Springfield Tony Bettenhausen 100 race report

Springfield, Illinois (August 19) - Jack Hewitt of Troy, Ohio scored the 23rd victory of his USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet career Saturday afternoon in the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. He trailed "rookie" Bud Kaeding...

Springfield, Illinois (August 19) - Jack Hewitt of Troy, Ohio scored the 23rd victory of his USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet career Saturday afternoon in the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. He trailed "rookie" Bud Kaeding until lap 86, then made a bold pass going into turn one and held on the final 15 laps in his Utility Peterbilt/Print Express/Café Santa Fe Special. "This was one of those days when you have to slow down to go fast," said Hewitt after the 100-mile grind. "Bud is young and brave and was driving hard, but I just tried to be patient and look for the first opportunity to get around him. I decided I'd better get him when I could, because there might not be another chance." Hewitt put his win in perspective with his final comment: "I used to baby-sit for Bud." Kaeding earned the Oliver Trucking "Rookie of the Race" award for his second-place finish, narrowly beating Jay Drake to the checkered flag. Dave Darland and pole starter Tony Elliott rounded out the "top-five." The race was halted after four laps for Terry Pletch, who crashed into the inside guardrail after a three-car tangle on the backstretch. He was uninjured. The only other caution period came on lap eight when Randy Bateman hit the wall in turn one. He also escaped injury. Elliott led the first six laps before yielding to Kaeding, who admitted he had to back off late in the race due to tire wear. Three time series champion Jimmy Sills won the 15-lap "qualifying race" which preceded the 100-lap feature. Brian Tyler of Parma, Mich. continues to lead the series standings after finishing seventh in Saturday's race.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Jay Drake , Jimmy Sills , Tony Bettenhausen