Willow Springs Wet Weather Makes ASC Race Weekend Really Cool! Thursday and Friday before the opening events of the 2005 ASC saga saw rain falling continuously on the track. Several of the ASC competitors partook in the ASC driver's school on...
Willow Springs Wet Weather Makes
ASC Race Weekend Really Cool!
Thursday and Friday before the opening events of the 2005 ASC saga saw rain falling continuously on the track. Several of the ASC competitors partook in the ASC driver's school on both those days and actually were able to put on a good school effort, as well as, learn a bunch of speed secrets for the season. The school's chief instructor was Ross Thompson, who recruited long time instructor and factory Toyota driver Tim Sharp, and karting whiz-bang, Jason Bowles, to assist in the instruction duties. Thursday, the group was able to use the Streets of Willow road course, with rain beginning just as the day was concluded. Friday, however, began with an almost constant downpour. WSIR officials were kind enough to offer a rain day for the group to use, scheduled for May 19, for another school day. Many of the school participants and several ASC competitors did take advantage of the Friday test day to run in the rain on Willow's main track. Several of the competitors were a! ble to turn laps in the 1:33 range even in the rain.
Saturday morning saw 16 stockcars show up for the race, despite the inclement weather that kept many home. ASC was the first group out on the grid for practice. The air and track were cold and the rain had washed all of the rubber off of the track. Practice was spent with everyone looking for grip. Qualifying was run mid-morning. The first pole of the season was captured by Mike Arnheiter at 1:25.863. Steve Carvajal's motor broke in the first practice, but he was able to run Chris Evans' # 96 Monte Carlo, thanks to Chris and Kevin Culver. Ken Stinnett had a mechanical failure in qualifying which removed him for the weekend. There were no other mishaps.
The race began on time with everyone charging for the lead in turn one. There were no incidents for several laps, until Scott Ivie, last year's series champion, spun in turn three and suffered a motor failure. The course remained with a local yellow between the exit of turn two and the top of turn four for four laps, until officials decided to double yellow the course and then black flag the race, bringing everyone to pit lane. Chris Evans, driving the # 10 Ford, had taken the lead from Mike Arnheiter in the # 80 Monte Carlo on lap one and had not relinquished it. Ivie had been dogging the # 80 relentlessly for second when the spin occurred...