Last lap pass propels Evan Jackson to Winchester prize. 19-year-old becomes sixth different winner in seven races. Winchester, Ind. (June 22, 2002) - With a last-lap pass on race leader Matt Hagans, second-year driver Evan Jackson grabbed first...
Last lap pass propels Evan Jackson to Winchester prize.
19-year-old becomes sixth different winner in seven races.
Winchester, Ind. (June 22, 2002) - With a last-lap pass on race leader Matt Hagans, second-year driver Evan Jackson grabbed first position from the series veteran to capture his first series victory in the Sunoco Super Series at Winchester Speedway in the Winchester 100 Presented By Rev Up Sports Energy Drink. Jackson, who collected $3,290, receives sponsorship backing from Advanced Tool and Die and especially thanked his parents.
"I wasn't going to get into Matt, but when he slipped, I was there to take advantage," said an excited Evan Jackson in victory lane. "This win means a lot!"
At the drop of the green flag by series flagman Keith Ousley, Matt Hagans drove into the early lead with Kenny Tweedy and Joel Kauffman all chasing the race leader. The top three machines were setting a torrid paced. Tweedy then challenged Hagans for the race lead on several occasions, but was unable to complete the pass. Fast qualifier Junior Hanley dropped out of the event on the 15th circuit with distributor problems.
The first of four yellows waved on lap 19 that collected Mike Hennessey, Scott Wolfe, Tim Phillips and Eddie Van Meter. All four competitors were finished for the evening. An oil line broke on the number 99 Sunoco machine of Todd Oliver in the first corner.
When racing resumed after the red flag, Hagans continued to pace the field, with Tweedy, Kauffman, Jackson and Jeff Lane completing the top five. The top three drivers again bolted out to a lead as they charged around the extremely fast half-mile oval. They then began approaching lap traffic. Hagans slithered by with a darning three wide move down the front stretch. Tweedy wasn't as fortunate after contact with Kris Deckard that bent his hood on the A & J Fabricators Chevrolet.
On the 49th lap, Todd Currier, Deckard and Bull Baker were involved in an accident. When the green flag reappeared, Hagans controlled the pace with Tweedy holding on to the second spot. Kauffman passed Tweedy and then Jackson also moved around the 1997 series champion as his machine was slowing with the damage suffered earlier.
Kauffman started to close the gap on Hagans for the lead with Jackson also becoming a player in the late stages of the race at Winchester. J.R. Roahrig and Andy Ponstein were locked in a battle for position with Roahrig getting by for fourth place.
The fourth caution period occurred on lap 95 when Jeff Lane spun in the fourth corner and did an awesome job of keeping the number 11 Tom True Auto Sales / Ed Martin Automotive Group / Lee Plastic Molding / Thompson Agricultural Service Pontiac off the retaining wall. This setup the stage for a fantastic ending.
Getting a great restart in the Eagle Creek Aviation / First Wing Management Chevrolet, Hagans built a lead with less than five circuits remaining. Roahrig looked on the outside of Jackson coming down the front straightaway, but was unable to get around the number 56.
Jackson then began quickly catching Hagans. The white flag waved with the first two cars nose-to-tail. Going into turn one, Hagans machine got very loose and he did a great job of holding on. Jackson turned left and wheeled under him. Roahrig tried to pass Hagans on the backstretch, but settled for third. Rookie Andy Ponstein finished fourth with Kenny Tweedy claiming fifth spot.
Junior Hanley recorded his first pole and was the fastest of 31 cars to earn the Tobacco Depot Fast Qualifier Award. Hanley toured the .500-mile oval in 15.447 seconds / 116.527 mph. Alan Troxell was the winner of the Lane Automotive/K&N Performance Filters Hard Charger, finishing in 12th position after starting in 23rd slot. Fourth-place finisher Andy Ponstein was the Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race. Ponstein and Jim Crabtree Jr. were the winners of the Goodyear Performance Awards. Evan Jackson was the winner of the Sweet Move the Race.
The next Sunoco Super Series event is the Kalamazoo 150 Presented By Hardings Friendly Markets at Kalamazoo Speedway on Wednesday, July 3. For up-to-the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at www.sunocosuperseries.com.