21-Year-Old Scores Second Career Victory One Race After His First
Saturday night, the cars and stars of the televised ASA Late Model Challenge Division visited the historic 5/8s mile semi-banked paved oval of the Oswego (NY) Speedway, on the shores of Lake Ontario in Oswego, New York.
Jack Smith continued to set the pace while Dassow dogged the Smith entry all over the fast 5/8s mile semi-banked paved oval as the West Bend, Wisconsin sophomore tried every trick in his arsenal to get around the crafty Medina, Ohio driver.
Smith would lead the field into the mandatory lap 100 ½ way break as Dassow was running second over Charlie Menard, Kelly Bires, and Chad Wood, who were the Top Five at the 10-minute break.
On the restart, Jake Ryan, who had worked his way back through the pack from the rear and got up to seventh at the halfway break began working the outside groove and passed cars at a rapid rate.
Similar to his line at the San Antonio (TX) Speedway back on April 1, 2006 when he won the Alamo 200, Ryan worked the outside line and on lap 111 maneuvered around Smith to take the lead.
Smith wouldn’t give up the inside line and tried to fight his way back into the lead he had held for over half the event. Things came to the forefront a lap later when the two collided sending both cars sideways. Smith was sent to the rear and Ryan assumed the top spot.
It was then Ryan’s turn to try and fend off Dassow, who stayed in second spot. Dassow again tried working the inside line underneath Ryan and several times pulled up even with the Farmington, Minnesota freshman. But each time Ryan was able to hold him off.
All the while, Kelly Bires had quietly worked his way towards the front from his eighth starting spot and he would then take over second spot from Dassow, who began to fade, and set his sights on Ryan.
Kelly Bires enjoys his victory. (ASA LM Photos)
Bires (#89) leads Charlie Menard at Oswego.
Current ASALMS Challenge Division Overall as well as Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Points Leader, Kelly Bires proved that his first career win two weekends ago was no fluke as the Mauston, Wisconsin freshman took the win in the Fleet Pride 200.
Two weekends ago, Bires won his first career ASALMS Challenge Division feature in the Miller Lite 200 at the Madison (WI) International Speedway.
Jack Smith and Travis Dassow led a stout 23-car field to chief starter, Tim Goodlet’s green flag to begin the deuce century grind. Smith would beat out Dassow to the first corner to take the early lead while the rest of the field tried to settle in.
Things happen in a hurry at the world renowned speed plant known as the “Steel Palace” as on lap five, Todd Hoddick spun coming out of turn two and slammed hard into the backstretch wall destroying his mount. He was ok but done for the evening.
Nine laps later, Jesse Smith was turned around and that resulted in a massive pile-up that damaged several cars including Jake Ryan, GM Performance Parts Shootout winner, Eddie Hoffman, and Peter Cozzolino. All but Smith returned.
Bires wasn’t to be denied as he opened up a full second lead on Wood as the Mauston, Wisconsin freshman would go on and take the checkered flag en route to his second straight televised ASALMS Challenge Division Feature win and in doing so, extended his points lead in both the overall as well at the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie title chase.
Wood settled for second for the second race in a row while Dassow recovered enough to post his first podium finish of the season in third. Eddie Hoffman earned the Hard-Charger Award of the Fleet Pride 200 with his 17th to fourth place run while Charlie Menard finished in fifth.
Brent Downey posted his second straight sixth place finish in a row while ARP Fast Qualifier, Landon Cassill was seventh ahead of Frank Kreyer. Bill Tomlinson, who would appear in his 40th consecutive ASALMS event in the series 40th race finished a season high ninth while Peter Cozzolino rounded out the Top 10.
Earlier in the evening, 16-year-old Landon Cassill, picked up his first ARP/Aluminum Racing Products Fast Qualifier Award of the season, and second of his career by turning an 18.537 which measures out to a wicked fast 121.379 MPH.
Eddie Hoffman took the win in the GM Performance Parts Shootout over Tony Rosebrugh, Dave Klein, Bill Tomlinson, and Bob Varney, the Top Five.
The cars and stars of the ASALMS Challenge Division will now convoy West and then North for one of the biggest races of the season, and in the ASALMS home state of Michigan.
The ASALMS returns home for one of the biggest events in series history. A special mid-week extravaganza will see the superstars of the Challenge Division make a return visit to the famed Berlin (MI) Raceway, West of Grand Rapids, in Marne, Michigan on Wednesday June 14th for the running of the Safety Kleen 200.
Fleet Pride 200 UNOFFICIAL Results
Pos. Start Car #/Driver Laps Status
1. 8 89 Kelly Bires-R 200 Running
2. 6 2 Chad Wood 200 Running
3. 3 92 Travis Dassow 200 Running
4. 17 8 Eddie Hoffman 200 Running
5. 4 13 Charlie Menard 200 Running
6. 12 23 Brent Downey 200 Running
7. 9 7 Landon Cassill 200 Running
8. 5 99 Frank Kreyer 200 Running
9. 20 3 Bill Tomlinson 200 Running
10. 14 11 Peter Cozzolino 199 Running
11. 7 19 Jake Ryan-R 181 Accident
12. 18 25 Tony Rosebrugh 138 Running
13. 1 28 Jack Smith 117 Suspension
14. 13 08 Jeff VanOudenhoven 88 Rear End
15. 22 38 Jason Herrington-R 79 Running
16. 3 5 Ken Wills-R 66 Accident
17. 19 41 Dave Klein 41 Handling
18. 23 4 Chris Ross-R 31 Mechanical
19. 15 35 Kris Stump 30 Accident
20. 10 32 Ryan Carlson 21 Accident
21. 11 81 Jesse Smith 21 Accident
22. 21 1 Bob Varney 5 Handling
23. 16 49 Todd Hoddick-R 4 Accident
Lap Leaders: 28 Jack Smith Pole-112, 19 Jake Ryan 113-180, 89 Kelly Bires 181-200
Bires quickly reeled in his fellow Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year candidate and on lap 181 worked his way by Ryan to take the lead. A lap later, something broke on the Ryan machine and he turned right into the front stretch wall! He was ok but done for the evening.
On the final restart, Chad Wood, who also got by the fading Dassow, was right behind Bires on the restart and for the first few laps was working on Bires for the lead. But after a few laps, Wood began to fade allowing Bires to pull away as the laps wound down.