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FIKE GETS 1ST SILVER CROWN WIN AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

From Dick Jordan

Newton, Iowa…….A.J. Fike of Galesburg, Ill. scored his first career USAC Silver Crown victory Saturday at Iowa Speedway, winning the 100-lap Casey’s General Stores USAC Triple Crown Pride of Iowa race on the 7/8-mile paved oval. Fike passed Shane Hmiel on lap 16 and led the rest of the way in his Liberty Village/McGladrey & Pullen Beast/Foxco. Kody Swanson outduelled new series point leader Bud Kaeding to finish second. Hmiel took fourth ahead of Jerry Coons Jr. Bobby East was the fastest qualifier but failed to finish the 100-lapper after leading the first two laps. Kaeding, hoping to become USAC’s first four-time Silver Crown champion, leads Fike by nine points in the new standings going into next Friday’s “Hoosier Hundred” in Indianapolis, Ind.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 22, 2010 – Newton, Iowa – Iowa Speedway – Casey’s General Stores USAC Triple Crown “Pride of Iowa”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bobby East, 6, Klatt-22.028; 2. Brad Sweet, 67, Zarounian-22.228; 3. Shane Hmiel, 17, RW-22.240; 4. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.406; 5. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-22.472; 6. Zach Daum, 50, Daum-22.508; 7. Brian Tyler, 21, Team 6R-22.573; 8. Levi Jones, 10, Stewart/Curb Agajanian-22.627; 9. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR/Team 6R-22.661; 10. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-22.663; 11. Shane Hollingsworth, 20, Nolen-22.770; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW-22.780; 13. Kody Swanson, 19, Team 6R-22.814; 14. Tracy Hines, 25, Vance-22.822; 15. Bobby Santos III, 199, Edwards/RE-22.886; 16. Scott Pierovich, 28, Pierson-22.911; 17. Bryan Clauson, 22, Stewart/Curb Agajanian-23.037; 18. Jeff Mitrisin, 46, Mitrisin-23.562; 19. Justin Carver, 991, Edwards/RE-23.635; 20. Derek Hagar, 91, Edwards/RE-23.670; 21. Coleman Gulick, 114, Deuel-24.151; 22. Jason Leffler, 4, Beast-24.179; 23. Tanner Swanson, 23, Team 6R/TK-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. A.J. Fike, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Bud Kaed1-Kaeding-114; 2-Fike-105; 3-Coons-99; 4-Jones-92; 5-K.Swanson-82; 6-Tyler-78; 7-Hollingsworth-74; 8-East-74; 9-Hagar-70; 10-Hmiel-68.ing, 4. Shane Hmiel, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Zach Daum, 7. Brian Tyler, 8. Coleman Gulick, 9. Jeff Mitrisin, 10. Bobby Santos III, 11. Derek Hagar, 12. Shane Hollingsworth, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Levi Jones, 15. Jason Leffler, 16. Justin Carver, 17. Tanner Swanson, 18. Bobby East, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Brad Sweet, 21. Jacob Wilson, 22. Russ Gamester, 23. Scott Pierovich. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 East, Laps 3-15 Hmiel, Laps 16-100 Fike.

NEW SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Kaeding-114; 2-Fike-105; 3-Coons-99; 4-Jones-88; 5-K.Swanson-82; 6-Tyler-78; 7-Hollingsworth-74; 8-East-74; 9-Hagar-70; 10-Hmiel-68.

NEXT SILVER CROWN RACE: May 28 – Indianapolis, IN – Indiana State Fairgrounds – 58th “Hoosier Hundred”