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J.J. YELEY WINS SILVER CROWN FINALE
AND COPS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP

10-15-2002

2002 USAC Silver Crown Champion J.J. Yeley (Photo courtesy of usacracing.com)LAKEVILLE, IN (October 15) -- On Saturday, J.J. Yeley claimed the 2002 USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series championship after winning the final race of the season at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Yeley started 14th in the season finale before charging his way to the front and capturing the Little Trees Salt City 100. The Phoenix, AZ driver also pocketed $9,325 for the win. The 11-race Silver Crown schedule had the teams competing on five asphalt tracks and six dirt tracks. And while Hoosier tires are the "spec-tire" when USAC competes on asphalt, there is no rule mandating a specific tire brand be used on dirt. Still, Team-Hoosier won five out of six races on dirt tracks this year in the USAC Silver Crown Series.

Twenty-eight cars started the event with Jerry Coons, Jr. on the pole after setting a new track record on the 1-mile clay oval. Coons' time was 31.255 seconds for an average speed of 115.182 mph. The five fastest times in qualifying were recorded by Hoosier-shod drivers. 

Of the 28 feature starters, 20 of them competed on Hoosier tires. At the drop of the green flag, Coons took the early race lead from his pole position. He led the first 14 circuits before giving way to Rich Tobias who led the middle stages of the race before Yeley, who had started 14th, took over the race lead with just three laps to go. The Phoenix, AZ driver used a Hoosier F55/F95 rear tire compound combination en route to capturing the win and collecting $9,325 in prize money.

Pole sitter Jerry Coons, Jr. took second followed by Johnny Heydenreich, Aaron Fike, Dave Steele, Nick Lundgreen and Dane Carter in third through seventh, respectively. The first seven competitors to cross the finish line in the 100-lap event all used the Hoosier brand. Other Hoosier-shod drivers finishing in the top ten were Jonathan Venard (9th) and Russ Gamester (10th).

The win also earned Yeley the USAC Silver Crown Series championship for 2002. Yeley beat out Dave Steele in the year-long battle by 38 points.

Yeley was attempting to capture the USAC triple-crown by winning titles in the USAC Silver Crown, Sprints, and Midget series. Something that only one other driver has accomplished in the series--Tony Stewart in 1995. But Yeley's triple-crown bid came up short a week earlier in the Sprint Car Series when he ended the season 13 points behind Tracy Hines in that series points chase.

In the final USAC Silver Crown Series standings, the top eight drivers and nine out of the top ten used Hoosier tires exclusively in 2002. Congratulations to J.J. Yeley for winning the Silver Crown championship and to all the competitors for making the 2002 USAC Silver Crown season a huge success. 

        

      2002
USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES

Final Point Standings
Purple Text = Drivers using Hoosier tires on both dirt and asphalt tracks

      
 
 1. J.J. Yeley       480
 2. Dave Steele      442
 3. Tracy Hines      406
 4. Jay Drake        349
 
5. John Heydenreich 348
 6. Russ Gamester    323
 7. Jason McCord     315
 8. Jerry Coons, Jr. 291

 9. Rich Tobias, Jr. 258
 10. Jason Lefler     255
 

      

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