IN (September 18) -- Dave Weltmeyer survived a late-race caution and a
pressuring Eddie Hoffman to win Saturday night's season-ending Tony
Bettenhausen Memorial 100 Classic late model race at Illiana Motor
Weltmeyer saw his comfortable lead over last year's Bettenhausen
winner vanish on lap 96 when the yellow lights flashed after multicar
tangle in turn two.
When green-flag racing resumed, Hoffman began to apply pressure on
Weltmeyer's Monte Carlo. In the second turn of lap 98, Hoffman got
into the back of Weltmeyer causing the "Dyer Flyer" to
momentarily lose traction. Weltmeyer quickly regained control of his
#16 Chevrolet and crossed the finish line 0.284 seconds ahead of
"I didn't need that yellow flag," Weltmeyer said.
"(Hoffman) was getting in (the turns) better than me, but I was
getting off better. He got into me right when I was getting in
the gas. I got a little cockeyed, sideways, but he let me go."
Weltmeyer added, "I've got to give him that. He knew it was over
after that because I wasn't giving up the bottom (groove)."
Pat Kelly, who won the Bettenhausen in 2002, finished third. Mike
Monroe finished fourth followed by track champion John Nutley.
late model class at Illiana Speedway uses Hoosier's 10.0/27.0-15 1070
tires on all four corners. Terry Newton is the Product Manager at
Hoosier in charge of the late model asphalt tire line.