Team Arizona successfully defends against California invasion on home turf. Goodyear, AZ. On the weekend of April 12th and 13th 2003, the American Stockcar Challenge (ASC) and ProTrucks (PT) traveled to Arizona Motorsport Park (AMP) becoming the...
Team Arizona successfully defends against California invasion on home turf.
Goodyear, AZ. On the weekend of April 12th and 13th 2003, the American Stockcar Challenge (ASC) and ProTrucks (PT) traveled to Arizona Motorsport Park (AMP) becoming the first high profile series to run at this newly built facility. Twelve California teams made the tow to Arizona for Round Three of the "ASC/PT Wars". Despite the heavy onslaught from the California invasion, TEAM ARIZONA which fields the single largest roster of ASC drivers, defended themselves on home turf with an overall win on Sunday and an ASC win on Saturday.
SUNDAY APRIL 13TH:
An early morning shootout between a robbery suspect and the local police at the hotel where several ASC teams were staying left many crew members looking rather weary. After all, the previous day had been exciting enough for them without the "Showdown At The OK Corral".
For spectators, this day would prove equally exciting as morning practice and qualifying indicated that lap times had dropped nearly a second for most cars. Once again, Ross Thompson (#43 ASC: TEAM ARIZONA) would set the fastest time in qualifying, this time in Ken Stinnett's car from the previous day.
Meanwhile Stinnett (#99 ASC: TEAM ARIZONA) would be driving Thompson's car from the previous day. However, in accordance with ASC rules, both drivers were forced to start from the back for switching cars. Meanwhile, Ed Ochylski (#87 ASC: TEAM ARIZONA) also started from the back with his spare car.
But unlike the previous day, this time the pack got the green flag after only one warmup lap. The start was equally exciting as the ASC/PT drivers gave the spectators a good demonstration of "race car rubbing" into Turn 1. A lap later, the rubbing turned into full contact wrestling as Steve Carvajal (#90 ASC: TEAM ARIZONA) and Jerry Brown (#22 ASC) tangled. Through the dust clouds emerged Carvajal's car with it's rear bumper cover dangling in the wind like a flag. Like a true hardcore racer, Carvajal elected to battle it out and ignored repeated black flags to have his newly aquired "un-aerodynamic" device removed. Unfortunately, this resulted in his eventual disqualification later in the race.
Meanwhile, Thompson was quickly carving through the field, but matching every one of his moves was Chris Siedentop (#55 PT: GAYLORD's) who also failed to qualify. As both drivers charged towards the front of the pack, Siedentop collected Tom Taber (#02 ASC: GA-RACING-USA), spinning both cars off the track and allowing Thompson to get ahead.
Nearly 40 minutes after the race started, it was Thompson who took the checkered flag, followed by Donn Cross (#41 PT: MB AUTO) who was limping along with only 4th gear and a taped up ProTruck. And rounding out the podium was Tim Wright (#7 PT: EAR GUARDS).
<pre> Sunday April 13: 1) #43 ASC Ross Thompson Team Arizona 1:39.970 2) #57 PT Jim Swartzbaugh North South Machinery 1:40.803 3) #00 PT Ed Fernandez Pacific Builders 1:41.174 4) #41 PT Donn Cross MB Auto 1:41.841 5) #7 PT Tim Wright Ear Guards 1:41.726 6) #33 PT Mark Cross Cross Communities 1:41.272 7) #33 ASC Dave Arnheiter Ideco Inc 1:42.168 8) #99 ASC Ken Stinnett Team Arizona 1:41.511 9) #27 ASC Manuel Gil del Real Team Arizona 1:42.605 10) #22 ASC Jerry Brown 1:44.331 11) #87 ASC Ed Ochylski Team Arizona 1:44.531 12) #55 PT Chris Siedentop Gaylord's 1:41.174 13) #27 PT Franz Klarer Team EDM 1:46.815 14) #02 ASC Tom Taber GA Racing USA 1:42.427 (DNF) No result: 15) #106 ASC-X Justin Sallows RealRide.com Racing 1:43.040 16) #90 ASC Steve Carvajal Team Arizona (DQ)
The "ASC/PT Wars" move to Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, CA on May 24th and 25th for the next round. The action promises to be intense as the drivers look to improve their setup from their visit at this high speed circuit. For more information about this series, visit the official ASC website at: www.ascracing.com