Buckeye State drivers looking forward to the first of two ASA Late Model Series events in the state of Ohio. The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts now focuses on race number six of 16 on the 2005 schedule. The immaculate...
Buckeye State drivers looking forward to the first of two ASA Late Model Series events in the state of Ohio.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts now focuses on race number six of 16 on the 2005 schedule. The immaculate Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio is next on the 2005 tour as the Mansfield 100 on the ½ mile semi-banked paved oval awaits the cars and stars of the ASA Late Model Series on Saturday July 16th.
With corners banked at 16 degrees and both straightaways topping out at eight degrees each, last year's event provided fans with a display in driving ability from one of its' own home state stars! Mansfield was the site of the series fourth stop in 2004 as the ASA Late Model Series teams rolled into the semi-banked ½ mile on June 4, 2004 for the running of the Mansfield 100. Ryan Tedesco, hot off his win the previous week at Lake Erie (PA) proved to the 35 teams on hand that his showing the previous week in the Keystone State was no fluke. Tedesco would set fast time and go on to win his second series victory in a row! Another home stater, Jack Smith would finish second ahead of Jason Setser, Bobby Stremme, and Chad Wood, who would round out the top five.
Defending champion of the Mansfield 100, Ryan Tedesco hopes a self described; "Most Miserable Season I can remember" turns around at a track where he's had a lot of success at over the years. The New Philadelphia, Ohio pilot is the defending champion of the event at Mansfield and also holds the ASA Late Model Series track record at the immaculate Mansfield, Ohio speedplant as well! His track record is a fast 16.793 set back on June 4, 2004.
Other than a sixth place showing at the I-70 (MO) Speedway back on June 18th, Tedesco has had perhaps the hardest luck of any driver in 2005. The low point for the team came at the last series event at Calhoun County (MI) Speedway! The Marathon Manufacturing Team failed to make a series event for the first time since the team began running the series at the start of 2004. With a home track advantage and the backing of the Buckeye State crowd behind him, look for Tedesco to turn his season around at a track only an hour and a half from home.
Jack Smith, hot off his first win of the season at the Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway, hopes the momentum from his win as well as his charge from 23rd to 14th at Calhoun County, which netted him the Bassett Racing Wheels Hard-Charger Award, carries over to a track that the Wadsworth, Ohio pilot is very familiar with. Smith, who lives only an hour from Mansfield, has several feature wins in the tracks Late Model divisions and last season he finished runner-up to Tedesco in the 2004 version of the Mansfield 100. Smith hopes his experience on the ½ mile semi-banked paved oval will propel him into the top 10 in the season long points chase, where he's currently on the outside looking in at 11th, a mere two points out of the top 10 behind Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie candidate, Brent Downey!
Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title contender, Jason Dietsch will see his first ASA Late Model Series action in his home state. The Edgerton, Ohio freshman, who won his first career series feature at I-70, also has some experience at Mansfield in the USA Modifieds Tour. Dietsch hopes his first career home state start with the ASA Late Model Series will aid in his efforts to become the series first two-time winner this season. Dietsch sits tied for fifth in the overall point's standings and tied for third in the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title chase both with Ryan Carlson.
Another Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year pilot, Kris Stump hopes his string of strong runs continues in his home state. Two top five's during the Mid-Michigan Doubles Weekend, a fourth at Kalamazoo and a fifth at Calhoun County propelled the Tipp City, Ohio driver up both the overall and the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie point's chases respectively. Stump, despite not making the event at Madison (WI) International Speedway, now sits a solid second in the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie title chase behind Rookie point's leader, Brian Campbell. His Michigan weekend allowed him to climb back into the top five overall for the first time since the series opener at Baer Field (IN) Speedway. Stump sits in fourth place overall.
Akron, Ohio veteran, Scott Baker, who shadowed Snap-On Tools 100 winner at Calhoun County, Mike Satkowiak for the first 57 laps, is ironically still looking for his first career series victory! Baker, who finished second in the 2004 Points chase to Bobby Stremme, sits second all-time in top five and top 10s in series history, but a win has eluded, the 29-year veteran in the ASA Late Model Series! Nevertheless, the former series champion in the now defunct, Iceman Super Car Series can never be counted out of any event when the Baker Performance Parts Monte Carlo pulls into the pit area and will be one of the many heavy hitters and favorites when the Mansfield 100 takes the green flag.
One more Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie candidate, Joey Dennewitz, the patriarch of the "Young Lions of the ASA Late Model Series" has plenty of experience as well at Mansfield. The Akron, Ohio Freshman finished third in the 2004 Points standings in the tracks Late Model division. The Owens Corning Monte Carlo hopes that a home track advantage and the comforts of home will help Dennewitz climb up the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year ladder. Dennewitz sits 12th in the freshman title chase.
Dusty Woodie, has entered only his second show of the 2005 season. In his only previous attempt in 2005, The Coshocton, Ohio driver finished fifth in the GM Performance Parts Shootout at the series opener at Baer Field. Woodie also made the trek to Illiana (IN) Motor Speedway on June 4th but Mother Nature forced postponement of that show until Saturday July 23rd.
Other Ohio drivers looking to benefit from the comforts of some home state Buckeye hospitality include; Troy Barnes, who made his series debut during the Michigan Weekend and came out with an eighth place showing in the GM Performance Parts Shootout at Calhoun County.
Other drivers expecting to make their 2005 debuts include, Steven Krunich, Scott Leach, Michael Rush, and Tony Urdiales. Of those drivers, only Rush has seen action with the series previously. In 2004, the Powell, Ohio driver ran the full slate of events with the ASA Late Model Series. His best finish was a fourth at Berlin (MI) Raceway on June 11, 2004.
The Mansfield 100 begins a grueling stretch for the ASA Late Model Series. This event will be the first of six straight weekends at six different tracks. The "Six-Pack Shootout" begins and ends in the state of Ohio! The conclusion of the six races in six weekend's marathon will end at the Sandusky (OH) Speedway on Saturday August 20th for the Buckeye 100.
In between the two Buckeye State shows, the ASALM Series will travel to Illiana (IN) Motor Speedway for the rescheduled Gibson Chevrolet 100 on Saturday July 23rd. One of the most anticipated shows of the season will be next at the Indianapolis (IN) Raceway Park on Saturday July 30th for the A.S.I. Limited 100 Presented by Howe Racing Enterprises.
Then the Baer Field (IN) Speedway will host the ASALM Series for the second of three events on the schedule with the eighth annual International Gold Cup 100 on Friday August 5th. The second Baer Field event will complete three consecutive races of the "six-pack" all in the state of Indiana! Then the series first ever appearance into the state of Pennsylvania follows on Saturday August 13th at the beautiful Jennerstown (PA) Speedway for the running of the Keystone 100 before ending the "Six-Pack" at Sandusky on Saturday August 20th.
Race number six of 16 on the 2005 ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts tour is set for the Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Speedway in Mansfield Ohio for the running of the Mansfield 100. The immaculate ½ mile semi-banked paved oval in the Buckeye State will host the ASA Late Model Series on Saturday July 16th. For more information about the ASA Late Model Series, log onto the website at: www.asalatemodels.com