Teddy Beach won last night's 54th running of the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Mile. He took the lead away from Josh Wise on the 86th lap of the 100 mile USAC Silver Crown event. Beach went under Wise at the end of the front...
Teddy Beach won last night's 54th running of the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Mile. He took the lead away from Josh Wise on the 86th lap of the 100 mile USAC Silver Crown event. Beach went under Wise at the end of the front straight, seizing command of the groove as the pair went through Turn 1. Beech, who started tenth, was one of a handful of drivers who figured out how to pass on a fast but single-groove track. It was the only on-track pass for the lead, which Wise had held for 83 of the prior 85 laps.
"We had a great car," Beach said. "We just paced ourselves there, and waited for the right time to get it tucked in to pass. I'll tell you what - Josh Wise was sharp all night. I didn't know if we were going to get him or not, but when we gave it our best shot we came out on top. You have to be patient, conserve your car, concentrate, and in the end it will pay off."
This is the second win in two days for Teddy, who won the USAC National Midget 100 lap Vogler Classic Midget feature at the Indianapolis Speedrome the night before.
"These guys did a heck of a job," said second-place finisher and lap-leader Josh Wise, crediting his team with putting a great car under him. "They just built this car a few days ago, kind of at the last minute. This goes to this team and all the hard work they put into it. I just wanted to be top ten.
"Something happened to the motor halfway through there," Wise continued. "It started spitting and sputtering. I could get to Teddy in the corners, but he'd just inch away from me on the straightaways. Everything was good, though. Everyone did an awesome job on the crew, and I'm definitely happy with it."
Third-place Russ Gamester was happy with his result and the team's direction. "The Terre Haute First Financial car ran fine," he said. "We finally got a motor - Mopar by Gaerte. It cleaned out a little more coming off - that's why it kept bolting on me. If we had laid it down more, we would have blown by him. I was just checking down low, and kept the wheelspin down to keep the tires from rubbing off, tried to keep the motor going. It's one of them deals - we just need more program. (But) we have something for them. We're back - I'll tell you that."
The race saw a number of incidents and attrition was high. The red flag came out on the pace lap, when contact between two cars resulted in a fuel spill on the back straight. When the field was re-started and took the green, Paul White moved into the lead, followed by Josh Wise, Tom Capie, Dave Darland and Jason McCord. After only two laps, action was halted for an accident between Mat Neely, Brian Tyler and Aaron Pierce in Turn 3. Neely flipped but was uninjured, nor were Tyler or Pierce in the incident.
During the red, leader Paul White's car was pushed to the side to repair a leak from the fuel cell's overflow vent. That put White to the rear for the restart. He worked his way forward and eventually finished tenth.
Seven more yellows, for a total of 30 laps, slowed the pace. But the yellows kept the field bunched, so that despite the difficulty for the racers to pass, the crowd was treated to close action as the drivers never gave each other any breathing room. Attrition was high. Only 13 cars were running at the end, 12 of those on the lead lap.
Extra excitement was added to the event when fast-qualifier Tracy Hines (31.532 seconds - 114.170 mph) elected to start at the back of the 33 car field, aiming for a bonus of $50,000 if he won from the rear, and a $100 for every car he passed. His fifth place finish yielded $2800 in bonus pass money.
The next Silver Crown race will be the Sumar Classic 100, on June 4 at the Terre Haute Action Track.