PENDLETON, Ind. (August 7, 2001) - After returning to the half-mile Madison International Speedway in 2000 after a seven-year hiatus, the American Speed Association ACDelco Series put on one of the most competitive races in the series' five-race...
PENDLETON, Ind. (August 7, 2001) - After returning to the half-mile Madison International Speedway in 2000 after a seven-year hiatus, the American Speed Association ACDelco Series put on one of the most competitive races in the series' five-race history at the Oregon (WI) track. The event had a race-record nine lead changes among five different drivers. And if last year's event was any indication, the 2001 version of the Wisconsin 300 should be more of the same. The Wisconsin 300 is set to go green on Frida y, August 17, at 8 p.m. (Central).
ASA competitors will have a new challenge when the series visits Madison in 2001, as series officials recently announced the event would move from a two-day to the traditional one-day format. It will just be an added challenge for all of the competitors in volved, as practice, qualifying and the event itself will all be condensed into one afternoon and evening.
Activities for the one-day show begin on Friday, August 17, with the first of three 50-minute ASA practice sessions beginning at noon. Spectator gates open at 3 p.m., with two-lap qualifications beginning at 4:30. The on-track autograph session is schedule d for 6 p.m., with pre-race ceremonies set for 7:15 and the Wisconsin 300 going green at 8. The event will be shown live on TNN Sports. Tickets are available through the ASA ticket line, 1-888-ASA-1020. VISA and MasterCard are accepted for ticket orders.
"With these ASA cars, saving your brakes is a big thing at this track," said three-year Madison International Speedway veteran Chad Wood. "The track has real tight corners and really long straights. If you can get through the corners, you are going to be s uccessful. It is a tough place, a lot tougher than it looks."
In 2000, Gary St. Amant picked up his second win of what would be his . championship season, taking the ACDelco Factory Motor Parts 300. St. . Amant took the lead on lap 239 after a round of pit stops and never . looked back, picking up his second of three wins Kevin Cywinski chased . St. Amant to the checkers, followed by Mike Garvey, Joey Clanton and . Butch Miller .
The event got off to a rocky beginning, as an all-rookie front row led the field into turn one, and pole-sitter Robbie Pyle and outside front-row sitter Scott Wimmer hade contact in turn one, resulting in an eight-car pileup. However, after making repairs, all of those involved in the accident were able to continue.
Miller is the only ASA driver to have competed in all five ASA events held at the half-mile facility. ASA ran at Madison for three consecutive years, starting in 1984, then returned to the track for one race in 1993 before last year's event.
The five events at Madison International Speedway, formerly Capital Super Speedway in the 1980s, have seen five different winners. Wisconsin native Jim Sauter took the win in ASA's first visit to the track, followed by victories for Miller, Mark Martin, Sc ott Hansen and St. Amant. Five different drivers have also held the pole at Madison, Sauter, Alan Kulwicki, Martin, Miller and Pyle.