Miller extends points lead Pendleton, Ind. (May 19, 2003) -- Celebrating his 48th career victory, three-time ASA champion Butch Miller extended his ASA Racing Series point lead after the fifth event of the 2003 season at Toledo Speedway in Ohio.
Miller extends points lead
Pendleton, Ind. (May 19, 2003) -- Celebrating his 48th career victory, three-time ASA champion Butch Miller extended his ASA Racing Series point lead after the fifth event of the 2003 season at Toledo Speedway in Ohio. Miller made the race-winning pass on Travis Kittleson and then powered to his second checkered flag during this 36th season of championship stock car racing in the series that builds champions. Driving the No. 52 Timber Wolf Chevrolet for SS Racing of Indianapolis, Miller has compiled five-top five finishes in the initial five events and has completed every lap of competition.
Kevin Cywinski of Wisconsin is second in driver points, 23 markers behind Miller. After three consecutive top-three finishes, including a victory at Houston Motor Speedway in ASA's inaugural visit to the Lone Star State, Cywinski suffered his first sub-par outing, placing 11th at Lanier.
At Toledo in the Glass City 300, Cywinski returned to his previous championship form. He crossed the line in second position after passing Kittleson with one lap remaining in the event.
Ohio competitor Robbie Pyle advanced to the third spot in the standings after posting a fifth-place finish. Pyle, who drives the CITGO Chevrolet, trails series leading Miller by 130 markers after five of 17 events.
$50,000 Rookie of the Year Point leader Travis Kittleson advanced to the fourth spot after posting his second podium finish during this freshman season for him. Kittleson held the lead spot in the closing stages of the event, but couldn't hold off the advances of hard-charging Butch Miller. Kittleson has built at 19-point margin over Georgian Reed Sorenson in the Rookie championship.
Continuing his climb, Sorenson ranks fifth in the point standings after another top-10 finish in the series that builds champions. Sorenson started a career best second in the Glass City 300 and paced the initial 37 circuits before Miller took over the lead.
Georgia's Mike Garvey dropped to sixth place after dominating the event until hammering the turn two wall while leading on lap 261. Garvey finished a disappointing 22nd. Second-year driver Todd Kluever ranks seventh in the point standings with Rookie Boris Jurkovic, Florida's Mike Cope and veteran Peter Cozzolino rounding out the top 10.
The sixth event of the 2003 ASA Racing Series is set for Saturday, May 24 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The ASA Racing Iowa 300 takes the green flag at 8 p.m. (Central).