Stephen Leight in the spotlight

Stephen Leicht is the bright light in ASA. FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (October 4, 2002) -- Stephen Leicht's future is so bright, he's gonna need to wear shades. In a series that has started the careers of several of today's leading drivers including...

Stephen Leicht is the bright light in ASA.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (October 4, 2002) -- Stephen Leicht's future is so bright, he's gonna need to wear shades. In a series that has started the careers of several of today's leading drivers including Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson and Rusty Wallace, the American Speed Association (ASA) is grooming a new talent - Stephen Leicht. After two appearances in the ASA, Stephen Leicht has established himself as the latest talent to race in the premier short track series.

The 15-year-old has had the benefit of the Steve Dale Motorsports team to guide him through his debut. Leicht has been lucky enough to get behind the wheel of a Steve Dale Motorsports Grand Prix that has been prepared by crew chief Bond Suss and his crew.

In his first event, at Illiana (Ind.) Motor Speedway, Leicht qualified for the event in the ninth position before taking home a top-15 finish following the conclusion of the 300-lap race. This past weekend, at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Leicht captured another top-10 starting position before crossing the finish line in 13th.

Car owner Steve Dale, couldn't be happier with the progress Leicht has made in his two events. "Stephen has just done a terrific job in his two races. He will be a driver to contend with in the future. He has the talent as well as the determination. I couldn't be more proud of his performance and I look forward to see what he can do in ASA in the future."

Stephen Leicht and his father are equally pleased with their first venture into the ASA Series. "This has been such an incredible experience for Stephen," stated the elder Leicht. "We couldn't have asked for a better debut for Stephen than to work alongside Steve Dale Motorsports. In the midst of their run for the championship, the crew managed to help Stephen - it was a heroic effort."

Perhaps nobody is more pleased with his debut than Stephen himself. "I have spent several Sundays watching ASA races on TV, so it was really exciting to try one of the cars out for myself. The radial tires took a little getting used to, but once I did, I loved it."

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Jimmie Johnson , Stephen Leicht , Mark Martin