The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts was at the Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway for the Kalamazoo 100 Presented by Tough Coat Powder Coatings. It was day one of the Mid-Michigan Doubles Weekend Presented by the Michigan Racing Scene.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts was at the Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway for the Kalamazoo 100 Presented by Tough Coat Powder Coatings. It was day one of the Mid-Michigan Doubles Weekend Presented by the Michigan Racing Scene. Jack Smith, who led the most laps at the series’ previous race at I-70 (MO) Speedway before running out of gas, redeemed himself the best way he knew how!; by leading all 100 laps in winning his first feature of the season for the ASA Late Model Series.
Brent Downey and Jack Smith led a star studded 26-car field to the green flag to begin the 100-lap feature around the fast-paced 3/8s mile high-banked paved oval. After some brief side by side racing, Smith edged Downey at the line to take the early lead while the rest of the field settled in behind him. The first of six cautions waved on lap eight when Bob Varney looped his Ford Taurus between turns three and four. On the restart, Smith tried to check out on the field and for a brief time, he succeeded as the Buckeye State driver, just like he did at I-70 in Missouri, set a torrid pace around the Kalamazoo, Michigan oval.
A series of four cautions between laps 39-48 slowed things down momentarily. All were spins in various corners of the circular oval. An oval that most drivers in the starting grid had never even seen before pulling their haulers into the infield pit area earlier in the morning. The pace picked up once again after a restart on lap 49 as Stephen Leicht began his charge to the front, and soon found himself chasing down a very fast Smith. Leicht would finally catch the race long leader and the two stout drivers diced in and out of lapped traffic. Soon defending series champion and reigning Rookie of the Year, Bobby Stremme would join the duo from his 14th starting spot and the trio would pull away from the rest of the pack. All the while, Smith maintained his position as the leader.
A final caution flew on lap 77 when Mike Satkowiak and Varney got together between turns one and two, ending Varney’s night. On the restart Smith again tried to pull away but Leicht and Stremme would have none of that and the trip once again pulled away to battle. Smith was determined however as the Wadsworth, Ohio driver would hold off final challenges from both and Smith would go on to lead all 100 laps to score his first series feature win of the season and second of his career!
Leicht would settle for second as Stremme, Kris Stump from 17th, Chad Wood, Jason Dietsch, Scott Baker, Chase Austin, Hank Miller, and Doug True completed the top 10. Earlier in the evening, Hank Miller, the son of legendary three-time ASA National Tour champion, Butch Miller, would win the Motive Gear Pole Award in his first ever outing with the ASA Late Model Series. Miller’s time was a 13.770. Bill Tomlinson won the 25-lap GM Performance Parts Shootout also earlier in the evening over Joey Dennewitz, Tommy Cook, Jesse Saunders, and James Butler, the top five.
Day number two of the Mid-Michigan Doubles Weekend Presented by the Michigan Racing Scene is next. The cars and stars of the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will now travel East on I-94 and venture over to the Calhoun County (MI) Speedway for the Snap-On Tools 100 Presented by Lane Automotive and Q106fm. For more information about the next 3/8s mile high-banked paved oval on the schedule, click onto their website at: www.calhouncountyspeedway.com For more information about the ASA Late Model Series and to stay updated all day tomorrow, stay logged in at: www.asalatemodels.com