Butch Miller wins from pole at Jennerstown. Jennerstown, PA (July 14, 2002) -- Race leaders Joey Clanton and Kevin Cywinski made contact with the number 83 Camp Fire USA car of Clanton spinning in turn four of the .522-mile oval at Jennerstown...
Butch Miller wins from pole at Jennerstown.
Jennerstown, PA (July 14, 2002) -- Race leaders Joey Clanton and Kevin Cywinski made contact with the number 83 Camp Fire USA car of Clanton spinning in turn four of the .522-mile oval at Jennerstown Speedway. Both drivers were taken out of the top two posi tions as pole-sitter Butch Miller inherited the lead on lap 271. From there, Miller held off a spirited charge of rookie David Stremme to bag the win in the Pennsylvania 300 presented Jani-King.
It was the third time Miller had secured the lead and the most significant. Previously he led for one lap and seven lap segments while engaged in a two-car battle with Joey Clanton from lap 211 until a caution period on lap 230.
"It's better to be lucky than to be good and we were pretty good today even though it looked like a couple of other guys would probably win the race," said Butch Miller after posting the 46th win of his ASA career. "I guess if we would have started earlier this year we might be in the title chase."
Clanton started on the outside front row and was the dominant race leader for most of the day. He topped the field for a total of 169 laps during five separate occasions.
Stremme posted a fourth consecutive runner-up finish and fifth of the eleven events this season. "The number 11 Meijer car wasn't as good as some others but today by staying out of trouble and racing clean we were able to bring it home pretty decent," said the Indiana native. "At each of the last four tracks I had never been before so maybe at Salem (Speedway) I'll be able to push the door open and win one of these."
Veteran Gary St. Amant held the point for 75 circuits during the opening 100 laps and wound up in third position. "It was a decent run for us but this team is interested in putting the ACDelco car in the winner's circle," said the two-time ASA National Cha mpion.
Kevin Cywinski and Pat Kelly rounded out the top-five finishers.
Stremme extends his lead over Dan Fredrickson in the rookie point's chase to 46 markers while Joey Clanton's margin over Gary St. Amant in the overall championship point's standings falls to 116.
The 2002 ASA Racing Series moves back to its roots and Salem Speedway in Indiana for the Tecumseh 300 on Saturday, July 20. The race will take the green flag just after 8 p.m. (Central) and will be telecast on a same-day tape delay basis on TNN The Nationa l Network starting at midnight (Eastern).