Robbie Pyle Continues Hot Streak With Madison Win
Former ASA National Tour Driver Wins ASA North By Holding Off ASA Challenge Points Leader
In the Mad Summer Meltdown 100, Columbus, Ohio veteran, Robbie Pyle took the lead from ASALMS Northern Division Points Leader and pole sitter, Trent Snyder on Lap 45 and from there, Pyle withstood several hard charges from ASALMS Challenge Division Points Leader, Travis Dassow to win his first ASALMS Northern Division Feature and Second overall ASALMS triumph of the 2007 season.
Robbie Pyle won his first ASALMS Northern Division Feature at Madison International Speedway. (Chuck Gonzalez Photos)
Earlier in the season, Pyle steered his Image F-X/Andrews Pallet Company/Howe Racing Enterprises/Ford Fusion into victory lane back on June 16, 2007 at the Berlin (MI) Raceway in ASALMS Challenge Division competition after winning the 1st annual Tradition 200.
Snyder and Pyle led a strong 27-car field to Chief Starter, Tom Powell’s green flag to begin what would eventually become the fastest 100 lap event in ASALMS history as the century grind would only take 40 Minutes 19.704 Seconds to complete.
After a side by side dual that lasted for several laps, Snyder would take the top spot with Pyle tucking in behind the ASALMS Northern Division Points Leader. Snyder and Pyle would then pull away from the rest of the pack setting a torrid early pace around the fast 0.500 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval.
Rookie of the Year contender, Jesse Saunders, who earlier in the evening qualified third, patiently picked off cars one by one and soon was in the third spot with ARP Bodies/Aluminum Racing Products Fast Qualifier, Travis Dassow following in every step of Saunders tire tracks.
On Lap 32, 15-year-old Chad Finley lost oil pressure and pulled into the pits all done for the evening. The green stayed out as Pyle began applying pressure to Snyder as they sliced and diced through lapped traffic. On Lap 42, Pyle pulled up along-side Snyder and they battle continued over the next three laps before Pyle edged out in front to take the lead on Lap 45.
While Pyle and Snyder battled, Saunders caught up to the duo making it a three car battle. Saunders passed Snyder for second and set his sights on Pyle when the only caution flag of the night flew on Lap 60 when Madison Late Model Division regular, Shane Morrissey spun in Turn Two.
During the caution period, Saunders car suddenly slowed and stopped in Turn Four! After the Madison Safety Truck pushed Saunders in the pits, an Electrical problem doomed the home track favorite! Chad Finley, who dropped out on Lap 32, graciously offered his Ignition Box as a possible solution to Saunders troubles, but the car still wouldn’t fire and Saunders was forced to call it a night!
With Saunders out, this moved Snyder back to Second and ASALMS Challenge Division invader, Travis Dassow up to the third spot as the ASALMS Challenge Division Points Leader immediately began applying pressure to the second place car of Snyder while Pyle pulled away from the pack.
Trent Snyder (#88) tries to hold off Pyle (#21).
Dassow made the pass for the runner-up spot with 25 laps to go and began reeling in Pyle who was trying to lose the rest of the pack in lapped traffic. With 10 laps to go, Dassow finally had Pyle in his sights with no lapped cars between them and began closing in fast on Pyle.
But in the end, Dassow ran out of time as Pyle would again pull away from Dassow and the rest of the field and the Columbus, Ohio veteran, who’s making select appearances in both the ASALMS Challenge and Northern Divisions during the 2007 season, made his first North start count by taking the checkered flag to win the Mad Summer Meltdown 100!
Dassow settled for second as Snyder came home in third to extend his points lead in the ASALMS Northern Division heading to the Rockford (IL) Speedway on Saturday July 28, 2007. Eddie Hoffman came from 14th to finish fourth while ASALMS Northern
Division Rookie of the Year Points Leader, Dave Gentile Jr., extended his lead in the Freshman title chase as well with a solid Fifth place showing.
Erie, Colorado visitor, Chris Eggleston made the most of his first ever ASALMS appearance by finishing in Sixth while Madison Regular Jason Tyler grabbed a career high Seventh. 15-year-old Alex Kennedy came home with a career high Eighth as Charlie Menard from 19th, and Jason Taghikhani completed the Top 10.