CRA: Chuck Barnes Jr hopes to get victory in 2004

Chuck Barnes Jr. Hopes To Get First Sunoco Super Series Victory in 2004 Salem, IN (April 13, 2004) -- 21 year old Chuck Barnes Jr. achieved his goal with the Sunoco Super Series in 2003 by winning the series Rookie Of The Year Award during a...

Chuck Barnes Jr. Hopes To Get First Sunoco Super Series Victory in 2004

Salem, IN (April 13, 2004) -- 21 year old Chuck Barnes Jr. achieved his goal with the Sunoco Super Series in 2003 by winning the series Rookie Of The Year Award during a season that included two top five finishes with a third at Mt. Lawn Speedway and a fifth at Toledo Speedway and five top ten finishes with an eighth place finish in overall final Sunoco Super Series Championship points. With the 2004 Sunoco Super Series season opener this Saturday night at Anderson Speedway, located in Anderson, Indiana, the Louisville, Kentucky native looks toward new goals for the 2004 Sunoco Super Series season.

"Last season was a good learning experience for me and my race team," explained Barnes Jr. "It was great for me to get the Sunoco Super Series Rookie Of the Year Award, but it was a very close fight to get that award because of some bad luck and some inconsistencies on our part. With what we learned last year and the upgrade we made in our equipment I want to get to victory lane next and maybe, if we can have some good luck this year, we can improve in series points and possibly be in contention to win the series championship."

Barnes Jr. has proven he can win races in a late model, after winning the Salem Speedway season opener on April 4th, Barnes Jr. now has six victories in a late model on that famous half mile high-banked racetrack. Barnes has lead 64 laps in his Sunoco Super Series career and has recorded one Fast Qualifier Award, which he got at the Car Brite 200 at Winchester Speedway in 2002.

"Obviously with my past experience I am comfortable on the banked half-mile tracks which has shown in our good runs at Winchester Speedway and Toledo Speedway. I need to get better at Anderson Speedway, we have had some good runs there also, but we need to learn to qualify a little closer to the front so I can race myself into a position to get a win. I need to get a lot better on the flat tracks, we have really struggled at times at Indianapolis Raceway Park, with two races there this season, I need to improve there right off the bat. I think it's great that the Sunoco Super Series is returning to Salem Speedway this year, that track has pretty much been my home track since I started racing, hopefully I can use my experience there to have a great run when the Sunoco Super Series races there in October."

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