Toledo, Ohio (July 3 ) Sunday's ASA AC Delco Series Glass City 300, at Toledo Motor Speedway, was another case of survival for Washington Apples driver Ricky Bryant, and his fellow ASA competitors. When the checkered flag fell a record 16 cautions...
Toledo, Ohio (July 3 ) Sunday's ASA AC Delco Series Glass City 300, at Toledo Motor Speedway, was another case of survival for Washington Apples driver Ricky Bryant, and his fellow ASA competitors. When the checkered flag fell a record 16 cautions had fallen on the 300 lap affair, and "defensive driving" was not just a slogan. All the more important was the fact that the race Sunday, in Toledo, was the 1st of 4 ASA races in 21 days. The 1st of 4 consecutive races added the additional burden, to a majority of race teams, of having to keep the fenders on your equipment in order be prepared for the next race only a week away.
Bryant, and his Washington Apples team qualified 20th for Sunday's race. This was Ricky's first visit ever to Toledo but he liked the track, "It's high banked, and it's fast. Just the kind of track I like. It's a track that if we have the chance to test at before next years race I think I can win here!"
Sunday's Glass City 300 took the green flag, and Bryant began moving up immediately, passing the Texas Roadhouse car of Kevin Cynwinski on the outside in Turn 2 on lap 2. Increasing his track position had to take a back seat to being conservative when the first of 16 cautions came out for a multi car wreck in Turn 3 a couple laps later. Bryant picked his way through the melee unscathed. From there Ricky took it one step at a time concentrating on staying on the lead lap, and out of trouble. At one point Bryant had the Washington Apples Pontiac up to 6th place. Ricky felt he knew the reason, " My pit crew gave me 3 awesome stops today. At one point we beat 3 of the points leaders out on one of the pit stops, and we picked up several positions."
The pit stops, cautious aggression, and a consistent car helped Bryant record another solid , if not spectacular, 13th place finish. "I feel like we have arrived at a certain level in the ASA Series as a rookie team, Bryant stated, we've got along way to go in building this program with the resources we need to win for Washington Apples, but we also need more experience as a team. I know the driver does. Hopefully we will be able to make the move into a solid top ten team before the end of the season. I'm excited about our chances!"
With the end of the first half of the 2001 ASA season Ricky is 15th in the ASA Championship Point standings. 10 races remain. The next race comes up this Sunday in Chicago. The Chicago 200 will take the green flag, at the Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero, Ill., at 1 PM Sunday. The race, as with all ASA races, will be broadcast live on TNN. Bryant, and his BG Motorsports team, have prior ASA experience at Chicago. Last year when they ran a limited ASA schedule Chicago was on their schedule. Ricky adjusted to the fast 1 mile concrete oval easily qualifying in the first round and notching a 18th place finish after having run in the top five at one point in the race.
After Chicago Sunday the ASA schedule has the Washington Apple team competing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 6 days later, on Saturday July 14th, and in Salem, Indiana on Saturday July 21st.
BG Motorsports has announced the addition of a retail partner for Chicago. Dominick's Food Stores will be on the # 35 Washington Apples Pontiac Grand Prix for the Chicago 300. The Washington Apples - Dominick's ASA showcar will make a schedule of appearances around the Chicago area leading up to Sunday's race. The complete schedule is available on the team's website - www.bgmotors.com
For the 2nd year in a row, in Chicago, AmeriSuites will also be joining the team as an associate sponsor for race weekend promotions, and appearances