Texas Roadhouse 200 at IRP preview

Pendleton, IN (September 16, 2002) - The ASA Racing Series makes its 23rd visit to Indianapolis Raceway Park on Saturday, September 28 for the Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By ASI Limited. This will be the third event in the state of Indiana in...

Pendleton, IN (September 16, 2002) - The ASA Racing Series makes its 23rd visit to Indianapolis Raceway Park on Saturday, September 28 for the Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By ASI Limited. This will be the third event in the state of Indiana in 2002 and th e 19th event on the 2002 ASA circuit.

In 2001, Johnny Sauter set the single-season win mark, grabbing his 10th victory of the season. The win propelled him to the ASA National Championship and Rookie of the Year honors.

Sauter put an exclamation point on his season by leading 190 of the 200 laps. He shattered the ASA rookie record book in the A.P. Plasman Group car becoming the first driver to capture both honors in the same season.

Sauter started third and battled for the initial four circuits with pole-sitter Mike Eddy and then Sauter drifted high and caught the left rear quarter panel of Eddy’s mount. That sent Eddy spinning coming off the fourth corner. That bump set the t one of the remainder of the race, as Sauter relinquished the lead for only six laps following the only round of pit stops by the leaders.

Following the first of nine cautions, the Wisconsin rookie claimed the lead and was chased by Mike Garvey and Joey Clanton until lap 67 when all the leaders made the lone pit stop when Greg Stewart spun in turn three.

Clanton was first out of the pits followed by Sauter, Garvey, Robbie Pyle and Butch Miller. Two laps after the restart on lap 72, Sauter drove underneath Clanton going into turn one to take the lead and never looked back.

Tim Sauter, the 1999 ASA National Champion, making his lone start in 2001 finished second with Clanton finishing third. Miller and Mike Cope rounded out the top-five finishers.

The Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by ASI Limited begins on Saturday, September 28, with the first of three practice sessions beginning and spectator gates opening at 11 a.m. Qualifying is at 3:45 p.m. and the on-track autograph session is set for 6 p.m. Th e Texas Roadhouse 200 set to go green at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the event are available at $25 for reserved seats or $20 general admission. Children 12 years of age or younger are admitted free. For ticket information, call 1-888-ASA-1020. For additional information visit www.asaracing.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Tim Sauter , Johnny Sauter , Joey Clanton , Greg Stewart , Butch Miller , Mike Garvey