Bull Baker wins ACDelco 150 at Shady Bowl. De Graff, Ohio (July 27, 2002) - Inheriting the race lead on lap 139, Bull Baker captured his fourth series victory in the ACDelco 150 Presented By Stapleton Buick GMC at Shady Bowl Speedway. Baker ...
Bull Baker wins ACDelco 150 at Shady Bowl.
De Graff, Ohio (July 27, 2002) - Inheriting the race lead on lap 139, Bull Baker captured his fourth series victory in the ACDelco 150 Presented By Stapleton Buick GMC at Shady Bowl Speedway. Baker crossed the stripe ahead of Matt Hagans, Evan Jackson, Scott Hantz and June winner Jeff Lane.
"I used my patience. I was faster than J.R. (Roahrig) and Kenny (Tweedy) and they kept getting together. Then I put pressure on them and they took each other out. I just rode the rest of the way," said Bull Baker, the pilot of the Car Brite / Stoops Automotive Groups Chevrolet in the winner's circle.
At the drop of the green flag, inside front-row starter Joel Kauffman darted into the initial lead with Kenny Tweedy quickly capturing the first position from Kauffman on lap three. Matt Hagans was third with Junior Hanley and J.R. Roahrig rounding out the top five in the early stages of the event.
The initial caution flag occurred on lap six, when Kyle Edwards spun his number 31 Chevrolet in the fourth corner of the .300-mile oval. When racing resumed, Tweedy continued to pace the field and then on lap 19, Hanley grabbed third spot from Hagans with Roahrig also passing the number 9 Chevrolet.
On lap 28, the top-four runners of Tweedy, Kauffman, Hanley and Roahrig raced nose-tail-tail around the speedway and then on lap 39, contact was made between Kauffman and Hanley that sent the number 44 spinning in turn four. Both competitors were forced to start on the tail of the field.
1997 series champion Kenny Tweedy continued to lead the event, but now he was followed by Roahrig, with Hagans and Van Meter chasing him. Baker, from his ninth starting position, began flexing his muscle. He took fourth place from Hagans on lap 77. Then the next lap, Van Meter had his hood pop up and several of the contenders were involved in an accident in turn four. It ended the night for Hanley, Bobby Parsley and also put some damage on Jeff Lane and Terry Fisher.
When the green flag appeared near lap 90 from series flagman Keith Oulsey, leader Tweedy, was followed by Roahrig, Baker, Hagans and Crabtree Jr. The two lead machines of Tweedy and Roahrig were starting to battle extremely hard for the victory. On several occasions, Roahrig was able to get a nose underneath Tweedy, but couldn't complete the pass. Then on lap 138, entering turn two, Tweedy went spinning after contact with Roahrig and both drivers were sent to the tail of the field.
This chain of events handed the first position to Baker in the number 78 Chevrolet. On the final restart, Hagans, Evan Jackson, Scott Hantz and Chuck Barnes Jr. lined up behind the race leader. Baker was able to hold off all challenges and collect his fourth series victory and his first since the 2001 Chevy Dealers 400 at Anderson Speedway last July. Hagans finished second with Jackson, Hantz and Jeff Lane rounding out the top-five finishers. Lane made a last-corner pass on Barnes Jr. for fifth place.
Kenny Tweedy was the fastest of 25 competitors and established a track record with a lap of 13.223 seconds / 81.676 mph. Scott Hantz was the winner of the Lane Automotive/K&N Performance Filters Hard Charger, finishing in fourth position after starting in 20th slot. Andy Ponstein was the Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race. Scott Hantz and Jeff Lane were the winners of the Goodyear Performance Awards. Chuck Barnes Jr. was the winner of the Sweet Move of the Race.
The next Sunoco Super Series event is the Sunoco 100 at Toledo Speedway on Friday, August 2.