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Stephen Leicht Almost Makes it Look Easy With Baer Field Victory 18-Year-Old Wins ASA Late Model Season Opener, Now Has Two Wins in Three Starts CHICAGO, IL (May 8, 2005) -- With two victories already in his three race old ASA Late Model...

Stephen Leicht Almost Makes it Look Easy With Baer Field Victory
18-Year-Old Wins ASA Late Model Season Opener, Now Has Two Wins in Three Starts

CHICAGO, IL (May 8, 2005) -- With two victories already in his three race old ASA Late Model career, 18-year-old Stephen Leicht almost makes winning look easy. But the victory in the tour's season opener on Saturday night at Baer Field Speedway (IN) was anything but a sure thing.

"That track is very tough." said Leicht. "It was a lot tougher than I thought that it would be. On lap 50, the tires felt like they were gone. I was passing a car and I almost ran into him because it felt like the right front tire was flat. I had to dial so much rear brake into the car that it was sideways going into the corner. The car really felt bad; I would get into the corner and it just wouldn't turn; then it would be free off. But I looked in my mirror and everyone was having the same problems. They were just sliding around."

The WalTom team really didn't expect any problems in the race.

"We made a 20-lap run in practice and the car felt good everywhere on the track. We didn't even run the second practice because I told Howie [Lethow] that the car was Calhoun County good {the track where Leicht won his first ASA LM event last year]. We put it on jackstands and waited for the race."

The ASA Late Models have a new tire this season, but Leicht does not think that neither the construction nor the compounds of the tires caused the problems. He blames a tough old bullring instead.

"I think that it was just the racetrack," said Leicht. "We're tested those tires at Dells and Madison and have run a lot of laps. The thing felt fine and this week everyone else had the same problem, so I would say that it's just a characteristic of the racetrack."

Since Leicht enjoys racing so much, he still managed to enjoy his less than ideal circumstances of the race.

"It was a fun race. Everyone drove clean and smart. The track itself was kind of fun. You could run all the way down into the dirt in the infield if you needed too. All night long, I had two tires down off the racetrack on the bottom; that really helped the car turn. It went good. The guys did a great job.

"To come out of there with the win and as the point leader really gets the team pumped up and ready to go. We think that we are going to have a really good season this year."

Next Saturday, the ASA Late Models return to Calhoun County Speedway (MI), where Leicht won his first race last year for WalTom. More of the same results are very likely.

"We're ready to go back there and I'm really excited," said Leicht. "We'll be going back with the same set-up as last year and Baer Field. Both places are very similar. We should run pretty good."

The 100 lap race at Calhoun County will get started at 8:30pm.

WalTom Racing, with Robbie Pyle and Stephen Leicht, will compete on the ASA Late Model tour in 2005.

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