Rookie points battle report 2003-07-28

Pendleton, Ind. (July 28, 2003) -- Florida's Travis Kittleson chipped away at Rookie points lead for the $50,000 award on current leader Reed Sorenson, beginning the second half of the 2003 ASA Racing Series season.

Pendleton, Ind. (July 28, 2003) -- Florida's Travis Kittleson chipped away at Rookie points lead for the $50,000 award on current leader Reed Sorenson, beginning the second half of the 2003 ASA Racing Series season. Kittleson's seventh finishing position coupled with Sorenson's 12th place effort at Madison International Speedway in the BFGoodrich Tires 250, gained 28 markers for Kittleson and he trails the Georgia star by 136 points after 10 of 17 events.

Sorenson has recorded five top-five finishes in the initial 10 events, only finishing outside the top 10 on two occasions. Driving the ACDelco / Port City Racecars / Tilton Engineering Chevrolet, Sorenson has produced a best finish of third on two occasions, initially at USA International Speedway in March and most recently at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway stop in May.

Kittleson is second in the freshman standings, racking up five-top five finishes, including a best performance of second at Concord Motorsport Park in April. Wheeling the Bob Steele Chevrolet, Kittleson also finished third at Toledo Speedway, fourth at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway and fifth at the season-opening Jani-King 200 at USA International Speedway in March.

Illinois competitor Boris Jurkovic ranks third in the standings, coming off two consecutive finishes in the top 10. He posted the best finish of his career, crossing the line in fourth spot at Indianapolis Raceway Park in June. Driving the No. 66 Phil Hines Racing Chevrolet, Jurkovic ranks 11th in the overall point standings, just three markers from 10th.

Posting his first top-five finish since his victory at Concord Motorsport Park in April, West Virginia's Davin Scites finished in fifth position at Madison. The driver of the No. 06 John Michael Montgomery Chevrolet is fourth in the rookie points. Scites debuted his brand new Howe Racing Enterprises Chassis at Madison, propelling him to 14th spot in the point standings.

Ohio's Kris Stump is fifth in the freshman standings, after placing 16th in the most recent ASA event. With sponsorship backing from McDonald's and Noah Yoder Ford, Stump has posted a best finish of ninth at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The 11th event of the 2003 ASA Racing Series is set for Saturday, August 2 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich. The Meijer 250 presented by BFGoodrich Tires 250 takes the green flag at 9 p.m. (Local) and will be telecast live on SPEED Channel.

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