Jack Smith wins the A.S.I. Limited 100 Presented by Howe Racing Enterprises and Holloway Sportswear at IRP for his second feature of the season. The cars and stars of the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts continue to prove...
Jack Smith wins the A.S.I. Limited 100 Presented by Howe Racing Enterprises and Holloway Sportswear at IRP for his second feature of the season.
The cars and stars of the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts continue to prove time and time again that some of the best side by side racing in the country runs every weekend in the ASALM Series. The cars and stars of the ASALM Series ran race number seven of 15 at the Indianapolis (IN) Raceway Park on Saturday July 30th.
It was the A.S.I. Limited 100 Presented by Howe Racing Enterprises and Holloway Sportswear. It was also Lucas Oil Night at the Races at the world famous IRP oval. In an exciting 100-lap feature that saw six lead changes with four of those coming in the last 15 laps, Wadsworth, Ohio veteran, Jack Smith was the man standing in victory lane after all was said and done as the Buckeye State veteran survived a late race dual with Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Points leader, Brian Campbell to score his second feature win of the season.
With the win, Smith now moves into a four way tie for the all-time lead in feature wins in the three-year history of the series dating back to the 2003 USPRO Cup Series season. Smith is now tied with Stephen Leicht, who finished second for the fourth time this season! Bobby Stremme and Ryan Tedesco, who all have three career series wins!
Jason Setser and another Pat Bourdow Memorial rookie contender, Travis Dassow led the star studded 26-car field to chief starter, Tom Powell's green flag. Dassow beat out Setser to the first corner to take the early lead. The first of a season high eight cautions flew on lap 10 when Landon Cassill looped his mount in turn two. Five laps later, three-time champion on the old ASA National Tour, Butch Miller, in his first career ASALM Series start found the inside retaining wall ending his night earlier than he wanted!
Another incident occurred on lap 20 when Scott Wennermark and Scott Leach, both making their first career starts with the series getting together in the backstretch and in turn collecting 15-year-old Jesse Smith, ending Wennermark's and Smith's nights. Three laps later, Leach slowed and called a night as well. Yet another caution flew on lap 26 when yet another pilot making his first career start with the series, Kyle Hinrichs slammed the inside backstretch retaining wall, ending the 17-year-olds night as well!
All the while, Dassow has maintained the lead, but once the drivers settled down a bit; some of the cars behind Dassow began to make their charge. Jack Smith settled in behind Dassow and began to show his presence. On lap 31, Smith drove by the 18-year-old Dassow to take the lead. Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie Points leader, Brian Campbell and current series point's leader, Stephen Leicht followed through and the top three cars pulled away from the pack.
Another caution flew on lap 40 when Defending Series Champion, Reigning Rookie of the Year, and defending race winner at IRP, Bobby Stremme found the turn two wall ending his night. 12 laps later, Jay Herbst found himself against the turn three wall. The field settled down again with Smith, Campbell, and Leicht distancing themselves from the field. The nights final caution flew on lap 83 when Doug Mahlik hit the same identical spot as Herbst, ended his night as well.
On the final restart, Campbell began his charge to the front and the battle was on for the lead, Campbell would take the lead on lap 85 only to lose it two laps later to Smith once again. Campbell was relentless though and took the lead away from Smith again a lap later and was seemingly on his way to his first career series win.
Smith had other ideas however as with five laps to go Smith made the pass for the win while Campbell skidded up the racing surface fighting a loose condition. Leicht also got by Campbell to take second but didn't have enough for Smith. The Wadsworth, Ohio veteran would fend off Leicht and Campbell one last time giving Smith his second feature win of the season.
Leicht finished second for the fourth time this season to retain his season long points lead. Campbell recovered for third to maintain his Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie points lead. Ryan Tedesco from 19th, Chad Wood, Setser, Jason Dietsch, Keeton Hanks, Chase Austin, and Tony Rosebrugh would round out the top 10.
Earlier in the evening, Leicht won his first Motive Gear Pole Award of his career by shattering the track record in qualifying. The track record was previously held by Stremme whose lap time one season ago was a 22.720, the 18-year-old Leicht, a member of the "Young Lions of the ASA Late Model Series", blistered the IRP oval with a wicked fast 22.333 seconds time which equates to 108.808 MPH!
Also earlier in the evening, Joey Dennewitz won the GM Performance Parts Shootout over Derek Bischak, Jason Tyler, Bill Tomlinson, and Jim Ross the top five.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will continue their rugged five races in five weekends stretch with a return trip to the Baer Field (IN) Speedway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The eighth annual International Gold Cup 100 is next on tap and will mark the halfway point of the 2005 season for the ASALM Series.
Current Series Points leader, Stephen Leicht won the 2005 opener at Baer Field back on May 7th. For more information log on to the series website at: www.asalatemodels.com