Pendleton, Ind. (September 26, 2003) -- Winning his fourth ASA Racing Series event of the 2003 season, 1997 ASA Champion Kevin Cywinski inched closer to securing his second career title. Cywinski took top honors in the CITGO/MDA 250 ...
Pendleton, Ind. (September 26, 2003) -- Winning his fourth ASA Racing Series event of the 2003 season, 1997 ASA Champion Kevin Cywinski inched closer to securing his second career title. Cywinski took top honors in the CITGO/MDA 250 presented by Jani-King at Illiana Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 20 with his nearest championship challenger Butch Miller crossing the line in seventh position.
After 15 of 17 events in the 2003 ASA season, Cywinski has a 149-point lead on Miller. If Cywinski maintains a 143-point margin after the conclusion of the Pep Boys 300 presented by Greased Lightning Orange Blast at Salem Speedway on October 4, he will clinch the ASA Racing Series championship by merely starting the season finale.
Cywinski has collected 11 top-five finishes and 14 top-10s in 2003. Wheeling the Greased Lightning Orange Blast/SK Hand Tool Chevrolet for Country Joe Racing, the Wausau, Wis., competitor has scored his wins at Houston Motor Speedway, Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, Jennerstown Speedway and Illiana. He has also pocketed three poles, producing his most recent at Illiana, establishing a new track record.
Three-time ASA National Champion Butch Miller is second in the point standings. Miller has collected 13 top-10 finishes, three wins and three poles. Miller's victories have taken place at the season opening Jani-King 200 at USA International Speedway, Toledo Speedway and Madison International Speedway.
$50,000 Rookie of the Year point's leader Reed Sorenson advanced to third in the standings, finishing a career best second at Illiana. Sorenson has recorded 13 top-10 and two poles. Sorenson leads Florida's Travis Kittleson by 383 points in the rookie championship with two events remaining in 2003.
Georgia's Mike Garvey ranks fourth in the point standings, winning four events this season. Wheeling the Jani-King Chevrolet, Garvey has recorded wins at Lanier National Speedway, Hawkeye Downs Speedway, I-70 Speedway and Elko Speedway.
Ohio's Robbie Pyle is fifth in the point standings, just 27 markers behind Garvey. Driving for Wal-Tom Racing of Chicago, Pyle has collected seven finishes in the top five including a victory at Lake Erie Speedway and five additional podiums.
1995 ASA National Champion Bryan Reffner rose to sixth in the standings with second- year driver Todd Kluever in seventh spot and Kittleson dropping to eighth. 1995 Rookie of the Year Rick Beebe is ninth with two-time event winner Peter Cozzolino rounding out the top 10.
The 16th event of the 2003 ASA Racing Series is set for Saturday, October 4 at Salem Speedway in Salem, Ind. The Pep Boys 300 presented by Greased Lightning Orange Blast takes the green flag at 8:00 p.m., (Local) and will be telecast live on SPEED Channel.