CHICAGO, IL -The American Speed Association made its second trip to the Chicago Motor Speedway on Sunday July 8th. The event at the 1mile track marked the beginning of the second half of the 2001 season. Johnny Sauter won the event making...
CHICAGO, IL -The American Speed Association made its second trip to the Chicago Motor Speedway on Sunday July 8th. The event at the 1mile track marked the beginning of the second half of the 2001 season. Johnny Sauter won the event making history as the first driver in ASA history to win 5 races in a row. "This is unbelievable. I never expected to win five races in a row," said rookie Sauter. "I am not even going to think about what that means until the end of the season. I want to stay focused on the championship." The win boosted Sauter and his A.P.Plasman Group Chevrolet, affectionately dubbed "the blue dot in the distance",to first place in the overall point standings.
He now stands 33 points in front of previous leader Butch Miller. Johnny started the race from the pole position and led 90 of the 200 laps. The top position changed hands 13 times between six drivers. Sauter got around Joey Clanton on lap 184 to take the lead for the final time.
"I lost third gear early in the afternoon and I knew Joey was going to make a run on the restart (lap180). I knew I had plenty of time to get back up front. This is just a testament to the entire A.P. Performance team." Sauter now has 6 ASA wins, coming in the last 7 races, and 3 pole positions in his rookie season. He has broken almost every rookie record in the books, and is starting to break those of outstanding veterans like Butch Miller and Bob Senneker. ASA officials, per the 2001 ASA Rule Book, confiscated Sauter's ASA Vortec 5700 engine, a move they announced when the engines were introduced at the beginning of the 2000 season. If anydriver wins several events in a row, ASA Officials will take the engine for inspection and replace the confiscated engine with a new one.
ASA will travel to Berlin Michigan for the Tires.com 300presented by BF Goodrich Tires on Saturday July 14th. Flag to flag coverage will begin at 9 pm EST on TNN Sports.