Cywinski builds points lead after Odessa

Pendleton, Ind. (June 17, 2003) -- Posting his sixth top-five performance of the 2003 ASA Racing Series, 1997 series champion Kevin Cywinski continues to hold the first position in the point standings. In the Missouri 250 Presented by Jani-King,...

Pendleton, Ind. (June 17, 2003) -- Posting his sixth top-five performance of the 2003 ASA Racing Series, 1997 series champion Kevin Cywinski continues to hold the first position in the point standings. In the Missouri 250 Presented by Jani-King, Cywinski finished a solid fifth in his No. 1 SK Hand Tool / Great Clips / Ranger Boats Chevrolet. The Wisconsin veteran scored his 11th career victory and lone win this season at Houston Motor Speedway in April.

Three-time ASA Champion Butch Miller crossed the line in sixth spot at I-70 Speedway, but lost five points to leader Cywinski. Miller trails the leader by 52 markers after seven of 17 events. The pilot of the No. 52 Timber Wolf Chevrolet owned by SS Racing began the season with a victory at USA International Speedway and followed up that stellar performance with a win at Toledo Speedway. Miller has collected six top-10 finishes in the opening seven races.

Turning in a repeat showing from Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Atlanta's Mike Garvey dominated the final portion of the event at I-70 Speedway. Garvey's No. 17 W.J. Plemons Investments Chevrolet roared by Donny Reuvers, pacing the final 79 laps. It was his second consecutive victory and third of the 2003 season. He won in April at Lanier National Speedway. Garvey advanced to third in points, just 120 behind Cywinski.

Ohio veteran Robbie Pyle produced his second consecutive podium finish, listed in third spot behind Garvey and Glenn Allen Jr. Pyle has collected five top-10 performances, placing him fourth in the standings.

By scoring his career-first pole and posting a top-10 finish, $50,000 Rookie of the Year Candidate Reed Sorenson retains the fifth position in the championship battle. The Peachtree City, Ga., native trails Cywinski by 260 points after six top-10 finishes.

Florida's Travis Kittleson is sixth after a ninth place performance at I-70 Speedway. 1995 ASA runner-up Glenn Allen Jr. sported new sponsor Modern Office Methods at Missouri and he finished a season best second, advancing him to seventh in the standings. Second-year driver Todd Kluever of Wisconsin ranks eighth followed by 1998 ASA Rookie runner-up Peter Cozzolino and 1995 ASA Champion Bryan Reffner.

The eighth event of the 2003 ASA Racing Series is set for Saturday, June 21 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio. The Ohio 250 takes the green flag at 9 p.m. (Eastern) and will be telecast live on SPEED Channel.

ASA Racing points after 7 of 17 events: 1) Cywinski, 1,262; 2) Miller, 1,210; 3) Garvey, 1,142; 4) Pyle, 1,138; 5) Sorenson, 1,108; 6) Kittleson, 1,002; 7) Allen, 946; 8) Kleuver, 940; 9) Cozzolino, 933; 10) Reffner, 895.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Bryan Reffner , Reed Sorenson , Butch Miller , Mike Garvey , Travis Kittleson