ASA returns to Five Flags for first time since 1997. Pendleton, IN (April 10, 2002) - For the first time since 1997, the ASA Racing Series will race at Five Flags Speedway on May 4-5 with the ASARacing.com 300 taking the green flag at 1 p.m.
ASA returns to Five Flags for first time since 1997.
Pendleton, IN (April 10, 2002) - For the first time since 1997, the ASA Racing Series will race at Five Flags Speedway on May 4-5 with the ASARacing.com 300 taking the green flag at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday, May 5.
ASA's official website was revised and re-launched on February 5. The sleek new design and multimedia capabilities bring even better coverage of ASA Racing, yesterday and today. Additional information on the new ASARacing.com can be found on the site map.
ASA makes its second visit to the Florida short track and its second appearance in the Sunshine State this season. ASA opened its 35th season of competition at USA International Speedway in Lakeland (FL) on March 24.
"Racing at Five Flags Speedway is always exciting," said two-time ASA National Champion Gary St. Amant. The Ohio native has won the Snowball Derby on two occasions, arguably the most prestigious independent short track racing event. "From the fans perspect ive, I have never seen a boring race at Pensacola. There is always something happening. Patience will be extremely important."
ASA made their debut at Five Flags Speedway on May 4, 1997, with Georgia-driver Mike Garvey posting the victory. After setting the fastest time among the 33 competitors, Garvey's pole was disallowed after post-qualifying inspection discovered a problem wit h his tires. He was forced to start on the tail of the field in 33rd position. Michigan legend Bob Senneker was awarded the pole position with a lap of 17.634 seconds, which translates to 102.076 mph.
The inaugural event at Five Flags Speedway was one of the best races of the 1997 ASA season, as it produced a season-best 16 lead changes among eight competitors. The race was slowed by eight cautions for 51 laps.
Kevin Cywinski grabbed the lead from his outside front-row starting position and swapped the lead with Senneker, until St. Amant took charge on the 83rd circuit. Scott Hansen and Joe Nott also spent time pacing the field, until Garvey made his comeback com plete with taking the race lead on lap 118.
St. Amant, Cywinski, rookie sensation Steve Carlson, Nott, Hansen and Tim Taylor all led the event, until Garvey retook the top position for the final time on lap 246. He held off Cywinski for his inaugural ASA victory in only his 16th start. Nott finished in the third position with fellow Ohio driver St. Amant placing fourth and Hansen rounding out the top five.
"This was a crazy weekend," Garvey said in the Winner's Circle following his initial ASA victory in 1997. "I'm tickled to death. We went from the top of the world to the bottom of the world on Saturday and we're back on top today. It feels great to be here "
The 2002 ASARacing.com 300 will begin on Saturday, May 4, with the first of three practice sessions beginning at noon (all times Central). Qualifying scheduled for 4:30 p.m. On race day, Sunday, May 5, pre-race activities begin at 11 a.m. with ASA's on-tra ck autograph session. The event will be carried live on TNN Sports beginning at 1 p.m.
Tickets for the event are available through the ASA office at a cost of $20 each. Qualifying day admission is $5. 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 at 1-888-ASA-1020 or go to www.asaracing.com.