Late race accident ends chance for podium. Indianapolis, IN.(September 30, 2002)-- Once again Butch Miller had put the ...
Late race accident ends chance for podium.
Indianapolis, IN.(September 30, 2002)-- Once again Butch Miller had put the #04 ASILIMITED Monte Carlo up front of the competition until a late race incident with the # 21 car caused damage and a 15th place finish.
Team ASI as the presenting sponsor of this race was poised to have a successful finish. "As presenting sponsor of the race, I was excited that we were front runners for our friends and associates." Said team owner Ken Smith "It is unfortunate that the aggressive driving of others can dictate our results. It was a successful weekend that we had partnered with Tom Raper RVs and Fox 59."
Saturday did not start out well for the team. In the middle of the second practice Butch noticed a grinding in the rear end. It turned out to be a serious problem and the entire rear end needed to be rebuilt on the spot. This was done in time for a qualification run at 3:45.
Qualifying a car that had just been rebuilt and with no testing done would make any driver hesitant, but not Butch Miller. After a slow warm-up, Butch put all concerns behind and put the #04 ASILIMITED Monte Carlo 4th on the grid.
#04 ASILIMITED Monte Carlo was never further back than 5th place. Butch Miller was able to keep the #04 within a second of the leaders and after a couple of pit stops was ready to contend for the lead. "After the mechanical struggle we had earlier and the racing incident, this isn't a great weekend but we did log all of our laps and the team showed how good they are at overcoming adversities." Butch Miller adds.
"I am very disappointed for our fans and supporters" says a competitive Crew Chief Deon Denneau. "The car was just coming in and I thought we had a car that could win the race, but someone took that out of our control."
Butch Miller and the #04 ASILIMITED Monte Carlo stayed in the 14th position and is within 45 points of 13th position in the Owner Standings in just 12 starts out of the 19 races fielded by ASA. Current statistics for 11 races this year are 4 poles, 3 wins, 4 top 5s and 3 top 10's.
Next up for the team is the Fall Classic-The Winchester 400, from Winchester Speedway on October 6th. The race will be televised live on TNN at 1:00 PM (central). Check www.asaracing.com for live radio broadcast that is sponsored by ASILIMITED.
To keep pace with this new up and coming team throughout the 2002 season, Visit our website @ www.ssracingonline.com