Brett Sontag earns Rookie of the Year

Sontag Adds Name To Historic ASA Rookie List ORLAND PARK, IL (November 14, 2004) - Brett Sontag recently capped off a phenomenal season by adding his name to the list on the Pat Schauer Memorial ASA Rookie Of The Year Award. The Joliet, Illinois...

Sontag Adds Name To Historic ASA Rookie List

ORLAND PARK, IL (November 14, 2004) - Brett Sontag recently capped off a phenomenal season by adding his name to the list on the Pat Schauer Memorial ASA Rookie Of The Year Award. The Joliet, Illinois driver's name will forever be inscribed next to drivers such as Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, Kenny Wallace and Johnny Benson Jr. just to name a few who have captured the elusive Rookie Of The Year title over ASA's rich, 35-plus year history.

Coming into this season, Sontag and the No. 71 Terry's Automotive Group team set their sites high.

"I sat at that banquet last year and seen all those guys on stage and my goal was to get in the top ten and win the rookie deal," said Sontag. "We finished seventh in points overall and won the rookie deal. So, we did what we wanted to do."

Success would come in the fourth race of the season at Lake Erie Speedway, when Sontag put the Terry's Automotive Group Ford on the Jani-King pole for the first time in his career.

"To go out there and out-qualify all those guys, it was good for the whole team," said Sontag.

Brett would record season high best finishes of fourth at Lanier National Speedway and Madison International Speedway, taking the lead in the tight rookie battle along the way.

The final race of the year, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, put the chase for the rookie title up for grabs.

"As we got in the race, I was thinking a little bit more about winning that rookie deal, " said Sontag. I think Stephen Leicht was second in points and he ended up getting into the wall early and that got me thinking about it and we just kind of played our cards right and we were looking at the big picture. All my crew guys were pumped about it and I just kind of said Hey, lets go out there and run it like a plain old normal race."

A seventh-place in that final race gave Sontag enough points to cap off the Rookie crown and finish in the seventh position in the final ASA National Tour Point Standings.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Kenny Wallace , Johnny Benson , Jimmie Johnson , Brett Sontag , Stephen Leicht , Mark Martin