Schererville, IN (Sunday, September 21st, 2003) - - As the 2003 American Speed Association tours draws towards closure, rookie Davin Scites is trying to make the best of it. It's been a year full of ups and downs for the West Virginia native.
Schererville, IN (Sunday, September 21st, 2003) - - As the 2003 American Speed Association tours draws towards closure, rookie Davin Scites is trying to make the best of it.
It's been a year full of ups and downs for the West Virginia native. From missing the first event of the season, to scoring a surprise but popular win at Concord, to a slew of top ten finishes and even some torn up Chevrolet Monte Carlo's in the mix, it's been anything but perfect for the team.
However, Davin Scites Motorsports (DSM) headed into the Citgo/MDA 250 from Illiana Motor Speedway with high hopes. The team had never visited the legendary short track, but remained highly optimistic entering the garage.
Things were looking up for the team, as Scites posted the 11th fastest lap in the first and only practice session of the weekend. Scites blistered his machine around the track in a time of 20.197 seconds amounting to a speed of 89.122 MPH, about ½ second off the leader of the session, Robbie Pyle.
"The car is good," said Scites. "As always, we're looking to make the car better, and we hope when qualifying rolls around, we've made the right changes."
In qualifying, the team had a reason to celebrate, as their young and talented driver posted his career best qualifying effort of fourth. Davin in his No. 06 Chevrolet Monte Carlo whipped around the facility in 20.140 seconds or 89.374 MPH.
"Man, was that incredible," boasted Scites after climbing from his Scrap Vinyl machine. "Qualifying has not been our strong point this year, but I think we turned some heads today, and we definitely can be considered a factor on Saturday night," he continued.
The start of 15th event of the season took the green flag shortly after 9:00pm EST on Saturday night with Scites quickly making a jump towards the lead.
Davin would remain competitive and stout through much of the night, taking his shot towards the lead, but unfortunately in the end, handling would play the major issue for the team and would force a 13th place finish for the rookie driver.
"We were upfront a lot tonight, and we also had to come from the back, but in the end, we didn't have the tire wear that we wanted and the handling went away, we just weren't able to seal the deal," mentioned Scites following the race.
"I thought for a while there near the end, we could have a shot at victory and take this fiery looking No. 06 Chevrolet to victory lane for the second time this season, but it just wasn't meant to be," he said after completing all 250 circuits.
It was a night full of hard side-by-side racing, casual contact and even some tempers, but the DSM team was able to load their machine home in one piece.
"We came out of here in pretty good shape, we were looking for a top five or a top ten, but to go home without tearing the car up, is a huge plus for us," continued the former late model racer.
The American Speed Association will take this coming weekend off from the tour before heading to the bullring of Salem Speedway, located in Salem, Indiana the first weekend of October. Salem, a track "noted" like Bristol Motor Speedway, could be one the most exciting events of the year, leaving Scites pumped about the event.
"I've never been to Salem, but I am looking forward to it, we'll take this week to regroup and prepare for probably one of the most exciting and closest races of the ASA tour in 2003."
For more information on Davin Scites, please visit www.davinscites.com and for more information on the American Speed Association, please log on to www.asaracing.com