AUSTIN, TX (October 23, 2003) -- Talking to Texas teenager Casey Smith after ASA season finale at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, you'd never have thought his season had just come to an end against the outside wall in turn one. Smith, who...
AUSTIN, TX (October 23, 2003) -- Talking to Texas teenager Casey Smith after ASA season finale at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, you'd never have thought his season had just come to an end against the outside wall in turn one. Smith, who started the season running full-time for Rookie of the Year honors but had to stop due to a lack of sponsorship, was moving his way up through the pack when he was tagged from behind by another competitor and forced into the outside wall just 48 laps into the 300-lap event.
Smith was happy with his #08 machine right out of the trailer, thanks to help from crew chief Robert Hamke. He clocked some of the fastest times in practice and was looking forward to the race. While biding his time during, Smith was passing a group of four cars when he got spun and put into the wall by Joey Miller.
"I was passing Joey Miller on the outside," said Smith, "and I guess he clipped the apron and got into me. At least that is what my spotter told me. I did everything I could to save it, but it just backed into the wall. I am real disappointed. I love this racetrack and we were just riding. It is a shame someone gets a little impatient that early in the race."
Smith said both Miller and his crew chief Bond Suss came down after the race and apologized for what happened.
"I'm glad that they came down and said something to me and our team because we really worked hard to get this ASA car ready. We wanted to bring our Super Late Model here to run too, but we just ran out of prep time while getting our ASA car ready. It is a tough way to end the ASA season, but we are going to put her (the ASA car) away and go run some big time Super Late Model races."
Casey plans to enter some special event Super Late Model races to keep himself busy during the ASA off season. Smith will take his car to Concord (NC) Motorsport Park on November 23 for the Asphalt World Championships, a $15,000-to win Super Late Model race. He will then go up against the best Short Track drivers in the country at the 36th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola (FL) the first weekend in December.
"I always look forward to running the Super Late Model in these special events because there is no pressure there," said Smith, who recently ran his car and garnered a track record with the ROMCO Series. "There is no pressure to be consistent or to run for points. You just go out there and run wide open and you go for the win. It is a nice change. And of course, the money is good too if you can win the races."