Cole Whitt takes USAC Silver Crown Victory at Tony Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield!

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Springfield, IL - Results Saturday (August 22) from the running of the Tony Bettenhausen 100” USAC K & N Silver Crown Series race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, with starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed, reason out if any and money won:

Cole Whitt of Alpine, Calif. led all 100 laps of Saturday’s “Tony Bettenhausen 100” at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The win was not only his first in the series but came in only his third Silver Crown start!
Whitt started on the pole after the fastest six qualifiers were inverted. He grabbed the lead quickly in his Ferguson-Moen/Red Bull Eagle/Brannan Chevy. He withstood a late-rae challenge from Jon Stanbrough, who was also seeking his first series victory. Levi Jones took third ahead of fast qualifier A.J. Fike and Josh Wise.

K & N Silver Crown series point leader Bud Kaeding came from 22nd starting position to finish seventh and retain the lead by 59 points going into the September 6 “Ted Horn 100” at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fair.

Three yellow flags slowed the race, one for a spin by Matt Westfall, one when Jerry Coons hit the wall and Kody Swanson spun and the final mone when Donnie Beechler’s engine expired and oiled the track.

Beechler, an Indy-Car veteran and local favorite, started 15th and had worked his way to fifth during the early race laps.

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. A.J. Fike, 32, RFMS-29.618; 2. Jon Stanbrough, 37, Indiana Underground-29.679; 3. Dave Darland, 56. Foxco-29.710; 4. Levi Jones, 10, Stewart-29.753; 5. Tracy Hines, 22, Stewart-29.823; 6. Cole Whitt, 71, CW-29.917; 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW-29.956; 8. Shane Hollingsworth, 20, Nolen-30.000; 9. Josh Wise, 199, Edwards/Curb/Agajanian-30.020; 10. Brian Tyler, 21, Team Six-R-30.065; 11. Derek Hagar, 6, Klatt-30.076; 12. Shane Hmiel, 17, RW-30.144; 13. Tom Capie, 153, Capie-30.149; 14. Tony Elliott, 43, Nix-30.212; 15. Donnie Beechler, 14, McQuinn-30.256; 16. Zach Daum, 50, Daum-30.536; 17. Terry Babb, 34, Morford-30.560; 18. Kody Swanson, 19, Team Six-R-30.605; 19. Matt Westfall, 7, SC-30.860; 20. Eric Todd, 16, Lightfoot-30.964; 21. Justin Carver, 991, Edwards/RE-30.977; 22. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-31.311; 23. Patrick Bruns, 81, Quick Draw-31.571; 24. Rex Norris III, 08, Armstrong-32.626; 25. John Barrick, 33, Barrick-34.087; 26. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-1:31.578.27. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-NT.

1. (1) Cole Whitt, 100, $10,000.
2. (5) Jon Stanbrough, 100, $5,000.
3. (3) Levi Jones, 100, $3,000.
4. (6) A.J. Fike, 100, $2,000.
5. (9) Josh Wise, 100, $1,800.
6. (4) Dave Darland, 100, $1,600.
7. (22) Bud Kaeding, 100, $1,900.
8. (2) Tracy Hines, 100, $1,200.
9. (11) Derek Hagar, 100, $1,100.
10. (8) Shane Hollingsworth, 100, $1,000.
11. (14) Tony Elliott, 100, $900.
12. (16) Zach Daum, 100, $800.
13. (13) Tom Capie, 99, $700.
14. (20) Eric Todd, 99, $650.
15. (23) Patrick Bruns, 99, $600.
16. (21) Justin Carver, 98, $550.
17. (24) Rex Norris III, 94, $550.
18. (17) Terry Babb, 91, Out of Fuel, $525.
19. (15) Donnie Beechler, 76, Engine, $525.
20. (18) Kody Swanson, 76, Engine, $525.
21. (7) Jerry Coons Jr., 26, Accident, $500.
22. (10) Brian Tyler, 22, Engine, $500.
23. (19) Matt Westfall, 22, Accident, $500.
24. (12) Shane Hmiel, 16, Clutch, $500.
25. (25) John Barrick, 10, Black Flagged, $500.
26. (26) Russ Gamester, 1, Engine, $500.

Average Speed: None-Yellow Flags
Time of Race: None-Yellow Flags
Fast Qualifier: A.J. Fike - #32 – 29.618 seconds – 121.548 mph.
Caution Flags: 3 for 16 laps.
Lead Changes: None
Lap Leaders: 1-100 Whitt.
Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Kaeding-324; 2-Fike-265; 3-Hines-261; 4-Jones-247; 5-Wise-230; 6-Tyler-224; 7-Swanson-219; 8-Daum-188; 9-Bobby East-186; 10-Hmiel-184.
Next K & N Silver Crown Race: September 6 – DuQuoin, IL – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds – “Ted Horn 100”
 









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