Pendleton, Ind. (October 23, 2003) - Becoming just the seventh competitor in the 36- year history of the legendary ASA Racing Series to win multiple driving titles, Wisconsin native Kevin Cywinski won his second ASA Championship in 2003. He won...
Pendleton, Ind. (October 23, 2003) - Becoming just the seventh competitor in the 36- year history of the legendary ASA Racing Series to win multiple driving titles, Wisconsin native Kevin Cywinski won his second ASA Championship in 2003. He won his initial title in 1997, one year following his rookie title.
In the season ending BFGoodrich Traction T/A Tires 300 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Sunday, October 19, Cywinski started the event in the 19th position. Utilizing superb pit stops and smart racing moves around the .596-mile oval, Cywinski crossed the finish line in ninth position, one spot ahead of nearest challenger Butch Miller. In the final standings, Cywinski finished 130 points ahead of Miller, the 10th largest margin in history.
"It's great to win a championship with a new car owner (Country Joe Racing) and a lot of new crew members," Cywinski said. "There are a lot different emotions in winning a second championship."
Cywinski amassed 12 top-five finishes and 15 top-10s in 2003. Wheeling the Greased Lightning Orange Blast/SK Hand Tool Chevrolet for Country Joe Racing, Cywinski scored victories at Houston Motor Speedway, Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, Jennerstown Speedway and Illiana Motor Speedway. He earned four poles, producing his most recent at Salem in the Pep Boys 300.
Butch Miller collected 14 top-10 finishes, three wins and three poles. Miller's victories occurred in the season opening Jani-King 200 at USA International Speedway, Toledo Speedway and the BFGoodrich Tires 250 at Madison International Speedway. The runner-up finish in the championship is the best finish for Miller since his third title season in 1994.
With a sixth-place showing at Nashville, Robbie Pyle climbed to third in the point standings behind Cywinski and Miller. This marks the highest points finish for the 2000 Rookie runner-up. Driving for Wal Tom Racing of Chicago, Pyle scored eight finishes in the top five including victories at Lake Erie Speedway and Salem Speedway. The Ohio racer also produced five additional podiums.
$50,000 Rookie of the Year Reed Sorenson finished fourth in the final standings. Sorenson recorded 14 top-10 and two poles in 2003 with a best finish of second at Illiana Motor Speedway in September. Sorenson clinched the rookie championship at Salem, with one event remaining on the schedule. At 17 years old, he became the youngest competitor to win the prestigious award in ASA history.
Series veteran Mike Garvey rounded out the top-five finishers in the 2003 ASA season. Garvey completed the season with a third-place run at Nashville. Wheeling the Jani- King Chevrolet, Garvey recorded wins at Lanier National Speedway, Hawkeye Downs Speedway, I-70 Speedway and Elko Speedway.
1995 ASA National Champion Bryan Reffner placed sixth in the standings with second- year driver Todd Kluever in seventh spot and Rick Beebe in eighth. Travis Kittleson was ninth with two-time event winner Peter Cozzolino rounding out the top 10.