Hieber, 14. Kevin Thomas, 15. J.J. Yeley, 16. Ronnie Day, 17. John Heydenreich, 18. Eric Gordon, 19. Jason McCord, 20. Mike Brooks, 21. Lou Cicconi, Jr., 22. Dave Darland, 23. Donnie Beechler, 24. Troy Regier, 25. Jay Drake, 26. Todd Kane, 27. Chuck Leary, 28. Ken hamilton, 29. Bill Rose, 30. Robby Flock. 44:57.26

------------------------------------------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Leffler, laps 7-100 Stewart.

NEW SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Tyler-156; 2-Leffler-134; 3-Stewart-123; 4-Fillip-121; 5-Newman-109; 6-Steele-105; 7-Jack Hewitt-105; 8-Yeley-93; 9-Davey Hamilton-93; 10-Gamester-91.

NEXT SILVER CROWN RACE: May 22 - Indianapolis (IN) - Indiana State Fairgrounds - A.J. Foyt's True Value "Hulman-Hoosier Hundred"

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , Davey Hamilton , Donnie Beechler , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Jay Drake , Bentley Warren , Chet Fillip , Russ Gamester , Eric Gordon , Jason McCord , Wally Pankratz , Jeff Mitrisin , Gary Hieber , Jimmy Sills , Robby Flock , A.J. Foyt , Bill Rose