ROUGEMONT, N.C. â€“ As the American Speed Association heads into the final race of its 1999 season, the points race between the top-three is still wide open for anyone to win. Tim Sauter, Mike Miller and Jimmie Johnson all still have a...
ROUGEMONT, N.C. – As the American Speed Association heads into the final race of its 1999 season, the points race between the top-three is still wide open for anyone to win. Tim Sauter, Mike Miller and Jimmie Johnson all still have a legitimate shot at wi nning the ASA National Championship for the 1999 year.
Sauter currently leads the chase for the crown with a 16-point margin over Miller and an 84-point advantage over Johnson. The driver of the number 9 Build A Mold Chevrolet has captured three checkered flags this year, including his first career ASA victor y coming at the season-opening race at Desoto Speedway in Florida. He held the point lead through the first seven races, when he relinquished it to Miller. Sauter recaptured the points lead with his 13th top-five finish of 1999 at Jennerstown Speedway on Sept. 12.
Miller has seen one mechanical problem put his Miller Motorsports team behind after leading the points chase most of the year. Miller, the winningest active driver with 15 career victories, had a 30th-place finish at Jennerstown, causing him to fall nine points behind Sauter. He has recorded five victories this season, most recently at Berlin Raceway in Michigan on August 14.
Johnson, the 1998 ASA Rookie of the Year, captured his first career victory at Memphis early in the 1999 campaign. Johnson has used three poles and no DNFs to help him collect his 10 top-five finishes this year. He will need a top-three finish, combined with poor finishes for Sauter and Miller, to win the championship.
The North Carolina Sweet Potato 400 presented by Jani-King begins Friday, October 1 with three hours of ASA practice at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern) and qualifications at 6 p.m. The final round of the McDonald’s Drive-Thru Challenge ASA National Pit Stop Champions hip is set to start at 8 p.m. Race day activities begin at 11 a.m. with the exclusive ASA on-track autograph session. Pre-race activities begin at 12:30 p.m. with the North Carolina Sweet Potato 400 set to begin at 1 p.m. The race will be televised LIVE on TNN Motorsports.