Mike Satkowiak wins the GM Performance Parts Shootout at the I-70 (MO) Speedway. The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts invaded the Show-Me State on Saturday June 18, 2005. It was the series' first ever appearance to the ...
Mike Satkowiak wins the GM Performance Parts Shootout at the I-70 (MO) Speedway.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts invaded the Show-Me State on Saturday June 18, 2005. It was the series' first ever appearance to the ultra- fast ½ mile high-banked paved oval of the legendary I-70 (MO) Speedway in Odessa, Missouri. Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year candidate, Jason Dietsch survived a late race battle with Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie point's leader and Motive Gear Fast Qualifier, Brian Campbell, to score his first career series win in the Kansas City Star 100.
Another driver also picked up his first career series win and it came in the GM Performance Parts Shootout. Kawkawlin, Michigan pilot, Mike Satkowiak, in his second year with the ASALMS, led all eight laps in the uniquely formatted Shootout to score his first career series win as well.
With 29 cars checked in at the pit gate, ASALM Series and I-70 Track officials elected to start all 29 cars on hand for the Kansas City Star 100. This made the GM Performance Parts Shootout take on a unique look and different format than what the fans of the ASALMS were used too. Instead of the competitors running a 25-lap feature and then loading up for the night, series and track officials elected to field the shootout based on Motive Gear Qualifying positions 21 through 29 with the finishing results making up the balance of the 29-car field that would start the Kansas City Star 100.
Mike Satkowiak and hometown favorite, Kansas City, Missouri's Joe Ross led the field to the green flag to begin the eight-lap sprint to determine positions 21-29 in the 100-lap feature to be held later in the program. Satkowiak jumped put to the early lead with Ross trying to stay with him in the outside groove. Satkowiak managed to keep Ross at bay through the first couple of laps until Ross started fading back. This allowed Ryan Tedesco to move underneath Ross for second and begin a charge towards Satkowiak. Tedesco looked high and looked low for a way around Satkowiak, but Satkowiak was determined and the Kawkawlin, Michigan Sophomore fended off Tedesco to score his first career series win!
Tedesco settled for second making the 11th row of the Kansas City Star 100 Satkowiak on the inside and Tedesco starting on the outside of the GM Performance Parts Shootout winner. Ross regrouped and settled for third as Jason Tyler, Bob Varney, Jesse Smith, and Derek Bischak completed the balance of the field. Nick Mahlik and James Butler did not answer the call to start the Shootout, although Mahlik did eventually take the green flag in the 100-lap feature. Butler's day ended early with an afternoon practice crash along the front stretch.
For Satkowiak, it was his first career series win in his Wieland Contracting/Speedway Graphix/Howe Racing Enterprises/Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The former Michigan Legends Series champion, now in his second season with the ASALMS finished in the runner-up spot twice in 2004. At Grundy County (IL) Speedway and at his hometrack, Tri-City (MI) Motor Speedway both in June 2004. In his rookie season with the ASALMS, Satkowiak finished fifth in the rookie title chase and ninth overall in the final points standings with three top fives and five top 10 finishes.
Prior to joining the ASALMS in 2004, the 20-year-old Wolverine State driver got his start racing go-karts at the age of 14 on the asphalt at River City Speedway, and on the dirt at the Houghton Lake Kart Speedway, both in Michigan. Satkowiak would rack up two Championships in his rookie season in 1999 and again in 2000 in two separate classes. Mike then moved into Legends cars in 2001 and in 2003; he picked up the Michigan Legends series' Championship.
The Mid-Michigan Double Weekend Presented by the Michigan Racing Scene is next for the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts. Friday July 1st will be the Kalamazoo 100 Presented by Tough Coat Powder Coatings at the Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway in Alamo, Michigan. Then the next day, Saturday July 2nd, it will be the Snap-On Tools 100 Presented by Lane Automotive and Q106fm at the Calhoun County (MI) Speedway in Springport, Michigan. For more information, log onto our website at: www.asalatemodels.com