"Leichts" out in Jennerstown! Stephen Leicht wins his fourth feature of the season in the Tribune-Democrat 100 at the Jennerstown (PA) Speedway. The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts was at the Jennerstown (PA) Speedway in...
"Leichts" out in Jennerstown! Stephen Leicht wins his fourth feature of the season in the Tribune-Democrat 100 at the Jennerstown (PA) Speedway.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts was at the Jennerstown (PA) Speedway in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania on Saturday August 13th. The Tribune-Democrat 100 was race number nine of 15 on the 2005 schedule.
With 28 cars on hand, both ASALM Series and Jennerstown Speedway Track Officials elected to start everyone for the big 100-lap feature around the .522 mile semi-banked paved oval located up in the Laurel Highland Mountains. Current ASA Late Model Series Points Leader, Stephen Leicht continues to show why he is one of the hottest drivers in the country as the Asheville, North Carolina pilot, took the lead from veteran Scott Baker on lap 67 and went on to win his fourth feature of the season.
Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Points Leader, Brian Campbell and 17-year-old Derek Bischak led a stout 27-car field to chief starter, Tom Powell's green flag to begin the century grind. Campbell beat out Bischak to the first corner to take the early lead. Veteran Scott Baker also dove underneath Bischak and immediately began applying pressure on Campbell. It didn't take long for the crafty Akron, Ohio veteran as on lap four, Baker took the lead away from the freshman point's leader.
The first of only three cautions flew on lap 19 when Troy Barnes lazily spun in turn two. On the restart, Baker tried to pull away from the pack while Current Series Points Leader, Stephen Leicht had already begun his charge to the front from his seventh starting spot. Leicht began picking off cars one by one using the outside groove and soon found himself in the second spot.
Just shy of the halfway point, the second caution flew on lap 46 when Landon Cassill spun coming out of turn four. On the restart, Leicht again moved up to the second groove and began building momentum on the high side. Leicht pulled up along side of Baker and the two stout pilots began to battle. Leicht edged out in front on lap 67 to take the lead for the first time of the night!
The final caution flew on lap 69 when Jason Setser spun out of turn four and slammed the inside retaining wall. He was ok, but done for the evening. On the restart, Leicht began to pull away from the pack once again. Campbell had regrouped by this time for a late race run and the Rookie point's leader drove back by Baker to claim second spot and set his sights on Leicht. Motive Gear Fast Qualifier, Chad Wood followed Campbell through for third.
By this time Leicht had built up a sizable lead but Campbell and Wood tried to reel in the Series Points Leader. Leicht was too strong however as the 18-year-old pilot, one of the "Young Lions of the ASA Late Model Series" had an insurmountable lead and would go on to win his second feature in a row and fourth overall of the 2005 season!
Campbell settled for second for the fourth time this season while Wood would finish third for the third time of the year. This was the second time this season that the top three in the season long points chase; Leicht, Campbell, and Wood have finished 1-2-3!
Baker would hang on and finish fourth over Travis Dassow, Kris Stump, Bobby Stremme, Ryan Carlson, Keeton Hanks from 20th, and Brent Downey would round out the top 10. Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer, Fred Campbell was unable to answer the call for the feature after suffering a blown motor!
Earlier in the afternoon, Wood won his second Motive Gear Pole Award of the season over the 28-car field with a lap measured at an 18.498. Wood's fast time equates to an average speed of 97.308 MPH. Bill Tomlinson won his second GM Performance Parts Shootout of the season over Jason Miller, Jesse Smith, Mike Satkowiak, and Troy Barnes, the top five.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will complete their grueling stretch of five races in five weekend jaunt on Saturday August 20th at the Sandusky (OH) Speedway in Sandusky, Ohio.
The Domino's Pizza 100 is on tap at the ½ mile semi-banked paved oval not far down the road from the world famous amusement park, Cedar Point! The ASA Late Model Series will also be hosting an ASALM Series fun day for officials and teams at Cedar Point the next day, Sunday August 21st. For more information, log onto to our website at: www.asalatemodels.com