Salem, IN (October 1, 2003) - For the first time since 1999, the Sunoco Super Series has taken over the sanctioning of the 34th Annual Car Brite 400, which will be held this weekend on the famed high-banks of Winchester Speedway in Winchester, ...
Salem, IN (October 1, 2003) - For the first time since 1999, the Sunoco Super Series has taken over the sanctioning of the 34th Annual Car Brite 400, which will be held this weekend on the famed high-banks of Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana. This prestigious event was sanctioned for several seasons by NASCAR as an All-Pro Late Model Series event and even more seasons by the ASA Racing Series, which had returned to sanctioning the event in 2000 through last season. The Sunoco Super Series agreed to sanction the event in 1999 with the knowledge that ASA would take it back over in 2000. Two time Sunoco Super Series Champion, and current Hooters Pro-Cup Series driver Brian Ross claimed the victory of that 400-lap event in1999 over his brother Scott Ross. Other notable drivers in that field included current NASCAR Busch Series driver David Stremme, two time ASA Racing Series winner in 2003 Peter Cozzolino, ARCA RE/Max Series drivers Matt Hagans and Vern Slaugh, 2002 NASCAR Southeast Series Champion Jeff Fultz.
The 34th Annual Car Brite 400 will be the 2003 Sunoco Super Series points' championship event with a maximum of 110 points available if a driver can be the events fast qualifier and win the event. Going into Sunday's event 21-year-old Shepherdsville, Kentucky native Bobby Parsley holds a 34-point lead over Canadian racing legend Junior Hanley. Parsley, Hanley and 2002 series champion Scott Hantz have been at the top of the series points since the beginning of the season. Hantz has seen his chances of a second championship slip over the last couple of series events, but he is still in the running 50 points behind Parsley. Hanley, who finished second to Joel Kauffman in last season's championship battle by two points, does have the pleasure of seeing a driver he has tutored challenge him for the 2003 championship. Hanley has help guide Parsley in his Sunoco Super Series racing over the past several seasons and Parsley has campaigned a Hanley Chassis to the points lead which includes two series victories at Anderson Speedway including the stock car racing classic Anderson 400.
Long time series veteran Jeff Lane holds down the 4th position in points 112 points behind Parsley. 5th place is currently held by JR Roahrig, who will not be competing in the Car Brite 400 this weekend after his car suffered extensive damage in a practice crash at Rockford Speedway two weeks ago. Rounding out the top ten in points are Jim Crabtree Jr. in 6th, Eddie Van Meter in 7th, Chuck Barnes Jr. in 8th, Ken Muller's Sunoco sponsored #94 team which has been piloted primarily by series veteran Todd Oliver is in 9th , with Terry Fisher Jr. in 10th.
21-year-old Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. has seen a huge lead in the 2003 Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Year standings slip away recently with a streak of bad luck, until the series event at Rockford Speedway on September 21st. Barnes now holds a 21-point lead over Michigan's Tom Hernly Jr. and a 35 point lead over 17 year old Ossian, Indiana native Terry Fisher Jr. Both Hernly and Fisher Jr. suffer DNF's at Rockford Speedway.
The 34th Annual Car Brite 400 weekend will start on Friday with practice and first round qualifying for the Sunoco Super Series. On Saturday the series will have practice along with second round qualifying. The 34th Annual Car Brite 400 will take the green flag at 1PM on Sunday. For more information on this weekend's events at Winchester Speedway go to www.winchesterspeedway.com or www.sunocosuperseries.com.