Carlson scores ASA win at Madison. Madison, WI (July 28, 2002) -- Short track ace Steve Carlson of West Salem (WI), after starting from the tail of the 34-car field, was able to work his way masterfully through traffic on the .50-mile...
Carlson scores ASA win at Madison.
Madison, WI (July 28, 2002) -- Short track ace Steve Carlson of West Salem (WI), after starting from the tail of the 34-car field, was able to work his way masterfully through traffic on the .50-mile oval Madison International Speedway, and win the BF Goodrich Tires 300. It marks the first win for Carlson in ASA since 1997, the year he also won the Pat Schauer Rookie of the Year Award.
A prior commitment on Saturday forced Jerry Wood of Madison to qualify the number 36 Phillips 66 Trop Artic car. Carlson fell to the tail from the 14th starting position, but eventually took over race leadership on lap 179. From there he swapped the point with Gary St. Amant on four occasions taking over for a final time on lap 246.
"I noticed on the restarts that Gary was slipping wide in the corners," said the 45-year old Carlson after his third career ASA win. "Jerry (Wood) did a great job of setting up the car. I thank my crew for doing most of this without me he re. To win anytime in Wisconsin, especially an ASA race in front of these fans is just great."
St. Amant takes over the championship point's lead from Joey Clanton despite having yet to win an event. "We've somewhat been behind this year with a lack of testing but I believe our efforts are starting to pay off," said St. Amant , the 2000 ASA winner at Madison. "For us our pit crew led by Bill McGowan got me out of the pits great for the third or fourth week in a row. Once Steve got around me I realized that probably the race was for second today."
David Stremme, the rookie point's leader and winner at Salem Speedway the previous week, finished third, his sixth consecutive podium result.
Kevin Cywinski and Butch Miller rounded out the top-five finishers.
Stremme extends his lead over Dan Fredrickson in the rookie point's chase to 173 markers while Gary St. Amant inches ahead of Joey Clanton in the overall championship point's standings by 28. Clanton finished 21st despite leading for 51 laps. H e suffered a fuel pickup problem around lap 100.
The 2002 ASA Racing Series returns to action on Sunday, August 11 with the Metro Toledo -- Northwest Ohio Dealers 300 at Toledo Speedway. The race will take the green flag just after 1 p.m. (Central) and will be telecast live on TNN.