1995 AC-DELCO CHALLENGE SERIES American Speed Association Championship Stock Car Racing BADGERLAND 150 Milwaukee, Wis. ALLEN WINS ASA "BADGERLAND 150" AT MILWAUKEE West Allis, WIS -- SpeedNet -- Glen Allen Jr. gambled by making a pit stop...
1995 AC-DELCO CHALLENGE SERIES American Speed Association Championship Stock Car Racing
BADGERLAND 150 Milwaukee, Wis.
ALLEN WINS ASA "BADGERLAND 150" AT MILWAUKEE
West Allis, WIS -- SpeedNet -- Glen Allen Jr. gambled by making a pit stop with 25 laps remaining and then held off a determined Mike Eddy to win the American Speed Association's "Badgerland 150" Sunday on the famed Milwaukee Mile.
Allen, driving the Eaglewood Construction/Conquest Pontiac was running fifth with 26 laps remaining in the AC-Delco Challenge Series event and decided if he didn't change tires, that was going to be the best he could finish.
When the caution flag waved when rookie of the year contender J.D. Sommers ran out of gas on the back stretch, Allen and Eddy were the only cars among the leaders to stop for four fresh Goodyears.
At that point Tony Raines in the CITGO Petroleum/Clean Burn Pontiac was out front, followed by Bryan Reffner, Matt Kenseth and pole sitter Bob Senneker.
Allen rejoined the field in 18th position and Eddy in 20th. But when the green waived on lap 130, the two Pontiac drivers started a charge to the front.
By lap 142 Raines continued out front, followed by Senneker in the Johnsonville Foods/Lane Automotive Ford, Reffner in the Structural Transport Ford, with Allen fourth and Eddy in sixth position.
Allen passed Senneker on lap 144 and Eddy had moved up to fourth. Two laps later Allen was in the lead chased by Eddy and Raines.
On the last lap the two Pontiac drivers went into the first turn side by side, with Allen maintaining and advantage. Coming off the fourth turn Eddy took one last look to the low side, but Allen beat him to the checkers by .090 seconds with Raines finishing third. Senneker came home fourth with Reffner rounding out the top five.
"If I knew we were stuck in fifth and not going to do any better when the caution came," Allen said after pocketing $14,000 of the $151,848 purse. "We decided to roll the dice and come in and get four fresh tires.
"Once we started picking off cars, I ran as hard as I could," he said following his sixth career ASA win and first on the "Milwaukee Mile."
Allen said he drove the last 25 laps like it was a sprint.
"I knew on the last lap we were both going to spin out or both going to make it," he continued. "I gave Mike (Eddy) just a little bit of room, but not enough to get through. We race real clean, my hat's off to Mike."
Eddy, who started second in the 40-car field in GM Goodwrench Service/HRE Pontiac, said his car was tight at the start of the race, despite taking the lead.
"After we changed the first set of tires the car was good," he said. "At the end I knew if we pitted we would make it back to the front, the new tires make that much of a difference."
Commenting on the last lap spin that cost him and Brad Loney a possible win earlier this year. "I wanted to finish. It's been a long time since I'm happy with a second, but I'm happy."
Raines, who started fifth, said he considered pitting with 25 laps remaining.
"We talked about pitting," he said, "but decided to stay out for the track position. I didn't think they could get through the field again after pitting.
"At the end Glenn (Allen Jr.) was getting loose, " Raines said. "Another 10 or 20 laps and I might have gotten around. Our car ran better on old tires."
Pontiac swept the top three positions, followed by two Ford Thunderbird's. The sweep at the Milwaukee Mile extended Pontiac's lead in the Manufacturers Cup Standings over Ford to nine points. Pontiac leads with 32 points, Ford is second with 23 and Chevrolet is third with 17 points after 12 of 16 races.
The early stages of the "Badgerland 150" featured side by side racing as Senneker and Reffner battled from lap 4 until pitting on lap 73. After the lead cars pitted Sommers went to the front, but was passed by Raines, who stayed out front from lap 80 through 108, when Eddy moved back into the lead.
NASCAR driver Ken Schrader in the AC-Delco Chevrolet started 21st and was running as high as sixth after 100 laps when the engine went sour after 133 laps.
Rounding out the top ten were: Matt Kenseth in the Nielson Racing Chevrolet Racing Chevrolet; Mike Miller in the Funcoland/Atlanta Communications Pontiac; Brad Loney in the Winnebago/Flexsteel/H&W Chevrolet; Jay Sauter driving the LaFarve Racing Pontiac; and Joe Nott in the Alan Nott/Valvoline/Raabe Ford Thunderbird.
Reffner increased his points lead in the AC-Delco Challenge Series Hooters Super Cup standings over Scott Hansen in the AFCO Racing/Milwaukee Metro Auto Auction Ford from 15 to 60 points with four events remaining.
Hansen started 13th and finished 13th.
"This is the second week in a row we should have stopped for tires and didn't," he said. "I thought track position would mean more than new tires."
The AC-Delco Challenge Series travels to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Labor Day for the running of the "Miller Genuine Draft 300." The race will be broadcast on the American Racing Network.
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