Foyt's True Value "Hulman-Hoosier Hundred" May 26 at the Indiana State
Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The race is the first on the dirt this year
for the Coors Light Silver Bullet Series and is the fifth in a 14-race
The May 26 race is a continuation of the "Hulman Hundred" which
debuted in 1981 and took on the extended name of "Hulman-Hoosier Hundred"
when the September Fairgrounds event was discontinued in 1997.
Sills, of Placerville, Calif., is the only driver to start every
May Fairgrounds race in the 1990s and is the only 3-time champion in the
series' 31-year history. He racked up his second May win last year after
scoring his initial victory in the 1994 running of the 100-mile event. In
addition, he has led more races (33) and laps (1,510) than anyone else in
Jimmy will drive the #11 True Value Chevy Beast co-owned by USAC's
first two Silver Crown driving champions - A.J. Foyt and George Snider -
and he's one of only seven drivers with at least 100 or more Silver Crown
starts. His 12 series victories include three at the Indiana State
Fairgrounds 1-mile dirt oval. In 1994 he won both the "Hoosier" and
"It's been a rough year so far," he admits. "At Nazareth April 8
when Stevie Reeves, Brad Noffsinger and Pat Abold crashed, they blocked
the track and I had nowhere to go but through the grass. I crossed the
curb to get there but when I went to re-cross the curb the car hopped up
in the air and it went straight to the wall. I banged my knee on the
steering and bruised some ribs but I'm OK." At Orlando in January he lost
an engine after just nine laps and at Phoenix he finished 10th.
"We have a new dirt car for the Fairgrounds," he says with
e***ment. "It's just like the car Chuck Gurney drove at DuQuoin last
year and we should be real good. It's great driving for A.J. and George.
We've lost two cars in the last two years but they realize that's part of
racing and they always have good equipment for me at every race."
Sills regards several drivers as the ones he's most likely going
to have to beat May 26. "Dave Darland is always fast. Last year he got by
me and would have been hard to beat but he lost an engine. Russ Gamester
finished right behind us so he'll be tough again. Brad Noffsinger, Brett
Hearn and, of course, Gurney will also be strong."
Tickets for A.J. Foyt's 20th Annual True Value "Hulman-Hoosier
Hundred" can be purchased with VISA, MasterCard or Discover credit cards
by calling the Fairgrounds at (317) 927-1482 or (317) 247-5615.