Tyler takes the win at Richmond

Brian Tyler won tonight's USAC Silver Crown Series 100 race at Richmond International Raceway. Starting from the inside of the second row, he took command on the twelfth lap, and was never challenged. During green flag runs, he maintained a ...

Brian Tyler won tonight's USAC Silver Crown Series 100 race at Richmond International Raceway. Starting from the inside of the second row, he took command on the twelfth lap, and was never challenged. During green flag runs, he maintained a comfortable lead, almost as if he was on cruise control.

"It went pretty decent," Tyler acknowledged, but "I wouldn't say I was on cruise control. I got about a six to eight length lead and she (his wife, who is also his spotter) said 'You're maintaining right there.' So I didn't push the car any harder than I had to. I think I had a little bit left if someone would have challenged me. And I think it's awful hard to pass up there. That's why I tried to make all of my moves right at the beginning of the race. Get ahead. Once the tires start going away and everybody starts struggling a little bit it was going to make it real difficult."

While the slim 14 car field that took the green did not present a lot of traffic to the leaders, passing was not easy and Tyler appreciated the professionalism of his fellow competitors. "When they're slow," he said, "they give you some room. Nobody just lays over and lets you go by, but they won't race you being a lap down. They kind of give you a little bit of room. Today it was them, tomorrow it might be me. We all give and take a little bit."

Second place Jerry Coons Jr., who started inside the third row, had a good run but was no match for Tyler.

"I felt like I was pretty good on entry," Coons said, "but he was getting off the corner a lot better. I kind of know how Brian runs. He knew how much of a lead he had, and the lapped cars between us. I figured if I got there he could have picked it up a little bit.

"Brian is a smart racer. We were giving it all we had, but just didn't have enough off the corner."

This was Coons's seventh second place finish in Silver Crown Series racing. He is still looking for his first win.

Third place Bobby East, who won this morning's Sprint Car race, overcame an eighth place start and a struggle in practice and qualifying.

"Every time I got on the track this weekend it was pretty wild," East said. "We didn't have the grip we were looking for, mostly in the rear. But in the center of the corner we'd push the front end quite a bit, which would make us looser off the corner. I felt like I was sideways dirt tracking down the front stretch. I know Brian had a lot of fun. And I had fun racing with a lot of the guys, but for the most part it was pretty stressful.

"They worked on it really, really hard. George Snyder and everybody at AJ Foyt Racing. They just worked on it...worked on it...worked on it. Looked for more speed. They're a really competitive group, and they bring great equipment to the track. They were just looking to get it good for me to drive. We still just missed a little bit, but it wasn't due to a lack of effort."

Pole sitter Pablo Donoso dropped back several places on the start, and eventually finished fifth, behind A.J. Fike.

Cameron Dodson, who started sixth but timed the fastest in this afternoon's final practice, ran in the top five early in the race but lost two laps because of a flat tire on Lap 23. He then proceeded to put on a great show, coming within a whisker of making up one of those laps under green flag running.

Wayne Reutimann Jr., who finished seventh tonight, continued to leas the Series Standings, followed by A.J. Fike, Aaron Pierce and Bud Kaeding.

The next USAC Silver Crown Series race will be July 13, at Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL.

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Series USAC
Drivers Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Bobby East , A.J. Fike , Aaron Pierce , Pablo Donoso , Wayne Reutimann , Cameron Dodson , Jerry Coons Jr.