MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 7, 2001) - David Stremme, who started the American Speed Association's (ASA) Actionline 300 in the "sweet sixteen" position, battled to the front of the pack to finish in an even sweeter sixth position in Sunday's event. The...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 7, 2001) - David Stremme, who started the American Speed Association's (ASA) Actionline 300 in the "sweet sixteen" position, battled to the front of the pack to finish in an even sweeter sixth position in Sunday's event. The race, held at Montgomery Motor Speedway, was one of the most exciting events of the 2001 season, with plenty of bumping, pushing and trading paint, characteristic of the "best short track series" in the nation.
Stremme patiently kept the No. 22 Herzog Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo consistently in the top-20 for the first 39 laps of the race, waiting to make his move to the front of the 32-car field. Unfortunately, on lap 40, the No. 22 got loose between turns three and four of the half-mile track, causing the Chevrolet to turn sideways and lose several positions. By the time the dust had settled, Stremme had dropped to the 27th position.
Stremme would not allow this incident to spoil his day, quickly moving through race traffic, positioning the car back into the top-20 by lap 94. Stremme would move forward during the remainder of the race, continuing his quest for victory.
Using the numerous caution periods to take a rest from the 120-degree track heat, Stremme and Herzog Motorsports' crew chief, Howie Lettow, exchanged strategies over the radio, determining their plan to gain position. The Stremme-Lettow plan worked, as the No. 22 had moved into the 11th position by the midway point at lap 150.
Stremme patiently moved through the top-10 competitors for the last half of the race, finally landing in the sixth position when the checkered flag flew. Stremme was making his second appearance in the Herzog Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo in as many starts in the 2001 ASA season.
"We are really pleased with David's [Stremme] efforts this weekend," remarked Herzog Motorsports co-owner, Randy Herzog. "He really made his way through the traffic and kept Herzog Motorsports in strong position in the ASA owner points."
David Stremme was equally pleased with his efforts. "I don't know what it is about this Herzog Motorsports team, and the leadership of Howie Lettow," stated Stremme. "We fell in position early on in the race, but this awesome No. 22 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was great on the long runs and really allowed me to move through the field."
Herzog Motorsports is a successful, championship-winning race team. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Milwaukee, Wis. and St. Joseph, Mo., Herzog Motorsports fields teams in the American Speed Association and the NASCAR Busch Series.
The next race on the ASA schedule will be held on Sunday, May 20. The green flag will drop at 1:00 p.m. EST from Concord Motorsports Park in Concord, N.C. The race will be aired live on The National Network (TNN).