Thursday, April 11, 2013

1993 - Eddy captures ASA season opener at Odessa

Odessa, Mo. (April 11, 1993) – Defending American Speed Association (ASA) champion Mike Eddy took advantage of a late race crash by leader Jay Sauter to capture the Missouri 250 at I-70 Speedway.

Sauter led 196 of the first 239 laps in the opening event of the 18-race AC-Delco Challenge Series when misfortune struck.

Coming off of turn four Sauter slipped and Eddy tapped the rear of Sauter’s car. Both cars spun with Sauter hitting the barrier in front of the pit wall. Eddy was able to continue and held onto the lead over a hard-charging Johnny Benson Jr.

Sauter grabbed the lead from Tony Raines on lap 20 and maintained the top spot over Eddy and Benson until the three leaders pitted on lap 154. Benson got around Eddy got around Eddy on lap 162 for the second spot with Jeff Neal settled in the fourth spot.

On lap 163, coming off of turn four, Eddy got underneath Benson and the two touched coming down the front straight. Benson spun and on the restart was posted in sixth position.

Benson then set sail for the leaders passing Larry Phillips, Steve Holzhausen and NASCAR star Kenny Schrader. The leader board didn’t change until Sauter’s accident.

“I was getting off the corner a little better than Jay,” Eddy said. “He spun, we both spun – it was a bad deal. I don’t think I’d ever do that on purpose.”

Sauter said Eddy hit hard coming off of turn four, but shrugged it off as racing luck.

“Racing seems to be a contact sport,” he said. “A little more than it should be. I don’t think that’s quite right.”

Benson was a little more vocal in his criticism of Eddy’s driving style.

“I guess if you have to do that to win, I guess that’s fine,” he remarked. “You’ll never see me do that.”

The race was run in two hours at an average speed of 61.694 miles per hour and was slowed by seven caution flags for a total of 82 laps.

Results –

  1. Mike Eddy
  2. Johnny Benson Jr.
  3. Ken Schrader
  4. Steve Carlson
  5. Tony Raines
  6. Steve Holzhausen
  7. Tom Harrington
  8. Jeff Neal
  9. Larry Phillips
  10. Rick Beebe
  11. Kent Stauffer
  12. John Lemke
  13. Scott Hansen
  14. A.J. Cooper
  15. Dennis Lampman
  16. Tony Roper
  17. Russ Gamester
  18. Brad Loney
  19. Mike Miller
  20. Jay Sauter
  21. Terry Wente
  22. Garry St. Amant
  23. Todd Forbes
  24. Bruce Lee
  25. Joe Nott
  26. David Anspaugh
  27. Alec Pinsonneault
  28. Jim Cooper
  29. Roger Avantis
  30. Dennis Vogel
  31. Bob Senneker
  32. Pat Bourdow
  33. Glenn Allen Jr.
  34. Joe Bush
  35. Randy MacDonald
  36. Harold Fair
  37. Dave Watson
  38. Jerry Churchill

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