Kittleson Ready For More After Solid Madison Run ASA Championship Contender Races in Front of Tons of Family and Friends CONCORD, NC (July 19, 2004) -- After weeks of just sitting around, preparing and testing, ASA championship contender Travis...
Kittleson Ready For More After Solid Madison Run
ASA Championship Contender Races in Front of Tons of Family and Friends
CONCORD, NC (July 19, 2004) -- After weeks of just sitting around, preparing and testing, ASA championship contender Travis Kittleson is back in business. Kittleson was behind the wheel of his Bob Steele Chevrolet #30 on Saturday night at Madison International Speedway (WI) when the ASA cars returned to action after nearly a month off. And it was a busy night for Kittleson, who came into the weekend eighth in the point standings, as he raced in front of a ton of family and friends.
"I'll tell you what, being out of a racecar makes me depressed," said Kittleson, who was born in Madison but moved to Florida at a very young age. "It (racing) is like a drug. I guess what we went through (with an ASA race being cancelled) was a lot like what a drug addict goes through without having the drugs to supply that urge.
"It was a good weekend, especially following up all of the stuff that has been going on with ASA over the past couple of months. Everyone there had a fairly positive attitude and just wanted to get back to doing what we do. I know I had a good time up there and I think a lot of other people did too. It was just good to be back in a racecar."
Kittleson started the BFGoodrich Tires 250 in the 21st spot, but slowly and methodically worked his way to the front. A couple of minor incidents however, kept him from sitting in the top-five, a place he felt his #30 Bob Steele Chevrolet could have been.
"Early in the race, we got in a scuffle in turn one. A bunch of cars in front of me all checked up and I couldn't get on the brakes hard enough and got into the back of Kris Stump and spun him around. I think he got stuck in the infield for a few laps so I felt bad about that, but there was nothing I could do.
"Then we lost power steering about lap 20 or 30 or so. There must have been a rock or something that popped up off of the track and knocked a hole in the line. That made for a long night. Madison is not a track that you want to lose your power steering. With those tight corners and long straights, it is a tough place. I was worn out after the race."
Kittleson said his car was still good despite all of the troubles he had early in the race. However, with less than 100 laps to go, a combination of several factors, including wearing brakes and the loss of power steering caused Kittleson to spin in turn one, putting the team at the tail of the field with a long way to go.
"It was my fault. I tried to correct it, but without the power steering, it was hard to try to save it. We came in and got some fresh tires and moved our way back up through the field as far as we could."
Kittleson's 11th-place finish was later moved back to 13th after officials reviewed the finish and adjusted the finishing positions of a couple of drivers who were initially not shown on the lead lap.
"Overall, it was a good weekend. I think we could have finished in the top-five, but it just didn't happen. I had so many family and friends in the stands; it kept me plenty busy seeing and talking to all of them. I swear we get more and more fans every time we go there.
"It was also good to see Tim (Sauter) win. Tim is one of those pure class-acts. He is a good guy and if we are not going to win, then there are very few other guys I'd like to see win."
Kittleson and his R/T Racing/Bob Steele Chevrolet team are planning to run the entire ASA schedule in 2004 after a ninth-place finishing position in the ASA final national standings of 2003.