Pendleton, Ind. (May 29, 2003) -- Consistent finishes through the opening six events of the 2003 ASA Racing Series season has allowed Kevin Cywinski to recapture first position in the point standings. The driver of the No. 1...
Pendleton, Ind. (May 29, 2003) -- Consistent finishes through the opening six events of the 2003 ASA Racing Series season has allowed Kevin Cywinski to recapture first position in the point standings. The driver of the No. 1 SK Hand Tool / Great Clips Chevrolet has racked up five top-five finishes including the 11th victory of his career at Houston Motor Speedway. In the most recent outing at Hawkeye Downs Speedway, the 1997 ASA champion snagged the pole position, led 66 laps and crossed the line in fifth spot.
After five consecutive top-five performances to begin the season, including two wins and two poles, Butch Miller finished 19th at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in the Iowa 300. In the late stages of the race, Miller dropped back to the last finisher on the lead lap. He fell to second in the points, now 47 markers behind Cywinski.
Dominating the last portion of the Iowa 300, Atlanta's Mike Garvey climbed from sixth to third in the standings. Garvey powered around stock car veteran Rich Bickle on the 208th circuit, leading the final 93 laps. The victory was the 15th of Garvey's career and his second of the season.
Tying his career best finish, $50,000 Rookie of the Year candidate Reed Sorenson of Georgia finished third at Hawkeye Downs, jumping to fourth in the points standings. For a second consecutive event, the driver of the No. 29 ACDelco Chevrolet qualified in second, leading the opening laps of the event. Sorenson took over first position in the rookie standings with his strong performance. Hawkeye Downs marks his fifth top-10 finish.
Robbie Pyle crossed the finish line as runner-up, but after his fuel cell was found to be too low, he was fined 10 percent of his winnings and lost 50 championship points. This penalty dropped Pyle from third to fifth in the standings. The Columbus, Ohio, competitor has racked up four top-10 finishes, including second-place finishes at Houston and Hawkeye Downs.
Florida's Travis Kittleson dropped to sixth place after experiencing mechanical problems in the early laps of the event at Hawkeye relegating him to a 27th-place finish. 1998 ASA Rookie of the Year runner-up Peter Cozzolino produced a third consecutive top-10 finish, advancing him to seventh in the standings. Second-year driver Todd Kluever is eighth with Wisconsin's Chad Wood and 1995 ASA runner-up Glenn Allen Jr. rounding out the top 10.
The seventh event of the 2003 ASA Racing Series is set for Saturday, June 14 at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo. The Missouri 250 Presented by Jani-King takes the green flag at 9 p.m. (Central) and will be telecast live on SPEED Channel.
ASA Racing Series point standings after 6 of 17 races:
1) Cywinski, 1,092
2) B. Miller, 1,045
3) Garvey, 940
4) Sorenson, 938
5) Pyle, 905
6) Kittleson, 852
7) Cozzolino, 796
8) Kluever, 795
9) Wood, 763
10) Allen, 761