Stremme wins at IRP. Clermont, IN (September 28, 2002) - Rookie David Stremme of South Bend (IN) held off veteran Mike Garvey in a spirited battle for nearly the final 73 laps to capture the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by ASI Limited on the ...
Stremme wins at IRP.
Clermont, IN (September 28, 2002) - Rookie David Stremme of South Bend (IN) held off veteran Mike Garvey in a spirited battle for nearly the final 73 laps to capture the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by ASI Limited on the night-before the U. S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis Raceway Park. It was Stremme's second win in 2002, the other coming at Salem (IN) Speedway.
The victory virtually clinches for him the prestigious Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year Award and a $50,000 bonus. He maintains a 249-point margin over Dan Fredrickson with one event remaining.
"This is special to win in Indiana, but even more so here at IRP on this weekend," exclaimed Stremme. "Mike (Garvey) raced me clean for a long time and I appreciate that. The yellows really broke well for us and every time we pitted they (pit stops) were c lean."
A round of pit stops for the primary leaders allowed ASA first-timer Shane Hall to take the lead for 10 laps through lap 86. Joey Clanton powered his way to the front on the .686-mile oval and appeared to nearly check out from the rest of the field.
A front-straight collision with Chad Wood and Casey Smith caused damage to Clanton's number 83 Campfire USA car and gave Stremme a lead he would never relinquish.
Late race cautions kept the Stremme / Garvey competition for the lead close at the end with Stremme in front at the finish by .373 seconds. Veteran Greg Stewart of North Carolina posted his first podium finish of the season followed by Mike Eddy and Danny Edwards of Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.
In the contest for the overall championship point's standings, Joey Clanton has retaken the lead over Gary St. Amant by five with a single event remaining. Clanton finished an amazing sixth overcoming his accident with a number of pit stops while St. Amant was ninth in the final finishing results.
The 2002 ASA Racing Series concludes with the season finale on Sunday, October 6 with the Winchester 400 presented by TireRack.com at Winchester Speedway in Winchester (IN). The race will take the green flag just after 1 p.m. (Central) and will be telecast live on TNN.