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Tuttle finishes 20th in ASA Pennsylvania 300. JENNERSTOWN, Penn. (July 15, 2002) - Does bad luck really come in threes? According to American Speed Association (ASA) driver, Russ Tuttle, it does. Tuttle claimed a 20th-place finish in Sunday's...

Tuttle finishes 20th in ASA Pennsylvania 300.

JENNERSTOWN, Penn. (July 15, 2002) - Does bad luck really come in threes? According to American Speed Association (ASA) driver, Russ Tuttle, it does. Tuttle claimed a 20th-place finish in Sunday's Pennsylvania 300 held at Jennerstown (Penn.) Speedway. The event, which marked the start of the second half of the 20-week long season, looked like it might be the race to turn Tuttle's luck around.

In hopes of getting himself back in top condition for this weekend's event, Tuttle took it easy on his week off. He and his wife visited the island of St. Maarten where Tuttle tried to recuperate from injuries suffered to his back and hand in an accident in June at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

Fully rested, Tuttle hit the pavement on Saturday ready for a full day of racing which included three rounds of practice and qualifying. The No. 16 Team Conseco managed to get only a few laps in during the first round of practice due to a problem with the steering column. With a fully functional car in the second practice, Tuttle clocked the 15th fastest time of the session. During the third session the team was able to get the final kinks out of the car including a damaged right rear shock.

Tuttle lined up on the starting grid in the 16th position following qualifying. The Team Conseco machine seemed also to benefit from its week off from racing as it quickly moved up through the field. Tuttle broke into the top-five by lap 150. Unfortunately, an incident with the car of Dan Fredrickson shortly after the halfway point in the race extinguished any hopes for a top finish. Fredrickson hit the right rear area on the No. 16 causing damage to the axle tube and Tuttle was unable to maintain his position due to the loss in the car's handling.

Tuttle managed to complete the race, but failed to score the finish he was hoping for. "Despite my hand and back pain, I was able to complete the whole race which really makes me happy. The car didn't suffer too much damage so the team won't have to work around the clock to get ready for this weekend. With such a good car, running as fast as it was, I was really looking for a much better finish. The finish was disappointing, but after the good run we put together during the race I'm optimistic about our chances at Salem."

Russ Tuttle and Team Conseco will return home to the Hoosier State for the next event on the ASA schedule. The race will be held Salem Speedway, located in Salem, Indiana, on Saturday, July 20 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Central. The race will be tape-delayed and broadcast on The National Network (TNN) beginning at 12:00 a.m. Eastern.

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