Nazareth Speedway hosts four divisions of open wheel racing this weekend with the Firestone Indy 225 headlining the event on Sunday. USAC Sprint cars and Midgets will run their feature races on Saturday with J.J. Yeley starting on the pole for...
Nazareth Speedway hosts four divisions of open wheel racing this weekend with the Firestone Indy 225 headlining the event on Sunday. USAC Sprint cars and Midgets will run their feature races on Saturday with J.J. Yeley starting on the pole for both races.
Tracy Hines will start second in the Sprint car race while Dave Steele will start on the outside pole in the Midgets. "It was pretty good but it wasn't quite good enough," said Steele. "I'll be the first to admit that this isn't one of my better tracks. It feels like to me that I have trouble driving two laps together here."
With Silver Crown qualifying scheduled for Saturday, Yeley has a chance to earn the pole in all three divisions. "I enjoy running this race track, probably more than Dave (Steele) does," said Yeley with a grin. "You have to drive this track like a dirt track so it suits my style very well."
Yeley currently leads the championship standings in all three divisions, and with four races remaining in the Sprint car division, has nearly wrapped up that title. "All we need is a little luck," said Yeley.
"We had a bad week last week with the Silver Crown car, which took a big chunk of the points lead. I run for three really good teams. I just have to stay focused and stay out of trouble."
Winning all three divisions will put Yeley in select company as three drivers have accomplished the feat. Pancho Carter, Dave Darland and Tony Stewart have won all three divisions with Stewart earning all three championships in a single season back in 1995.
"The main goal was to win the Midget championship. If we can do everything the way we'd like to, we can win all three championships and do what Tony Stewart did in 1995."
With 21 wins under his belt this season, a new USAC record, Yeley also stands to match a mark set in September of 1998 when Jack Hewitt swept three USAC races in one night at Eldora Speedway.
But victories don't come easy and after matching the record of 19 wins in one season, Yeley had a short dry spell before recording his next two victories.
"Every time I went to the race track, everyone kept asking when I was going to win number 20. It became a bit bothersome because you never know when you're going to win."
Sprint and Midget features run on Saturday with the Silver Crown division on Sunday. "Running all three divisions is really tough, especially when it's hot," Yeley said. "Moving the champ car race to Sunday is really going to help.
Five drivers will compete in each of the three USAC series races this weekend. In addition to Yeley and Steele, A.J. Fike, Jay Drake and Tracy Hines will be on triple duty this weekend.