Stremme takes first Asa win at Salem. Salem, IN (July 20, 2002) -- Rookie David Stremme of South Bend (IN) was finally able to pass Gary St. Amant on lap 296 to secure the lead and go on to capture the first win of his ASA career in the Tecumseh...
Stremme takes first Asa win at Salem.
Salem, IN (July 20, 2002) -- Rookie David Stremme of South Bend (IN) was finally able to pass Gary St. Amant on lap 296 to secure the lead and go on to capture the first win of his ASA career in the Tecumseh 300 at Salem Speedway. It was the 26th start of his ASA career and follows an amazing four consecutive runner-up finishes for the number 11 Meijer car.
"This is awesome," said an elated Stremme. "I feel bad for Gary, but this team has worked as hard as humanly possible and our record shows how good we have been for some time now. Our pit stops were super fast and the car was even better."
Stremme was one of only three drivers to lead the race. Pole-sitter Kevin Cywinski topped the field for the first 106 circuits with Stremme then taking over through 219.
Fourth-year driver Russ Tuttle of Indianapolis finished second, trailing Stremme across the line by 1.506 secs. It was a career best result for the number 16 Conseco car as Tuttle benefited from the Stremme/St. Amant late race battle.
"Glenn (Allen Jr.) and the team had prepared a great car for these high banks," said Tuttle. "I thought we might even win our first pole today, but simple hard work and avoiding trouble brought this thing home just beautiful. I'm proud of my guys and this showing in our home state makes it even better."
Gary St. Amant had taken the lead following a round of pit stops on lap 220. It was his first and only time on the point and it appeared he might take it to the checkers. "I'm not sure that I got the best of some contact in turns two and four, I'm tired of not winning these things," said St. Amant, following his second straight podium finish. "Our pit crew was sensational, I just don't know how he got inside of me."
Robbie Pyle of Ohio and Jason Boyd of Florida rounded out the top-five finishers.
Stremme extends his lead over Dan Fredrickson in the rookie point's chase to 92 markers while Joey Clanton's margin over Gary St. Amant in the overall championship point's standings falls to 59.
The 2002 ASA Racing Series returns to action on Sunday, July 28 with the BFGoodrich Tires 300 at Madison International Speedway. The race will take the green flag just after 1 p.m. (Central) and will be telecast live on TNN.