THE APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE by Jeremy Troiano
Little Stremme Does It Just Like Big Brother Did
Bobby Stremme has had a pretty good teacher. Or should we say teachers.
His mother is a racer. His father is a racer. His brother is a racer. So it was pretty evident that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree and the youngest Stremme proved that on Saturday evening, when he captured his first ASA Late Model feature win, making him the second Stremme to win in ASA competition. Bobby’s older brother David, won a couple of races and the 2002 Rookie of the Year before heading off to the NASCAR Busch Series in 2003.
It was a terrific battle and show put on by both Stremme and Campbell. Campbell, the younger son of multi-time Berlin track champion Fred Campbell, was the pole sitter but had to battle back from the seventh starting spot thanks to the mandatory inversion.
It took Campbell only 22 laps to find the lead, which he held until Stremme passed him near the end.
“We set it up for the long run,” said Campbell. “It was just a little too tight. Those are just our mistakes at the end of the night. We were running that ‘save your tire’ line the late models like to run out here. I was just coasting around out there. I guess it wasn’t enough to stay in the lead.
“Once (Bobby) got by me, I just let him go. He was faster by far. I then got into him a bit as we were battling. It was my fault. I just wanted to let him go. He is the points leader and I didn’t want to get in his way.
“Bud Gebben (Gary St. Amant’s former ASA team owner) gave me the opportunity to race here and I am pretty happy with it.”
Stremme, the ASA Late Model Series points leader, stalked and hounded Berlin regular Brian Campbell for much of the event and kept his equipment for the end of the 100-lap event at Berlin Raceway and used it when it counted the most. Stremme passed Campbell with less than 20 laps to go after a terrific side-by-side battle and cruised to the end to collect the win at Berlin Raceway in Marne (MI).
But Stremme was just as happy for his brother, who co-owns the car he drives, as he was for himself following the victory.
“This is awesome,” shouted Stremme in Victory Lane. “My brother is going to be so happy to hear this. It’s hard to put it into words. I can’t even think of it right now. I wish I could talk to him right now. I will call him as soon as I can get back there and as soon as his race is over.”
Brian Campbell was fast... but only good enough for second place. (51 Photos)
Stremme had the perfect game plan from the beginning of the race and used patience to help him score the win.
“At the beginning I just let Brian go,” said Stremme, who qualified second and started sixth. “There was no way I was going to keep under him. I just thought I’d let him run his own race and I would run mine. He moved up in one and two so I thought he was either pushing or saving his tires so I moved up there with him.
“In our driver’s meetings, they tell us it takes five to six laps to make a pass. I will be the first to say that it really does take five to six laps to make a good, clean pass. These motors are so close, you just have to take your time and run them down.”
It might just prove to be the first of many wins for the younger Stremme in ASA competition… and if he is anything like older brother David or any of his family… this looks like just the start of a very promising career.