HMIEL’S 1ST DIRT VICTORY COMES IN HOOSIER HUNDRED
Bud Kaeding continues to lead the 2010 USAC Silver Crown Championship standings as he seeks a record fourth series title. He finished second to Shane Hmiel in Friday night’s 58th Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and has an 18-poiint lead over Jerry Coons Jr. going into a July 8 race at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Ind. Coons was third in Friday’s race.
Shane Hmiel of Pleasant Garden, N.C. won Friday night’s 100-miler on the one-mile Indianapolis dirt oval. The win in the Rotondo Weirich/Champion Brands Beast/Toyota was Shane’s first ever on dirt! He was leading when the race was stopped by a competition red flag after lap 51 but was among the first eight leaders who all changed right rear tires and had to restart back in the field. He actually ended up 12th in the re-alignment but ran down leader Russ Gamester on lap 77 and held on the rest of the way for the victory.
Kody Swanson took fourth and Dave Darland was fifth. Levi Jones started on the pole and eventually finished 11th.
On the lap 52 restart Shane Hollingsworth ended up as the leader but three laps later Gamester went to the front on another restart and he led until Hmiel took over. Gamester eventually retired from competition on lap 95. Bobby East escaped injury in a flip on lap 10.