Stephen Leicht returns to series at Madison

17-year-old Leicht Ready to Race at Madison After a Month Off WalTom Team is Committed to Finishing the 2004 ASA Season CHICAGO, IL (July 13, 2004) -- After a racing lull of more than a month during an open stretch in the ASA National Series ...

17-year-old Leicht Ready to Race at Madison After a Month Off
WalTom Team is Committed to Finishing the 2004 ASA Season

CHICAGO, IL (July 13, 2004) -- After a racing lull of more than a month during an open stretch in the ASA National Series schedule, Stephen Leicht is ready to get back into competition this weekend at Madison International Speedway (WI).

"My right leg is twitching and I need to get back in a racecar," said Leicht, who is 11th overall in ASA National Tour standings. "I can't stand going to a race and watching."

In preparing for this weekend's race at Madison, Leicht did spend some time as a spectator recently. He went to the track and watched the inaugural ASA Late Model event, back in the spring, from the grandstands. Leicht learned a little about the track from that vantage point.

"The track looks really smooth and it shouldn't be too hard to get around there," said the 17-year-old. "There appears to be a few lines around the track that are fast, so it should be a fun race."

Another thing that Leicht will do to prepare for Madison is something more natural to him. His team has a test planned at Illiana Speedway (IN) this Wednesday to shake down their cars.

"Robbie Pyle and I will be testing later this week," said Leicht. "Our cars are well prepared and we are ready to race again."

Having the veteran Pyle on his side has proved to be a great asset to Leicht. His guidance might be even more important this weekend since the Madison track is the site of Pyle's first career ASA victory.

"When we go to a place that is new to me, Robbie has been a big help," Leicht said. "I can go to him and ask anything and 99 percent of what he tells me will work for our car."

Over recent weeks, it was announced that ASA is undergoing a restructuring effort with a revised purse structure and two fewer races on their 2004 schedule. Some teams have reexamined their racing plans with the changes; however, Leicht and his WalTom team are committed to finishing the ASA season.

"We are 100 percent for sure staying where we are and finishing the ASA season," said Leicht. "It hurts us a little bit losing two races because we want to make up some ground and now we have less time to do it, but we're going to keep on trying. Wade Day is who we are worried about right now because we want to win the Rookie of the Year award. We've had two bad races and he's had good luck all year, so right now we are a little bit behind, for our goal is to catch him."

While chasing Day, the possibility of winning at least a race or two is something that Leicht's team keeps in the back of their minds.

"This is a great team," said Leicht. "These guys never give up. Back at Kentucky, we had trouble all day long in practice. Everybody kept working hard and we came back to win the outside pole. We have everything together and all that we lack is a little bit of good luck- our speed is 100 percent and our communication is great. I think that we've got a good chance of winning everywhere that we go for the rest of the year."

WalTom Racing, with Robbie Pyle and rookie Stephen Leicht, are competing full-time with the American Speed Association in 2004. For more information on the team, please visit www.waltomracing.com.

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