Tyler holds off Edwards to win at ORP

Brian Tyler held off a late race charge from Carl Edwards to win the J.D. Byrider 100 USAC Silver Crown race at O'Reilly Raceway Park near Indianapolis. "Everything worked out good tonight," Tyler said. Despite facing severe pressure from...

Brian Tyler held off a late race charge from Carl Edwards to win the J.D. Byrider 100 USAC Silver Crown race at O'Reilly Raceway Park near Indianapolis.

"Everything worked out good tonight," Tyler said.

Despite facing severe pressure from third place finisher Dave Steele and runner-up Edwards, Tyler said he wasn't bothered by his stalkers. "I like to race my car and race the track.

"A lot of times, during the first 50 laps, I'm just finding the groove and where I want to be. I'll let some of the fuel burn off, make a few adjustments and wait until the end. I don't k now that I get any faster towards the end of the race, but a lot of times those guys slow down and come back to me. I just sit around and hang for a while. That has worked for the last ten years, so I'll just keep doing it that way."

Tyler, who entered the O'Reilly Raceway Park event tied in the championship standings, moves to Saturday night's race at Terre Haute with a 32 point lead over Bud Kaeding. "It's not time to worry about points chase right now," said Tyler. "I'm out to win races and the points will take care of themselves. If we keep doing what we did tonight, we'll be on top at the end.

"The last race of the year is out in Iowa and that's when I'll worry about points. Until then I'll just keep stealing their lunch money.

A brief caution period for a light rain shower bunched the field, setting up a 33 lap dash to the finish. Edwards spent the next 20 laps measuring his prey in some of the best racing of the evening. On lap 87 Edwards drove hard into the third turn, diving low to pull alongside Tyler in mid-corner. The pair raced side-by-side with Tyler retaining the advantage off the corner.

Edwards attempted the same move on the subsequent lap but lost the handle on his machine. With the rear of the car stepping out from under him, Edwards was foiled in his attempt to correct the errant car. His arm restraint, which had slipped down from its proper position, got caught in the steering wheel. Heading towards the inside retaining wall, Edwards went onto the grass where he was able to regain control and return to the track.

"My arm restraint got hooked in the darn steering wheel," said Edwards. "That wasn't good. I just have to congratulate Brian Tyler. It was a blast racing with him."

Josh Wise started from the pole and led the first 38 laps before being involved in a two car incident with race winner Brian Tyler. Wise opened up a big lead early in the race but by lap 30, Tyler was able to close the gap. Diving low into Turn one, Tyler's first bid for the lead was unsuccessful. At the other end of the track, Tyler tried the high side and managed to pull alongside Wise. Approaching Turn one, the pair banged wheels on the front straight. Wise did a half spin before the rear of his car made contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn one.

Wise was uninjured.

Aaron Pierce was the last car on the lead lap, finishing fourth. Bryn Gohn rounded out the top five.

The start of the race was delayed by approximately 30 minutes due to passing showers. The race was interrupted by a brief shower from lap 62-67. During the caution period for rain, race fans were entertained by a dense blanket of dark clouds, which threatened to form funnel shapes as they passed to the east.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Carl Edwards , Aaron Pierce , Josh Wise