Murphy Wins at the Right Track in ASA LM Competition  By Jim Blacroch
Youngster Score Home Track Victory for Team and Sponsors, Gentile Dominates in USPRO
The headlining ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division presented by GM Performance took to the challenging O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis this past Saturday and when the dust settled, young Sean Murphy emerged in victory lane.

Murphy, who resides in Mooresville, N.C., wrestled the lead away from Jacob Goede of New Germany, Minn., and went on to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts / ASI Limited 200 presented by GunBroker.com, which is the first of three legs in the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division Triple Crown. The other two events are at Salem Speedway in Indiana and Memphis Motorsports Park in Tennessee. The win makes Murphy the only driver eligible to win a $100,000 bonus if he can now earn victories in the remaining two Triple Crown events.
(Top - Bottom) Sean Murphy won the ASA LM Challenge feature, Dave Gentile, Jr. won in USPRO and Peter Cozzolino set fast time in ASA LM.  (ASA LM / Chuck Gonzales Photos)
27 and never looked back as he rolled to victory lane. Gentile also began the day by
setting the fast time in qualifying for the USPRO Cup Series.

“Winning here at O'Reilly Raceway Park is a dream come true for me,” related Gentile in victory lane. “This has been a long time coming for us and we're very proud to start the season off this way. I really need to thank everyone involved with my team. This is just an incredible day for us.”

Tom Gille of Winnebego, Ill., Preston Walker of Akron, Ohio, Josh Cave of Mooresville, Ind., and Marchiniak rounded out the top-five in the event.

The next events for the ASA Late Model Series are as follows; the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division races at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, on May 17th with the Pride of Iowa 150, while the North Division races in the 10th Annual George Appleton Memorial 125 on Sunday, May 25th at Grundy County Speedway in Illinois. The Southern Division heads to Cordele, Georgia and the Watermelon Capital Speedway for the Watermelon Bowl 100. The USPRO Cup Series presented by Drive Train Specialists also competes at Grundy on the 25th of May with the Illinois 50.

ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division Presented by GM Performance Parts Race #1 of 9
O'Reilly Auto Parts / ASI Limited 200 presented by GunBroker.com
O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis-Clermont, Indiana
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Unofficial Race Results; Finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, sponsor, car manufacturer, laps completed and reason out (if any).

1.) (6) Sean Murphy-Mooresville, NC ASI Limited/Chevrolet 200 Running
2.) (8) Jacob Goede-New Germany, MN Laketown Electric/Chevrolet 200 Running
3.) (9) Peter Cozzolino-Indianapolis, IN Fatheadz.com/Ford 200 Running
4.) (12) Eddie Hoffman-Wheaton, IL Lisa Thomas Salon/Ford 200 Running
5.) (4) Derek Thorn/Lakeport, CA racinforacure.com/Ford 200 Running
6.) (7) Travis Dassow-West Bend, WI Axle Designs/Ford 200 Running
7.) (17) Kris Stump/Tipp City, OH Smith and Associates/Chevrolet 200 Running
8.) (2) Brent Downey/Avon, IN Commonwealth Engineers/Ford 200 Running
9.) (11) Alec Carll/Grand Rapids, MI G.R. Developments/Ford 200 Running
10.) (13) Jimmy Weller (R)-Liberty, OH Liberty Steel Products/Ford 199 Running
11.) (15) Chris Eggleston (R)-Erie, CO Leary Racing Products/Ford 199 Running
12.) (1) Kyle Sirizzotti (R)-Helotes, TX Sirizzotti Excavating/Ford 198 Running
13.) (14) Jimmy Lang-Bluffton, SC Performance Concepts/Chevrolet 198 Running
14.) (3) Robbie Pyle-Columbus, OH Image F-X/Ford 164 Accident
15.) (5) Brian Campbell-Wyoming, MI Boyne Machine/Chevrolet 158 Accident
16.) (20) Greg Stewart-Four Oaks, NC Miller's Auto Body/Chevrolet 157 Mechanical
17.) (21) Tommy Cloce (R)-Canton, NY Toyota Financial Services/Chevrolet 151 Mechanical
18.) (22) Logan Ruffin (R)-Brentwood, TN Torco Race Fuels/Chevrolet 148 Mechanical
19.) (19) Kevin Willis-Louisville, KY Renegade Race Cars/Chevrolet 118 Accident
20.) (18) Darren Robertson (R)-Commerce City, CO Furniture Row/Ford 98 Running
21.) (16) Tony D'Ambrose (R)-Tinley Park, IL Tech One Race Cars/Chevrolet 96 Engine
22.) (23) Wade Champeno (R)-Imler, PA Tom Mauk Contracting/Chevrolet 56 Engine
23.) (24) Josh Lane (R)-Algonquin, IL Racers Against Hunger/Ford 21 Accident
24.) (25) Brent Seeley-Plano, TX Jani-King/Chevrolet 11 Handling
25.) (10) Griffin McGrath-Cedar Rapids, IA McGrath Powersports/Chevrolet 8 Accident
(R) denotes 2008 Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Title Contender
Lap Leaders: 93 Kyle Sirizzotti (R)-Pole, 25 Brent Downey 1-4, 44 Derek Thorn 5-86, 72 Jacob Goede 87-140, 32 Sean Murphy 141-200.
Cautions: 9 for 52 Laps.
Time of Race: 2 Hours, 02 Minutes, 45.221 Seconds.
Margin of Victory: 1.307 Seconds.
ARP Bodies / Aluminum Racing Products Fast Qualifier: Peter Cozzolino -  21.626 seconds @ 114.196 mph (new track record)

