Jesse Saunders wins GM Performance Parts Shootout at Madison. The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts drew 49 machines to the Madison (WI) International Speedway for the Bryden Motors 100 on Friday May 27th. With such a...
Jesse Saunders wins GM Performance Parts Shootout at Madison.
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts drew 49 machines to the Madison (WI) International Speedway for the Bryden Motors 100 on Friday May 27th. With such a massive field of cars, it was bound to happen that some top quality pilots would not make the 100-lap feature event. The GM Performance Parts Shootout 25-lap feature for drivers not making the main event looked like a who's who of the short track racing world in the country with heavy hitters abound during the event. Definitely a start-studded enough event as to where the ASA Late Model Series could've easily ran two 100-lap features and not missed a beat talent wise.
Bob Varney and Brett Piontek led the 23-car field to the green flag to begin the 25-lap shootout and it was Varney leading the field to the first corner. Piontek stayed with Varney for the first couple of laps before Jesse Saunders started his charge from his fourth starting spot. Saunders overtook Piontek and set his sights on Varney for the lead. Working the outside groove, Saunders drove around Varney on lap four to take over the lead. Piontek managed to get by Varney as well and both Wisconsin pilots pulled away to battle. Kris Stump, the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year point's leader and second overall in the season long point's chase heading into Madison, and one of the top drivers in the series that failed to make the main 100-lap feature, was looking at getting to the front. Stump worked his way to the front of the pack and soon found himself in second spot with Saunders distantly ahead. Stump tried in vain to reel in Saunders as the laps wound down, but Saunders, a regular at Madison's high-banked 1/2 mile paved oval, used his home track advantage and fended off Stump in the waning stages to give the Janesville, Wisconsin driver his first ever ASA Late Model Series win in the GM Performance Parts Shootout. Stump would settle for second as Piontek, Varney, Joey Dennewitz, Pete Moore, Peter Cozzolino, Jim Ross, Jack Smith, and Jason Miller would round out the top 10 in the unofficial result listing.
Amongst the surprises not making the 100-lap feature included Dudley Fleck, who was one of the quickest cars all afternoon in the two practice sessions. Unfortunately with the two-hour rain delay that hit the track prior to qualifying, the complexion of the track changed and Fleck qualified a disappointing 30th, thus failing to make the Bryden Motors 100. Also an early favorite who also failed to make it into the Bryden Motors 100 was that of Eau Claire, Wisconsin star, Charlie Menard, who struggled all day in practice and never got up to full speed all afternoon. The showers that hit later in the afternoon, further hindered Menard and he also didn't make the show.
The next event for the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts is set for Saturday June 4th at the Illiana (IN) Motor Speedway in Schererville, Indiana for the running of the Illiana 100. Complete and official results from the Bryden Motors 100 will be available by logging on to the website at: www.asalatemodels.com