J.J. Yeley, arguably the nation's hottest open wheel driver, heads an impressive
list of USAC drivers who will be accepting the SCRA challenge in the
NAPA/Budweiser Western World Championships at Manzanita Speedway November 7, 8
Yeley won the USAC Silver Crown championship as he captured the season's
final race last week in Syracuse, N.Y. He was the leading winner in the Stoops
Freightliner USAC Sprint Cars but, even though he won the final race he trailed
Tracy Hines in the chase for the championship. Yeley was the USAC Sprint Car
champion last year. The Phoenix native is currently ranked second in the USAC
Yeley will have plenty of help from his fellow USAC drivers. Tracy Hines who
won the USAC Sprint Car title over Yeley, will be at the wheel of the famed
"Tamale Wagon. Jay Drake, the 2000 Western World champion is back to try
for a repeat. He will be driving the BWB entry sponsored locally by Coyote
Express and Main Street Group. Drake finished fourth in the USAC Sprints.
Drake's teammate will be former USAC Sprint Car champion Tony Elliott who was
seventh in the final standings. Levi Jones, who missed several races while
campaigning with the SCRA, was sixth in points and is entered in the Crossno
Although injuries kept him from finishing in USAC's top ten, Bud
Kaeding will be one of the pre race favorites. Kaeding won his preliminary
feature at last year's Western and came within 3/4 of a lap in winning it all.
He led throughout but crashed on the final lap. Cory Kruseman, the SCRA
champion last year, split time this year and was ninth in the final USAC points.
USAC's tenth ranked driver Brian Tyler is a definite entry and Jerry Coons, Jr.,
eighth in Silver Crown points, will be at the wheel of the Smiley's Crane
Service/ Extreme Chassis car. . Jerry, a former Arizona Midget champion,
finished second to Yeley at Syracuse after turning in the fastest time.
The Western is the final stop on the Non Winged World Championship series and
the champion will be crowed following the November 9th checkered flag. Former
champions are Cory Kruseman and Richard Griffin.
The largest field of non winged 360 sprinters is also expected for the
shootout. Drivers from New Mexico, California and Colorado will be joining the
Arizona regulars. The 360 races will be run on Manzy's one third mile track.
They will run their qualifying heats on Friday night.