Junior Hanley Aiming for Unprecedented Fourth Consecutive Victory Point's Leader Brian Ross Busy Weekend Ahead Salem, IN (September 18, 2001) - For the final occasion in 2001, the Kendall Late Model Series will be showcased at the fast ...
Junior Hanley Aiming for Unprecedented Fourth Consecutive Victory
Point's Leader Brian Ross Busy Weekend Ahead
Salem, IN (September 18, 2001) - For the final occasion in 2001, the Kendall Late Model Series will be showcased at the fast quarter-mile oval of Anderson Speedway in Central Indiana. The Sunoco 150 will take place on Saturday Night, September 22.
In last years Sunoco sponsored event that occurred on September 15, 2000, rookie sensation Scott Hantz continued his unbelievable freshman season with collecting his third victory of the season. Junior Hanley finished in the second position after battling with Kenny Tweedy for much of the race. Peter Cozzolino and Bull Baker rounded out the top-five performers.
"It's great to finally win here at Anderson after we have run so well here all season long, " said an ecstatic Scott Hantz in victory lane. "I tried extremely hard to save the tires the first half of the race and I think that was a huge factor tonight and it didn't hurt that Junior and Kenny got batting pretty hard at the end. I want to thank the entire Dick Pole Corporation team for working so hard this season and it's paying off with the results we are producing."
This marked Hantz's third victory on a different sized track during the 2000 season. He won his initial Kendall Late Model Series event at the half-mile oval Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne, IN. He followed that up with the inaugural victory at the 3/8-mile oval of Plymouth Speedway in early July and then the quarter-mile oval at Anderson.
In the last six visits to Anderson Speedway, the series has seen six different faces in victory lane. Tweedy won on Labor Day in 2000 followed by Hantz's victory on September 15 in the Sunoco 100. Cozzolino won the 2001 season opener with Matt Hagans winning a June stop at Anderson. Baker won the biggest race of his career in the rain-shortened Pay Less 400 in late July and Hanley won the most recent race at the quarter-mile oval.
Canadian Legend Junior Hanley will be aiming for yet another stock car racing record this weekend. Less than a month ago he became the oldest competitor in history of the Iceman Series to win the series championship. If Hanley can win his fourth straight race in the KLMS, he will hold the standard for most consecutive victories. Brian Ross won three consecutive shows in 1998 and Hantz won three in a row earlier this season.
1999 Series Champion Brian Ross continues to lead the series standings with his 14 top-five finishes and zero dnf's. The pilot of the Wade Construction Chevrolet is expecting a very hectic weekend. The 32nd Annual Winchester 400 sanctioned by the ASA ACDelco Series was delayed one week and was rescheduled for September 22nd and 23rd.
The Plymouth, IN, native will qualify his Guaranteed Transmission / Odle Motorsports Pontiac at approximately 4 p.m. at Winchester Speedway on Saturday. He will then hustle to Anderson to qualify and race in the Sunoco 150 later that night. Brian's younger brother, Scott, who finished second in the 1999 Winchester 400, will practice the number 42 machine in the 60-minute session at the quarter-mile oval.
Ross has a 62-point lead over Peter Cozzolino in the driver standings. Scott Hantz is ranked in the third position with his four victories. Kenny Tweedy currently sits fourth with Hubler Group Rookie standout Joel Kauffman in the fifth position in series standings.
The Sunoco 150 at Anderson Speedway is the 16th event of the 18-race schedule. Practice will get started at 5pm with Contractors Underground Qualifications scheduled for 6:30. The 15-lap last chance race begins at 8 with the racing program beginning at 9pm. For additional information contact Kendall Late Model Series Director Glenn Luckett at (812) 883-0455 or email@example.com or Anderson Speedway (765) 642-0206.