Ryan Tedesco knows when to put on a show. While the first two races of the new ASA Late Model Series were run as stand alone events, the last two have been run in conjunction with the ASA National Tour, just hours before the start of the main race.
several late restarts charges from Breese to hold on to the victory before the rains came.
The two former track champions, who battled closely for the track title in 1995, raced side-by-side lap after lap, trading the lead by less than a nose amidst cautions flags that always put them back in order of the previous lap. On two occasions during their battle, Kenseth nosed ahead at the line, but was moved back to second during a caution period, as the ASA LM Series reverted back to the last completed lap.
“I got a lot of time at this track… as much as possible at least. Every time I’ve been here, I’ve had pretty good luck. I never came here in a template car, so I wasn’t sure what to throw at it as far as springs and stuff like that, but I guess we guessed it right.”
It wasn’t a total blowout for Tedesco, who had to deal with Baer Field Speedway (Ft. Wayne, IN) race winner Jack Smith. Smith put plenty of pressure on Tedesco, but was never able challenge him like he wanted to… much his own fault.
“We were just too tight,” admitted Smith after the race. “I made a bad call in the pits before we started. I put a round
In both of those events, the same face has graced Victory Lane… that of New Philadelphia (OH)-native Tedesco.
Tedesco, just like his National Tour counterpart Robbie Pyle, swept the Mansfield (OH) weekend, winning both the pole and the race. Tedesco lead 86 of the race’s 100 laps to win his second-straight event, coming just one week after winning at Lake Erie Speedway (PA).
“If you are going to win, this is the place to do it,” said Tedesco, referring to winning in front of the National Tour audience. “There is nothing better than to win two in a row right in front of the ASA owners and drivers. And with the exposure that the Speed Channel cameras can give you, it’s awesome.
“Heck yeah two in a row feels good too. This is some really tough competition here. People don’t realize how tough some of these guys are.
Ryan Tedesco was Saturday's big Late Model winner... again.
Tedesco (#70) proved he has the ASA Late Models figured out with his second-straight win.
of wedge in the car and I should have never have touched it. I knew better, but I just did it anyway. I thought it was going to get free during the race. It got way too tight.
“We all ran each other clean. That is the way I like to race. After last week, this is the way we need to run.”
Tedesco wasn’t the only driver Smith had to battle as the race progressed.
Smith got into pole sitter Michael Rush just seven laps into the race, spinning him and gaining the lead for the only time in the event.
“At the beginning of the race, the 07 car and me got together. I don’t know if his spotter told him I was there or what, but he came up into me. It was just a racing deal. I didn’t mean to do it and I don’t want to do it. That isn’t how I race.”
the car fell off when we were actually starting to gain and pull away from him.
“My spotter was telling me to pull out as far as I could so he could stop shaking and getting so nervous.”
ASA Late Model point leader Bobby Stremme and ASA regular Chad Wood rounded out the top five finishers.
The ASA LM Series will now head to Berlin Raceway to run yet again as a precursor to the National Tour this coming weekend.
But no one, not even third place Jason Setser, had anything for Tedesco, who started 10th after settting fast time and pulling the 10 pill as part of the mandatory inversion.
Ironically, it was 10th that Tedesco started in Lake Erie as well.
“I already asked (ASA officials) if I can start 10th no matter where I qualify next time,” joked Tedesco. “I don’t know what it is. I know I just want to start 10th.
“On the early part of the run is where the car felt the best. But (Smith) was hanging right with me. I felt like
Jason Setser's car was loose in practice, but he got it all together for a third-place run in the 100-lap main event.