Butch Miller takes Kul Brew 300 at La Crosse. West Salem, Wis. (June 30, 2002) -- Veteran Butch Miller solidified his status as one of short track stock car racing's all-time greats, recording a second victory in just three outings this season,...
Butch Miller takes Kul Brew 300 at La Crosse.
West Salem, Wis. (June 30, 2002) -- Veteran Butch Miller solidified his status as one of short track stock car racing's all-time greats, recording a second victory in just three outings this season, winning the Kul Brew 300 presented by Jani-King and Tobacc o Outlet Plus at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
Miller executed an inside pass of primary race leader David Stremme on lap 287 to secure the lead for a first and only time en route to the win. The pass featured three cars wide through the fourth turn on the .625-mile oval with Miller's number 17 ASI Lim ited car in the middle of three. It matches an earlier win at Berlin Raceway in June and becomes the 45th victory of his career.
"I think I may have had a little better tires than David late in the race," said Miller. "This equipment that we have and the team are very capable. I couldn't be luckier than to have been asked to drive for Ken Smith (car owner) in these races."
Rookie David Stremme of Indiana posted his third straight runner-up finish despite leading for 150 laps and the first 40 circuits after starting from the front row alongside pole-sitter Gary St. Amant.
"We're gonna get one of these," said Stremme, following a fourth runner-up result in the first ten races. "I had a great car and might of held off Butch but I really believe my tires were not what he had near the end. I'm disappointed but at the same time we are clicking as a team and my confidence is sky high."
Steve Carlson, in his hometown, had to start from the tail of the field after Kevin Nuttleman qualified his car on Saturday. On two occasions during the race, Carlson moved up through the field and finished an eventual third. Rookies Dan Fredrickson and P at Kelly rounded out the top-five finishers.
Point's leader Joey Clanton suffered a stuck throttle on his number 83 Camp Fire USA car and hit the turn two wall forcing a lengthy stay in the pits. He finished with a season low 21st place result. Clanton retains point's leadership through ten of 20 eve nts with a 138-point's margin over Gary St. Amant.
Stremme takes over the rookie point's battle by a mere three markers over Dan Fredrickson. It marks the first time Fredrickson hasn't led the rookie chase since the start of the season.
The Pennsylvania 300 presented by Jani-King will take the green flag at 2 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday, July 14. The race is to be telecast live on TNN (The National Network) at 2 p.m. (Eastern).