Travis Kittleson brought his Bob Steele Chevrolet sponsored R/T Race team into Toledo, Ohio for the Glass City 300 with hopes of increasing his Rookie of the Year points lead and improving on his 5th place position in the overall standings. ASA...
Travis Kittleson brought his Bob Steele Chevrolet sponsored R/T Race team into Toledo, Ohio for the Glass City 300 with hopes of increasing his Rookie of the Year points lead and improving on his 5th place position in the overall standings.
ASA series points leader, and long time ASA veteran, Butch Miller set a track record during qualifying at a speed of 112.367 mph average speed at the fast half mile oval. Travis qualified eighth at 110.092 mph.
Overcast skies kept the temperatures down lower than anticipated and Travis started the race a bit tighter than expected and decided to just stay out of trouble and drive smooth. Travis was still able to pick up a couple of positions before the first round of pit stops took place coming in 6th place. The crew put on fresh BF Goodrich rubber on the right side and added a spring rubber to the right rear of the car along with a minor air pressure adjustment. With all of the changes, Travis went back under green in the 12th position.
The car appeared to run a bit better as Travis was able to make up the positions quickly and found himself near the top five before the next stop had to be made. Travis came in for fuel on lap 131 which gave him more than enough fuel to complete the race.
Travis continued to run smoothly gaining positions when he had the opportunities. Travis continued in the top five until he came in for another round of pit stops, taking on another set of fresh right side rubber to take him to the finish.
Travis was consistent and steady making his way through the field. As the race headed into the final 90 laps, Travis had made his way into second position battling Mike Garvey hard for the lead. Mike was able to hold off Travis' challenge until something in his suspension broke and sent him into the outside retaining wall giving Travis the lead on lap 262.
Travis held the point while several drivers who had taken on right side tires made their way through the field with only 10 cars still on the lead lap. On lap 280, Butch Miller had caught Travis and they battled for the lead. After a couple laps of side by side racing, Butch took the lead with Travis in tow. The two cars stretched out to a 10 car length advantage on the field during the final laps. With only 4 laps to go, another caution came out and bunched the field up for a four lap shootout.
Travis found himself directly in front of Kevin Cywinski who had also taken on tires. On lap 298 Kevin had gotten on the inside of Travis in turn two. the two raced side by side and Kevin pulled ahead going into turn three on the final lap. Travis came home with another podium finish coming home in the third position.
Travis' second podium finish moved him up to fourth in the overall points standings only 2 points behind Robbie Pyle in third. Travis was able to add to his Rookie of the Year points lead.
Travis and the crew prepare for the Iowa 300 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, IA on Saturday, May 24th at 3pm EST. Race coverage is live on SPEEDCHANNEL.