"Tony Bettenhausen 100 Report

Dave Darland of Kokomo, Ind. captured Saturday's "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, leading the final 77 laps of the 100-mile race in his Franklin Power Products/Delco Remy Special. Darland passed Tony ...

Dave Darland of Kokomo, Ind. captured Saturday's "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, leading the final 77 laps of the 100-mile race in his Franklin Power Products/Delco Remy Special. Darland passed Tony Elliott, also of Kokomo, on the 24th lap and was never again headed. Elliott originally finished second but was penalized one position for jumping the final restart of the race and had to settle for third behind runner-up Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. Defending race winner Russ Gamester of Peru, Ind. was fourth and Jack Hewitt of Troy, Ohio was fifth. "It feels better this time," Darland said after his second victory in this race. "In 1997 I was sick here. At the end of the race my tires were like brand new! If I knew they'd be that good, I would have driven harder. Elliott was better going into the corners but we were better coming off and I knew that would help as the race wore on." Gamester's fourth-place finish enabled him to close to within just 12 points of Coors Light Silver Bullet Series point leader Ryan Newman, who flipped during practice, then climbed into his back-up car and finished 11th. Bill Rose, who earned his first career pole, finished ninth, and Rich Tobias, Jr., who finished 13th, was named the Turbines, Inc. "Rookie of the Race." The Coors Light Silver Bullet Series now heads for the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds for the Labor Day (Sept. 6) "DuQuoin Century."

1999 USAC COORS LIGHT SILVER BULLET SERIES STANDINGS

1.      Ryan Newman     435             6.      Jason Leffler   253
2.      Russ Gamester   423             7.      Dave Darland    249
3.      Brian Tyler     329             8.      J.J. Yeley      249
4.      Tracy Hines     327             9.      Gary Hieber     248
5.      Jack Hewitt     308             10.     Chuck Leary     239

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Russ Gamester , Gary Hieber , Tony Bettenhausen , Bill Rose