Mike Satkowiak proves he belongs, leads all 100 laps for his first career ASA Late Model Series win at Calhoun County (MI) Speedway. The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts concluded the Mid-Michigan Doubles Weekend ...
Mike Satkowiak proves he belongs, leads all 100 laps for his first career ASA Late Model Series win at Calhoun County (MI) Speedway.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts concluded the Mid-Michigan Doubles Weekend Presented by the Michigan Racing Scene at the Calhoun County (MI) Speedway on Saturday July 2nd. The previous night, Jack Smith led all 100 laps at the Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway to win his first feature of the season. This time around, Mike Satkowiak started on the pole of the Snap-On Tools 100 Presented by Lane Automotive and Q106fm and like Smith, Satkowiak would also lead all 100 laps to score his first career ASA Late Model Series feature win!
Mike Satkowiak and Derek Bischak would lead the start studded 26-car field to chief starter, Tom Powell's green flag to begin the 100-lap feature. Satkowiak would fend off a determined Bischak to take the early lead. Akron, Ohio veteran, Scott Baker charged to the front of the pack and soon found himself on Satkowiak's back bumper. The first of four cautions flew on lap 21 when Bob Varney and Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year contender, Chase Austin got together in turns one and two resulting in both ended up in the wall. Both were ok, but done for the evening.
On the restart, Baker continued to apply heavy pressure on Satkowiak as Baker, a former champion in the now defunct Iceman Super Car Series as well as a regular competitor in the USAR Hooter Pro Cup Series and Main Event Racing Series, tried every trick in his arsenal to get around the 20-year-old Satkowiak. Two more cautions for Joey Dennewitz spinning on laps 50 and 53 slowed things down temporarily. On the next restart, Baker was ready to charge and pulled up next too Satkowiak and the two battled. The action intensified on lap 57 when Baker nudged Satkowiak going into turn one to take the lead, only to spin his machine coming out of turn two! Bringing out the final caution flag of the evening.
On the final restart, Satkowiak tried to pull away from the pack but defending race winner, Stephen Leicht had other ideas! The fastest car in practice all afternoon decided it was time to make his move and the Asheville, North Carolina rising star first disposed of Ryan Carlson and began reeling in Satkowiak. Leicht, like Baker tried every trick at his disposal to get around Satkowiak and pulled up next to Satkowiak on several occasions as the massive crowd on hand were on their feet screaming for both drivers! Satkowiak used lapped cars as a pick several times and finally, with two laps to go, made a slick maneuver around another lapped car to temporarily pull away from Leicht.
Leicht regrouped and mustered up one final charge, but it wasn't in the cards for Leicht as Satkowiak would hold off his one final charge and the Kawkawlin, Michigan pilot, in his second full season with the ASA Late Model Series, would go on to lead all 100 laps and score his first career ASA Late Model Series feature win!
Leicht would settle for second for the second night in a row, but the weekend wasn't a total loss as he would regain the series points lead! Chad Wood finished a season high third as Carlson, Kris Stump, Brian Campbell, Tony Rosebrugh, Doug True, Brent Downey, and Mark Kortz would round out the top 10.
Earlier in the evening, Wood broke the ASA Late Model Series track record with a time of 15.335 during Motive Gear Qualifying. Wood broke the record previously held by Jason Setser who went a 15.366 on August 21, 2004. Also earlier, Doug Mahlik would lead all 25 laps to win the GM Performance Parts Shootout over Tommy Cook, Greg Nienhouse, Jesse Smith, and Bill Tomlinson the top five.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will now take a well deserved week off before embarking on race number six on the 2005 scheduled. The immaculate Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Speedway awaits the cars and stars of the ASA Late Model Series on Saturday July 16th for the running of the Buckeye 100. For more information, point your browser to: www.asalatemodels.com