Chuck Barnes Jr. Gets Surprise Win At Baer Field Speedway Ft. Wayne, IN (May 21, 2006) -- Chuck Barnes, Jr. only led four laps of the CRA Super Sunday 100 Sunday at Baer Field Speedway, but they were the most important laps of the...
Chuck Barnes Jr. Gets Surprise Win At Baer Field Speedway
Ft. Wayne, IN (May 21, 2006) -- Chuck Barnes, Jr. only led four laps of the CRA Super Sunday 100 Sunday at Baer Field Speedway, but they were the most important laps of the race as he won his first CRA Super Series presented by Spray Power race of the 2006 season. Barnes was having a good race staying close to the leaders but unable to get close enough to attempt a pass while Eddie Van Meter and Scott Hantz fought for the lead most of the day. Then with only four laps to go the leaders made contact forcing Barnes to the outside to avoid a crash. Barnes used that move to his advantage, deciding to go for the outside pass of both Van Meter and Hantz to get the win.
"I knew I could stay with them, but I did not think I could get around them both, but when they both got a little out of line there I just took advantage of the situation." Barnes stated. "Then I got a good jump on the restart and stayed in front. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good!"
Within a half lap of Barnes taking the lead a car spun in turn 4 bringing out the yellow flag. This set the stage for a shootout to the end with all the leaders bunched up and ready to go. Barnes jumped out to a small lead and stayed there despite pressure from Hantz and Van Meter.
Van Meter and Hantz led most of the race with Van Meter very strong in the early going taking the lead on the third lap and staying out front until Hantz was able to free himself from the traffic and take the lead on the 47th lap. Van Meter stayed very close to Hantz the rest of the race forcing him to drive a near perfect race to stay in front. As the laps wound down Van Meter was pushing Hantz very hard for the lead, nearly getting under Hantz on a few occasions, but Hantz was able to slam the door each time. Then on the 95th lap there was contact between the drivers as Hantz slowed a little causing Van Meter to make contact leaving the door open for Barnes to sneak by on the outside for the win.
Jack Landis was the Appleton Rack & Pinion and Fatheadz Fat Qualifier Awards winner. He then drew a three to start in the third position. Early in the race he stayed very close to the leader until he was forced to retire with engine problems. With Landis not winning The Wax Shop Clean Sweep Award will be worth $600 at the series next event at Berlin Raceway.
During the race Jeff Lane appeared to have the fastest car, moving from ninth starting position to third when his ignition system seemed to develop problems causing him to drop out on the 72nd lap. Series points lead Chris Gabehart was forced to retire from the event with a broken rear end on lap 80 resulting in a 19th place finish, thus giving Eddie Van Meter the series points lead by three over Gabehart.
Zach Taylor earned the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hard Charger Award the Racing Electronics Most Improved Award and a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award for moving up from starting in the 18th position to finish sixth. CD 2 Rookie Candidate Michael Gaier had his best CRA Super Series race finishing fifth to give him his first Top Ten finish. This finish earned him the CD-2 Rookie of the Race Award and the Cometic Gasket top-finishing Rookie Award.
Scott Hantz won the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway leader award. Chuck Barnes Jr. winning move earned him the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet move of the Race Award. The Marvel Mystery Oil Mechanic of the Race Award went to Chuck Barnes, Sr. Jack Kalwasinski won the Anderson Sign & Banner Best Appearing Car Award.
The next CRA Super Series event is the Berlin 125 this Saturday, May 27th at Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI. More information is available at www.craracing.net.