USAC-SC: Hulman/Hoosier Hundred race report

USAC-SC: Hulman/Hoosier Hundred race report

Post by pr.. » Sun, 30 Sep 2001 14:02:36

Indianapolis, Ind. - Tony Elliott of Kokomo, Ind., watched, waited and attacked Friday night to
take the lead 17 laps from the finish and breezed to victory in the 100-mile
Hulman/Hoosier 100 United States Auto Club Coors Light Silver Bullet race at
the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Elliott languished in midpack in the early stages but overhauled Jerry
Coons Jr., of Tucson, Ariz., on the 83rd lap and breezed to his second
straight victory in the event.

Paul White of Temple, Texas, clinched the USAC Silver Crown championship
with a seventh-place finish in the season-closing race, nailing down the
crown early in the race when his nearest challenger, Russ Gamester of Peru,
Ind., went to the sidelines with a magneto problem.

Elliott's victory required patience.

"We were so tight that we just struggled in the early part of the race,"
Elliott said. "We had to wait. They (his crew) told me when the fuel load
starts going down, we should be pretty good. I felt it get easier and easier
to drive.  I was able to haul it in there and when I hit the brakes, it
didn't want to turn right."

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix was third, followed by Bud Kaeding of Campbell,
Calif., and 57-year-old Indianapolis 500 veteran Johnny Parsons, who charged
from 21st starting spot to lead 40 laps before slipping back to fifth at the
end.

White, who was the series' top rookie in 2000, played it safe to lock up
the championship.

"For the race, we had a safe car to run 100 laps," he said. "We had a
top-10, maybe a top-five car. I saw them pushing (Gamester) to the pits and
they weren't hurrying so I thought it was terminal. The crew told me I could
go for it but that was all we were able to do."

The race marked the debut of A.J. Foyt IV, son of the famed four-time
Indianapolis 500 winner. He retired after 19 laps due to scraping the wall
avoiding Gamester's slowing machine.

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        1.      (12) Tony Elliott, Kokomo, Ind., 100, $9,100, No Time, No Speed, Yellows.
        2.      (3) Jerry Coons, Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 100, $4,500.
        3.      (2) J.J. Yeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 100, $3,500.
        4.      (6) Bud Kaeding, Campbell, Calif., 100, $2,000.
        5.      (21) Johnny Parsons, Indianapoilis, Ind., 100, $1,800.
        6.      (5) Tracy Hines, New Castle, Ind., 100, $2,100.
        7.      (10) Paul White, Temple, Texas, 100, $1,400.
        8.      (7) Ed Carpenter, Indianapolis, Ind., 100, $1,200.
        9.      (17) Dave Steele, Tampa, Fla., 100, $1,100.
        10.     (4) Tom Capie, Browns Mills, N.J., 100, $1,000.
        11.     (27) Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Brownsburg, Ind., 100, $900.
        12.     (26) Jason McCord, Anderson, Ind., 100, $800.
        13.     (8) Levi Jones, Olney, Ill., 100, $700.
        14.     (20) Aaron Fike, Galesburg, Ill.,100, $600.
        15.     (30) Kyle Steffens, St. Charles, Mo., 100, $550.
        16.     (24) Dean Franklin, Oklahoma City, Okla., 100, $550.
        17.     (28) Wayne Chinn, Tipp City, Ohio, 99, $550.
        18.     (22) Dane Carter, Brownsburg, Ind., 99, $550.
        19.     (1) Michael Lewis, Noblesville, Ind., 98, $1,050.
        20.     (23) Rich Tobias, Jr., Annville, Pa., 70, Power Steering, $500.
        21.     (14) Brad Noffsinger, Concord, N.C., 69, Handling, $450.
        22.     (16) John Heydenreich, Bloomsburg, Pa., 67, Power Steering, $450.
        23.     (13) Jack Hewitt, Troy, Ohio, 54, Accident, $450.
        24.     (29) Ricky Shelton, Huntington Beach, Calif., 44, Engine, $450.
        25.     (11) Brian Tyler, Parma, Mich., 34, Engine, $450.
        26.     (15) Brad Fox, Avon, Ind., 22, Engine, $400.
        27.     (18) Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind., 19, Magneto, $400.
        28.     (19) A.J. Foyt IV, Hockley, Texas, 19, Accident, $400.
        29.     (25) Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio, 7, Ignition, $400.
        30.     (9) Jay Drake, Val Verde, Calif., 6, Oil Leak, $400.

        Average Speed: None-Yellows
        Time of Race: None-Yellows
        Caution Flags: 5 for 23 laps
        Lead Changes: 4 between 4 drivers
        Lap Leaders: Yeley 1-48, Parsons 49-79; Coons 80-82, Elliott 83-100.
Fastest Qualifier: Michael Lewis - 31.560 seconds - 114.068 mph.
Qualifying Race Winner: (15 laps) Johnny Parsons

        Final Coors Light Silver Bullet Point Standings: 1-White-595;
2-Gamester-517; 3-Steele-495; 4-Yeley-493; 5-Coons-430; 6-McCord-416;
7-Hines-406; 8-Tyler-381; 9-Carpenter-374; 10-Aaron Fike-354.

-USAC-

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