Pendleton, Ind. (June 24, 2003) -- Producing his second victory of the season, 1997 ASA Champion Kevin Cywinski has established the largest point's lead in the ASA Racing Series during the opening eight events of 2003. Wheeling the...
Pendleton, Ind. (June 24, 2003) -- Producing his second victory of the season, 1997 ASA Champion Kevin Cywinski has established the largest point's lead in the ASA Racing Series during the opening eight events of 2003. Wheeling the No. 1 SK Hand Tool / Great Clips Chevrolet, Cywinski collected his 12th series victory in the inaugural Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. This marks the seventh top-five finish for the Wausau, Wis., competitor.
Three-time ASA Champion Butch Miller finished in the ninth position at Mansfield and dropped to 105 points behind Cywinski. The pilot of the No. 52 Timber Wolf Chevrolet owned by SS Racing began the season with a victory at USA International Speedway and followed up that stellar performance with a win at Toledo Speedway. Miller has collected seven top-10 finishes and two poles.
Scoring his third consecutive podium finish, 2000 ASA Rookie runner-up Robbie Pyle crossed the line in second, just .173 seconds behind the race winner. The driver of the No. 63 CITGO MDA Chevrolet also finished third at I-70 Speedway and second at Hawkeye Downs. Pyle has collected six top-10 performances, placing him third in the standings.
A three-time event winner this season, Mike Garvey ranks fourth after eight of 17 races. In his most recent outing, Garvey finished in sixth position at Mansfield. Garvey notched his initial victory of 2003 at Lanier National Speedway and then added back-to-back wins at Hawkeye Downs Speedway and I-70 Speedway. Garvey trails Cywinski by 158 markers.
Georgia's Reed Sorenson recorded his second straight pole position, and then proceeded to grab his third podium finish of the season. Sorenson, the current $50,000 Rookie point's leader, retains the fifth position in the championship battle. The Peachtree City, Ga., native trails Cywinski by 167 points after producing six top-10 finishes.
Florida's Travis Kittleson is sixth after a fourth-place finish in the Ohio 250. 1995 ASA runner-up Glenn Allen Jr. racked up his second consecutive top-five performance with new sponsor Modern Office Methods and continues to rank seventh in the points. Second-year driver Todd Kluever of Wisconsin ranks eighth followed by 1998 ASA Rookie runner-up Peter Cozzolino and Wisconsin's Chris Wimmer.
The ninth event of the 2003 ASA Racing Series is set for Saturday, June 28 at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind. The Club 200 Presented by BFGoodrich Tires takes the green flag at 8 p.m. (Local) and will be telecast live on SPEED Channel.
ASA Racing Series Point Standings after 8 of 17 races: 1) Cywinski, 1,465; 2) Miller, 1,360; 3) Pyle, 1,325; 4) Garvey, 1,307; 5) Sorenson, 1,298; 6) Kittleson, 1,177; 7) Allen, 1,116; 8) Kluever, 1,078; 9) Cozzolino, 1,019; 10) Wimmer, 1,013