MADISON, Wis. (August 17, 2001) -- Robbie Pyle, starting his 37th career ASA race, was in the right place at the right time, collecting his first career American Speed Association ACDelco Series win, as leaders Gary St. Amant and Mike Eddy wrecked...
MADISON, Wis. (August 17, 2001) -- Robbie Pyle, starting his 37th career ASA race, was in the right place at the right time, collecting his first career American Speed Association ACDelco Series win, as leaders Gary St. Amant and Mike Eddy wrecked with just two turns remaining in the Wisconsin 300 at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wis.
St. Amant, the winner from Madison in 2000 and defending ASA National Champion, took the lead on lap 243 and was in a close battle with seven-time ASA National Champion Mike Eddy over the race's final 20 laps. As the white flag flew, Eddy made an attempt to pass St. Amant coming off turn two. The cars made contact, with St. Amant spinning and hitting the back stretch wall and Eddy limping home.
Taking advantage of the situation, Pyle, who was running a distant third, avoided the trouble and passed the injured Chevrolet of Eddy coming out of turn four en route to the victory.
"I was figuring I would have a third place finish when everything brook loose front of me," said Pyle. "Both guys (St. Amant and Eddy) were racing hard and both really wanted to win. They got together and it upset both cars. It hasn't really hit me yet. The crew did a great job making adjustments to the car. It was the best at the end of the night. Everything went our way.
St. Amant confronted Eddy on the front stretch after the event, as the accident left some animosity between the two series veterans, with Eddy finishing second followed by Kevin Cywinski. Third-year driver Russ Tuttle collected a career-best fourth, followed by leading ASA rookie Johnny Sauter.
"I would have been happy with a second-place finish, I'm racing for points," said St. Amant, who finished 14th. "I'm mad. The replay clearly shows that he got into me and turned me down. This isn't the first time I've been 'Mike Eddy'ed' and it won't be the last time I am 'Mike Eddy'ed.' I just went over there after the race to tell him he was a hell of a driver and I am glad he got second."
Eddy had a different perspective.
"St. Amant pushed up and came down into me," said Eddy. "He didn't give me the racing room I thought he was. I was just hoping my car was going to make it to the end, but I was worried about that. I just couldn't hold him (Pyle) off."
The race saw 19 different lead changes among 10 drivers, with Cywinski leading the most laps. The event was slowed by 11 cautions, including one for a brief rain shower that fell over the half-mile oval. Mike Garvey captured the pole for the event, the 11th of his career, and led the first 57 laps before finishing 17th.
The series returns to action next weekend, traveling to Jennerstown Speedway for the Pennsylvania 300. The August 26th event is set to go green at 1 p.m. (local) and will be telecast live on TNN Sports.