Last-lap pass nets BFGoodrich Tires 250 victory for Scites. Concord, N.C. (April 19, 2003) -- Davin Scites entered Saturday night's BFGoodrich Tires 250 at Concord Motorsport Park without ever having recorded a top-10 finish in ASA Racing Series...
Last-lap pass nets BFGoodrich Tires 250 victory for Scites.
Concord, N.C. (April 19, 2003) -- Davin Scites entered Saturday night's BFGoodrich Tires 250 at Concord Motorsport Park without ever having recorded a top-10 finish in ASA Racing Series competition. He left with his first career victory after a thrilling five-lap duel with Mike Garvey ended with the two making contact in Turn 1 as the white flag fluttered behind them.
A lap-243 accident involving Peter Cozzolino and Rick Beebe set up the slam- bang finish. Under ASA rules, the last five laps of any race must be run under green, so the lap counter froze at lap 245 while cleanup was under way.
Scites, who started 29th after the field was lined up according to car owner points, trailed leader Garvey as the field came down for starter Danny Spence's final green flag of the night. Garvey, who appeared assured of his first victory since 2001 at USA International Speedway, squirted away on the restart and opened a five-length lead as lap 246 went into the books. Scites ran Garvey down over the next lap and tried hard to take the lead entering Turn 3 with two to go. Garvey was able to hold him off, and Scites tried again entering Turn 3 coming down for the white flag.
Scites got underneath Garvey as the white waved and the two headed full-tilt into Turn 1. Scites had a nose alongside Garvey's left rear quarterpanel and did not budge. The two cars made contact and Garvey spun into the Turn 1 wall. Scites gathered his John Michael Montgomery Chevrolet and drove the rest of the distance to earn the $14,455 victory.
"I'm going to hear about this for a while," Scites said following the race. "We'll watch it on the replays. He's got a good sponsor and he's just a great driver. I hated that. I would have settled for second.
"When you get that far in on Turn 1, your spotter has to tell you." Scites continued. "I thought we had it. I'm going to go for it. It's our first win, we're trying to lock some [sponsorship] deals down--we went for it."
Garvey was understandably upset following the race. "Davin was fast all night," Garvey said. "I knew he was quick, but I don't think the way it ended up--it doesn't need to end up that way. I thought I gave him enough room. I just got blasted, that's all I know. Whatever happened, happened. I can't drive both cars, I can only drive mine. I want to win bad, but I'm not going to run over somebody to win a race." Scites said it was a matter of give and take. "This is our primary car," he said. "We have to take care of it, and I gave all night, or at least gave a lot more than I took. I wasn't going to tear up two race cars, and I hate that what happened with Mike happened. I would have settled for second."
Scites is the first West Virginian to win an ASA Racing Series event in its 46-year history. "It hasn't sunk in yet," Scites said. "Just to win an ASA race is awesome because these are talented drivers."
When the smoke cleared, $50,000 Rookie of the Year point leader Travis Kittleson was second, followed by series point leader Kevin Cywinski. Both drivers led laps before Scites' late charge.
"I might have punished it a little too much at the end and it hurt me when the last caution came out," Kittleson said. "The car just wouldn't turn for the last four or five laps. Unfortunately, we had that last caution, but it's a second and we'll take it and go onto Lanier."
Cywinski, winner a week ago at Houston Motor Speedway, was likewise pleased with another top-three finish as well as the fact that he held onto the point lead. "It's very early to be counting points," Cywinski said. "We want to run up front. Our goal is to finish on the podium every time out and win a bunch of races. The car just wasn't good from the start and and we didn't want to hold up Butch or those guys. We let them go. We pitted out of sync to those guys, took on tires right away and it got a little better. We came in twice more and adjusted on it, and we had about a third-place car. We might have gotten Travis if we had had a few more laps."
Three-time series champion Butch Miller placed fourth with Glenn Allen Jr. crossing the finish line in fifth. Second-year driver Todd Kluever placed sixth with Boris Jurkovic, Casey Smith, Reed Sorenson and Rick Beebe rounding out the top 10. Garvey finished 14th, one lap down after the last-lap fracas.
North Carolina drivers who competed in ASA's BFGoodrich Tires 250 at Concord included series veteran Greg Stewart of Four Oaks in 27th and rookie candidate Stephen Leicht of Asheville in 31st.
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Driver Point Standings After 3 of 17: 1) Kevin Cywinski, 573 2) Butch Miller, 545 3) Travis Kittleson, 510 4) Robbie Pyle, 483 5) Mike Garvey, 441 6) Rick Beebe, 437 7) Glenn Allen Jr., 434 8) Boris Jurkovic, 409 9) Mike Cope, 402 10) Reed Sorenson, 400