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Brian Tyler Wins Tony Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield Mile!!!!!

Brian Tyler
Brian Tyler

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Springfield, IL-(August 20)-Brian Tyler now has to buy another cow for his farm in North Carolina as the transplanted Michigan driver names each animal after a  Silver Crown victory.  The former USAC Sprint car champion led the last 86 laps of the 50th Tony Bettenhausen 100 to victory coming from the 14th starting position.  Jerry Coons finished second with defending USAC Silver Crown champ Levi Jones of Olney, Illinois third.

This is the fourth Springfield dirt car victory for the veteran driver and he had to fight through traffic, two yellow flags and one red flag to take the hecker.  Tyler joins A.J. Foyt, Jack Hewitt and Chuch Curney as the only drivers with four or more Springfield championship race wins.

The lone red flag came on lap 80 when a five car tangle in turn four resulted in Springfield favorite Donnie Beechler flipping.  After several anxious moments Beechler exited the car unhurt.

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-31.373; 2. Bryan Clauson, 22, Stewart-31.418; 3. Levi Jones, 10, Stewart-31.462; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW-32.033; 5. Bobby East, 6, Klatt-32.200; 6. Kyle Larson, 71, Kunz-32.242; 7. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-32.358; 8. Jon Stanbrough, 17, RW-32.470; 9. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-32.556; 10. Darren Hagen, 99, Edwards/RE-32.559; 11. Dave Darland, 56, Foxco-32.622; 12. Shane Hollingsworth, 20, Nolen-32.815; 13. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-33.121; 14. Brian Tyler, 21, Team 6R-33.140; 15. Kody Swanson, 19, Team Six-R-33.205; 16. Derek Hagar, 91, Hagar-33.256; 17. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-33.295; 18. Mike Hess, 39, Aquilini-33.326; 19. Shane Cockrum, 114, Hardy-33.379; 20. Zach Daum, 50, Daum-33.412; 21. Donnie Beechler, 14, McQuinn-33.550; 22. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-33.682; 23. Tanner Swanson, 23, Team 6R/TK-34.149; 24. John Heydenreich, 43, Nix-34.217; 25. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-34.390; 26. Mike Martin, 116, Racing Associates-35.118; 27. Craig Dori, 38, Shoestring-35.605.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Brian Tyler, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Kyle Larson, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Bud Kaeding, 8. Kody Swanson, 9. Russ Gamester, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Shane Hollingsworth, 12. A.J. Fike, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Derek Hagar, 15. Bobby East, 16. Mike Hess, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Bryan Clauson, 19. Mike Martin, 20. Zach Daum, 21. Donnie Beechler, 22. Darren Hagen, 23. Randy Bateman, 24. Craig Dori, 25. Tanner Swanson, 26. Chris Urish. NT

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**Beechler flipped on lap 81.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Coons, Laps 15-100 Tyler.

NEW TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Coons-255; 2-Jones-252; 3-Kaeding-213; 4-T.Swanson-209; 5-East-207; 6-Tyler-205; 7-Hines-203; 8-Larson-191; 9-Bobby Santos III-156; 10-Fike-125.

NEXT TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: September 4 – DuQUoin (IL) State Fairgrounds – “Ted Horn 100”

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