USPRO Cup Series presented by Drive Train Specialists
ASI Limited 50
O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis-Clermont, Indiana
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Unofficial Race Results; Finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, sponsor, car manufacturer, laps completed and reason out (if any).

1.) (6) Dave Gentile Jr.-Elwood, IL WMC Inc./Chevrolet 50 Running
2.) (4) Tom Gille (R)-Winnebego, IL Form-A-Funnel/Ford 50 Running
3.) (1) Preston Walker (R)-Akron, OH Greg's Performance/Chevrolet 50 Running
4.) (8) Josh Cave (R)-Mooresville, IN Fatheadz.com/Chevrolet 50 Running
5.) (2) Andy Marchiniak (R)-Joliet, IL Oval Engineering/Chevrolet 50 Running
6.) (10) Barry Hartwell (R)-Ada, MI Touch of Class Car Wash/Chevrolet 50 Running
7.) (12) Paul Freeland-Madison Heights, MI Sign-A-Rama/Chevrolet 49 Running
8.) (3) Chris Koslek (R)-Grand Rapids, MI Nylaan Body Shop/Chevrolet 42 Accident
9.) (11) Hank Tews (R)-Batavia, IL Midland Paper Co./Ford 39 Mechanical
10.) (9) Doug True-Dowagiac, MI True's Racing Products/Chevrolet 23 Accident
11.) (7) Josh Nelms (R)-Lockport, IL Digital Fuel Soutions/Chevrolet 23 Mechanical
12.) (5) Blake Brown (R)-Franksville, WI Terrys.com/Ford 12 Accident
Did Not Start - Dennis Rederstorf (R)-Commerce, MI Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches/Ford 0 Did Not Start
(R) denotes 2008 USPRO Cup Series Rookie of the Year Title Contender
Lap Leaders: 30 Preston Walker-R Pole, 72 Andy Marchiniak-R 1-26, 6 Dave Gentile Jr. 27-50.
Time of Race: 32 Minutes, 21.260 Seconds.
Margin of Victory: 0.474 Seconds.
Drive Train Specialists Fast Qualifier: 6 Dave Gentile Jr. 22.642 = 109.072 MPH
“This is exciting,” exclaimed Murphy after exiting his machine in victory lane. “We won in front of our sponsors, which is huge, ASI Limited and they had a bunch of folks out there watching. That just makes it sweeter.”

The victory for Murphy, who won the 2007 Pat Boudrow Memorial Rookie of the Year Award, was in fact very sweet. Not only did the win come in front of his ASI Limited sponsor, but it also came at his car owner Ken Smith's hometown and home track.

“It is pretty emotional. For our car owner, Ken Smith, this is home,” related the 23-year old Murphy. “All of the guys on the team did a heck of a job and I really need to thank them. They deserve this type of result and I just feel really good about getting this car into victory lane for them.”

In 2007 Murphy came up just short of winning the Challenge Division event at Bristol and he recalled that as well from victory lane.

“This makes up for last year at Bristol. We were so close to that one, but this one is great and a heck of way to get this thing going.”

Murphy, who won started the season by winning a non-points event at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida, back in January, started sixth in the event and worked his way into the top-five early on in the going. As the true shape of the race developed Derek Thorn of Lakeport, California flexed his muscle and worked his way to the point until Goede assumed the top spot and led the field to the halfway break.

During the break Thorn made some changes that seriously affected the handling of his racecar and after another pit stop he charged back through the field to ultimately earn the fifth position.

The complexion of the race changed with a crash just past the lap 150 mark which involved front runners Robby Pyle, Brian Campbell and Peter Cozzolino. Cozzolino was able to continue and labored on to a third place finish at the checkered flag.

Eddie Hoffman, who captured Friday night's ASA Late Model Series North Division event finished fourth.

“We just missed tonight,” reflected Hoffman following the 200 lap grind. “Those guys were good tonight and we were a little off.”

David Gentile, Jr., of Elwood, Illinois, captured the season opening USPRO Cup Series presented by Drive Train Specialists, that kicked off the nights racing activity at O'Reilly Raceway Park in the ASI Limited 50. Gentile, Jr., motored by Andy Marchiniak on lap