Tony Elliott of Kokomo, Ind. repeated as champion of A.J. Foyt's True Value
"Hulman/Hoosier Hundred" Friday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds,
while Texan Paul White emerged the champion of this year's Coors Light
Silver Bullet Series.
Elliott was the last of four leaders in the spectacular 100-mile race on
the 1-mile dirt oval, one which kept race fans on their feet for most of the
night as several drivers made spirited charges from the back of the pack.
White, on the other hand, calmly raced to a seventh-place finish as title
challenger Russ Gamester suffered mechanical problems and retired from the
event after just 19 laps. That solidified the initial USAC driving
championship for White, of Temple, Texas, and his Builders Electric team.
Elliott passed Jerry Coons, Jr. on the 83rd circuit and led the rest of the
way in his Ray Skillman/Irvin's Interstate Brick & Block/Goudy Wheels
Chevy/Nolen. Trailing runner-up Coons at the checkered flag were J.J. Yeley,
Bud Kaeding and Johnny Parsons, who thrilled fans with his rim-riding tactics.
Parsons, who started 21st in his 132nd series appearance, ran down the
leaders one by one and finally earned the lead on lap 49 with his pass of
Yeley, who had led from the start. J.P. then appeared headed for victory
until lap 80 when Coons went to the front. Also notable in his mid-race
performance was Rich Tobias, Jr., who pitted for an adjustment early in the
race, then stormed from the back of the field to lead briefly before a
yellow flag moved him back to second on the restart. Power steering problems
eventually forced him out of the race after 70 laps.
Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind. was the Oliver Trucking fast qualifier
with his pole speed of 114.068 mph but he was 19th at the checkered flag.
A.J. Foyt IV of Hockley, Texas, also failed to finish the race in his USAC
debut. The grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt caught
the backstretch wall avoiding Gamester's slowing car on lap 20.
USAC COORS LIGHT SILVER BULLET SERIES STANDINGS
1. Paul White 595
2. Russ Gamester 517
3. Dave Steele 495
4. J.J. Yeley 493
5. Jerry Coons, Jr. 430
6. Jason McCord 416
7. Tracy Hines 406
8. Brian Tyler 381
9. Ed Carpenter 374
10. Aaron Fike 354
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