Joel Kauffman grabs first victory at Toledo in Sunoco 100. Toledo, Ohio (May 26, 2002) -- Becoming the youngest driver in series history, Joel Kauffman drove to victory in the Sunoco 100 Presented By Budweiser at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May...
Joel Kauffman grabs first victory at Toledo in Sunoco 100.
Toledo, Ohio (May 26, 2002) -- Becoming the youngest driver in series history, Joel Kauffman drove to victory in the Sunoco 100 Presented By Budweiser at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 26. Kauffman, driving the LA West Luxury Vehicles / Choo Choo Customs Chevrolet, passed Matt Hagans on lap 68 and scored his first ever victory in the Sunoco Super Series. Hagans finished second followed by 1997 series champion Kenny Tweedy, Dave Kuhlman and track record holder Junior Hanley.
"We had to race are way to victory lane tonight. We didn't have this handed to us," said Joel Kauffman in victory lane. "This is very special to get win number one here in Toledo. It was great with Matt (Hagans) finishing second and Kenny (Tweedy) in third. We are like a three car win, so to finish ahead of those guys in my first ever win is awesome."
At the drop of the green flag, Bull Baker leaped into the early lead followed closely by Todd Currier. On the second trip around, Currier wheeled his number one Scheck Mechanical and Technical Services Chevrolet around the outside of Baker to take the lead. The first caution took place on lap four when Bull Baker went spinning and collected a large portion of the field ending the night for Fred Campbell, J.R. Roahrig, Bobby Parsley, Dave Jackson and Terry Fisher.
When racing resumed, Currier continued to show the way, but Hagans started to flex him muscle. He passed Currier on lap 10 after the Kalamazoo, Mich., driver got loose in the oil dry in turn one and two. Currier slipped back to fifth position, doing a superb job on holding onto his racecar.
Just past the lap 30 mark, Kauffman was starting to close on the rear deck lid of Matt Hagans for the first position. As the battle for the lead started to heat up, Dave Kuhlman was moving towards the front and Junior Hanley, who was involved in the lap four incident began to also charge to the front.
The yellow flag flew on lap 67 when Robert Ohlmann and Rick Turner spun in the second corner. After the green was displayed, Kauffman wasted little time, powering around Matt Hagans coming off the second corner and completing the pass going into the third corner.
Through the remaining circuits of the 100-lap event, Kauffman began to stretch his lead over Hagans with Tweedy, Kuhlman, Hanley and Downey all battling hard for position. Kauffman was ahead of Kauffman by eight car lengths at the checkered flag. Tweedy was able to fend off the challenges and finish third with Kuhlman and Hanley rounding out the top five. Downey finished sixth, with Currier seventh and Todd Oliver, Bobby Murany and Harold Fair Jr. rounding out the top-ten performers.
Junior Hanley was the fastest of 40 competitors and established a track record with a lap of 1. Eddie Van Meter was the winner of the Lane Automotive/K&N Performance Filters Hard Charger, finishing in 12th position after starting in 29th slot. Todd Currier was the Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race. Dave Kuhlman and Harold Fair Jr. were the winners of the Goodyear Performance Awards. Joel Kauffman was the winner of the Sweet Move the Race.
The next Sunoco Super Series event is the Shadybowl 150 presented by Lucas Oil Products at Shadybowl Speedway on Saturday, June 1. For up-to-the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at www.sunocosuperseries.com.