Kauffman gains valuable experience with 12th place finish in Tecumseh 300. LaGrange, Ind. (July 21, 2002) - 16-year-old Joel Kauffman had two goals coming into the Tecumseh 300 ASA Racing Series event at Salem Speedway Saturday night. The...
Kauffman gains valuable experience with 12th place finish in Tecumseh 300.
LaGrange, Ind. (July 21, 2002) - 16-year-old Joel Kauffman had two goals coming into the Tecumseh 300 ASA Racing Series event at Salem Speedway Saturday night. The current Sunoco Super Series points leader wanted to run the entire race and keep all the fenders on the car. Kauffman obtained both goals in convincing style with a solid 12th place-finish in the Tecumseh 300 at Salem Speedway, his first ever ASA Racing Series event.
Under the guidance of ASA Racing Series veteran Scott Hansen, Kauffman qualified his LA West Luxury Vehicles / Choo Choo Customs /Dick's Auto Parts / Christie's On The Square Chevrolet 14th out of the 31 cars that took times for the event. At the start of the Tecumseh 300 Kauffman settled into the lead pack in about the 20th position trying to gain experience with the BFGoodrich Radial T/A Tires.
After a restart on lap 76, Kauffman was trapped behind an out of position lap car, this allowed all the leader lap cars to pass and placed Kauffman at the tail of the field. Early race leader Kevin Cywinski, setting a torrid pace around the high-banked half-mile, put Kauffman a lap down on lap 76. Kauffman managed to race with the lead pack through out the middle portion of the event until eventual race winner David Stremme passed him just after lap 200. Kauffman brought his LA West Luxury Vehicles / Choo Choo Customs /Dick's Auto Parts / Christie's On The Square Chevrolet to the finish in12th place, completing 298 of the 300 laps.
"There are some definite differences racing an ASA Racing Series car versus the late model I have been competing in," remarked Kauffman after the race. "The ASA cars are so equal it is very hard to pass, anytime you loose your momentum your going to be passed by everyone behind you. Once we got a lap down, I just wanted to run laps with the car and stay out of the leaders way. I definitely gained a lot of experience tonight, I can't wait to use that experience in our next ASA Racing Series event at Toledo Speedway."
"The kid did a great job tonight," commented Hansen. "He did exactly what we had planned, he got to run the entire race, he kept out of the leaders way, and he didn't hardly put a scratch on the car! There is a big difference between the tires he is used to racing on with his late model versus the BF Goodrich Radials, getting to run 298 laps tonight at Salem Speedway will make him a more confident racer at our next ASA Racing Series event!"
Kauffman, the current points leader with the Sunoco Super Series, plans on competing in two more ASA Racing Series events in 2002 that do not conflict with the Sunoco Super Series schedule. Kauffman will compete with the ASA Racing Series at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, August 11, and at Winchester Speedway on Sunday, October 6.
For up-to-the-minute coverage on Joel Kauffman and Team LA Motorsports visit their official website, www.joelkauffman.com. .