DeGraff, ON (July 27, 2003) -- Knightstown, Indiana's Jeff Lane may be ready to make DeGraff, Ohio his second home after the cheers from the crowd after his dominating Sunoco Super Series victory in the Stapleton Automotive 150 Presented By Lucas...
DeGraff, ON (July 27, 2003) -- Knightstown, Indiana's Jeff Lane may be ready to make DeGraff, Ohio his second home after the cheers from the crowd after his dominating Sunoco Super Series victory in the Stapleton Automotive 150 Presented By Lucas Oil Products at Shady Bowl Speedway Saturday night. Lane took the lead from his pole starting position and never looked back to take the victory, his second Sunoco Super Series victory of the season.
"It's really great to win here at Shady Bowl Speedway again," commented Lane in victory lane. "I really like this track and it seems to like me. The fans here are great, they make me feel like I'm winning at home. We got a win here last year, and I knew we could do it again if we could start up front and we did. There were a lot of restarts but I was able to get a good jump and keep the lead every time!"
Lane got to start on the pole thanks to the four-inverted start draw by Yockey Motorsports Marketing Fast Qualifier Rick Turner, who set a new track record for the Sunoco Super Series at Shady Bowl Speedway in his qualifying run. Lane got the jump on the start from outside front row starter JR Roahrig. Roahrig was able to keep up with Lane through out the event, but could never mount a serious challenge to make a pass. The race was slowed by numerous cautions, on the restarts from those cautions Roahrig could close right on the rear of Lanes car, but after a couple of laps Lane would begin to pull away from Roahrig each time. Roahrig would hang on to finish second in the event.
Junior Hanley and Kenny Tweedy battled through out the event for the third and fourth positions. Hanley was able to take third place with Tweedy getting fourth. Hanley also takes over the series point lead, after former point leader Bobby Parsley, who was running fourth at the time, had his transmission stick in third gear on a restart on lap 31, the rest of the field stacked up behind Parsley with several cars receiving damaged in the aftermath including Bull Baker, which had Eddie Van Meter's car ride over the left side of the car causing extensive damaged that ended Baker's night. Van Meter was able to continue and finished in the fifth position. Parsley's night ended on lap 38.
Leading rookie candidate Chuck Barnes Jr. also had extensive damage in the lap 31 incident, Barnes was able to return after repairs to only have his night end early after suffering motor problems. Scott Hantz also had to go to the pits for several laps after the lap 31 incident, Hantz broke a break caliper, but was able to make repairs and return to the race to finish fifteenth 17 laps down to the leaders.
Terry Fisher Jr., was the Hubler Automotive Group / Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Race Award winner. Fisher's dad, Terry Fisher Sr., let Fisher Jr. use his car for the night's events after Fisher Jr.'s car had motor problems during practice. Hayden Butler, Crew Chief for Jeff Lane, was the Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief Of The Race. For the fourth time this season, Bobby Murany was the Lane Automotive / ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Of The Race Award winner. Murany finished sixth after starting seventeenth. Kenny Tweedy was the Sweet Manufacturing "Sweet" Move Of The Race Award winner. Tweedy and Murany claimed Goodyear Performance Awards. Bull Baker received the EMF Corp Hard Luck Award.
The next Sunoco Super Series event will be the 6th Annual International Gold Cup 100 at Baer Field Speedway on Thursday, August 7th. More information is available at www.sunocosuperseries.com.