PENDLETON, Ind. â€“ ACDelco Challenge Series rookie Derrick Gilchrist captured his third career victory after winning the Time Warner Cable 200 at The Milwaukee Mile on August 29. With the win, Gilchrist moved back into the Pat Schauer Memorial...
PENDLETON, Ind. – ACDelco Challenge Series rookie Derrick Gilchrist captured his third career victory after winning the Time Warner Cable 200 at The Milwaukee Mile on August 29. With the win, Gilchrist moved back into the Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of th e Year point chase, only 99 points back of leader Rick Johnson. He tied Kevin Cywinski’s 1996 record of three victories in a rookie season.
Johnson still holds the rookie point lead, despite a 26th-place finish at Milwaukee. Johnson has accumulated 10 top-10 finishes in 1999 and has yet to record a DNF. His best finish of the year came at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, where he recorded a third-p lace finish.
Tristan Dupuis has steadily been moving closer to Johnson in the past four races, sitting in second in the rookie points, only 82 behind Johnson. Dupuis has six top-10 finishes to go along with his two top-fives.
Gilchrist, who also won at New River Valley in Virginia and at Indianapolis Raceway Park, sits 10th in the overall point standings. He has five other top-10 finishes, to go along with his three victories and 234 laps lead.
American Speed Association National Championship points leader Mike Miller has seen his point lead dwindle to just 66 points over fellow veteran Tim Sauter. Miller, who has five victories this year, has collected three poles and six other top-five finishe s.
Sauter, who recorded his 12th top-five finish of the year at Milwaukee, remained in second place and closed the gap between him and Miller in the National Championship hunt. Sauter has three victories this season, at the opener in Florida, Hawkeye Downs in Iowa, and Salem, Ind. He also has one pole and only two DNFs.
Next up for ASA will be the Miller Lite 300 on Labor Day at the Minnesota State Fair Speedway in St. Paul, Minn. Activities for the Miller Lite 300 get started Monday, September 6, with practice at 8:30 a.m. ASA qualifying is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a .m. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 12:30 p.m. with the green flag set to drop at 1 p.m. The race will be telecast LIVE on TNN Motosports at 1 p.m.