In dominating fashion, Junior Hanley recorded his fourth consecutive Kendall Late Model Series victory winning the Sunoco 150 at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, September 22. The fourth win in a row establishing a series record for the most ...
In dominating fashion, Junior Hanley recorded his fourth consecutive Kendall Late Model Series victory winning the Sunoco 150 at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, September 22. The fourth win in a row establishing a series record for the most consecutive victories. Hanley, driving the Big Rigs Truck and Trailer Maintenance / Rick Cole Enterprises Chevrolet, got around Jeff Lane on the second circuit and then held off a hard charging Jeff Lane at the conclusion of the event to win his eighth career race.
"This car was a little off tonight compared to Lab Day, but it was still pretty strong," said 57-year old Hanley. "With all the problems we had at the start of the season, we went back to the basics."
Hanley was greeted in victory lane by car owner Larry Zent.
At the drop of the green flag in the Sunoco 150, Jeff Lane starting on the inside of the front row was able to get a small jump on Hanley. The two raced side-by-side the first few laps. Lane was scored as the race leader on lap one, but then Hanley was able to motor on the outside of the Gas America / Ed Martin Auto / NAPA / Thompson Ag. Service Pontiac. When the first caution waved on lap five, Hanley, Lane, Wisconsin driver Brad Mueller, Joel Kauffman and Peter Cozzoliino completed the top-five runners.
Kauffman started to show his hand by passing Mueller near the 40-lap mark, but then he looped his machine coming off the second corner bringing out the fourth yellow. Brian Ross began to show his strenght by advancing to the top ten.
At halfway, Hanley continued to show the way with Lane, Mueller, Cozzolino and Scott Hantz in the top five. Ross contineud to charge to the front of the field as a majoirty of the front runners raced in single file formation. Hantz was also showing some power battling with Cozzolino for a majority of the second half of the event.
On lap 120, Brian Ross drove on the outside of Matt Hagans coming off the second corner. As the two raced down the backstretch battling for fifth place, Ross then bounced off the outside wall ending his racing evening with suspension damage.
The green flag waved with 26 laps remaining in the 150 lap event, with Hanley contunign to show his strength. The Canadian Legend built a healthy lead over Lane. As the laps wound down, Lane was able to close behind Hanley, but was able to make a serious challenge for the win. Todd Oliver bounced off the third turn wall triggering a wild finish. Mueller making his first KLMS start, held on for third with Bobby Parsley and Cozzolino rounding out the top five.