Late Model: Mansfield race notes

MANSFIELD, Ohio (June 5, 2004) - The week couldn't get any better for Ryan Tedesco. In the past seven days, the New Philadelphia, Ohio, driver won two races and a pole position in the ASA Late Model Series. Tedesco, the winner of the Mansfield...

MANSFIELD, Ohio (June 5, 2004) - The week couldn't get any better for Ryan Tedesco. In the past seven days, the New Philadelphia, Ohio, driver won two races and a pole position in the ASA Late Model Series.

Tedesco, the winner of the Mansfield 100 at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Speedway, won the pole for the event but had to start in tenth position due to the inversion pill he chose. Despite starting deep in the field, Tedesco liked his starting position.

"We won from tenth last week (at Lake Erie {Pa.} Speedway) so I'm starting to think that's my number," Tedesco exclaimed from winner's circle. "No matter where I qualify I want to start tenth."

Tedesco took the lead on lap 14 of the 100-green flag lap race, but had to deal with Jack Smith in the No. 64 Gregs Motorsports/Lenny's Collision Chevrolet nearly the entire event. Smith started on the pole due to the inversion and stayed at the front of the field the entire event.

Smith would get his nose inside of Tedesco's No. 70 Marathon Manufacturing Chevrolet, but couldn't make a pass stick.

"We were just too tight and made a bad call in the pits before we started," Smith claimed. "We put two turns of wedge in it and should have never touched it. I knew better and I just thought it would get too free there and it didn't. It got way too tight."

Unofficially, the top 10 finishers in the event were Tedesco, Smith, Jason Setser, Bobby Stremme, Chad Wood, Dan Lensing, Brett Piontek, Robbie Johnson, Tony Rosebrugh and Tommy Cook. There were 14 of the 26 starters finishing on the lead lap.

The ASA Late Model Series is next in action at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich. on Saturday, June 12. The American Speed Association is based in Pendleton, Ind., and has offered stock car racing programs since 1968, including the ASA National Tour, ASA Late Model Series, several regional touring series and the ASA Member Track programs. For additional information, visit asaracing.com.

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