Hard fought 3rd place finish for the ...
Hard fought 3rd place finish for the #04 ASILIMITED Monte Carlo at I-70.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (June 24, 2002) Butch Miller had put the#04 ASILIMITED Monte Carlo 3rd on the grid during the day's qualifications. Once the race started, things changed quickly.
Miller was in 4th place through Lap 23, when going down the backstretch, the #04 ASILIMITED Monte Carlo was unable avoid the hood of an earlier crash. The hood damaged the air intake area at the front of the car, which caused the car to immediately overheat. To repair this would take an unscheduled pit stop. The ASI pit crew took hammer and brute force to bend and form the mangled pieces to allow air to flow again freely. After the work was complete, the ASILIMITED Monte Carlo joined the field at the 24th position.
The strategy for the balance of the race was simple, to gain track position. Miller worked his way through traffic, gaining 1-2 position each 3-4 laps. At lap 155, while the leaders pitted, Team ASI decided that they would finish the final 145 laps on their final set of tires that were changed on lap 135. This strategy worked flawlessly while Miller held off the charge of the #83 Joey Clanton.
Miller fought long and hard until lap 288. Clanton was able to get his nose under Miller in Turn 2 and drive under the #04 ASILIMITED Monte Carlo. The # 11 car followed Clanton under, and Miller was able to maintain the 3rd place finish.
Ken Smith team owner adds,"Butch drove his heart out in the #04 ASILIMITED Monte Carlo. His tires were spent and he was still able to hold off Clanton, which had changed tires 40 laps earlier. We led for 123 laps. This was an awesome finish for this team"
"I was determined to bring this ASI car home for the guys back in Indianapolis. We got close. It was a good night for this Team" says a proud Butch Miller.
Next up for the #04 ASILIMITED Monte Carlo is the Wisconsin 300 presented by Jani-King at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway on June 30, 2002 at 1 p.m. (Central). This race will be televised LIVE on The National Network (TNN).
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