Rougemont SweetPotato 400 Review

Johnson Wins ASA Finale, Sauter Clinches Title (Rougemont, NC) Jimmie Johnson won the season ending American Speed Association "North Carolina SweetPotato 400, presented by Jani-King" Saturday afternoon, and Tim Sauter clinched the 1999 ACDelco...

Johnson Wins ASA Finale, Sauter Clinches Title

(Rougemont, NC) Jimmie Johnson won the season ending American Speed Association "North Carolina SweetPotato 400, presented by Jani-King" Saturday afternoon, and Tim Sauter clinched the 1999 ACDelco Challenge Series National Championship at Orange County Sp eedway.

Johnson, driving the Pennzoil Chevrolet, drove passed 1998 ASA Champion Gary St. Amant on lap 318, and then powered his way to one second margin of victory to earn his second ACDelco Challenge Series win of the year. St. Amant held on for second, followed by Mike Miller in third, with Sauter fourth and Tristan Dupuis rounding out the top five.

Sauter, a second generation racer from Necedah, WI, was not able to secure the title until the checkered flag waved to mark the end of the 1999 season. In fact, he lost ten points during the afternoon to Miller, but was able to win the championship in jus t his third full season of competition on the ASA circuit. With his win in the 1999 season opener at Bradenton, Florida, Sauter joined his father Jim and brother Jay as ASA race winners.

Miller, who entered the North Carolina SweetPotato 400 trailing Sauter by 16 points, gained ground during the event middle stages by leading the race and earning 5 bonus points, but fell six points short in his quest for the title despite finishing one pos ition better than Sauter.

The event also saw the fifth appearance of the LS1-V8 powered Project 2000 car driven by Ted Smokstad of Minnesota. The LS1-V8 engine has been mandated for use in the ASA ACDelco Challenge for the year 2000. The car finished fifth in the event after sta rting from the tail.

The final event of the 1999 ACDelco Challenge Series is the National Awards banquet at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN, on December 11. Tickets and information are available by calling ASA at 1-888-ASA-1020.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS "North Carolina SweetPotato 400" presented by Jani-King


