Carlson Claims The King's Ransom at Memphis By Eric Huenefeld, ASA Late Model Series PR
Short Track Master Takes ASA LM Finale
Steve Carlson in victory lane. (ASA LM Photo)
the OReilly Triple Crown $100,000 bonus if he could win the300 lapper, would have to settle for the second spot. Wisconsin youngster Blake Brown, driving for TD Racing and Crew Chief Howie Lettow came home with a very impressive third. Polesitter Pyle would settle for fourth and Illinois driver Michael Bilderback would turn in an impressive fifth place finish.

Third generation driver Ross Kenseth would move his car to second by midrace, but issues with his #25 regulated him to a 14th place finish, 4 laps down.

ASA Late Model Series North Champ Eddie Hoffman fought an ill handling car and overcame a flat tire with a seventh place run.

And ASA Late Model Series Challenge Champ Peter Cozzolino would find the concrete on lap 236 and end up a disappointing 20th.

The Kings Ransom 300 concludes the ASA Late Model Series 2008 season.

Unofficial Results - Kings Ransom 300 - O'Reilly's Triple Crown Challenge

1. 66 - Steve Carlson- 300
2. 32 - Sean Murphy - 300
3. 89 - Blake Brown - 300
4. 21 - Robbie Pyle - 300
5. 2 - Michael Bilderback - 300
6. 5-Wes Burton - 300
7. 8 - Eddie Hoffman - 300
8. 25 - Brent Downey - 300
9. 88- Trent Snyder - 300
10. 81 - Jesse Smith - 300
11. 76 - Logan Ruffin 0 299
12. 04 - Phil Bozell - 299
13. 22 - Chris Eggleston - 297
14. 25 - Ross Kenseth -296
15. 33 -Jeff Choquette - 294
16. 08 - Drew Brannon - 294
17. 3 - Gary Fountain - 291
18. 17 - Tanner Berryhill - 277
19. 75 - David Odell - 263
20. 11 - Peter Cozzolino 241
21. 46 - Nick Glaze - 220
22. 44 - Will Kimmel - 207
23. 76 - Erik Darnell - 134
24. 90 - Rebecca Kasten - 100
25. 43 - Brady Demeree - 47
26. 70 - Jerick Johnson - 26
27. 10 - Willie Allen - 25
28. 89 - Beau Browning - 23
29. 6 - Dave Gentile 20
30. 29 - Stephen Leicht - 15

Leaders: Pyle 1-7...Snyder 8-39...Carlson 40-300
Cautions: 7 for 36 laps (Plus two competition Yellows at Laps 100 and 200)







Ask anyone in the northern half of the United States. They'll surely tell you in their mind who is one of the true kings of short track racing. Saturday at Memphis Motorsports Park, the rest of the country found out about what the Midwest has long known.

It’s tough to beat Steve Carlson.

The West Salem, Wisconsin driver earned the title King of the Short Tracks by commanding the 30 car field and taking his second ASA Late Model Series feature win of the year in the Inaugural Kings Ransom 300. Carlson startedfifth, and moved to the lead at lap 40. Despite several challenges throughout, Carlson stood tall and captured the win.

Columbus, Ohio’s Robbie Pyle led the field to the Green Flag and controlled the early circuits of the race. Pyle would be quickly pursued by Minnesota’s Trent Snyder however for the top spot. Snyder would dash to the lead and looked as if he may dance away from the field early on.

But Snyder would fall off the pace slightly and by lap 35, Carlson had advanced to the back bumper of Snyder. Carlson would take the lead on lap 40 and hold on till the end.

Several drivers would dice behind Carlson, including Sean Murphy. Murphy, eligible for