Pyle Gearing Up For Championship Run After Another Top-10 CITGO Driver Sees Title Fight with Cywinski Shaping Up CHICAGO, IL (July 20, 2004) -- The BFGoodrich 250 at Madison International Speedway (WI) did not produce a victory for Robbie Pyle...
Pyle Gearing Up For Championship Run After Another Top-10
CITGO Driver Sees Title Fight with Cywinski Shaping Up
CHICAGO, IL (July 20, 2004) -- The BFGoodrich 250 at Madison International Speedway (WI) did not produce a victory for Robbie Pyle and his #63 WalTom Racing team. However, the event did yield the team a solid ninth-place finish that can be a building block for the big prize that the team aspires to achieve - the 2004 ASA National Series championship.
The season is at its halfway point and it looks like a battle between Pyle and defending champ Kevin Cywinski might be shaping up for the remainder of the year. Pyle welcomes the competition with his fellow racer
"Kevin has always been the guy to shoot for," Pyle said. "He is tough to gain on, but this year we are doing better and we are within firing range. We have to be careful, too. Everything is so tight that one bad race will drop you back, and there are plenty of others who are right there waiting to catch up."
Pyle and Cywinski have a good record when it comes to racing with each other.
"I think that we have a lot of mutual respect," Pyle said. "He races me clean and I try to do the same. At Madison, he was following me early in the race. His last set of tires made him fast and I might have even held him up a little bit - maybe he would have won otherwise. Towards the end, I wanted him to get by me. I thought that he could get in front and make a few holes that I could follow him through. It ended up that he was too fast and I couldn't keep up to make it through those holes, so that didn't work."
"This team is allowing us to make a run at the championship," said Pyle. "We've got a good group of people and we've gained some experience together. We're all comfortable working together. You couldn't ask for two better car owners in Tom and Wally Gleitsman. They aren't dumb with money; they will give us everything that we need to be a championship caliber team. Having the resources to win helps to keep good guys working here."
The resolve of the CITGO team showed in their top-10 finish at Madison.
"The car wasn't really that good in the race," said Pyle, who is a former winner of the event. "We were off, but we did the best with what we had and ended up gaining points on most everyone except for Cywinski. We even led a few laps halfway through the race. We thought that the car would be good for the race and it ran well on an open track, but we just weren't good in traffic."
The next event for the ASA National Series will be in two weeks at the Indianapolis Raceway Park and it's a race that Pyle is looking forward to.
"I've always liked IRP and I've always qualified well there, but we haven't won there yet," said Pyle. "Last season, we won the pole there and were leading when we got caught up in a wreck. So I'm optimistic going into this year's race."
WalTom Racing, with Robbie Pyle and rookie Stephen Leicht, are competing full-time with the American Speed Association in 2004. For more information on the team, please visit www.waltomracing.com.