Three Victories in Last Four Races for Junior Hanley; Canadian Legend Out-duels Fred Campbell to Score Fifth Victory of 2002 Ft. Wayne, Ind. (August 25, 2002) - Out-dueling Michigan standout Fred Campbell, Canadian Legend Junior Hanley scored...
Three Victories in Last Four Races for Junior Hanley; Canadian Legend Out-duels Fred Campbell to Score Fifth Victory of 2002
Ft. Wayne, Ind. (August 25, 2002) - Out-dueling Michigan standout Fred Campbell, Canadian Legend Junior Hanley scored his fifth Sunoco Super Series victory of 2002. Driving the Rick Cole Enterprises / Big Rigs Truck & Trailer Maintenance Chevrolet, Hanley bypassed Fred Campbell on lap 82 and then went on to win the River City Trucking Equipment Sales 100 Presented By McIntosh Energy Company at Baer Field Speedway. Hanley advanced to second position in the Sunoco standings, just 64 markers behind point leader Joel Kauffman.
"That was a great battle with Fred. Our car wasn't that good and I was expecting some cautions to come out and they didn't. When the cautions came out, I thought that would fix the car, but it was loose all race long," said Junior Hanley.
At the start of the 50-mile event, series veteran Jim Crabtree Jr. darted into the lead position, getting the jump on Ron Dantzer. 2000 rookie Eddie Van Meter ranked in third with Scott Wolfe and Bobby Parsley rounding out the top-five runners. The first yellow flew on lap eight when Rick Turner spun and Michigan driver Brian Campbell looped his number 22 to avoid Turner.
When racing action resumed after Keith Ousley waved the green flag, Eddie Van Meter, with an impressive move wheeled underneath Dantzer for second position on the 14th circuit of the 100-lap affair. Four laps later Fred Campbell grabbed third from Dantzer with Hanley also gaining a position. On the 17th-go around, Tobacco Depot Fast Qualifier Scott Hantz advanced to fifth.
At the lap 20-mark, Crabtree, Van Meter, Fred Campbell, Hanley and Hantz all raced nose-to-tail around the half-mile oval. Then on lap 21, Van Meter ducked underneath Crabtree for the top spot. Campbell moved into second with Hanley taking third place.
The top four cars bunched up nose-to-tail with Van Meter showing the way around Baer Field Speedway, then Fred Campbell made a move on the outside of Van Meter on lap 38. He completed the pass in turn three and was scored as the race leader on lap 39. Jeff Lane was in the fifth position at lap 40, making a charge from 14th starting position. On the 42nd circuit, Hanley passed Van Meter for second position. Three lap later, Hantz moved into third.
As the leaders approached lapped traffic, Fred Campbell was able to get through it better than the remainder of the leaders. Hanley and Hantz were forced to deal with lapped through for several laps, which allowed Fred Campbell to build a lead on Hanley, Hantz, Van Meter and Lane.
Then on the 78th lap, Van Meter stalled in turn four and a small fire broke out on his number 23 Muller Motorsports Chevrolet. This setup a fabulous ending. As Fred Campbell brought the leaders back under power, Hanley got a superb start, driving underneath Fred Campbell in turn two. The duo raced side-by-side into turn three with Hanley emerging from turn four as the race leader. Over the final 18 circuits, Hanley and Campbell, two of the greatest short track racers in the Midwest, traded paint battling for the victory. Hanley was able to hold onto to capture his 15th career victory. Campbell finished in second barely ahead of Hantz, Lane and Roahrig crossed the line in fifth spot. The top five finishers could have been covered in a blanket.
Scott Hantz recorded his sixth career pole and was the fastest of 30 cars to earn the Tobacco Depot Fast Qualifier Award. Hantz of Pleasant Lake, Ind., toured the half-mile oval in17.619 seconds / 102.162 mph. Scott Baker was the winner of the Lane Automotive/K&N Performance Filters Hard Charger, finishing in ninth position after starting in 27th spot. Bobby Murany was the Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race. Jeff Lane and Scott Baker were the winners of the Goodyear Performance Awards. Jeff Lane was the winner of the Sweet Move the Race.
The next Sunoco Super Series event is the Aker Plastics Braun Auto Group 150 at Plymouth Speedway on Sunday, September 1. For up-to-the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at www.sunocosuperseries.com.