ASA returns to site of one of the most exciting finishes in 2001. Pendleton, IN (July 23, 2002) - The ASA Racing Series returns to the track that produced one of the most exciting races on the 2001 schedule. The BFGoodrich Tires 300 at Madison...
ASA returns to site of one of the most exciting finishes in 2001.
Pendleton, IN (July 23, 2002) - The ASA Racing Series returns to the track that produced one of the most exciting races on the 2001 schedule. The BFGoodrich Tires 300 at Madison International Speedway in Oregon (WI) is set for July 27-28. In the 2001 event , Robbie Pyle grabbed his initial ASA victory after former ASA National Champions Mike Eddy and Gary St. Amant collided on the final lap of the Wisconsin 300 on Friday, August 17, 2001.
Pyle, in the Citgo Chevrolet, was running third on the final lap behind leader Gary St. Amant and second-place driver Mike Eddy and appeared to be on the way to equaling his career-best finish. But then fate played a hand that had the standing-room-only cr owd verbally displaying their emotions. Coming off the second corner, Eddy and St. Amant made contact, which sent St. Amant spinning down the back straight and into the turn three wall.
Eddy slowed, which allowed Ohio native Pyle to inherit the lead. Eddy made one final bid for the victory, but came up short by .171-second, with Kevin Cywinski, Russ Tuttle and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.
St. Amant had taken the lead on lap 243 with an outside pass of Cywinski through turn four, with Eddy moving into second. The caution flag would wave three more times, once during a brief rain shower, which set up a five-lap sprint to the finish.
St. Amant held Eddy at bay until the final lap when Eddy made move to the inside in turn two and attempted to complete the pass down the back straight.
"I was figuring I would have a third-place finish when everything broke loose in front of me," said Pyle. "Both guys were racing hard, both wanted to win. They got together and it upset both cars."
St. Amant ran across the infield and confronted Eddy on the front straight following the finish of the Wisconsin 300. He was credited with a 14th-place finish.
"I would have been happy with a second-place finish, I'm racing for points," said St. Amant. "This is not the first time I've been 'Mike Eddy-ed' and it won't be the late time I'll be 'Mike Eddy-e d'. I just told him he was a hell of a racer and I was glad he finished second."
Eddy said that the replay would show that St. Amant didn't leave him any room coming off the corner. "Gary (St. Amant) drifted high and left me a line inside," said Eddy. "I thought he would leave me enough room, but he came down a little and we got together."
In six events at Madison International Speedway, six different winners have emerged. Jim Sauter won the inaugural race in 1984 with Butch Miller winning in 1985 and Mark Martin taking the checkered flag the following year. Scott Hansen won in 1993 with St Amant and Pyle claiming top honors the last two years at the half-mile oval.
The BFGoodrich Tires 300 weekend begins on Saturday, July 27 (all times Central), with spectator gates opening and the first three practice sessions beginning at noon. ASA qualifying is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by limited late model qua lifying and a 50-lap limited late model feature race.
On Sunday, July 28, spectator gates open at 10 a.m. and the on-track autograph session is scheduled for 11. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 12:15 p.m. with the drop of the green flag to start the BFGoodrich Tires 300 set for 1 p.m. The event will be tel ecast live on TNN The National Network.
Tickets for the event are available at $25 each for reserved seating and $20 for general admission. Children 12 years of age or younger are admitted free to the general admission section with a paying adult. For additional ticket information, call the ASA ticket line, toll-free, 1-888-ASA-1020.