Steve Moenck Wins The 16th Annual Neal Sceva Memorial 151 DeGraff, OH (May 22, 2004) -- Steve Moenck followed Scott Hantz for 143 laps of the 16th Annual Neal Sceva Memorial 151 Sunoco Super Series event, then won when Hantz was forced to pull...
Steve Moenck Wins The 16th Annual Neal Sceva Memorial 151
DeGraff, OH (May 22, 2004) -- Steve Moenck followed Scott Hantz for 143 laps of the 16th Annual Neal Sceva Memorial 151 Sunoco Super Series event, then won when Hantz was forced to pull off do to a flat tire during a rolling red flag to win his first race with the Sunoco Super Series on his first visit to Shadybowl Speedway. Following close behind the Mokena, Illinois native in second was Sunoco Super Series point's leader Chuck Barnes Jr., who equaled his best series finish ever for the third time. Jeff Lane finished third, Junior Hanley fourth, and Kenny Tweedy finished fifth.
"I'm so excited I don't know what to say," remarked Moenck in victory lane. " It was given to me, I didn't have anything for Scott, I thought I was fast, but I did not have enough to pass him. I feel bad for him, but you have to be in the right position to win them sometimes."
Hantz started on the pole, dominated the race and seemed to have the race well in hand when Jim Crabtree, Jr. and Greg Boone had an accident on lap 142 during a yellow flag bringing out a rolling red flag (the laps are no longer counted, but the cars continue to circle the track) while both cars were removed from the track. During the rolling red Hantz pulled off into the pits to change a tire going flat and Moenck, who started on the outside of the front row, inherited the lead. Hantz came back to finish Tenth.
"It's a short tight race track and it's hard to get back to the front from the tail" commented Tweedy. Making the runs he, Lane and Hanley had all the more improbable. With all three coming from the back to finish well.
Crowd favorite, Lane was involved in an accident that brought out the first yellow on lap 9 that sent Lane and Tweedy to the tail. Not able to run well during the next green flag run Lane went to the pits during a yellow flag on lap 33 and was the last car on the track in 19th place. By skillfully driving through the field Lane moved back up to finish 3rd before running out of time while trying to catch Barnes.
Hanley and Tweedy also had problems early and were on the tail after trips to the pits to repair damage in the first 50 laps of the race. Both stormed back to finish in fourth and fifth places respectively, overcoming bad luck not of their doing early in the race.
J.R. Roahrig had the fastest car at the start, setting fast time and moving up quickly before spinning to bring out the first yellow flag. He then was storming through the field before a driveline problem forced him out during a yellow flag on lap 47.
Hantz led the 51st lap earning the Speed51.com bonus. Moenck won another Speed51.com bonus for leading lap 151. Hanley won the Lane Automotive/Isky Racing Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award moving up 12 positions. The Corteco Fast Qualifier award went to Roahrig, the Spray Power Clean Sweep Award went unearned again this week and will be valued at $1350 if the fast qualifier wins the Sunoco 100 at Toledo Speedway on May 30. Goodyear Performance Awards went to Junior Hanley and Eddie Van Meter. Fred Roemtler was the Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief of the race. Steve Moenck was the Backstretch Performance/Reed Cams/Black Carburetion Rookie of the race. The Sweet Manufacturing, Sweet Move of the Race Award went to Jeff Lane, while the EMF Corp./Race Tech Engineering "That's Racin" Award was not awarded.
The next Sunoco Super Series event is the Sunoco 100 at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 30. For more information go to www.sunocosuperseries.com.