FN ST NO. Driver/Hometown Sponsor/Make LAPS STATUS 1 20 44 Jimmie Johnson/El Cajon, CA Pennzoil/AFCO/Team Monte Carlo/Herzog Chev. 400 Running 2 4 7 Gary St. Amant/Columbus, OH Wynn's/Lane Automotive/Gainey Transportation Chev. 400 Running 3 8 18 Mike Miller/Woodstock, GA Jani-King/Miller Motorsports Pont.400 Running 4 6 9 Tim Sauter/Necedah, WI Build A Mold/Moldplas/Trimplas/Wehrs Chev. 400 Running 5 2 11 R Tristan Dupuis/Lansing, MI Go Go Auto Parts/B & L Truck Caps Pont. 400 Running 6 11 6 Dave Sensiba/Middleville, MI Generac/Prestige Truck Access./Selective Serv Pont. 400 Running 7 7 1 Mike Garvey/Muskegon, MI Tecumseh/LaFavre Racing Teams Chev. 399 Running 8 12 87 Tony Raines/LaPorte, IN Clean Burn/Daylight Transport Ford 399 Running 9 17 38 Bob Senneker/Dorr, MI Metro Milwaukee Auto Auction Pont 399 Running 10 15 23 Rick Beebe/Merriam, KS Meijer/Freschetta/Banquet Foods/Hodges Chev. 399 Running 11 22 07 Jack Landis/Angola, IN Adirondack/Noah Yoder/LA West/L&A Electric Ford 398 Running 12 28 2 Chad Wood/Madison, WI Truck Doctors/Zooropa/Peel Motorsports Chev. 397 Running 13 21 22 R Rick Johnson/El Cajon, CA Nationwide Auction Systems/AFCO/Herzog Chev. 397 Running 14 1 33 Greg Stewart/Four Oaks, NC Keener Lumber Co./Screaming Eagle Motorsports Pont. 397 Running 15 24 5 R Eddie Hoffman/Westchester, IL Structural Transport/Fanetti Motorsports Ford 396 Running 16 31 03 R Ken Alexander/Anderson, SC Greased Lightning/A&M Cleaning Products Chev. 393 Running 17 34 4 Buddy Gainey/Grand Rapids, MI Gainey Transportation/Nat'l Heritage Acad. Chev. 392 Running 18 26 77 R David Doran/Cincinnati, OH Lista/Doran Enterprises Pont. 391 Running 19 19 8 Tom Harrington/Shreveport, LA Young Motorsports Pont. 391 Running 20 10 28 R Tim Taylor/Indianapolis, IN E.M.A.S. Ambulance Service/Taylor Racing Chev. 390 Running 21 27 64 Ricky Bilderback/Rockton, IL Red River Machinery/Bilderback Auto Parts Pont. 385 Running 22 23 40 Brandon Sperling/Yorba Linda, CA McDonald's Drive-Thru/Crookston Chev. 381 Running 23 32 37 David Anspaugh/Sturgis, MI 1st AYD/Fowler Signs/Anspaugh Racing Chev. 364 Clutch 24 18 81 Harold Fair/Detroit, MI Diesel Repair Specialists/G.C.F. Motorsports Pont. 339 Engine 25 14 00 Andy Ponstein/Grand Haven, MI U.S. Pipe/Signs Unlmtd./Henry Mast Greenhouses Chev. 326 Transmission 26 29 93 Alec Pinsonneault/Windsor, ONT Build A Mold/Moldplas/Trimplas/A.P. Perf. Chev. 312 Clutch 27 25 99 Kevin Nuttleman/Bangor, WI Wehrs Truck Center/Dutch Mill Trucking Ford 288 Accident 28 5 42 Kirk Leone/Raleigh, NC KIRCO Motorsports Chev. 284 Accident 29 3 52 R Derrick Gilchrist/Raleigh, NC Greased Lightning/Schrader-Hamke Racing Chev. 199 Driveline 30 30 04 Jack Smith/Seville, OH Top Gun High Performance Racing Chev. 194 Transmission 31 16 16 R Russ Tuttle/Indianapolis, IN Tyson/Gold Star Racing Chev. 181 Accident 32 9 45 Greg Usher/Grand Rapids, MI Port City Racing/U.E.I. Pont. 180 Accident 33 13 72 Teddy Musgrave Jr./Troutman, NC Generac/Zooropa Design/Orosi Sunglasses Chev. 178 Accident 34 33 79 Travis Price/Oxford, GA QuickCar Racing Products/Baptist Rehab Pont. 175 Accident R Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie Candidate

NOTE: Fifth running of the Project 2000 LS1-V8 Test Car, driven by Ted Smokstad of Bloomington (MN).

Race Stats Time of Race: 2 hrs. 12 mins. 34.207 secs. Average Speed: 50.916 mph Margin of Victory: 0.744 sec. Lead Changes: 7 among 7 drivers Lap Leaders: T. Dupuis 1-85; D. Sensiba 86-105; M. Miller 106-108; M. Garvey 109-150; R. Johnson 151-163; M. Garvey 164-286; G. St. Amant 287-317; J. Johnson 318-400. Cautions: 9 for 65 laps Pole Position: Greg Stewart 14.225 secs. / 94.903 mph (New Track Record) Entries: 44 Qualifiers: 40


Chevrolet Motor Division: J. Johnson (1st); G. St. Amant (2nd); T. Sauter (4th). Pontiac Motor Division: M. Miller (3rd); T. Dupuis (5th). Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie Award: T. Dupuis (5th) Edelbrock: J. Johnson (1st); T. Dupuis (Rookie). Greased Lightning "Fast Lap" Award: T. Dupuis (Lap 2) 14.462 secs. / 93.348 mph Hawk Brake: J. Johnson (1st) Howe Racing: Not Awarded MAC Tools "Crew Chief of the Race" Award: H. Lettow

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Series Stock car
Drivers Tony Raines , Jimmie Johnson , Tim Sauter , Mike Miller , Andy Ponstein , Greg Stewart , Mike Garvey , Jack Smith