NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 4, 2001) - B.J. McLeod, the 17-year-old driving sensation from Wauchula, Fla., finished 15th in this past weekend's American Speed Association (ASA) Luxaire 300 held at Nashville Speedway USA. McLeod piloted the No. 22 ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 4, 2001) - B.J. McLeod, the 17-year-old driving sensation from Wauchula, Fla., finished 15th in this past weekend's American Speed Association (ASA) Luxaire 300 held at Nashville Speedway USA. McLeod piloted the No. 22 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the Sussex, Wisconsin-based Herzog Motorsports team.
McLeod started on the grid in the 21st position after a last practice session-accident forced the team to bring out a back-up car for the qualifying run. Despite having a car that had only cut one lap on the high-banked, 6/10-mile oval of Nashville Speedway USA, McLeod was determined to show the ASA field that youth could prevail over his competitor's experience.
McLeod made a statement early in the race while charging to the front of the field. On lap 28, the No. 22 Herzog Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo spun on the backstretch, forcing ASA officials to throw the first caution flag of the day. McLeod managed to keep the No. 22 from hitting the wall and oncoming traffic and put the car back on the track.
The Herzog Motorsports' crew did double-duty in the pits, using their five pit stops to improve on the car, while adding fuel and fresh tires. The adjustments, along with a little help from the No. 22's crew chief, Howie Lettow, helped the ASA freshman. On lap 105, Lettow radioed to his young driver suggesting he drive a higher line around the track. Lettow's 20 years of ASA experience paid off as McLeod used the last 200 laps to move up through the field. When the checkered flag flew at lap 300, McLeod crossed the line 15th.
"B.J. did a great job today," stated Howie Lettow. "We didn't have any idea how the car would do in the race, as we only had our qualifying run as data. We fought an ill-handling car all night, but B.J. kept it on the track and steadily moved to the front."
While McLeod was satisfied with 15th, he had hoped for a stronger finish. "This team always has great equipment and a great team to back it up," remarked McLeod. "I was hoping for a stronger finish for Herzog Motorsports, but I am thankful for the opportunity to race for such a great team."
Herzog Motorsports is a successful, championship-winning race team. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Milwaukee, Wis. and St. Joseph, Mo., Herzog Motorsports fields teams in the American Speed Association and the NASCAR Busch Series.
The next race on the 2001 ASA schedule will take place in Odessa, Missouri, not far from the headquarters of Herzog Contracting Corp. and team owners Bill, Randy and Stan Herzog's hometown of St. Joseph, MO. The ASARacing.com 300 will take place on June 16 from I-70 Speedway. The green flag will drop at 9:00 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on The National Network (TNN).