Marne, MI (June 20, 2004) - Holding off a strong challenge from Berlin Raceway regular Tom Thomas and Sunoco Super Series veteran Scott Hantz, the father and son team of Fred and Brian Campbell finished 1 & 2 Saturday night in the Performance ...
Marne, MI (June 20, 2004) - Holding off a strong challenge from Berlin Raceway regular Tom Thomas and Sunoco Super Series veteran Scott Hantz, the father and son team of Fred and Brian Campbell finished 1 & 2 Saturday night in the Performance Engineering 150 Sunoco Super Series event at Berlin Raceway. The top three finishers, including third place finisher Tom Thomas, are all veterans of the tricky 7/16's mile oval, and it showed as they fought off the challenges of the best of the Sunoco Super Series regulars to get the top positions. Scott Hantz led the Sunoco Super Series regulars with a fourth place finish followed by early race leader Junior Hanley in fifth.
"It is great to win at home, you couldn't ask for a better night for PBM Racing with Brian finishing second, it don't get any better than that," stated an obviously elated Fred Campbell. "I'd rather run second to my Dad than anyone else," a very happy Brian Campbell commented following the race.
Bobby Parsley jumped out to the lead at the start, he held the lead for 29 laps before being passed by Junior Hanley. Hanley passed Parsley twice, once on the tenth lap, but the first of 11 yellow flags flew because of a spin involving Shawn McWhirter and Belott, and scoring reverted to the previous lap.
Taking the lead on lap 65 from Junior Hanley, Campbell, with Brian taking over second from Hanley on lap 130 with a little bump and run, threatened to run away from the field. Then Thomas came running from back in the pack and started to pass everyone on the high side, very near the wall.
Thomas looked to have the stronger car at that point with Hantz moving up very quickly also, but the laps were running out. On lap 146 of the scheduled 150 lap race, Chuck Barnes, Jr., points leader going into the night, ran too high and was bumped by Johnny Belott on the backstretch and left the track. He was all right, although the car was badly damaged. Sunoco Super Series rules require the last five laps to be under green. Racing resumed on lap 157, Thomas, whose car was better after about 5 laps or more, was unable to catch or challenge Brian or Fred Campbell.
Hantz passed the most cars during the race coming from the back after a spin on lap 54. He and Barnes were running side by side for third place, when they bumped, and Hantz went through the infield throwing gravel on the track. After pitting during the yellow, Hantz started at the tail of the race and eventually passed 22 cars on his way back to the front.
Jeff Lane also came up through the field after qualifying 15th to finish 7th. He is now the Sunoco Super Series point's leader following Saturday night's event. Junior Hanley is only 1 point behind Lane in second with Barnes only 3 points behind in third.
Chuck Barnes, Jr., Corteco Fast Qualifier, set a new track record of 16.306 beating Fred Campbell's record set last season by .002 seconds. Barnes then drew a 5 on the invert putting Brian Campbell on the pole and Parsley on the outside of the front row. This is Barnes second Corteco Fast Qualifier Award and track record of the season. Steve Moenck was the Backstretch Performance/Reed Cams/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race award winner. The Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award went to Dave Kulhman who advanced 13 positions. The Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief of the Race was Dan Finkbeiner, crew chief for Fred Campbell.
The EMF Corp./Race Tech Engineering "That's Racing" Award went to Chuck Barnes Jr. for his late race crash off the backstretch of the racetrack. The Sweet Manufacturing, Sweet Move of the Race Award went to Tom Thomas for the show he put on while passing several cars on the outside including a pass of Scott Hantz and Junior Hanley in the same corner. Fred Campbell collected the CSInet Internet Access Corp Halfway Leader Award. Terry Fisher, Jr. was awarded the HRP Motorsports Loyal Racer Award, while Fred Campbell won the Finshline Fabricating Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps of the Performance Engineering 150.
The next Sunoco Super Series event will be the 3rd Annual Elmer Musgrave Memorial 100 Presented By Lisa Thomas Salons this Saturday, June 19th at Illiana Motor Speedway. More information is available at www.sunocosuperseries.com.