USAC Silver Bullet News 1999-08-02

Coors Light Silver Bullet Series point leader Ryan Newman fought off a determined bid from NASCAR stock car veteran Kenny Irwin to win Friday night's 100-mile "Shop-N-Save 100" at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. The two ...

Coors Light Silver Bullet Series point leader Ryan Newman fought off a determined bid from NASCAR stock car veteran Kenny Irwin to win Friday night's 100-mile "Shop-N-Save 100" at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. The two Silver Bullet Series veterans will again square off in this Wednesday night's "DuPont 100" at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Newman traded the lead back and forth with Irwin until lap 70 when he went to the front in his Welsch Heating & Air Conditioning/M & L Plumbing/VHT Special. He then led the final 11 laps of the 80-lap, 100-mile contest on the demanding 1.25-mile paved oval to claim a winner's check of $17,680 from the $87,663 purse. In all, there were a total of 16 lead changes! "It's kind of like Earnhardt at Talladega," said Newman in victory lane after the race run in 96-degree heat. "I knew it's best to be out front. My spotter told me to push the pedal late so I did. Basically you have to run where the other cars aren't to do well here. The heat was miserable. After today's heat (over 100 degrees during qualifying), tonight's race was a piece of cake." Wednesday's "DuPont 100" timetable at IRP calls for practice at 3 pm, qualifying at 5, a 15-lap "qualifying race" at 8 and the 100-lap feature to follow. Defending USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Champion Jason Leffler is the defending race winner. Leffler led the first five laps of the Gateway race Friday, then encountered handling problems with his car and retired from competition 14 laps from the finish. As a result he has slipped to 10th in the new standings. Trailing Newman and Irwin to the checkered at Gateway were pole winner Jack Hewitt, who qualified at 140.981 mph., Gary Hieber and Tracy Hines. Russ Gamester, who was sixth, trails Newman by 29 points going into Wednesday's IRP race. Paul White, who finished 15th at Gateway, earned that race's Turbines, Ind. "Rookie of the Race" award.

1999 USAC COORS LIGHT SILVER BULLET SERIES STANDINGS

1.      Ryan Newman     353             6.      J.J. Yeley      213
2.      Russ Gamester   324             7.      Gary Hieber     206
3.      Brian Tyler     284             8.      Robby Flock     199
4.      Tracy Hines     234             9.      Brad Noffsinger 182
5.      Jack Hewitt     215             10.     Jason Leffler   181

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Brad Noffsinger , Russ Gamester , Paul White , Gary Hieber , Robby Flock