Hansen outsmarts St. Amant for Jennerstown win

Jennerstown, Penn. (August 6, 2000) – Gary St. Amant’s decision to pit for fresh BFGoodrich Radial Tires on lap 277 initially cost him the lead and likely the win, giving American Speed Association ACDelco Series veteran Scott Hansen his 26th...

Jennerstown, Penn. (August 6, 2000) – Gary St. Amant’s decision to pit for fresh BFGoodrich Radial Tires on lap 277 initially cost him the lead and likely the win, giving American Speed Association ACDelco Series veteran Scott Hansen his 26th career victory and second in three races in Sunday’s rain-delayed Pennsylvania 300 at Jennerstown Speedway.

“I looked behind me in the mirror to see what everyone else was doing on that caution,” said Hansen. “If Mike (Garvey) would have dropped down to come into the pits, I would have went, but when I knew he was staying out, I decided to get back onto the track and try for the victory.”

With the late decision to pull back onto the track after St. Amant was committed to entering pit lane, Hansen used tricky restarts and several late race cautions to stay ahead of the rest of the field, picking up the victory. It was the second race in the $50,000 Ricart Ford Summer Shootout. If Hansen can pick up the win at the season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 200 at Gateway International Raceway, Hansen will pick up an extra $10,000 from Ricart Ford of Columbus, Ohio.

Starting from the outside of the front-row, Mike Garvey brought his Tecumseh Chevrolet home to his fourth podium of the year, finishing second. Garvey hung near the front all day, but along with Hansen, decided to stay out during the lap 276 caution.

“We just missed the setup today,” said Garvey. “I saw Gary drop down to pit and I was a little surprised. I knew we had to stay out, as it was out only chance to win that race. We were lucky to bring this car home second today.”

Current points leader St. Amant was not happy with the late race decision not to pit as the veteran wanted to pick up his first win at the Pennsylvania half-mile. St. Amant had the dominating car for most of the day, leading 190 laps. With the podium fin ish, his eighth of the year, St. Amant remains the points leader.

Hansen collected $16,650 of the 195,550 posted awards and lead 39 of the 300 laps. Seven drivers swapped the lead on five occasions, and 10 caution flags slowed the field for 79 laps. One of the cautions early in the event took out several top runners in cluding Mike Miller, Mike Eddy and Kevin Cywinski.

St. Amant extended his point lead to 300 over both Kevin Cywinski and Tim Sauter heading into the series next race, August 12 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway. The Iowa 250 is scheduled to take the green Saturday at 2 p.m. (Central) and will be telecast LIVE on T NN Sports.

JENNERSTOWN, PA – The unofficial finish from Sunday’s American Speed Association ACDelco Series $195,550 Pennsylvania 300 at the .522-mile Jennerstown Speedway. Listed is finishing position, starting position (in parenthesis) driver, make of car, lap completed and reason out, if any.

<pre> 1)(15) Scott Hansen, Ford, 300 2)(2) Mike Garvey, Chevrolet, 300 3)(1) Gary St. Amant, Chevrolet, 300 4)(17) Rick Beebe, Pontiac, 300 5)(6) Scott Fraser, Chevrolet, 300 6)(3) Joey Clanton, Chevrolet, 300 7)(11) Glenn Allen Jr., Pontiac, 300 8)(27) Brandon Sperling, Chevrolet, 300 9)(4) Tristan Dupuis, Pontiac, 300 10)(22) Ricky Johnson, Chevrolet, 299 11)(12) Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 299 12)(10) Greg Stewart, Pontiac, 297 13)(29) J.C. Beattie Jr., Chevrolet, 296 14)(31) Paul Dallenbach, Ford, 296 15)(26) Tom Harrington, Chevrolet, 296 16)(32) David Bonnett, Chevrolet, 293 17)(25) Larry Foyt, Pontiac, 293 18)(30) Jason Krohn, Chevrolet, 292 19)(8) Robbie Pyle, Chevrolet, 291 20)(5) Butch Miller, Pontiac, 288 21)(7) Tim Sauter, Chevrolet, 283, accident 22)(16) Tim Taylor, Chevrolet, 282 23)(13) Mark Dismore, Chevrolet, 279 24)(21) Jack Landis, Ford, 256 25)(19) Kevin Cywinski, Chevrolet, 235 26)(18) Tom Jones, Pontiac, 232 27)(24) Dave Sensiba, Pontiac, 89, handling 28)(23) Russ Tuttle, Pontiac, 77, accident 29)(9) Mike Eddy, Chevrolet, 77, accident 30)(20) Mike Miller, Pontiac, 77, accident 31)(28) Alec Pinsonneault, Chevrolet, 77, accident 32)(14) Neil Brown, Pontiac, 10, accident

RACE STATISTICS: Time of Race: 2 hours, 30 minutes, 13 seconds Average Speed: 62.550 mph Margin of Victory: 0.450 seconds Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers Lap Leaders: St. Amant, 1-79; Garvey, 80-123; Hansen, 124-138; Fraser, 139-169; St. Amant, 170-210; Johnson, 211-216; St. Amant, 217-276; Hansen, 277-300. Cautions: 10 for 79 laps

Unofficial ASA ACDelco Series point standings after 12 of 20 events: 1) St. Amant, 1,127; 2) Sauter, 1,827; 3) Cywinski, 1,827; 4) B. Miller, 1,710; 5) Hansen, 1,706; 6) M.Miller, 1,705; 7) Garvey, 1,689; 8) Wimmer, 1,688; 9) Beebe, 1,598; 10) Johnson, 1,5 86.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mark Dismore , Larry Foyt , Tim Sauter , Scott Wimmer , Mike Miller , Joey Clanton , Greg Stewart , Paul Dallenbach , Butch Miller , Mike Garvey , Ricky Johnson , Scott Hansen