Pendleton, Ind. (July 22, 2003) -- With a combined five victories, 1997 ASA Champion Kevin Cywinski and three-time series titlist Butch Miller have battled for the ASA point's lead through the opening 10 events of the 2003 ASA Racing Series season.
Pendleton, Ind. (July 22, 2003) -- With a combined five victories, 1997 ASA Champion Kevin Cywinski and three-time series titlist Butch Miller have battled for the ASA point's lead through the opening 10 events of the 2003 ASA Racing Series season. Cywinski has established a 72-point margin over Miller.
Cywinski has performed at a consistent level, garnering eight top-five finishes, nine top 10s and two victories. The successes have propelled him to the lead in the championship point standings. 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 the 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 nine top-10 finishes and three poles. At Madison, Miller captured his 50th career ASA pole, passing Bob Senneker at the top of the list in the record books.
$50,000 Rookie of the Year candidate Reed Sorenson of Georgia ranks third despite coming off a 12th place finish in Wisconsin. 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 136 markers in the rookie standings.
Suffering overheating difficulties at the .50 Madison International Speedway, Mike Garvey dropped to fourth in the point standings. With backing from Jani-King, Garvey has scored three victories this season. 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. Garvey trails Cywinski by 238 markers.
2000 ASA Rookie runner-up Robbie Pyle is fifth in the standings, finishing a disappointing 24th at Madison International Speedway. Pyle endured motor troubles while leading with just 14 laps from the conclusion. Pyle charged into the top spot on lap 127 and dominated, until his mechanical difficulty. The Ohio native has produced a best finish of second at Houston Motor Speedway, Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Mansfield Motorsports Speedway.
Florida's Travis Kittleson is sixth after placing seventh in the BFGoodrich Tires 250. A career best finish of fourth propelled second-year racer Todd Kluever to eighth spot with IRP winner Peter Cozzolino, Kansas competitor Rick Beebe and 1995 ASA Champion Bryan Reffner rounding out the top 10.