Butch Miller Wins the Glass City 300
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) _ Butch Miller used a fourth pit stop to change a set of tires and then powered past rookie Travis Kittleson with 16 laps remaining to win the Glass City 300 at Toledo Speedway on Sunday.
The win was the 48th in Miller’s American Speed Association career, and he collected the $6,250 VP Fuels Front Runner Award for winning from the pole.
``This is awesome,″ said Miller, who beat Kevin Cywinski by 0.585 seconds. ``The crew made the right call by stopping for tires. We had a good car today and the fresher tires made the difference.″
Miller leads Cywinski by 23 points after five of 17 events for the ASA championship.
Miller, in his Timber Wolf Chevrolet, elected to stop for right-side tires on lap 203 and then worked his way back to the front. Miller, in third at the time, moved inside of Kittleson, in the Bob Steele Chevrolet, on lap 284 going into Turn 2.
Cywinski, in the SK Hand Tool Chevrolet, who also stopped with Miller for tires, slipped inside of Kittleson on lap 298.
``We were off a little bit today,″ Cywinski said. ``On the last stop, we changed tires and loosened the car up. We were still loose going into the corner, but we were hooked up in the center.″
Kittleson said they used pit strategy to get to the front of the pack, and he didn’t have the tires to withstand the rush by Miller and Cywinski at the finish.
``I thought we could hold them off at the end, but the tires were worn out,″ said Kittleson, who finished third. ``The strategy worked out with a podium finish.″
Kittleson leads the $50,000 Rookie of the Year chase by 19 points over Reed Sorenson, who finished sixth.
There were 11 lead changes among nine different drivers, with Miller leading 96 of the 300 laps. The race was slowed 10 times for 85 laps run under caution.