WINCHESTER, Ind. (October 1, 2000) â€“ The 2000 American Speed Association ACDelco Series Championship fell into the hands of Gary St. Amant on Sunday. And even more important to him, he picked up his first-career win at the famous half-mile, ...
WINCHESTER, Ind. (October 1, 2000) – The 2000 American Speed Association ACDelco Series Championship fell into the hands of Gary St. Amant on Sunday. And even more important to him, he picked up his first-career win at the famous half-mile, high-banked Winchester Speedway as the series returned to the track for the first time since 1991. By virtue of his win, St. Amant’s 430 point lead mathematically eliminated Kevin Cywinski from title hopes.
“I told the crew that we were going to focus on winning this race and not even worry about the championship,” said St. Amant of Ohio. “We weren’t going to celebrate the championship till the final race of the year, but I told the guys, if we win, we can al so celebrate the championship, but just a little.
“It means a lot to me to win at this track,” St. Amant continued. “Even after qualifying yesterday, I would have told you I still didn’t like this place, but it turned into quite a day for us. We are fortunate that we beat Tim (Sauter) out of the pits, so this wins goes a lot to the crew of the Wynn’s Chevrolet.”
St. Amant took the lead with just under 70 laps remaining. When pole sitter Larry Foyt hit the wall and brought out a late race caution, the Automotive Promotions crew got St. Amant out in front of Sauter, who was unable to seriously threaten St. Amant at the end.
“He was just a little better on cold tires and on restarts than we were,” said Sauter. “All day long, it was like dodging bullets, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. We fortunately just won that battle today.”
Rookie Robbie Pyle made up a little ground on rookie points leader Joey Clanton, finishing third, the second podium of his career. Pyle, with some previous experience on the Winchester oval, held off charging Mike Miller near the end.
Cywinski’s attempt to prevented St. Amant from clinching the National Championship ended when he hit the turn four wall on lap 153. Cywinski and his crew fixed the car, but limped home to a 22nd-place finish.
The return of ASA to Winchester saw a record number of different drivers spend time up front, as 10 different competitors led at least one lap with Mike Gavery leading the most at 85 laps. The previous record was seven, established on four different occasions. St. Amant picked up $18,700 for the win.
St. Amant will be able to celebrate his championship outright and the rookie battle will be settled at the season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 200 at the 1.25-mile, Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. The BFGoodrich Tires 200 will take the green at 8 p.m. (local) on Saturday, October 14 and will be telecast LIVE on TNN Sports.
<pre> ASA WINCHESTER 400
WINCHESTER, Ind – The finish from Sunday’s American Speed Association ACDelco Series $209,950 Winchester 400 at the half-mile Winchester Speedway. Listed is finishing and starting position (in parenthesis) driver, make of car, laps completed and reason out, if any.
1)(13) Gary St. Amant, Chevrolet, 400 2)(19) Tim Sauter, Chevrolet, 400 3)(2) Robbie Pyle, Chevrolet, 400 4)(6) Mike Miller, Pontiac, 400 5)(7) Butch Miller, Pontiac, 400 6)(14) Ricky Johnson, Chevrolet, 400 7)(3) Mike Garvey, Chevrolet, 399 8)(15) Greg Stewart, Pontiac, 399 9)(9) David Stremme, Pontiac, 397 10)(28) David Bonnett, Chevrolet, 396 11)(12) Scott Hansen, Ford, 396 12)(18) Joey Clanton, Pontiac, 395 13)(33) Brandon Sperling, Chevrolet, 395 14)(34) Jack Landis, Ford, 394 15)(22) Rick Beebe, Pontiac, 392 16)(20) Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 384 17)(1) Larry Foyt, Pontiac, 380, accident 18)(25) Tristan Dupuis, Pontiac, 377 19)(23) Ted Smokstad, Chevrolet, 367 20)(11) Brian Ross, Pontiac, 349, engine 21)(5) Dave Sensiba, Pontiac, 327, accident 22)(16) Kevin Cywinski, Chevrolet, 310 23)(24) Mark Dismore, Greenfield, 298, accident 24)(27) J.C. Beattie Jr., Chevrolet, 261, exhaust 25)(17) Russ Tuttle, Pontiac, 156, accident 26)(4) Tim Taylor, Chevrolet, 142, accident 27)(29) Matt Hagans, Chevrolet, 71, brakes 28)(8) Glenn Allen Jr., Pontiac, 49, accident 29)(35) Mark Cole, Pontiac, 32, handling 30)(10) Derrick Gilchrist, Pontiac, 23, driveshaft 31)(21) Mike Cope, Chevrolet, 12, accident 32)(26) Greg Williams, Chevrolet, 4, rear end 33)(32) Ken Alexander, Chevrolet, 4, accident 34)(30) Dave Jackson, Chevrolet, 4, accident 35)(31) John Silverthorne, Chevrolet, 4, accident
RACE STATISTICS: Time of Race: 2 hours, 29 minutes, 3.906 seconds Average Speed: 80.502 mph Margin of Victory: 0.680 seconds Lead Changes: 13 among 10 drivers Lap Leaders: Foyt, 1-43; Stewart, 44-82; Stremme, 83-120; Johnson, 121-144; Garvey, 145-154; Wimmer, 155-184; Clanton, 185-195; M. Miller, 196-223; Garvey, 224-238; M. Miller, 239-252; B. Miller, 253; Garvey, 254-313; M. Miller, 314-330; St. Amant, 331-400