Youngster Beats Former ASA Champ Butch Miller At IRP
The A.S.I. Limited 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Products and TMC Transportation was at the historic 0.686 mile progressively banked paved oval of the O’Reilly (IN) Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
When all was said and done, Mauston, Wisconsin pilot, Kelly Bires, the ASALMS Challenge Division Overall as well as Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Points Leader, put on a driving clinic as he led the last 98 laps en route to a convincing victory, his third overall, and first Northern Division win of the season.
The final caution flew on lap 40 when Mike Heiss slammed the turn two wall ending his night. He was ok. On the restart, Bires again pulled away from the pack while Parsley had to contend with Butch Miller, who worked his way up to third.
While Parsley and Miller battled, Bires again pulled away to a huge lead as the Wisconsin freshman began putting cars a lap or more down at a rapid rate. Miller got by Parsley for second and set his sights on Bires.
Kelly Bires won his first Northern Division race in the ASA LM Series. (Bob Milner photos)
By this time Bires had lost the rest of the field in lapped traffic and would never seriously be challenged en route to his first Northern Division win and third overall ASALMS Feature victory!
Miller finished second ahead of Parsley, Brian Campbell, Landon Cassill, Ryan Carlson, Jason Setser, Anthony Danta, Pete Vanderwyst, and Charlie Menard would complete the Top 10.
Earlier in the evening, 17-year-old Landon Cassill set a new track record with a 22.259 around the 0.686 mile progressively banked paved oval. The Fairfax, Iowa
Butch Miller (#52) finished second.
His previous two wins both came in the televised ASALMS Challenge Division beginning with the win at the Madison (WI) International Speedway on May 27, 2006 in the Miller Lite 200. The second victory was during the Fleet Pride 200 at the Oswego (NY) Speedway on June 10, 2006.
Scott Wennermark and Bobby Parsley were scheduled to start on the front row of the A.S.I. Limited 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Products and TMC Transportation. Wennermak elected to start at the rear of the field due to mechanical issues, which moved Josh Hamner to the pole position.
Parsley beat Hamner to the first corner to begin the century grind, when the first of only two cautions flew before a lap could be completed when Mike Osgar got sideways heading into the first corner. Everyone took evasive action but Peter Cozzolino and Danny Ouderkirk collided in turn one ending both of their nights.
On the restart, Parsley again beat Hamner to the first turn to take the early lead. Kelly Bires, who started behind Parsley, followed him by Hamner and immediately began applying pressure to the Shepherdsville, Kentucky driver.
On lap two, Bires got around Parsley to take the lead and proceed to pull away from the field. The current ASALMS Challenge Division Overall as well as Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Points Leader, set a torrid pace from the early going by pulling away from the pack.
toured the fast 0.686 mile progressively banked paved oval at a fast 110.948 MPH.
The previous track record for the ASALMS was set last season by 2005 ASALMS Challenge Division Champion, Stephen Leicht, who turned a 22.333 back on July 30, 2005. Leicht incidentally is making his NASCAR Nextel Cup debut this weekend at the Pocono (PA) Raceway.
Also earlier in the evening, Tony D’Ambrose went from first to last and back to first on his way to his first career ASALMS win in the 25-lap GM Performance Parts Shootout. J. Herbst was second over Phil Gill, Joe Ross, and Jenny White, the Top Five.
Saturday August 5th at the Motor Mile (VA) Speedway in Radford, Virginia for the running of the Stockner Excavating LLC 100.
To learn more about the on going 2006 seasons within the entire ASALMS, you can call the ASALMS home offices during normal business hours Monday through Friday (9am-5pm Eastern Standard Time) at: 1 (800) 385-2503.
A.S.I. Limited 100
O’Reilly (IN) Raceway Park at Indianapolis
Pos. Start Car #/Driver Laps Status
1. 4 89 Kelly Bires-R 100 Running
2. 5 52 Butch Miller 100 Running
3. 2 121 Bobby Parsley 100 Running
4. 12 29 Brian Campbell 100 Running
5. 7 7 Landon Cassill 100 Running
6. 8 32 Ryan Carlson 100 Running
7. 13 012 Jason Setser 99 Running
8. 11 51 Anthony Danta-R 99 Running
9. 18 50 Pete Vanderwyst 99 Running
10. 9 13 Charlie Menard 99 Running
11. 1 79 Scott Wennermark-R 98 Running
12. 17 81 Jesse Smith 98 Running
13. 22 55 Nick Neville-R 98 Running
14. 14 15 Kyle Hinrichs-R 97 Running
15. 19 04 Mike Osgar-R 97 Running
16. 24 12 Michael Annett-R 97 Running
17. 23 95 Derek Neville-R 96 Running
18. 25 30 Mark Hartline 92 Running
19. 20 100 Mike Heiss-R 39 Accident
20. 3 38 Josh Hamner-R 39 Mechanical
21. 16 28 Jack Smith 26 Electrical
22. 10 8 Eddie Hoffman 20 Mechanical
23. 6 21 Robbie Pyle 14 Handling
24. 15 94 Greg Usher 12 Mechanical
25. 21 11 Peter Cozzoiino 1 Accident
26. 26 71 Danny Ouderkirk-R 1 Accident
Bires celebrates with a burnnout.
The next event for the ASALMS as a whole is Saturday July 29th as the cars and stars of the televised ASALMS Challenge Division will head to the Jennerstown (PA) Speedway in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania for the Automotive Resources/AC-Delco 200.
Both the Northern and Southern Division’s next racing action will be on the same day; Saturday August 5th as the Northern Division will head to the Columbus 151 (WI) Speedway in Columbus, Wisconsin for the running of the Wisconsin 151. A special 151 lap feature is on tap and up next for the Northern Division stars.
The ASALMS Southern Division will also be in action on