IRWINDALE, Calif. (March 10, 2001) -- Columbus, Ohio's Gary St. Amant put on a show for his primary sponsor Wynn's, whose headquarters are only five minutes away from Irwindale Speedway, winning his 16th career American Speed Association national...
IRWINDALE, Calif. (March 10, 2001) -- Columbus, Ohio's Gary St. Amant put on a show for his primary sponsor Wynn's, whose headquarters are only five minutes away from Irwindale Speedway, winning his 16th career American Speed Association national event in front of a large crowd in Irwindale, Calif. St. Amant pocketed $23,580 for the victory.
"This is the biggest win of my career with the Wynn's offices so close to the race track here in Irwindale," said St. Amant. "This is the one race we wanted to win all season long and my team really did it for me tonight. The team gave me a good pit stop and got us out front, without that, I could have never have won this event."
St. Amant and eventual second place finisher Kevin Cywinski battled door to door, trading the lead several times within 50 laps of the finish. Cywinski stayed on St. Amant's bumper to the finish, but could never build up enough momentum to pass him.
"I could never get in front of Gary," said Cywinski. "I could only get to his side. We raced clean all night long. I raced him how I would like to be raced."
Cywinski also inherited the points lead through two events in the 2001 season, adding his runner-up finish to his sixth place in the season opener.
Butch Miller's third place finish made it a trio of former ASA Champions on the podium. Miller, who was the pole sitter for ASA's initial trip to the West Coast, was a top-five contender all day long, but could not get past St. Amant and Cywinski.
Rookies Scott Fraser and Tim Jedrzekek rounded out the top five. Fraser led 50 laps in the middle section of the event and was a contender for a podium finish until Miller got by him in the late stages of the event.
The event was slowed by 11 cautions for 89 laps. There were five lead changes among the three different leaders. The biggest accident of the night occurred on lap 197 that took out veteran Mike Garvey and rookies Johnny Spaw and Ricky Bryant.
Scott Hansen follows Cywinski in the point standings, trailing by only 16 points. St. Amant, Miller and Mark Dismore Jr. round out the top-five.
The American Speed Association takes a week off before heading back to the Sunshine State of Florida for the Florida 200 on March 24. The 200-lap event will take the green flag at 9 p.m. (Eastern) at USA International Speedway. The event will be televised live on TNN Sports.