Second career victory for Joel Kauffman in Sunoco 150 16-year-old sensation fends off Evan Jackson and Junior Hanley. Anderson, Ind. (June 8, 2002) -- Fending off the challenge of Evan Jackson, 16-year-old Joel Kauffman captured his second...
Second career victory for Joel Kauffman in Sunoco 150 16-year-old sensation fends off Evan Jackson and Junior Hanley.
Anderson, Ind. (June 8, 2002) -- Fending off the challenge of Evan Jackson, 16-year-old Joel Kauffman captured his second career Sunoco Super Series victory at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, June 8. Driving the number 44 Chevrolet sponsored by LA West Luxury Vehicles / Choo Choo Customs / Prime Wheel / Flexvision / ACC, Kauffman dominated the event, leading all 150 laps and collected $3,390 for his victory in the Sunoco 150. With his second victory, Kauffman has extended his points lead over Matt Hagans to a season best 27 markers.
"This victory was a five times tougher than at Toledo; Evan raced me real clean and I appreciate that," said Joel Kauffman in victory lane. "We are pulling away each week in the points and we really want to win this championship," added the 2001 rookie of the year.
At the drop of the green flag, Joel Kauffman darted into the early lead getting the jump on outside front- row starter Brent Downey. In the early stages, Evan Jackson, Matt Hagans, Jeff Lane and fast qualifier Bobby Parsley chased the two leaders. The initial caution flag occurred on lap eight with Scott Wolfe, Tim Phillips and Dick Dunlevy all involved.
When racing resumed, Kauffman continued to show the point, with Hagans getting a super restart and advancing to third position, sending Jackson back to fourth. On the 26th circuit, Greg Van Alst spun in turn three and second-place runner Brent Downey couldn't avoid and looped his number 25 Chevrolet.
On the restart, Kauffman continued to pace the 26-car starting field, with Hagans in second and Jackson, Lane and 2000 series champion Scott Hantz in fifth slot. The top four machines raced nose-to-tail on the restart. Then as Hagans had to get on the brakes hard to not bump Kauffman, he was forced to drift high as Jackson retook second and Lane went into third place.
As Kauffman continued to hold first position with Jackson on the rear deck lid of the number 44, Junior Hanley and Jim Crabtree Jr. both made charges to the top of the leader board.
Near halfway, Kauffman earned the Kingen Insterstate Express Halfway Leader Award and showed the way with Jackson and Lane right behind the 16-year-old sensation. The fifth caution occurred on lap 102 when Todd Currier experienced ignition problems and dropped off the pace and Todd Oliver made contact with the number one sending him spinning on the backstretch.
The green flag reappeared on lap 109, but it as short- lived as Scott Hantz, Bobby Parsley and Rick Turner were involved in an accident in turn one, ending the racing action for Hantz and Turner. The final stages of the event saw Kauffman keep his machine ahead of Jackson, who was applying plenty of pressure. Hanley finished in third position. Jeff Lane finished fourth and Jim Crabtree Jr. rounded out the top-five finishers.
Bobby Parsley recorded his first pole and was the fastest of 30 cars to earn the Tobacco Depot Fast Qualifier Award. Parsley of Shepherdsville Ky., toured the .250-mile oval in 12.328 seconds / 87.605 mph. Scott Wolfe was the winner of the Lane Automotive/K&N Performance Filters Hard Charger, finishing in 13th position after starting in 24th slot. Tim Phillips was the Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race. Junior Haley and Todd Oliver were the winners of the Goodyear Performance Awards. J.R. Roahrig was the winner of the Sweet Move the Race.
The next Sunoco Super Series event is the Winchester 100 Presented By REV UP Sports Energy Drink at Winchester Speedway on Saturday, June 22. For up-to- the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at www.sunocosuperseries.com.