New Points Leader, Travis Dassow Leads all 200 Laps at Hawkeye Downs
Young Driver Scores Second Wins On Heels of His First
The Fourth Race of the Fifth Anniversary 2007 Season in the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts Challenge Division is now complete. The historic Hawkeye Downs (IA) Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa served as hosts for the Barron Motor Supply/Crate Motor Classic 200 Presented by Cassill Motors.
“America’s Premiere Short Track Series” has completed the first of two straight weekends in the state of Iowa as next Weekend the cars and stars of the ASALMS Challenge Division will stick around the Hawkeye State and travel an hour and change South and then West to the Iowa (IA) Speedway, located East of Des Moines in Newton, Iowa for the Make-A-Wish 150 Presented by TMC Transportation and Northland Oil on Friday and Saturday May 18-19, 2007.
Travis Dassow is becoming very comfortable in victory lane. (Chuck Gonzales Photos)
In the Barron Motor Supply/Crate Motor Classic 200 Presented by Cassill Motors, West Bend, Wisconsin driver, Travis Dassow started on the pole and would go on and lead all 200 laps to score his second consecutive ASALMS Challenge Division Feature Win in his Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters/Nestle USA/Willy Wonka Candy/Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
It was far easy as the 20-year-old had to fight off the advances of Columbus, Ohio veteran, Robbie Pyle and ARP Bodies/Aluminum Racing Products Fast Qualifier, Derek Thorn to score the Feature Victory.
Dassow’s second win came on the heels of his first career checkered flag just three weeks ago on April 21, 2007 when he won the Glass Breaker 200 at the Toledo (OH) Speedway in Toledo, Ohio. With the win, Dassow takes over the ASALMS Challenge Division Points Lead heading into Newton, Iowa this upcoming weekend!
Dassow and fellow Wisconsin pilot, Jim Duchow led a loaded 30-car field to Chief Starter, Tim Goodlet’s green flag to begin the Barron Motor Supply/Crate Motor Classic 200 Presented by Cassill Motors. After a complete restart, Dassow would beat Duchow to the first corner to take the lead he would never relinquish.
Several cautions plagued the deuce century grind as the majority of the 16 cautions thrown were for spins and the majority of those occurred in Turns Three and Four which played havoc with the teams all race long.
One of those cautions flew on Lap 40 when Indianapolis, Indiana veteran, Peter Cozzolino’s Ford Fusion caught on fire coming out of Turn Two. Cozzolino got his mount stopped on the front stretch and the Hoosier State veteran scrambled out of the car unscathed. ASALMS Officials were right on the scene and were able to extinguish the fire and after repairs, Cozzolino was actually able to continue, but lost several laps in the pits.
Several more harmless spins slowed the action but all the while, Dassow continued to set a torrid pace around the 0.500 Mile Semi-Banked Paved Oval and would lead the field into the Lap 100 10-Minute Break. Trent Snyder was second at the break and was followed by Kris Stump, Robbie Pyle, and Derek Thorn.
The green came back out to start the second half and immediately Columbus, Ohio veteran, Robbie Pyle began working on Kris Stump for the third spot and soon got by the fellow Buckeye State competitor. Soon afterwards, Stump’s 5K Motorsports teammate and ARP Bodies/Aluminum Racing Products Fast Qualifier, Derek Thorn also worked his way by Stump and followed Pyle as the duo set their sights on second place Trent Snyder.
After getting by Snyder on Lap 144, both Pyle and Thorn began to reel in Dassow. Soon the trio were running nose to tail with Pyle looking high and low trying to figure out a way around the race long leader.
Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title contender, Michael Simko finished a season high sixth while Eddie Hoffman, who came from the rear of the field after pitting early in the second half finished seventh. Snyder slipped to eighth and two more Rookies Andy Hanson and Sean Murphy completed the Top 10.
Earlier in the evening in ARP Bodies/Aluminum Racing Products Qualifying, Derek Thorn picked up his first career ARP Bodies Fast Qualifier Award as the Lakeport, California freshman shattered the ASALMS Challenge Division Track Record with an 18.606 which measures out to 96.743 MPH.
The track record for the ASALMS Challenge Division, which runs on the Hoosier Radial Tires, was an 18.915 set by Kris Stump back on September 2, 2005 while the overall ASALMS track record stands as it was set on September 1, 2006 when Dudley Fleck turned an 18.562 during an ASALMS Northern Division event which races on Hoosier Bias-Ply (Slicks) Tires.
ASALMS Co-Founders/Presidents, Ron and Sandy Varney decided that since there were 31 cars on the grounds, the went ahead and scrapped the GM Performance Parts Shootout and started all 31 cars for the 200-lap Feature. 30 machines took the green flag.
The ASALMS will visit the Cedar Rapids, Iowa speed plant one more time in 2007 on Saturday September 1, 2007 for the Labor Day 100. The eighth race of the 2007 Season for the ASALMS Northern Division.
There’s no rest for “America’s Premiere Short Track Series” as the ASALMS Challenge Division sticks around the Hawkeye State for the Fifth Race of the 2007 Season in the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division; The Make-A-Wish 150 Presented by TMC Transportation and Northland Oil.
Race Number Five for the ASALMS Challenge Division is set for Friday and Saturday May 18-19, 2007 at the immaculate 0.875 Mile Progressively Banked Paved Oval of the Iowa (IA) Speedway, located East of Des Moines in Newton, Iowa.
Robby Pyle was fast but he wasn't able to get by Travis Dassow. (#15).
The most serious incident of the night occurred on Lap 175 when hometown favorite Griffin McGrath slammed the Turn One Foam protecting the outside retaining wall, sending the exploding white foam particles all over the corner, forcing action to halt momentarily.
One more caution for a Danny Ouderkirk spin on Lap 192 set up an eight lap shootout to the finish. Pyle briefly pulled up along-side Dassow in an effort to take over the lead, but Dassow was up to the challenge and would pull away from the crafty veteran to go on and lead all 200 laps to score his second consecutive ASALMS Challenge Division Feature Win!
Pyle settled for second in his first appearance of the 2007 season while Thorn, the Current Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Points Leader grabbed third. Stump recovered to finish a season high fourth while current ASALMS Northern Division Points Leader, Brian Campbell rounded out the Top Five.