Pendleton report 2000-04-26

St. Amant maintains points lead heading to Montgomery PENDLETON, Ind. (April 26, 2000) -- Rookie sensation Scott Wimmer of Wausau, Wis. won his second straight ASA ACDelco Series race, the Jani-King 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway in North...

St. Amant maintains points lead heading to Montgomery

PENDLETON, Ind. (April 26, 2000) -- Rookie sensation Scott Wimmer of Wausau, Wis. won his second straight ASA ACDelco Series race, the Jani-King 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina on April 22, to move into the top-ten in championship points and take over as the rookie points leader after three of twenty events. Ohio's Gary St. Amant, runner-up at Hickory, continues to lead the overall championship points standings.

Scott Wimmer held race leadership on two occasions for a total of 103 laps. He grabbed the top position from pole sitter Brandon Sperling on lap 71 and later paced the field for the final 66 circuits. It is the first time since 1996 that a rookie has won back-to-back ASA races, when Kevin Cywinski accomplished the feat.

Runner-up Gary St. Amant, who won the season-opening event in Florida, holds a 68 point margin over Brandon Sperling of California. Kevin Cywinski, the 1997 ASA National Champion, is third in the standings, with Ricky Johnson of California and Butch Mille r of Michigan the rest of the top-five.

Veterans Mike Garvey, Mike Miller and Scott Hansen are in positions six through eight, trailing St. Amant by 121, 122 and 122 points respectively. Wimmer is tied with defending ASA ACDelco Series champion Tim Sauter at 134 points behind St. Amant in the top position. He is technically ahead of Sauter in the standings by virtue of his two victories.

Robbie Pyle of Ohio is second in the chase for Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year honors. He is a mere seven points behind Wimmer, with Mark E. Dismore of Indiana at third in the rookie standings. Joey Clanton of Georgia and Larry Foyt of Texas round out the top five rookies.

The ASA ACDelco Series will debut at Montgomery Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 6 with practice beginning at 10:30 a.m. Central. ASA qualifications take place at 5 p.m. and a 100-lap qualifier race will take green at 9 p.m. On Sunday, May 7, the exclusive ASA on-track fan autograph session begins at 10:30 a.m., with pre-race ceremonies starting at 11:45 a.m. The Alabama 300 will go green at 12:30 p.m. (Central), 1:30 p.m. (Eastern).

Tickets for the Alabama 300 are $25 in the reserved sections and $20 in the general admission areas. Children 12 years of age or younger will be admitted free with a paying adult in the general admission seating section. Tickets can be ordered by calling the ASA Ticket Line (765) 778-2105 or toll-free 1-888-ASA-1020. VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

Provisional ASA ACDelco Series National Points

<pre> PENDLETON, IN - Top 20 driver points standings after 3 events of the 2000 ASA ACDelco Series:

Pos. Driver Victories Event Pts. Total Pts. Deficit

1. Gary St. Amant 1 185 555 2. Brandon Sperling - 175 487 -68 3. Kevin Cywinski - 113 473 -82 4. Ricky Johnson - 170 456 -99 5. Butch Miller - 160 449 -106 6. Mike Garvey - 156 434 -121 7. Mike Miller - 143 433 -122 8. Scott Hansen - 150 433 -122 9. R Scott Wimmer 2 195 421 -134 10. Tim Sauter - 134 421 -134 11. R Robbie Pyle - 141 414 -141 12. Rick Beebe - 180 411 -144 13. Jack Landis - 145 376 -179 14. R Mark E. Dismore - 105 371 -184 15. Greg Stewart - 81 363 -192 16. R Joey Clanton - 175 362 -193 17. Tristan Dupuis - 133 359 -196 18. Dave Sensiba - 117 352 -203 19. Tim Taylor - 109 350 -205 20. R Larry Foyt - 96 345 -210

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Series Stock car
Drivers Larry Foyt , Tim Sauter , Scott Wimmer , Mike Miller , Joey Clanton , Greg Stewart , Butch Miller , Mike Garvey , Ricky Johnson , Scott Hansen