CRA: Rookie of the year update 2003-09-11

Salem, IN (September 11, 2003) -- There are three Sunoco Super Series points races left to decide the closest Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Year battle the Sunoco Super Series has had in its seven year history. Thanks in...

Salem, IN (September 11, 2003) -- There are three Sunoco Super Series points races left to decide the closest Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Year battle the Sunoco Super Series has had in its seven year history. Thanks in part to the new points system started this season for the Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Year Award program, which allows each registered rookie to throw out their two worst finishes of the season. Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. currently leads the Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Year points, but has seen a comfortable lead evaporate over the last five series races. Barnes currently holds a 17-point lead over Ossian, Indiana's Terry Fisher Jr., and Lansing, Michigan's Tom Hernly Jr. who are now tied for second after last Sunday's series event at Columbus Motor Speedway.

Seventeen year old Terry Fisher Jr., or as he is better known in the pits, T.J., is in his first year ever in a late model racecar. His father, fellow Sunoco Super Series competitor Terry Fisher Sr., owns T.J.'s team with help from Terry's car owner Floyd Fehl. T.J. had previously raced in a street stock and limited late model at Baer Field Speedway. T.J. has adapted quickly to the variety of tracks on the Sunoco Super Series schedule and has overcome several part failures and wrecks he did not cause to stay in the hunt for the Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Year honors. Fisher has won the Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Race Award two times this season.

Hernly's background had been mainly in local super late models at Spartan Speedway and other selected tracks through out southern Michigan. Hernly had raced a few selected Sunoco Super Series races in 2001 and 2002. Hernly has benefited most from the new format this season. Hernly did not make the field for the Sunoco Super Series season opener at Anderson Speedway in April after breaking two drive shafts in practice and qualifying. Hernly then sat out the series race at Winchester Speedway in June to regroup his team to race the remainder of the 2003 season. Hernly has come on strong since coming back from Winchester including a 5th place finish at Angola Motor Speedway after leading the first 23 laps of that event and a 6th place finish this past Sunday at Columbus Motor Speedway. Hernly has won the Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Race Award five times this season.

Barnes prior experience had been mostly on the high banks of Salem Speedway in a street stock, super stock and last season in a late model. Barnes had also run selected Sunoco Super Series events in 2001 and 2002. Barnes showed what he could do at the Car Brite 200 at Winchester Speedway last October. Barnes set fast time and went on to finish second to winner Bull Baker even after a spin and flat tire. Barnes has maintained his Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Year points lead since the second race of the season at Mt. Lawn Speedway, in which Barnes had his season high finish of third. Barnes also finished 7th in the Anderson 400 in July followed by a 5th place finish the next week at Toledo Speedway. Barnes has had a streak of bad luck since the Toledo race that has seen his early points lead drastically cut. Barnes has gotten caught up in wrecks not of his making in three events and lost his brakes in two events. Barnes has won the Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Race Award five times this season.

The next Sunoco Super Series event will be the Sunoco 150 this Saturday, September 13 at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana. For more information on that event and the Sunoco Super Series go to www.sunocosuperseries.com.

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