Cywinski inches closer to championship

Pendleton, Ind. (August 8, 2003) -- With a second consecutive runner-up finish in the ASA Racing Series, 1997 series titlist Kevin Cywinski inched closer to his second championship. Driving the Century Trading Co. / SK Hand Tool /...

Pendleton, Ind. (August 8, 2003) -- With a second consecutive runner-up finish in the ASA Racing Series, 1997 series titlist Kevin Cywinski inched closer to his second championship. Driving the Century Trading Co. / SK Hand Tool / Great Clips Chevrolet, Cywinski gained seven points on Butch Miller, building his lead to 79 markers after 11 of the 17 events in 2003.

Cywinski has performed at a consistent level, collecting nine top-five finishes, 10 top 10s and two victories. During the first half of season, the driver of the SK Hand Tool / Great Clips Chevrolet initially won at Houston Motor Speedway in Texas and added a second trip to the winner's circle at the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio.

Three-time ASA Champion Butch Miller continues to hold the second position in the standings, scoring his most recent victory at Madison International Speedway in the BFGoodrich Tires 250. The pilot of the Timber Wolf Chevrolet of Indianapolis-based SS Racing began the season with a win at USA International Speedway and followed up that stellar performance, earning a second trip to the winner's circle at Toledo Speedway. Miller has collected 10 top-10 finishes and three poles. In the most recent event in the series that builds champions, Miller crossed the line in fourth spot at Berlin Raceway in the Meijer 250 presented by BFGoodrich Tires.

$50,000 Rookie of the Year candidate Reed Sorenson solidly sits third, coming off a ninth top-10 finish. Driving the ACDelco / Port City Racecars / Tilton Engineering Chevrolet, Sorenson has produced a best finish of third on two occasions, initially at USA International Speedway in March and most recently at Hawkeye Downs Speedway. He leads Florida's Travis Kittleson by 182 markers in the rookie standings.

A late-race incident with Robbie Pyle, knocked series veteran Mike Garvey to a 18th place finish at Berlin. With backing from Jani-King, Garvey has scored three victories this season, ranking fourth in the standings. He initially won at Lanier National Speedway in Georgia and then added back-to-back wins in June at Hawkeye Downs Speedway and I-70 Speedway.

2000 ASA Rookie runner-up Robbie Pyle is fifth in the standings, finishing 11th at Berlin after his involvement in an altercation with Garvey. The Ohio native has produced a best finish of second at Houston Motor Speedway, Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Mansfield Motorsports Speedway.

Freshman competitor Travis Kittleson is sixth after finishing 19th in the Meijer 250 presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Scoring a second win in three events advanced Indiana's Peter Cozzolino to seventh spot with second-year driver Todd Kluever, 1995 ASA Rookie of the Year Rick Beebe, and the Morton Salt/Menards entry of Bryan Reffner rounding out the top 10.

The 12th event of the 2003 ASA Racing Series is set for Saturday, August 16 at Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, Pa. The Pennsylvania 250 takes the green flag at 7:30 p.m. (Local) and will be telecast live on SPEED Channel.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Todd Kluever , Butch Miller , Travis Kittleson