Tyler, who started seventh, made his winning pass on polesitter Aaron Pierce on Lap 60 and held him off to win his 10th series race and first on pavement since 2002.
“I was running my own race,” said Tyler, who averaged 131.602 mph, less than two miles an hour short of the series record.
“I knew the car was good and it would be good from the start to the finish, but I couldn’t abuse my stuff until it was time. I just rode and rode and rode – not really riding, but trying not to use it up. I could see he (Pierce) was a little bit loose, and if I could keep him pinned on the bottom and run the top and keep my momentum up, I’d have a pretty good shot at it. I did that, and it happened to work out for the best.”
Pierce jumped in front for the first
time in his career on Lap 55 after fighting with Bud Kaeding as the two inched
toward the line. But
That became the winning move, but
barely. Pierce surged ahead on the backstretch on Lap 66, taking the lead
unofficially on the inside in Turn 3, but slid up the track in Turn 4, allowing
P.J. Jones and Bud Kaeding, who
finished fourth and sixth respectively, battled over the first two-thirds of
the race before slipping back with a variety of problems. The two led their
first career pavement Silver Crown Series laps before Pierce and
“I wouldn’t have wanted the race to
be two laps longer, because I was running out of fuel the last lap and a half,”
said Tyler, who takes a six-point advantage heading into the May 26 “Hoosier
Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It will be the first time anyone
other than Steele who has led the point standings since
“I could hear it fluttering a little bit coming off the corners. It worked. I’ve won some that way and lost some that way.
“The cars were a lot more racey than
I thought they predicted they would be this soon in the season,”
The race featured six lead changes and multiple passes through the back of the field. The cars displayed two- and three-wide racing throughout the event, with drivers having limited problems passing inside and outside.
USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES RACE
RESULTS (Presented by K & N Engineering):
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Aaron Pierce, 26,
Pierce-30.855; 2. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK/Leffler-30.860; 3. P.J. Jones, 98, Classic
Speed-31.421; 4. Pete Shepherd III, 99, Edwards/RE-31.429; 5. Wayne Reutimann
Jr., 00, Reutimann-31.490; 6. Pablo Donoso, 2, Racing Team-31.715; 7.
FEATURE: (67 laps) 1.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Kaeding, Laps 13-15 Jones, Laps 16-38 Kaeding, Laps 39-41 Jones, Laps 42-54 Kaeding, Laps 55-59 Pierce, Laps 60-67 Tyler.
NEW SILVER CROWN STANDINGS: 1-Tyler-117; 2-Pierce-111; 3-Steele-111; 4-Kaeding-105; 5-Barber-93; 6-Furlong-78; 7-Reutimann-77; 8-Donoso-68; 9-Gohn-66; 10-Weesner-58.
SILVER CROWN RACE: May 26 –