Pendleton, Ind. (April 21, 2003) -- Texas 250 winner Kevin Cywinski maintained his ASA Racing Series point lead through Saturday's BFGoodrich Tires 250 at Concord (N.C) Motorsport Park, notching his third straight top-three ...
Pendleton, Ind. (April 21, 2003) -- Texas 250 winner Kevin Cywinski maintained his ASA Racing Series point lead through Saturday's BFGoodrich Tires 250 at Concord (N.C) Motorsport Park, notching his third straight top-three finish. Cywinski crossed the finish line in third position at Concord after leading the early stages of the event. Prior to winning ASA's first appearance in Texas on April 12, Cywinski chased winner Butch Miller across the finish line in the season-opening Jani-King 200 at USA International Speedway in Florida.
Miller, a three-time ASA champion, held onto second in points, 28 points behind Cywinski, who won the ASA title in 1997. Miller followed up his season-opening victory with a fifth-place finish at Houston and finished fourth at Concord.
$50,000 Rookie of the Year candidate Travis Kittleson continued his awesome start to the season, finishing a career-best second in the BFGoodrich Tires 250 at Concord Motorsport Park and advancing to third in the driver points. Kittleson, who drives the No. 30 Bob Steele Chevrolet, produced his second top-five in three events and his third top-10. The freshman competitor has built a 101-point lead in the rookie standings over Illinois racer Boris Jurkovic.
Series veteran Robbie Pyle dropped to fourth in the standings after an 11th-place run at Concord. Driving the No. 63 CITGO car from Wal Tom Racing, Pyle trails Cywinski by 90 points. Pyle opened the season with two consecutive top-10 finishes, his best coming at Houston. The runner-up finish was his best since 2001 when he won his first ASA event at Madison International Speedway.
Georgia's Mike Garvey is fifth in ASA driver points after placing 14th in the BFGoodrich Tires 250. In Saturday's race, Garvey appeared headed for his first victory since March of 2001, as he led at the waving of the white flag, but a last- lap incident with eventual winner Davin Scites while battling for the victory dropped Garvey from first to 14th position at Concord. Kansas ace Rick Beebe ranks sixth with Glenn Allen Jr., Jurkovic, Mike Cope and Reed Sorenson rounding out the top 10 after three of 17 evens.
The fourth event of the 2003 ASA Racing Series is on tap for Saturday, April 26 at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga. The ASA Racing Georgia 250 Presented by Jani-King takes the green flag at 9 p.m. (Eastern) and will be telecast live on SPEED CHANNEL.