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ASA Trak Auto 200 Report, Results, and Standings

25 August 1997

West Allis, WI - It had been over a year since a Ford visited Victory Lane with the American Speed Association when Bob Senneker in the Lane Automotive/JR Automation/Mr Gasket Ford "Bluebird" captured the Trak Auto 200 at the Milwaukee Mile. Gary St Amant was second and Scott Hansen finished third in the 200 lap race.

Senneker took the lead for the final time on lap 162 when he got inside pole sitter Dave Sensiba as the cars went down the front straight and made the pass stick as they entered turn one. The win was the first for Senneker since July 28th 1996 at LaCrosse Speedway and was his 83rd career ASA victory.

"After the first pit stop the crew told me the tires were in great shape," Senneker said afterwards. "At that point I knew the tires could go the distance. I stopped on lap 107 for fuel because we were either going to be a lap short or a lap over at the finish. The crew did a great job. We had everything together, this car runs better on the big tracks where we compete."

"The most comfortable way for me to drive through the corners here is to go in a little higher and then cut down across the middle," Senneker said. "I didn't have much trouble running on the outside, but there was a lot of rubber buildup."

Senneker said that his car did not have as much power as St Amant's or Hansen's but that his was better at getting through the corners. Senneker collected $19,820 for his victory.

When the race started, Steve Carlson jumped into the lead in the Clean Burn/Phillips 66 Trop Arctic/Alco Pontiac ahead of Sensiba's Engineered Polymer/Western Michigan Auto Auctions Grand Prix and was able to stretch out the lead over the first 53 laps. Scott Hansen in the Ken Schrader Racing Chevrolet took over the point on lap 54 and stayed out front until the first round of pits stops on lap 87 which handed the lead back to Carlson.

Following his pit stop Hansen was able to retake the lead on lap 101 and held it until he was passed by veteran Mike Eddy in the GM Goodwrench Service/HRE Pontiac on lap 122. Eddy would hold on to the point for just four laps until Sensiba took his turn at the front for the first time. Eddy would retire on lap 133 with engine problems.

Sensiba held off the challenge of Senneker until finally being passed on lap 162 by the fleet Thunderbird. Senneker would lead the rest of the way and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way with the winning margin being 2.579 seconds.

With his second place finish St Amant was able to knock 20 points of the Lead of Kevin Cywinski, driving the Tecumseh sponsored Pontiac, in the battle for the season long ASA ACDelco Challenge Series Championship. Cywinski finished in sixth place, and like St. Amant never led a lap. After his early stint at the front, Hansen linked up with Carlson and the two cars battled back through the pack after making pit stops to nab the third and fourth place spots at the checkers. Harold Fair finished fifth followed by Cywinski and first time ASA competitor Eddie Hoffman who had a great series debut with a seventh place finish. Brandon Sperling, Sensiba and Mike Cofer rounded out the top ten.

The WYNN's WYNNING MOVE was awarded to Matt Cofer for his first ever top ten finish in his rookie year with the series. Cofer was able to stay on the lead lap until just a few laps from the end. There were nine cars on the lead lap at the end of the 2hour 1 minute 45 second race which featured seven lead changes among six drivers. The race was slowed by six cautions for 32 laps.

The next event for the ASA ACDelco Challenge Series will be at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Labor Day for the running of the Miller 300.

