Kenny Tweedy wins rain-shortened season opener Anderson, Ind. (April 20, 2002) - Series veteran Kenny Tweedy got the jump on Evan Jackson and led all 121 laps of the rain-shorted season opener. The Choo Choo Customs 150 presented by Weidner ...
Kenny Tweedy wins rain-shortened season opener
Anderson, Ind. (April 20, 2002) - Series veteran Kenny Tweedy got the jump on Evan Jackson and led all 121 laps of the rain-shorted season opener. The Choo Choo Customs 150 presented by Weidner Chevrolet was the initial race of the 2002 season for the Sunoco Super Series. The race was made official after the race was red flagged for a second time for rain showers on the quarter-mile oval. Tweedy won his seventh career event and fourth at Anderson Speedway.
"We had a great racecar, the best we have ever had at Anderson," said Kenny Tweedy in victory lane. "I owe a lot to Bill Rievley. He has taught me a bunch in my racing career," added the 1997 series champion.
At the drop of the green flag, Kenny Tweedy, driving the EDCO General Contractors / Keith Electric Chevrolet bolted into the early lead with Evan Jackson, Eddie Van Meter, Andy Ponstein and Scott Hantz chasing the number two Chevrolet.
On the third circuit around, several competitors were involved in an accident in the third turn that ended the evening for Evan Jackson, Tom Smith, Junior Hanley, J.R. Roahrig and Jeff Lane. When racing resumed, Tweedy continued to show the point.
The fifth caution period waved on lap 54 for rain showers. A light mist caused a lengthy slow down period until green flag racing resumed on the 80th trip around. Tweedy continued to pace the field, but Eddie Van Meter was starting to flex his muscle.
On lap 90, Scott Hantz began challenging Andy Ponstein for the third position and on the 96th they tangled in turn one. Racing resumed on lap 100, but it was short lived when the yellow flew three laps later. This time the rain was too steady and the officials decided to make the race official. Tweedy was declared the winner, with Eddie Van Meter posting a career best second-place finish. Matt Hagans was third with fast qualifier Joel Kauffman and Brent Downey rounding out the top-five finishers.
Joel Kauffman was the fastest of 33 competitors and earned the Tobacco Depot Fast Qualifier Award with a lap of 12.351 seconds / 72.869 mph. Bobby Murany was the winner of the Lane Automotive/K&N Performance Filters with finishing in 11th position from a 26th starting spot. Murany was also the Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race.
The next Sunoco Super Series event is the Budweiser 150 at Angola Motor Speedway on Friday, May 3. For up-to-the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at www.sunocosuperseries.com.