Butch Miller repeats at Berlin with win from pole. Marne, MI (June 1, 2002) -- In an amazing turnaround for West Michigan native Butch Miller, in his 2002 ASA debut, the three-time former ASA National Champion, repeated his victory from the pole...
Butch Miller repeats at Berlin with win from pole.
Marne, MI (June 1, 2002) -- In an amazing turnaround for West Michigan native Butch Miller, in his 2002 ASA debut, the three-time former ASA National Champion, repeated his victory from the pole in 2001, to win the Tires.com 300 presented by BFGoodrich Tire s.
Miller had competed full-time in the previous two seasons in ASA, but this year found him self on the outside. Recently hired to mentor rookie driver Chris Schultz of Indianapolis, Miller put the silver colored number 04 ASI Limited car on the pole earlier in the day, his 44th career ASA pole.
It took until lap 20 for Miller to grab the lead from fellow front-row starter Kevin Cywinski. He held race leadership until Joey Clanton charged through the field from his seventh starting position. Clanton's crew performed their usual flawless pit work a nd grabbed the point on lap 69.
Joey Clanton's hopes of extending his five-race win streak ended on lap Jo210 when his number 83 Camp Fire USA car was forced off the racetrack Joand out of Berlin Raceway in a turn three accident. Ironically, JoClanton's streak ended at the same track that saw hnny Sauter's mark Joof five straight wins come to a halt in 2001.
Butch Miller took over race leadership for a second and final time on lap 203. Gary St. Amant appeared as the only driver with a real shot at passing him. Last year, St. Amant finished second to Miller at Berlin in a controversial finish. This season, St. Amant couldn't get him and finished runner-up with Mike Garvey, Dave Sensiba and Todd Kluever rounding out the top-five.
"I love this place as it has always been my home track," said Miller, after his 44th career ASA win, matching his pole total. "This ASI Limited equipment is very good and the team has put together some good people. (Team owner) Ken Smith and I only met two weeks ago at Iowa and it's pretty neat this happens."
The 2002 ASA Racing Series returns to action on Sunday, June 9th at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna for the Oneida Bingo & Casino 300. It will be ASA's first appearance at WIR since three consecutive seasons (1995-97) at the Badger State track The race will be telecast live on TNN The National Network at 1 p.m. (Central).
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