CONCORD, NC (August 13, 2003) -- It's time to hit the Keystone State and rookie competitor Travis Kittleson is hoping to find the right key to unlock victory lane for the first time in his brief ASA career. The blossoming young driver is looking...
CONCORD, NC (August 13, 2003) -- It's time to hit the Keystone State and rookie competitor Travis Kittleson is hoping to find the right key to unlock victory lane for the first time in his brief ASA career. The blossoming young driver is looking forward to the upcoming "Pennsylvania Portion" of the ASA schedule. The series travels to two different events in the state on consecutive weekends. The first comes this Saturday (August 16) at Jennerstown Speedway and then on Sunday, September 24th at the brand new Lake Erie Speedway.
"This is the perfect time for us to do some catching up in the point standings," said Kittleson. "These are two really nice tracks and ones that we seem to run well at. Even though I haven't run in a competitive race at either one of them, we have tested at both, so that should hopefully put us ahead of most of these drivers."
Kittleson tested at Jennerstown a couple of weeks ago and tested at Lake Erie this past week.
Jennerstown, located in the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania, is a semi-banked standard half-mile track. Kittleson has found success on the tracks that match the layout of Jennerstown so far during his 2003 rookie season. Travis finished a career best third at the half-mile Toledo Speedway earlier in the year. He also qualified and ran in the top-10 much of the day at Hawkeye Downs Speedway before falling back with mechanical problems.
At the half-mile Mansfield Motorsports Speedway (OH), another new track to the ASA schedule in 2003, Kittleson appeared to have the fastest car on the track, but a late race bump by Robbie Pyle pushed Kittleson out of contention for the win and back to fourth place when the checkered flag flew.
ASA will make its debut at the brand new, state-of-the-art Lake Erie Speedway the week after the Jennerstown event. The .375-mile track is the same size as both Houston Motor Speedway and Lanier National Speedway. Kittleson finished eighth after starting eighth in Houston and qualified an impressive fourth at Lanier.
"We will definitely be able to take some of the things we learned in the races so far this year and apply it to our car at each of those tracks, but nothing helps as much as testing does. I really think this team has come together well and we will be a factor at both of those tracks.
"I really like going to a new track because all the veterans don't have years and years of notes and experience to fall back on. As a rookie, when we are at a new track, we are all on the same level. In fact, we may be up on some of the veterans just because we tested there.
The Pennsylvania 250 will take the green at 9 pm (Eastern) and will be seen LIVE on SPEED Channel. The Erie 250 will take the green on Sunday, August 24 at 2 p.m. (Eastern) and will also be seen at 5 p.m. on SPEED Channel.
Despite the team's top-six position in the point standings, they are still looking for sponsorship to help them in their quest for the 2003 ASA National Championship and Rookie of the Year title. For inquiries, call the team at 321-693-6700 and be sure to visit traviskittleson.com for more information.