CRA: Baer Field race notes 2004-10-17

Ft. Wayne, IN (October 17, 2004) -- It may have been a cold blustery October day, but the action was hot on the track as the fans that braved the cold saw one of the most exciting Sunoco Super Series races of the season. Knightstown, Indiana's...

Ft. Wayne, IN (October 17, 2004) -- It may have been a cold blustery October day, but the action was hot on the track as the fans that braved the cold saw one of the most exciting Sunoco Super Series races of the season. Knightstown, Indiana's Jeff Lane powered his way from his 6th place starting position past Scott Hantz and Junior Hanley to claim his third Sunoco Super Series victory of the season in Sunday afternoon's Sunoco 125 Presented By Angola Motor Speedway at Baer Field Speedway in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Lane steadily moved his way up to sneak up on Hantz and Hanley as they battled for the lead. Lane powered his way around both Hantz and Hanley to take the lead on lap 85 and cruise to the victory.

"The secret to my success today was an awesome setup from Bill Rievley, great work by my tire guy and the McGunegill engine I had under my the hood today," explained an elated Lane in victory lane. "It's great to get win number three this year, we seem to go back and forth from bad luck to good luck this season."

2003 series champion Bobby Parsley grabbed the early lead over pole sitter Scott Baker on the first lap. Parsley held the lead for 12 laps until his mentor Junior Hanley slipped by on the inside to grab the lead on lap 13. Soon Hantz would follow catching Hanley before the halfway point of the race. The two series veterans battled for several laps with Hantz trying to make the pass on the low and hide sides several times to only have Hanley slam the door each time. Lane caught the two battling racers and wasted little time in making his move just as the leaders were coming upon a pack of cars. Lanes winning move earned him the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move Of The Race Award.

Hanley made contact with the outside wall while battling Hantz for second, the contact ended Hanley's day on lap 102 of the 125-lap event. Soon after the incident Hantz began to fade back and was caught and passed on lap 121 by a hard charging Boris Jurkovic, a veteran racer at Illiana Motor Speedway, who battled from his 14th place starting position to finish 2nd, his best Sunoco Super Series finish ever in only a hand full of series starts. Corteco Fast Qualifier Jack Landis also got by Hantz on the white flag lap to finish third, beating Hantz to the line by a couple of feet. Hantz came home fourth while Sunoco Super Series points leader Chuck Barnes Jr. finished fifth to keep a 23 point lead over Hantz going into the series final points event next Sunday at Salem Speedway. Hanley, who was 24 points behind Barnes prior to today's event, fell to third place in points, 61 points behind Barnes Jr.

Hayden Butler, Crew Chief for Jeff Lane, was the Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief of The Race Award Winner. Dave Jackson, who debuted a brand new racecar after destroying his old car on August 12th at Baer Field Speedway, was the Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Of The Race Award winner. Jackson came from his 26th place starting position to finish one lap down in 11th. Chris Gabehart earned the Backstretch Performance/Blake Carburetion/Reed Cams Rookie Of The Race Award with his 10th place finish. Junior Hanley was the winner of the Freeburn Track Repair Halfway Leader Award. Boris Jurkovic and Eddie Hoffman earned Goodyear Performance Awards. Lane's win was the first of the season for the McGunegill Engine Performance sealed engine that the series has been testing this season.

The next Sunoco Super Series event will be the Spray Power 125 Presented By Sunoco and John Jones GM City Season Championship event on Sunday, October 24th at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana. More information is available at www.sunocosuperseries.com.

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