Yeley closing in on Earl's Pro-Lite championship

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. is closing in on the 2002 Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Hose Fast Qualifier Championship after posting fourth-fastest qualifying time for Saturday night's USAC National Midget Car race at South Boston, Va. Yeley extended his...

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. is closing in on the 2002 Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Hose Fast Qualifier Championship after posting fourth-fastest qualifying time for Saturday night's USAC National Midget Car race at South Boston, Va.

Yeley extended his lead over Earl's runner-up Tracy Hines to 48 points as a result, with Hines qualifying seventh at South Boston and failing to increase his season total.

A total of 63 points are still available to be won in the remaining events this year, beginning with the November 2 Western Midget Car race at Bakersfield, Calif.

Dave Steele posted the fastest qualifying time for Saturday's South Boston Midget race, while Michael Lewis and Tony Hunt were the respective fast qualifiers for the Western Midgets and Sprint Cars at Irwindale, Calif. Saturday.

A $20,000 bonus will be paid to the driver accumulating the most points during 2002 in five USAC racing series, computed through an international point system utilized specifically for this title.

The system somewhat mirrors the system used for years for determining the World Driving Champion, with nine points for fast qualifying time, six for second, four for third, three for fourth, two for fifth and one for sixth. Series included in the Earl's Pro-Lite 350 Hose Fast Qualifier Championship are the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series, the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series, Western Sprint Car Series, National and Western Midget Car Series.

The $20,000 cash bonus will be presented at the USAC Champions Night in Indianapolis at season's end.

EARL'S PRO-LITE 350 FAST QUALIFIER POINT LEADERS
(As of October 21, 2002)

1. J.J. Yeley-207
2. Tracy Hines-159
3. Dave Steele-124
4. Jay Drake-95
5. Josh Wise-63

-USAC-

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jay Drake , Josh Wise , Tony Hunt