Heading into the Aaron¿s 99 on Thursday night, Oct. 14, at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway, seven drivers are separated by just 147 points in the chase for the American Speed Association¿s National Tour championship.

After 12 of 14 races, two-time champion Kevin Cywinski leads Mike Garvey by 52 points.

¿If we are able to get the third one, it would be huge,¿ said Cywinski, a native of Wausau, Wis., who captured ASA titles in 1997 and 2003. ¿More so than three, it would be back-to-back and it has been a while since anyone has done that.¿

The last ASA driver to repeat as champion was Mike Eddy who won in 1991 and 1992, the latter being his record seventh ASA National Tour title.

But Garvey has momentum as the ASA teams prepare to make their Lowe¿s Motor Speedway debut. The Atlanta, Ga., driver has won four of the 12 races, including the last two. Garvey is doing what he feels necessary¿winning races¿to claim the championship.

¿That¿s all we can do,¿ Garvey said. ¿All we can handle are the things under our control. We can¿t control everything else that goes on, but stuff we can control we are doing the best we can.¿

And if the race between the top two wasn¿t tight enough, just 17 points separate drivers in positions three through seven.

Second-generation racer Tim Sauter is third, 130 points behind Cywinski, but he¿s just three points ahead of three-time champion Butch Miller. Sophomore sensation Reed Sorenson is fifth with Bryan Reffner and Robby Pyle also still within reach of the title.

When asked what it would take for him to win a fourth championship, Miller said, ¿I¿m not worried about it. We just need to run well and see what happens.¿

The Aaron¿s 99 on Thursday night, Oct. 14, is part of Bojangles¿ Pole Night which also features qualifying for the Lowe¿s presents The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night, Oct. 15, and the UAW-GM Quality 500 NEXTEL Cup Series event on Saturday night, Oct. 16.

Tickets start at just $15 and can be obtained online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.