Pendleton, Ind. (July 10, 2003) -- For the 18th occasion in series history, the ASA Racing Series will compete at the .522-mile oval of Jennerstown Speedway on Saturday, August 16. This is the first of two consecutive events in the...
Pendleton, Ind. (July 10, 2003) -- For the 18th occasion in series history, the ASA Racing Series will compete at the .522-mile oval of Jennerstown Speedway on Saturday, August 16. This is the first of two consecutive events in the state of Pennsylvania with the inaugural event at Lake Erie Speedway scheduled for Sunday, August 24.
In the most recent ASA event at Jennerstown, with 30 laps remaining in the Pennsylvania 300 Presented by Jani-King, three-time ASA Champion Butch Miller was knocking on the door and had it opened up to him. Miller was running in third position on lap 271 when contact between front-runners Joey Clanton and Kevin Cywinski, allowed Miller to slip through the fracas to capture his third victory of the 2002 season.
"It's better to be lucky than to be good and we were pretty good today even though it looked like a couple of other guys would win the race," said Miller, who collected $16,155 of the $179,910 in posted awards.
Miller ended up 1.102 seconds ahead of runner-up rookie David Stremme, who finished second for the fourth-consecutive race. Two-time series titlist Gary St. Amant placed third with Kevin Cywinski and Pat Kelly rounding out the top-five performers.
Miller, driving the ASI Limited Chevrolet, said he felt he was going to end up third, but got lucky and ended up collecting his 46th victory. This placed him third in wins behind Bob Senneker (85) and Mike Eddy (57) on the all-time ASA list.
"I guess if we'd have started earlier this year, we'd have been in the points chase, said Miller of winning three of the last four events during the 2002 season. This marked the second time Miller has won a race after starting on the pole. By winning from the pole, Miller collected a $3,750 bonus from VP Racing Fuels, earning the VP Race Fuel Front Runner Award.
Clanton led 169 of 300 laps around the track and was in second place after pit stops on lap 232. David Hole, who was competing on a limited basis in 2002, remained on the track, inheriting leadership honors. After the restart, Clanton was visibly quicker than Hole and on lap 238 made contact with Hole exiting the fourth turn, spinning him and taking the first position. Clanton remained in the lead until the lap 271 incident with Cywinski.
ASA returns to Jennerstown Speedway for the Pennsylvania 250 on Saturday, August 16, with the first of two practice sessions beginning at 11:30. Pole qualifying is set for 3:30 p.m. with ASA's on-track fan autograph session and live musical entertainment scheduled for 6. Pre-race ceremonies are set for 7 with the Pennsylvania 250 going green at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)
Tickets are available through the ASA office at $25 for general admission seats. Discounts are available when purchasing in advance. For additional information, contact the ASA ticket line at 1-888-ASA-1020.
For more information on the ASA Racing Series, visit www.asaracing.com.