The ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division has completed the Alamo 200. A standing room only crowd, the biggest in the tracks 30 year history witnessed a show for the ages as Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title contender, Jake Ryan gave the cars and stars of the ASALMS a good old fashioned “Texas whipping” en route to his first career feature win in only his second start.
This moved Kris Stump to the pole position and the Tipp City, Ohio driver took full advantage of the April Fools Day gift and took the early lead while the rest of the field settled in behind him.
Cassill’s bid for the bonus money ended on lap 29 when Cassill and Fort Worth, Texas pilot, J.C. Umscheid touched heading into Turn Three, sending Cassill hard into the Turns 3-4 wall! Cassill was ok and came back out for 23 more laps late in the race before eventually parking his Ford Fusion for the evening in 24th spot.
#19 came up as the winning number at San Antonio. (Bob Millner Photos)
During pre-race ceremonies, San Antonio (TX) Speedway Promoter, Terry Dickerson put up a $1000 bonus to the first two qualifiers in Texas Speed Zone.com Qualifying. Jake Ryan and Landon Cassill. Only Cassill accepted the challenge of starting shot gun on the field in an attempt to collect the extra $1000 in addition to the $10,000 that was on the line.
As the field was given the one lap to go signal to begin the 200-lap feature, pole-sitter, Keeton Hanks and fellow front row starter, Pete Vanderwyst collided heading into Turn Two resulting in heavy damage to Hanks’ Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The Auburn, Kentucky driver was unable to start the event.
Stump continued to set the pace as Texas Speed Zone.com Fast Qualifier, Jake Ryan began his assault through the field. Soon Ryan found himself in second spot and began reeling in Stump.
On lap 67 Ryan dove underneath to take over the lead. Ryan then proceeded to pull away from the pack and led the field into the 10-minute break at halfway.
On the Lap 101 restart, Ryan again pulled away from the pack and opened up a huge lead over the rest of the field. One of the 10 cautions on the evening flew on Lap 130 when Vanderwyst, who was behind the wheel of Travis Dassow’s back up ride for the weekend, slammed hard into the Turn three wall. The Canadian veteran was ok but done for the evening.
14 laps later the major turning point of the evening occurred as hometown favorite, Brandon Bendele, who started 15th was battling with Jay Middleton, the ASALMS Southern Division Points Leader for sixth when the two touched heading into Turn Three and the impact sent them both hard into the Turn Three wall.
In the process, ASALMS Challenge Division Points Leader, heading into the Alamo 200 weekend, Eddie Hoffman, who was in eighth, had no where to go and slammed into the back of both Bendele and Middleton. All three were done for the evening knocking out three top competitors!
All the while, Ryan would continue to set a torrid pace and after the last caution on lap 158 for a spinning Ryan Carlson, who ended up in the inside front stretch wall, Ryan would show no signs of letting up.
Ryan, a contender for the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title, would go on to lead the rest of the way and the Farmington, Minnesota driver would pick his first career feature win in the Alamo 200.
The Gopher State Freshman picked up a cool $10,000 for his efforts in addition to an authentic Cowboy Hay, Ostrich Boots, and Texas Belt Buckle from the San Antonio Speedway and Promoter, Terry Dickerson.
Stump would finish a strong second over Rookie Points Leader going into the weekend, Kelly Bires. Chad Wood would come home fourth over Charlie Menard, Colt James the highest finishing driver from the Lone Star State in sixth, Travis Dassow, Ken Wills, Brent Downey, and Jeff VanOudenhoven would complete the Top 10.
Earlier in the evening, Ryan would win his second straight Fast Qualifier award with a lap measured at 18.412 which equaled out to 97.762 MPH. Also earlier in the evening, Eddy Wallace would win the GM Performance Parts Shootout.
The crown jewel of the ASALMS, the Challenge Division will now take eight weeks off to allow for the companion Northern and Southern Divisions’ to get their 2006 seasons off and running.
The next event for the ASALMS is for the ASALMS Southern Division, who returns to action after a month off this Saturday April 8th at the Shenandoah (VA) Speedway in Shenandoah, Virginia for the Virginia 100.
The all-new ASA Late Model Series Northern Division will hold its’ inaugural event on Saturday May 6th at the wicked fast ½ mile of the I-70 (MO) Speedway outside of Kansas City in Odessa, Missouri for the Show-Me 100.
The ASALMS Southern Division returns to action on Friday May 12th at another wicked fast ½ mile. This time the Five Flags (FL) Speedway in Pensacola, Florida will host the Pensacola 100.
Hill Country Satellite DirecTV Alamo 200 Presented by Express Lube Results (UNOFFICIAL)
Pos. Start Car #/Driver Laps Status
1. 9 19 Jake Ryan-R 200 Running
2. 3 35 Kris Stump 200 Running
3. 8 89 Kelly Bires-R 200 Running
4. 7 2 Chad Wood 200 Running
5. 5 13 Charlie Menard 200 Running
6. 11 15 Colt James-R 200 Running
7. 4 92 Travis Dassow 200 Running
8. 10 5 Ken Wills-R 200 Running
9. 17 23 Brent Downey 200 Running
10. 16 08 Jeff VanOudenhoven 200 Running
11. 22 11 Peter Cozzolino 200 Running
12. 13 81 Jesse Smith 199 Running
13. 20 32 Ryan Carlson 198 Running
14. 19 28 Jack Smith 198 Running
15. 18 91 Trevor Stewart 196 Running
16. 24 99 Frank Kreyer 193 Running
17. 25 67 J.C. Umscheid-R 171 Mechanical
18. 15 811 Brandon Bendele 143 Accident
19. 12 74 Jay Middleton 143 Accident
20. 14 8 Eddie Hoffman 143 Accident
21. 2 50 Pete Vanderwyst 129 Accident
22. 21 14 Jim Ross 112 Mechanical
23. 27 25 Tony Rosebrugh 100 Accident
24. 28 7 Landon Cassill 52 Accident
25. 6 29 Brian Campbell 50 Mechanical
26. 26 177 Jonathan Eilen-R 42 Accident
27. 23 3 Bill Tomlinson 32 Mechanical
28. 1 90 Keeton Hanks 0 Accident
Lap Leaders: 90 Keeton Hanks-Pole, 35 Kris Stump 1-66, 19 Jake Ryan 67-200.
Jake Ryan had a Texas-sized smile in victory lane.