ASA Late Model Series competitors take 1-2 on M.I.S.S. Superpro regulars at Calhoun County Speedway. With the postponement of the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts show from May 14th at the Calhoun County (MI) Speedway, a...
ASA Late Model Series competitors take 1-2 on M.I.S.S. Superpro regulars at Calhoun County Speedway.
With the postponement of the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts show from May 14th at the Calhoun County (MI) Speedway, a couple of the ASA Late Model Series competitors had the itch to get some seat time and it paid off big time for Tommy Cook and Bob Varney! The two veterans invaded the M.I.S.S. Superpro series home turf of the Calhoun County (MI) Speedway in Springport, Michigan last Saturday night and they walked away with a 1-2 finish as Cook held off a late charge from Varney to score his first career Superpro Series victory.
Cook started on the outside pole for the 50-lap affair and the crafty Fort Wayne, Indiana veteran drove a smart race all evening on the 3/8s mile high-banked paved oval as he led all 50 laps to pick up the win aboard his 92.3fm The Fort/Omni Source/Circle J Transport/Pontiac Grand Prix! The only Pontiac in the field! Varney drove a typical "Varney-like" race in his RV Performance/M & D Enterprises/Finish Line Fabricating/Ford Taurus, as the Richmond, Michigan veteran, stayed in the shadows the first half of the event before turning up the wick once the halfway signal was given. Soon Varney was in second and applied heavy pressure on Cook before settling for second over Superpro regular, Jake Louden. 2004 ASA Late Model Competitors, Shaun Whitney and John Turnbull Jr., rounded out the top five giving the ASA Late Model Series, four of the top five positions!
Turnbull Jr., who had to come from the rear after a mid race altercation with 2004 Superpro Series Rookie of the year, Randy Cronenwett Jr., earned a solid fifth place showing. Rob Buckley, a competitor when the ASA Late Model Series was known as the USPRO Cup Series in 2003, set fast time and was all over Cronenwett for second at the midway point of the 50-lap grind before motor problems ended his night.
It was a much needed win for the Hoosier State veteran, Cook. After a disappointing 2005 ASA Late Model Series opener, at his home track, Baer Field (IN) Speedway, where he finished 18th, Cook, a former multi-time track champion at Baer Field, now heads into his next event in the series, with a major weight lifted off his shoulders.
During the 2004 season, Cook finished 10th overall in the ASA Late Model Series season long points chase by recording one top five finish, which was a runner-up showing at his home track, the Baer Field (IN) Speedway. Tommy also racked up four top 10 finishes while joining the Winner's Circle program with 100% perfect attendance. The 36-year-old pilot also finished sixth in the final Rookie of the Year points chase.
Much like Cook, Varney's runner-up showing was a major boast to the RV Performance team. Although Varney was able to qualify into the 2005 ASA Late Model Series opener at Baer Field. A lap seven incident ended Varney's day in Fort Wayne much too early for his liking! Varney would be credited with a 26th place showing. In 2004, Varney's one top 10 finish in the ASA Late Model Series was at Calhoun County Speedway where he finished 10th.
Varney is one of the original holdovers from the 2003 USPRO Cup Series days. Bob will forever hold the unique distinction of winning the first ever USPRO Cup series event, held at Thunder Valley (MI) Speedway and then the last ever event under the USPRO Cup banner, that same season at Tri-City (MI) Motor Speedway.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will invade the beautiful ½ mile of the Madison (WI) International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin on Friday May 27th for the running of the Bryden Motors 100. A field over 40 cars is expected as the traveling stars of the ASA Late Model Series will go head to head with the ASA Late Model Division that runs regular on Friday nights at the Madison speedplant. In 2004, current NASCAR Nextel Cup star and the last ever NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, Matt Kenseth won the 2004 series opener in May 2004, while Dan Lensing picked up the win during the second event at Madison in September 2004. For more information on the 2005 season for the ASA Late Model Series, log on to: www.asalatemodels.com