Pendleton, Ind. (May 13, 2003) -- The ASA Racing Series makes its annual stop to the picturesque Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday, May 24. The ASA Racing Iowa 300 marks the ninth consecutive season the series that builds...
Pendleton, Ind. (May 13, 2003) -- The ASA Racing Series makes its annual stop to the picturesque Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday, May 24. The ASA Racing Iowa 300 marks the ninth consecutive season the series that builds champions is showcased on Iowa's only paved track.
ASA has raced at the .50-mile Hawkeye Downs Speedway on 15 different occasions with 11 racers recording victories in these events. Series veteran Mike Garvey captured three victories with all-time victory leader Bob Senneker visiting the winner's circle twice. Johnny Sauter, the 2001 ASA champion and Rookie of the Year, swept the two events during his title assault. Single-event winners include Rick Beebe, Joey Clanton, Kevin Cywinski, Mike Eddy, Scott Hansen, Steve Holzhausen, Tony Raines and Tim Sauter.
A string of three consecutive victories began for Garvey in September 1999. After darting around series runner-up Mike Miller on the 254th circuit, Garvey then finished .344 seconds in front of 1999 ASA champion Tim Sauter. In 2000, the Georgia standout returned to score two lopsided victories at Hawkeye Downs. Garvey led an astounding 419 of the 500 laps completed at Hawkeye Downs and captured two victories and one pole position.
Michigan's Bob Senneker drove his No. 84 Ford into the winner's circle in July of 1995, in ASA's second visit. "The Bluebird" passed local favorite Brad Loney on the 296th circuit, finishing .09 seconds in front of Steve Holzhausen. Senneker recorded his second consecutive victory at Hawkeye Downs in 1996, beating Holzhausen and Scott Hansen.
In April of 2001, Johnny Sauter became the fourth member of the Sauter family to earn an ASA victory. Sauter grabbed the lead on the 130th circuit, leading the final 171 laps of the ASA Racing Iowa 300. Gary St. Amant placed second, just .297 seconds behind the race winner. Garvey was third with Mike Cope and David Stremme rounding out the top five. In August, Sauter returned and again dominated the competition. He made the race-winning pass on Garvey at lap 138, then finished 7.263 seconds ahead of seven- time ASA champion Mike Eddy.
In ASA's most recent event at Hawkeye Downs, two-time series champion Gary St. Amant won an old-fashioned, 25-lap shootout in September of 2002, picking up valuable championship points on Joey Clanton, who crashed on the final lap of the event. The victory was the second consecutive for the Ohio competitor and the 19th of his career.
Clanton took the lead on the 252nd circuit after a stretch of 100 consecutive green-flag laps brought out a competition caution flag. Mike Garvey followed Clanton with Kevin Cywinski and St. Amant rounding out the top five. The No. 7 ACDelco Chevrolet of St. Amant climbed to second and on a lap-278 restart, got right behind Clanton entering Turn 3.
Clanton slipped in the corner, which allowed St. Amant to move to the inside. The two touched, pushing Clanton into the second groove. The eighth and final caution flag waved on lap 290 when Landry Potter hit the Styrofoam barriers in Turn 3, which set up a five-lap dash to the checkers. St. Amant opened a lead on the restart while Clanton, Cywinski and Garvey battled for position.
As they raced to the white flag, Clanton went high coming off Turn 4 and Cywinski got to the inside. Entering Turn 1, the two made contact, sending Clanton into the wall, resulting in a seventh-place finish. At the stripe, St. Amant was in front by 1.87 seconds, as Cywinski, Garvey, Robbie Pyle and Steve Carlson trailed.
ASA returns to Hawkeye Downs Speedway for the ASA Racing Iowa 300 on Saturday, May 24 with practice scheduled for 11 a.m. Pole qualifying is set for 3 p.m. with ASA's exclusive on-track autograph session taking place at 6 p.m. The Iowa 300 goes green at 8 p.m. (Central)
Tickets are available through the ASA office at a cost of $25 for general admission seats. Discounts are available when purchasing in advance. For additional information, contact the ASA ticket line at 1-888-ASA-1020.
For more information on the ASA Racing Series, visit www.asaracing.com.