(West Bend, Wisconsin 08/22/05): Travis Dassow, a member of the "Young Lions of the ASA Late Model Series", is once again proving to the racing world that he's a force to be reckoned with in the series "Where Champions Race". The Wisconsin State...
(West Bend, Wisconsin 08/22/05): Travis Dassow, a member of the "Young Lions of the ASA Late Model Series", is once again proving to the racing world that he's a force to be reckoned with in the series "Where Champions Race". The Wisconsin State pilot, in his rookie season with the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts, scored a career high third place showing in the Domino's Pizza 100 at the Sandusky (OH) Speedway in Sandusky, Ohio on Saturday August 20th.
Dassow would then once again make the long drive back home to Wisconsin and to his home track of the Slinger (WI) Super Speedway for the Coca-Cola and Subway-Eat Fresh Fan Appreciation Twin 50's! After finishing 14th in the first 50-lap feature on the ultra-fast 1/4 mile in Slinger, Wisconsin, The 18-year-old rising star rebounded to a fourth place finish in the nightcap!
The weekend started off with the ASA Late Model Series event number 10 of 15 on the season The ½ mile semi-banked paved oval of the Sandusky (OH) Speedway was the stage for the Domino's Pizza 100. Mother Nature played a role throughout the day at the Buckeye State oval as showers wiped out Motive Gear Qualifying after 23 of the 29 cars on hand had taken a run.
"We were fast in qualifying and was fourth before the rain, so at first I was bummed about our time getting scrapped. "Said Dassow" ASALM Series officials elected to scrap qualifying and line the field up by the 2005 Owners Points Standings. Current Series points leader, Stephen Leicht then drew an eight for the inversion, putting Dassow on the pole of the 100-lap feature! "When Stephen (Leicht) pulled an eight, I was happy again." He smiled.
Dassow and defending ASA Late Model Series Champion, Bobby Stremme would lead the 29-car field to the green flag to begin the century grind. The outside groove was surprisingly working well for what little rubber was on the track. Stremme did beat Travis to the first corner to take the early lead. "Even though we were on the pole, I wanted to save the car for later in the race!" Explained Dassow as he reflected on his first career podium finish in ASALM Series competition.
Dassow settled into the third position and quickly got by Jason Dietsch, who followed Stremme around him at the start. Leicht managed to also get by and Travis quickly tucked in behind the ASALM Series points leader. "Starting on the pole was big. But the car was all over the place at the beginning." Dassow continued. "15 laps into it, the car came to me and I was able to pull away from the pack and I was able to hang with those guys (Bobby Stremme and Stephen Leicht) for the rest of the race." He added.
Stremme and Leicht remained 1-2 the rest of the event with Dassow within striking distance the entire race. In the end, Travis wouldn't see another car in his rear view mirror the rest of the event while watching the battle ensure between Stremme and Leicht. "The restarts helped us, we'd pull away from everyone else and hang with those two. Towards the end they'd pull away a bit but no one else behind could get to us." Travis continued.
The 18-year-old freshman would go on to post his first career podium finish with a career high third place showing! "The only chance I had against those guys was in the first lap or two after the restarts, once everyone got going, they got away from me. But we're so happy with a third especially with the guys in front of us." Dassow added. "Those are two (Stremme and Leicht) are the best there is and to finish behind them is a win to us and proves we can run with these guys." He added. Stremme would go on to win his first of the season over Leicht and Dassow.
As for the twin 50-lap features back home at Slinger, Dassow came out of the self described "Wreck-fests" with finishes of 14th and fourth respectively. "We had a good car all day and in the first 50, we just saved the tires and got ready for the second 50, but we struggled a bit in that second 50 and just hung on to finish fourth." Dassow continued. "It was a wild race to say the least, just about everyone got tore up, so we were just happy to finish at all." He ended.
The West Bend, Wisconsin driver is now firmly entrenched in the top 10 in the overall points standings as Travis has now climbed to seventh overall heading into this weekend's well deserved weekend off from ASA Late Model Series competition. Dassow sits just 29 markers behind defending series champion and last week's winner at Sandusky, Bobby Stremme, who hold down the fifth place position overall! In addition, Dassow has climbed up to fourth in the chase for the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Championship! Just 15 markers behind third place and sixth overall, Ryan Carlson.
The next two ASALM Series events will both be contested over the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Friday September 2nd the ASALM Series will venture West and into the Hawkeye Downs (IA) Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the Barron Motor Supply 100. Three days later, the teams will then travel North up into the state of Minnesota and the I-94 (MN) Speedway in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. The Minnesota Labor Day 100 will be contested on Labor Day Monday afternoon, September 5th.
The day after the I-94 event, Dassow begins his college career as he has a scholarship at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and classes start up the day after the I-94 show!
For the 2005 campaign, Travis is carrying sponsorship on the side of his Pontiac Grand Prix from: Nestle and Willy Wonka Candy as well as Bob Fish Pontiac/Buick/GMC, Gary's Auto Repair, Choice Equipment, V.S.A. Vistar, Seven Mile Fair, M.P.H. Promotions, and the teams website; www.tdracing.net
Travis is also running on Sunday nights at Slinger (WI) Super Speedway in the tracks Super Late Models division. The T. D. Racing Team is looking ahead to the 2006 campaign and is seeking sponsorship for next season! To learn more about Travis Dassow and the T. D. Racing Team, log onto the website at: www.tdracing.net
For more information on the ASA Late Model Series, log onto the series website at: www.asalatemodels.com Finally to learn more about the Slinger Super Speedway, log onto their website at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com