Stephen Leicht wins the 8th annual International Gold Cup 100 at the Baer Field (IN) Speedway for his third win of the season! The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts was at the Baer Field (IN) Speedway in Fort Wayne, ...
Stephen Leicht wins the 8th annual International Gold Cup 100 at the Baer Field (IN) Speedway for his third win of the season!
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts was at the Baer Field (IN) Speedway in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Friday August 5th. The 8th annual International Gold Cup 100 was race number eight of 15 on the 2005 schedule. This event also marked the halfway point of the 2005 season for the ASA Late Model Series.
A standing room only crowd on hand got their monies worth as a battle for ages broke out between current ASA Late Model Series Points Leader, Stephen Leicht, and defending ASA Late Model Series Champion, Reigning Rookie of the Year, and Motive Gear Fast Qualifier Bobby Stremme. After the epic battle that lasted over the last half of the event and will have the fans who witnessed the show, talk about the dual for a long time, Leicht was the driver standing in victory lane after winning his third feature of the season and extending his points lead in the season long point's chase!
Earlier in the evening and in an effort to give the packed house on hand the best show possible, ASALM Series President, Ron Varney and Baer Field Speedway Promoter, Tom Isch got together and mutually agreed to start all 30 competitors for the 100-lap feature, which ad the fans already worked up into a frenzy, the battle that was soon to come would only intensify the fans enthusiasm.
After a complete restart, Ryan Tedesco and Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie Points Leader, Brian Campbell led the star-studded 30-car field to chief starter; Tom Powell's to begin the 100-lap grind! After a few laps of side by side action, Tedesco would edge out to the early advantage. Bobby Stremme began his assault on the field early as the Motive Gear Pole Award winner, who drew an eight for an inversion, began his charge from the eighth starting spot. By lap six, Stremme was in second and on Tedesco's back bumper. The Defending Series Champion made short work of Tedesco and took over the top spot on lap eight.
Stremme would then set a torrid pace over the field as the Reigning Rookie of the Year had as much as a full straightaway lead over the rest of the pack. Even with a few cautions, mostly for spins slowing the pace. By the halfway mark. Stephen Leicht had patiently worked his way through the field from his seventh starting spot and soon the 18-year-old found himself in the runner-up spot, but distantly behind Stremme. The fifth caution of the night flew on lap 56 bunching the field once again.
This set the stage for the battle of the season between Stremme and Leicht. Despite several more cautions, again mostly for harmless spins. Stremme maintained the lead but had Leicht lurking in his rear view mirror throughout. Another caution on lap 70, this one for Peter Cozzolino and Campbell getting together bunched the field up one more time.
On the restart, Leicht began to work on Stremme for the lead as Stremme tried everything he could think of to hold off the hard charging "Young Lion". Several times the two stout drivers touched and traded paint with Leicht showing the Defending Series Champion the "Chrome Horn" on several occasions. All the while, Stremme maintained his position as the leader despite his car beginning to get away from him.
Things finally came to the forefront as on lap 88 as Stremme and Leicht again got together and Leicht diving to the inside to take the lead for the first time all night! Three more cautions slowed the pace down and each time Stremme would do all he could to stay with the Current ASA Late Model Series Points Leader.
But each time Leicht was up to the challenge and after the final restart with five laps to go, Leicht would pull away from Stremme and the Asheville, North Carolina driver would go on to win his third feature of the season and second of the year at Baer Field to go with his opening night feature win on May 7th also at Baer Field. In addition to his victory at the Illiana (IN) Motor Speedway on July 23rd.
Stremme would settle for second as Jason Setser, Kris Stump, Chad Wood, Tony Rosebrugh from 23rd! Travis Dassow, Chase Austin, Jason Dietsch, and Mike Satkowiak would complete the top 10. 19 cars finished on the lead lap. Despite 14 caution flags thrown, 23 out of 30 were still running when the checkered flag flew.
Earlier in the evening, Stremme won his first Motive Gear Pole Award of the season and in the process, is now tied for the all-time lead in pole awards with fellow former champion, Mark Kortz. Stremme's time around the ½ mile semi-banked paved oval was an 17.869, which equals out to 100.733 MPH. 15-year-old Jesse Smith won his first ever GM Performance Parts Shootout over Bob Varney, Tony Rosebrugh, Brent Downey, and GMPPSO Points Leader, Mark Hartline, the top five.
This was also the second of three appearances for the ASALM Series at the Fort Wayne, Indiana speed plant. The ASA Late Model Series will return to the Baer Field (IN) Speedway for the third and final time on Sunday September 11th for the Indiana 100.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will continue their rugged stretch of five races in five weekends on Saturday August 13th. It'll be race number nine of 15 on the 2005 schedule and the first ever appearance at the beautiful Jennerstown (PA) Speedway in Somerset, Pennsylvania for the Tribune-Democrat 100. The five stretch weekend will end the following weekend, Saturday August 20th at the Sandusky (OH) Speedway in Sandusky, Ohio for the Buckeye 100
For more information about the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts, log onto the website at: www.asalatemodels.com
8th annual International Gold Cup UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
Pos. Start Car #/Driver Laps
1. 7 89 Stephen Leicht 100
2. 8 53 Bobby Stremme 100
3. 9 12 Jason Setser 100
4. 4 23 Kris Stump 100
5. 11 2 Chad Wood 100
6. 23 55 Tony Rosebrugh 100
7. 6 92 Travis Dassow 100
8. 18 111 Chase Austin 100
9. 19 6 Jason Dietsch 100
10. 20 88 Mike Satkowiak 100
11. 21 81 Jesse Smith 100
12. 2 29 Brian Campbell 100
13. 14 32 Ryan Carlson 100
14. 24 25 Brent Downey 100
15. 5 28 Jack Smith 100
16. 12 8 Tommy Cook 100
17. 13 31 Derek Bischak 100
18. 3 84 Brett Piontek 100
19. 10 90 Keeton Hanks 99
20. 28 3 Bill Tomlinson 98
21. 17 7 Landon Cassill 97
22. 29 16 Jack Varney Jr. 97
23. 16 101 Alex Haase 93
24. 1 70 Ryan Tedesco 70
25. 15 11 Peter Cozzolino 70
26. 26 66 Troy Barnes 40
27. 22 61 Bob Varney 20
28. 27 71 Michael Gaier 20
29. 25 30 Mark Hartline 20
30. 30 93 Doug True 1
Lap Leaders: 70 Ryan Tedesco Pole-7, 53 Bobby Stremme 8-87, 89 Stephen Leicht 88-100. Cautions 14.