Indianapolis, Ind. - Results Friday night (May 23) from the running of the 51st 100-lap "Hoosier Hundred" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:
J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. completed a "sweep" of USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown races with his wire-to-wire victory in Friday night's 51st "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The win earned him a $50,000 cash bonus, bringing his two-night prize money total to a whopping $70,900! Yeley won the pole for the second leg of the Kroger Pavement/Dirt Showdown presented by the Dellen Automotive Family, then led every lap of the 100-mile race on the 1-mile dirt oval in his Ford/Power Stroke Diesel Chevy.
"I was worrying about tires and it was a big relief when Darland had his problem. This was a brand-new car and Bob East (car owner with NASCAR Winston Cup Champ Tony Stewart) had it set up great. We changed a tire and dropped in some fuel during the red flag, so that helped. This bonus ($50,000) ranks right up there with making the Indy 500 as far as a career highlight."
The race was slowed by six cautions and one red flag but there were no driver injuries. Rich Tobias, Jr. finished second after passing Tracy Hines on lap 90, while Paul White took third, Jerry Coons, Jr. fourth and Hines fifth. Dave Darland appeared to be Yeley's strongest challenger until he blew a tire on the 84th lap and was relegated to an 18th-place finish. Yeley emerged as the new series point leader with a 24-point cushion over Hines going into the June 14 "Sumar Classic" at Terre Haute, Ind.
Average Speed: None-Red Flag.
Time of Race: None-Red Flag.
Caution Flags: 4 for 30 laps
Lead Changes: None.
Lap Leaders: Yeley 1-100.
Fastest Qualifier: J.J. Yeley - 31.966 seconds - 112.619 mph.
Qualifying Race Winner: (15 laps) .Kenny Jacobs.
Weld Racing Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Yeley-177; 2-Hines-153; 3-Tyler-135; 4-Steele-132; 5-Darland-122; 6-P.White-114; 7-Drake-109; 8-Chet Fillip-93; 9-A.J. Fike-88; 10-Gamester-71.