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DAVE WELTMEYER WINS
TONY BETTENHAUSEN MEMORIAL 100 CLASSIC

9-23-04

Dave Weltmeyer wins Tony Bettenhausen 100 ClassicSHERERVILLE, 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 Speedway.

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 Hoffman.

"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.

The 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.  

      

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