Strategy almost pays off for Kittleson in native Wisconsin CONCORD, NC (July 22, 2003) -- The BFGoodrich Tires 250 ASA event was going just as planned for Travis Kittleson. The rookie was running well in front of many of his family members in...
Strategy almost pays off for Kittleson in native Wisconsin
CONCORD, NC (July 22, 2003) -- The BFGoodrich Tires 250 ASA event was going just as planned for Travis Kittleson. The rookie was running well in front of many of his family members in attendance at the Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin. He had led laps and was looking to make up some serious points on rookie points leader Reed Sorenson, who had suffered mechanical problems during the race.
"Everything was going really well, but there was a lapped car that was running us all over the place and keeping us from advancing positions," said Kittleson. "We played our pit strategy just right and had fresher tires on the car than anyone out there.
The lapped car Sorenson is speaking of was that of his rookie point rival Reed Sorenson.
"He just wouldn't let us get around him; he was blocking us like crazy. He was racing other cars that were laps down and just wouldn't let us get by him. That really kept us from advancing up to the front like we could have. I am sure we had about a third-place car if we would have been able to get up there and race with the leaders. Our car was on a rail, especially on the high side, which was helping us all night long."
Kittleson was still able to finish seventh in the race, his seventh top-10 finish of the season.
"Our strategy played out just like we talked about at the beginning of the race. We wanted to be able to lead some laps and get those bonus points and then have the freshest tires on the car late and be able to race the leaders. We were really coming on strong, but just ran out of time."
Kittleson, who hails from Merritt Island, Florida, was actually born just outside of Madison in the town of Cross Plains (WI). That made ASA's only stop in the Badger state special for the 24-year-old.
"I was shocked at how many people showed up," added Kittleson. "My family up there is awesome. It is kind of like Mayberry (from the Andy Griffith Show). It is one of those places where everyone knows each other. They are nice as can be, so it was pretty special to be able to race in front of them and run so well. I just wish we could have shown them what we really had."
The team will now spend some time testing at Berlin Raceway this week in preparation for the race at the famed .438-mile oval on August 2nd.