ASA LEFTOVERS: KENTUCKY Presented by CITGO / MDA by B. Dillner & J. Troiano
Sorenson, Butch, Porter, Sauter, Allen, Stump and More
GARVEY'S STRATEGY WORKS WELL
Mike Garvey didn't have the winning car at Kentucky and he knew it. He did, however, have a good car and that got him a fifth-place finish.
“We had to be careful because we were running the tires off of the car,” said Garvey. “Our setup wasn't quite right. Our only hope was to get ahead of the guys with new tires and that didn't work either. In hindsight, we probably should have put tires on at the end of the race. We have some work before we come back next time.”
Garvey was pleased with the ASA cars on the super speedway.
“It looked like a hell of a race from where I was at. We did a lot of passing all day long. It was no freight-train that is for sure. It wasn't single file and strung out. You had to race
your butt off out there tonight. If people thought this looked easy they should go out there and give it a shot.
“The restarts were big. That is a big thing on these tracks, having your gearing right and your transmission right. There was some disparity in the cars, but when you got up there in the top-15 cars or so, you had to hustle.”
EARLY LEADER REFFNER ENDS WHERE HE SHOULD HAVE
If you watched the first half of the ASA race at Kentucky, it looked as it Bryan Reffner was going to run away with the BFGoodrich Tires 125. Well, he did for more of the race, but a late race pit stop knocked him to the back and he ran out of time working his way through the field. The end result, a fourth place finish.
“When we put our last set of tires on, we had a lugnut cross-thread,” said Reffner. “That just put us in the back, but we still ended up where we would have run I think. The bright side is that we got back up there, but the bad part is when you run good all day, you want even more.”
Reffner, a veteran of speedway racing from his days in the Craftsman Truck Series, feels the ASA race went off well.
“I knew Kentucky was going to be a good race. Without the restrictor, you could get some momentum and make some passes. You can get runs on people. I hope Atlanta and Charlotte turn out to be good show, but with the restrictor, I'm not sure. I'm not saying we should go there without one because we'd be going way too fast, but I just hope it is a good show.
“There were few stupid moves I seen out there on the restarts. All in all, it was a great show.”
MILLER COMES BACK FROM BLOWN ENGINE
Bryan Reffner (#80) goes three wide down the frontstretch with Glenn Allen Jr. (white car) and Jay Middleton. (David Allio photo)
A lot of teams worked extra hard, massaged their bodies and brought their very best motor to ASA first superspeedway event of the year. So what happens when one of those things go bad? We’ll let three-time ASA champ Butch Miller explain.
“We brought our very best motor here, which turned out; it wasn't our very best motor because we blew it up. We got a motor (put in the car) that, to say the least, is weak. Dion got the car ready and it handled excellent all night long. Ninth was about as far as we were going to go though. We might have gotten a couple more positions with some more green flag racing.”
The Timber Wolf team had to work fast to get Miller's engine changed. (Allio photo)
Miller, another speedway veteran from past NASCAR experience, gave the series high remarks.
“I think it turned out really well. I am glad it went to single file restarts because I don't think it took anything away from the show. We actually got to race some this week. It worked well for passing. The way these cars are, if you run them on the bottom, you bog down the motor.”
“LITTLE GLENN” RETURNS WITH STYLE
There are some guys that just belong in ASA, Mike Eddy and Gary St. Amant come to mind. Another is Glenn Allen Jr.
Well, Glenn returned to the driver’s seat in ASA on Friday, at a track that is just 30 minutes from his home. And to nobody’s surprise, he returned in style. Allen, who had one of the top cars all night long, finished a respectable third in the BFGoodrich Tires 125.
“It was a good day,” said Allen, a former Busch Series Rookie of the Year. “I thought we were going to win with about 15 to go. We were running wide open to try and catch the 96 (Wade Day), then the car started chattering and we wore down the right front. Then the #20 (race winner Scott Lagasse) was coming so fast, there was no sense racing. I was lifting the gas pedal and he wasn't.
“It was a great weekend. I haven't raced all year. We had 300 people in the stands from our sponsor. We felt good about what was happening. I'm glad to get out of here in one piece.
“It was super competitive. I don't' think these cars belong on this kind of race track week in and week out though. There is a lot of stuff that will need to happen to keep the drivers really safe.”
SURPRISING STUMP JUST MISSES TOP FIVE
Mike Garvey and crew chief Shane Tesh talk at Kentucky. (51 photo)
Glenn Allen’s protégé is Kris Stump. The ASA veteran is grooming the second-year driver and taking care of his equipment. Well, something rubbed off on the kids at Kentucky.
Stump has never been a front runner on the ASA series thus far in his career, but that all changed on Friday. He was one of “the men to beat” much of the day and ended up bringing the #8 home with a solid top-10 finish (sixth) at the end of the day.
“We are tickled to death with this run,” said Stump. “This is our
only car, so it is a short track/speedway car. This is the car we had down at Lanier last week. We had a busy week to turn it around for this race.”
Stump had his own personal view of the race, despite being a top-10 car.
“It is boring racing compared to the short track stuff, but it is neat being here. This is something you work for your whole life and you finally get to come here.”
SORENSON GIVES CREDIT TO TEAM FOR TOP-10 RUN
Reed Sorenson honored his team for their top-10 run in the BFGoodrich Tires 125 at Kentucky Speedway. Sorenson and the entire #29 Target / Havoline team had to work from behind the eight ball after Reed backed his primary car in the wall during the second morning practice session. Extensive damage to that car forced the team to pull out the backup car for the race. After a lot of hard work by the team, and some not too shabby driving we might add, plus a little pit strategy, Reed was able to notch his second top-10 finish of the 2004 season.
Kris Stump had the best run of his short ASA career at Kentucky. (51 Photo)
“That was a great team effort,” said the 18-year-old Sorenson. “The team really stuck together. We knew we didn't have a car to win. We got the car out there and nothing fell off of it and we got a great finish out of it, so I'm pretty happy.”
“When we backed it in the wall (in practice), it was my fault. I should have pulled it in a lap before we did because the car was extremely loose. That is part of the big track experience I guess... learning from your mistakes.
“We had great pit strategy that got us up front at the end of the race. We got a top-10 out of it. It was a good point’s night because (Stephen) Leicht had a bad day and (Casey) Smith was having a bad day. I just told myself to keep out of the fence and gain some points.”
And that’s just what he did.
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Reed's #29 was pretty mangled up after he backed it into the wall in practice. (Milner Photo)