CRA: Andy Ponstein crowned 2002 Rookie Champion

Salem, Ind. (November 5, 2002) -- Becoming the first driver from the state of Michigan, Andy Ponstein is crowned 2002 Hubler Group / Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Year Champion in the Sunoco Super Series. Ponstein finished 111 points ahead of...

Salem, Ind. (November 5, 2002) -- Becoming the first driver from the state of Michigan, Andy Ponstein is crowned 2002 Hubler Group / Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Year Champion in the Sunoco Super Series. Ponstein finished 111 points ahead of Tim Phillips, in the closest rookie battle in the series history. Ponstein received primary sponsorship from U.S. Pipe and associate backing from Performance Racing Components, Hancor, glasstree.com and Great Deals Coupon Magazine sponsored Ponstein on two occasions.

"We didn't have the year we were anticipating, but it was one of our big goals to capture the rookie title. It means a lot to win that award. I had a great time racing with Tim (Phillips) in 2002. Tim had a great season and I wish him all the success in the future," said Ponstein.

Producing his best career finish in the Sunoco Super Series, Ponstein drove to a fourth-place finish in the Winchester 100 Presented By Rev Up Sports Energy Drink at Winchester Speedway on Saturday, June 22. The 26-year-old driver of Hudsonville, Mich., finished seventh in the final driver standings, amassing six top-ten finishes and leading 40 laps in his first season on the circuit.

"The learning curve for me this year was adjusting to new tracks. I felt we raced competitive at early track except Baer Field, and if we go back I think we'll improve a lot. I have a great crew and I want thank them for their support this season. It was unfortunate we experienced seven dnf's. We broke a lot of 10-cent parts. Of the seven dnf's, I didn't tear the car up at all this year. That should be a huge help in the future. I had a fun year racing in the Sunoco Super Series and learned a bunch. I would have been great to win a race, but this series is very tough. "

Hubler Group / Blake Carburetion Rookie of the race award gave the highest finishing registered rookie at every event a $100 bonus and the second highest finishing rookie received a $50 bonus from the Hubler Group and Blake Carburetion.

At the 2002 awards banquet, Ponstein will receive the Hubler Group / Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Year Award, and receives a $1,000 bonus and trophy from the Hubler Group and a complete race ready Blake Carburetion Carburetor.

Ponstein will also receive awards from AFCO Racing Equipment, which will award a $100 Product Certificate. Five Star Racecar Bodies, will award a product certificate for a Package "A" Five Star Stock Car Body. RJS Racing Equipment, will award a product certificate for One Two-Layer Fire Suit. Bassett Racing Wheels, will award a $100 product certificate. Dynatech Headers, will award a $200 product certificate. U.S. Brake, will award a $100 product certificate. Hi-Performance Racing Cards, awards a product certificate for 1,000 5x7 Hi-Performance Racing Cards. Motorsports Image1, will a product certificate for a website design.

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