John Kaiser -- The Autochannel

Twin Cities Speedway - Provisional results for the 
ASA ACDelco Challenge Series, 
Trak Auto 200:
Ps.Ql.No.  Driver , Car                                          Laps  
-- -- ---- ----------------------------------------------------- ----- 
 1 10  84  Bob Senneker    Lane Auto/JR Automation/Mr GasketFORD 200       
 2  7   7  Gary St Amant   Wynn's/W Michigan Chevy Dealers  CHEV 200       
 3  3  52  Scott Hansen    AFCO Racing Products             PONT 200       
 4  2  87  Steve Carlson(R)Baker Enterprises/Clean Burn     PONT 200       
 5 22  81  Harold Fair     Car Quest/ACDelco/Victor Reinz   PONT 200       
 6  6   1  Kevin Cywinski  Tecumseh/LaFavre Racing          PONT 200       
 7 25  20  Eddie Hoffman   Lub-Tek/Appleton Rack & Pinion   CHEV 200       
 8  4  51  Brandon Sperling Sperling Motorsports            CHEV 200       
 9  1   6  Dave Sensiba    Engineered Polymer/W MI Auto AuctPONT 200       
10 11  79  Mike Cofer (R)  Black & Decker Versa Pack        PONT 199       
11 21  23  Rick Beebe      St Louis Gear/Royal Machine      PONT 199       
12  9  33  Brad Loney      Bunsaver/Hunter's Spec/Flexsteel PONT 199       
13  5  55  Tim Sauter (R)  Leo M/S/Wehr/Racing Adventures   PONT 199       
14 18  21  Kevin Nuttleman Citgo/Midwest Fuels/Dutch Mill   PONT 199       
15 16  48  Joe Nott        Valvoline/Allan Nott Toyota/RaabeFORD 198       
16 12  18  Mike Miller     South East Air Service           PONT 198       
17 27  80f Harold Fair Jr  GCF Motorsports                  CHEV 198       
18 20   8  Mike Garvey     AFCO Racing Products             PONT 197       
19 13  60  Al Schill Jr    Twone Ford/Bankers Auto          FORD 196       
20 34  19  Justin Diercks  Diercks LTD/Dr A. Diercks/TC Fab FORD 195       
21 26  22  J.D. Sommers    Sommers Marine                   FORD 194       
22 14   5  Steve Holzhausen Structural Transport            FORD 194       
23 32  92  Sammy Pegram    Dorothy Lynch Home Style Salad DrCHEV 192       
24 33  93  Alec Pinsonneault Build-A-Mold/Trimplas/Moldplas PONT 191       
25  8  32  Ted Smokstad    Corp. Auto/SMS Parts             PONT 171       
26 30  03  Johnny Spaw     Mid-West Plumbing/Clemnet TrailerPONT 160       
27 23  07  Jack Landis     Adirondak/Lyndaker/Maisto/N.YoderFORD 159       
28 29  58  Billy Turner    Sanifill/Central Fiber           PONT 157       
29 15  88  Mike Eddy       GM Goodwrench Service/HRE        PONT 133       
30 19  72  Junior Hanley   Skillman Motorsports             PONT 123       
31 24  26  Bill Baird      Spee-Dee Pop Popcorn/Saturn Mach CHEV  74       
32 35  86  Kurt Hough      Lee's Inn and Suites             PONT  65       
33 28  64  Ricky Bilderback Bilderback Auto Parts           PONT  44       
34 17  11  Doug Mayr(R)    No Touch Car Care/Aqua Splash    CHEV  37       
35 31   0  Larry Middleton Waste Management/All-Glass AquarmPONT  19       
(R)= Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie Candidate
Time of Race      : 2 hr 1 min 45 sec
Average Speed     : 98.717 mph
Margin of Victory : 2.579 secs
Lap Leaders       : Carlson, Hansen, Fair, Eddy, Sensiba, Senneker
Fastest Lap       : T. Sauter, 30.115 sec/119.542 mph
Cautions          : 6 for 32 laps
Track Length      :  1.0000 Miles

Pendleton, IN - Provisional Points standings following the Trak Auto 200 at
the Milwaukee Mile

1. Kevin Cywinski               2449
2. Gary St Amant                2248 (-201)
3. Rick Beebe                   2146 (-303)
4. Scott Hansen                 2118 (-331)
5. Dave Sensiba                 2047 (-402)
6. Steve Carlson                2014 (-435)
7. Mike Miller                  1986 (-463)
8. Harold Fair                  1883 (-566)
9. Tim Sauter                   1874 (-575)
10.Bob Senneker                 1869 (-580)
11.Mike Eddy                    1846 (-603)
12.Joe Nott                     1807 (-642)
13.Brandon Sperling             1786 (-663)
14.Ted Smokstad                 1707 (-742)
15.Brad Loney                   1679 (-770)
16.Jack Landis                  1573 (-876)
17.Mike Garvey                  1560 (-889)
18.Steve Holzhausen             1516 (-933)
19.Junior Handley               1510 (-939)
20.Bill Baird                   1422 (-1027)