Seattle Richie Stevens Report

Late light ends Stevens' fight early KENT, Wash. (Aug. 1) - For the second time in as many races, a rookie mistake cost sophomore driver Richie "The Kid" Stevens a win. This time around the site of the snafu was Seattle International Raceway ...

Late light ends Stevens' fight early

KENT, Wash. (Aug. 1) - For the second time in as many races, a rookie mistake cost sophomore driver Richie "The Kid" Stevens a win. This time around the site of the snafu was Seattle International Raceway during the 12th annual running of the Prolong Super Lubricants Nationals.

After losing his last elimination race in Denver by leaving the starting line too early, Stevens fell out of contention at this race on a holeshot. He reacted to the green light in 0.615 seconds compared to his rival Jim Yates' 0.456 launch (0.400 is a perfect start.)

"I really don't know what's wrong with me," Stevens said. "To lose two races in a row because of me doing something stupid is very hard to take. Especially today because we all saw the numbers I posted and I easily had Yates covered. What's even worse is that he's right ahead of me in the points. I flat-out had him, but I screwed up."

Stevens, a 20-year-old from New Orleans, posted a 6.959-second lap at 197.59 mph against Yates' 7.013-second, 197.83-mph pass.

"I feel terrible," Stevens said. "Tommy (Utt, crew chief) and the rest of the guys set this car up perfectly. I know for a fact that they worked their butts off to give me the best racecar I could possibly have. The only way I know to make it up to them is by winning the next race in San Francisco. That's my plan. I'm just thankful we race again in four days so I can forget about this day."

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