Syracuse, N.Y. - Results
Saturday afternoon (October 11) from the running of the Ferris "Salt City
100" USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race at the New York State Fairgrounds,
with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, laps completed,
reason out if any and money won:
J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz.
put the lid on his tremendous 2003 USAC racing season Saturday afternoon,
winning the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series finale at the New York
State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. He led the final 76 miles of the "Ferris
Salt City 100" to solidify his series title as he continues his pursuit
of the USAC "Triple Crown." Yeley's record 24th USAC feature victory of
the year (fourth in Silver Crown), came in a spirited drive from the 12th
starting spot to the lead in just 25 laps!
He was third at the end of just
four laps and caught pole starter Dave Darland for second on lap 11. He
trailed Rich Tobias, Jr. until the 25th lap, then pulled away to a 10-second
advantage. That advantage was erased by late cautions and he finally won
by 1.2 seconds. NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Tony Stewart and USAC car owner
Bob East earned the USAC Silver Crown owner's title as the owners of Yeley's
EMP Stewart Components/Power Stroke Diesel Beast/Ford.
Tobias was second and was followed
by Darland, Kevin Huntley and Tyler Walker as 11 of the 24 starters were
still running at the checkered flag. "It was an awesome day, awesome weather
and an awesome crowd," said Yeley in victory lane. "There was a second groove
this year," added Yeley who also won at Syracuse last year. "That allowed
us to run outside while most everyone else was running down low where it
was slippery. That was fun. I knew Tobias was close at the end and he has
a lot of experience on this track, so I didn't want to give up the lead."
Yeley averaged 95.042 mph. For
the 100 miles, interrupted five times by cautions for 22 laps.
Time of Race: 1:03:07.79
Winner's Average Speed: 95.042
Caution Flags: 5 for 22 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: Tobias 1-24, Yeley
Fastest Qualifier: Dave Darland
- 30.072 seconds - 119.713 mph.
Final Weld Racing Silver Crown
Point Standings: 1. J.J. Yeley, 623; 2. Dave Darland, 542; 3. Tracy
Hines, 480; 4. Dave teele, 32; 5. Tyler Walker, 387; 6. Jay Drake, 349;
7. Rich Tobias, Jr., 333; 8. Paul White, 314; 9. Brian Tyler, 270; 10. Jason