St. Augustine - Porter makes ASA debut

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (February 19, 2001) -- Toby Porter, a well known driver in the Southeast late model ranks, made his American Speed Association (ASA) debut this past Saturday night in the ASARacing.com 300 at St. Augustine Speedway. Porter, the...

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (February 19, 2001) -- Toby Porter, a well known driver in the Southeast late model ranks, made his American Speed Association (ASA) debut this past Saturday night in the ASARacing.com 300 at St. Augustine Speedway. Porter, the newest addition to Herzog Motorsports, picked up a 10th place finish while earning the respect of his fellow competitors.

After qualifying in seventh position, Porter quickly moved through the competition. Porter was up to fourth place before a caution on lap 121 allowed him to come down pit road to the attention of his crew. The No. 44 Chevrolet's pit crew, Herzog Motorsports' NASCAR Busch Series team fresh off a fifth place finish at Daytona, made quick time changing two right side tires, adding fuel and making a chassis adjustment to allow Porter to gain several positions out of the pits.

Porter stayed on the track through a caution until lap 158 where the team decided to pit for left side tires and fuel. After the second pit, Porter restarted in the 12th position. Battling the handling of the car, Porter re-pitted on lap 175 and on lap 238 to make further chassis adjustments and get fresh BFGoodrich tires.

Porter fluctuated between positions ninth and 11th for the remainder of the 300-lap race. When the checkered flag waved, Porter crossed the line, posting a solid 10th place finish.

"I was pleased with my finish, but this definitely leaves me room to improve," stated a humble Porter. "ASA Racing is new to me and I can see that winning a race in this series isn't going to be easy. The No. 92 Busch team gave me great pit stops and I am excited to get to work with them. We will just keep working and finish higher in our next ASA appearance."

Tony Liberati, full-time crew chief for the No. 92 Herzog Motorsports NASCAR Busch team, and part-time crew chief for No. 44 Herzog Motorsports ASA entry was pleased with Porter's performance on the track. "I think that Toby showed the other drivers that he is going to be tough to beat. The car didn't handle as well as we hoped, but Toby stayed focused and kept digging," stated Liberati. NASCAR crew chief Liberati was also impressed with the other drivers on the track. "All of my racing has been in NASCAR, but I can say now with experience that ASA has some of the toughest competition in racing."

Herzog Motorsports is a successful, championship-winning race team. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Milwaukee, Wis.and St. Joseph, Mo., Herzog Motorsports fields teams in the American Speed Association and NASCAR Busch Series, with support from WOWemployers.com and Excedrin.

The ASA Series ventures to California for the first time in history to compete in theTires.com 300 at Irwindale (CA) Speedway. The event will begin at 9 p.m. EST and be broadcast live on TNN.

-Erika Helsel

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Stock car