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ASA AC Delco Challenge Series Report and Results: Pennsylvania 400

1 October 1997

Jennerstown. PA - Steve Carlson played a guessing game with Mother Nature and by guessing right he was able to claim the victory in the Pennsylvania 400 at Jennerstown Speedway. Carlson, in the Clean Burn/Phillips 66 Trop Artic/AFCO Pontiac, decided to stay on the track while others made pit stops and by doing so he was in the lead when rain came and caused the race to be called official after just 290 laps of the 400 scheduled. Ted Smokstad finished in second with Scott Hansen making another strong run into third. Kevin Cywinski and Joe Nott rounded out the top five.

"The first time it rained, I thought it would keep up," Carlson said afterwards as he collected $16,910. "Before the restart we made a pit stop. When there was that quick yellow and just about everyone pitted, we were thinking of stopping. Our spotter said it felt like rain and crew chief Howie (Lettow) made the call to stay out."

Scott Hansen in the Ken Schrader Racing Chevrolet took the point at the start of the race from the pole position and led for the first 31 laps until Mike Eddy was able to assume the point in the GM Goodwrench Service Plus/HRE Pontiac by passing Hansen in turn three. Eddy, who would lead 194 laps, kept the front spot until the first round of pit stops by the leaders on lap 130 when ASA officials threw a competition yellow following 100 laps of green flag racing.

Gary St Amant took advantage of some quick pit work by his crew to get the WYNN'S/Western Michigan Chevy Dealers Chevrolet out first and led Hansen, Eddy, Cywinski and Bob Senneker back to the restart. Eddy wasted no time reassuming the lead as he passed St Amant on the outside as the cars came off turn two on lap 142. Eddy would hold the lead until the first rain began to fall and the red flag came out on lap 236. Carlson, St Amant, Cywinski and Senneker were the cars behind Eddy when the race was stopped.

After a one hour rain delay, Eddy was forced to the pits to replace a right rear tire that was going flat. Others of the top runners also made routine pit stops and when the green flew again it was Hansen in the lead followed by Jack Landis in the Adirondak/Lyndaker/Maisto Ford. Third place was held by the Valvoline/Allan Nott Toyota/Raabe Ford of Joe Nott.

On the restart Yale Conley spun coming out of turn two and collected the cars of Tom Jones and Senneker. With this caution most of the leaders headed for the pits and left side tires.

Ted Smokstad in the Build-A-Mold/Trimplas/LA Electric Pontiac inherited the lead with Carlson, Hansen, Cywinski, and Nott trailing him to the restart.

On lap 242 Billy Turner spun and took the cars of Sean Dupuis and Steve Holzhausen out of the race. Also involved, but able to continue were Landis and Rick Beebe.

Smokstad continued to lead pursued by the lapped car of Brad Loney and Carlson and Hansen. Loney went to the high side and passed Smokstad on lap 284 and Carlson, realizing that there was still a groove there, also made the pass on the outside to take the lead.

On lap 286 St Amant spun and hit the wall in turn two and the light mist that had been falling for several laps turned into a steady rain and on lap 290 ASA officials threw the checkered flag and declared the race official.

Hansen moved to second in the ASA ACDelco Challenge Series points standing following his third place finish, 162 points behind the Tecumseh Motorsports Pontiac of Cywinski. St Amant was classified as finishing eighth after slapping the wall and is now in third, two points behind Hansen.

The only way Kevin (Cywinski) can lose the Championship is to break down," Hansen said. "They're point racing now and Kevin is too smart a driver to let the points lead get away from him."

Eddy, whose string of winless races has grown to 30, was awarded the WYNN'S WYNNING Move Award for his strong run early in the event.

The next race for the ASA ACDelco Challenge Series will be Sunday Oct 5th at Salem Speedway in southern Indiana.

John Kaiser -- The Autochannel

Jennerstown Speedway - Provisional results for the 
ASA ACDelco Challenge Series, 
Pennsylvania 400:
Ps.Ql.No.  Driver , Car                                          Laps 
-- -- ---- ----------------------------------------------------- ----- 
 1 14  87  Steve Carlson(R)Baker Enterprises/Clean Burn     PONT 290       
 2  7  32  Ted Smokstad    Corp. Auto/SMS Parts             PONT 290       
 3  1  52  Scott Hansen    AFCO Racing Products             PONT 290       
 4 13   1  Kevin Cywinski  Tecumseh/LaFavre Racing          PONT 290       
 5 10  48  Joe Nott        Valvoline/Allan Nott Toyota/RaabeFORD 290       
 6  4  88  Mike Eddy       GM Goodwrench Service/HRE        PONT 290       
 7  9  84  Bob Senneker    Lane Auto/JR Automation/Mr GasketFORD 290       
 8  8   7  Gary St Amant   Wynn's/W Michigan Chevy Dealers  CHEV 290       
 9 18  35  Buddy Schrock   Big A Auto Parts/UniDial         CHEV 289       
10 16  51  Brandon Sperling Sperling Motorsports            CHEV 289       
11 17  23  Rick Beebe      St Louis Gear/Royal Machine      PONT 289       
12  5  33  Brad Loney      Bunsaver/Hunter's Spec/Flexsteel PONT 289       
13 15  07  Jack Landis     Adirondak/Lyndaker/Maisto/N.YoderFORD 288       
14  6  72  Junior Hanley   Skillman Motorsports             PONT 288       
15  3   8  Mike Garvey     AFCO Racing Products             PONT 288       
16 26   3  Yale Conley     West Virginia Motor Speedway     CHEV 288       
17 31  11  Doug Mayr(R)    No Touch Car Care/Aqua Splash    CHEV 288       
18 28  98  Todd Forbes     Axle Handler/Ridgeway            FORD 287       
19 25  31  Rick Miller     Precision Chassis                CHEV 287       
20 30  93  Tim Sauter      Build-A-Mold/Trimpals/Moldplas   PONT 287       
21 23   0  Tom Jones       Jones Motorsports                PONT 287       
22 27  38  Gary Terry      DeVrou/Crookston/Ringers ResourceCHEV 287       
23 20  55  Bobby Gill      Leo M/S/Wehr/Racing Adventures   PONT 287       
24 32  80  Harold Fair Jr  MSM Power                        CHEV 285       
25 24  58  Billy Turner    Sanifill/Central Fiber           PONT 285       
26 22  79  Mike Cofer (R)  Black & Decker Versa Pack        PONT 280       
27 12   5  Steve Holzhausen Structural Transport            FORD 243       
28 19   4  Jimmie Johnson  West Michigan Chevy Dealers/Lane CHEV 237       
29 29  67  Sean Dupuis     Razor performance Products       CHEV 236       
30 11   6  Dave Sensiba    Engineered Polymer/W MI Auto AuctPONT 146       
31  2  18  Mike Miller     South East Air Service           PONT 131       
32 21  81  Harold Fair     Car Quest/ACDelco/Victor Reinz   PONT 111       
(R)= Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie Candidate
Lap Leaders       : Hansen, Eddy,St Amant, Smokstad, Carlson
Cautions          : 6 for 62 laps
Track Length      :  0.5000 Miles