Salem, IN (October 13, 2001) & ...
Salem, IN (October 13, 2001) – The second half of the Kendall Late Model Series began at Plymouth Speedway in early July in the Braun Auto Group 150. It started off with defending series champion Scott Hantz racking up two consecutive victories and is now approaching the season finale with Canadian Legend Junior Hanley winning five straight.
When the second half of the 2001 season began defending series champion Scott Hantz was in the middle of his three-race winning streak. He racked up victories at Plymouth Speedway holding off Brian Ross and then the following week he wheeled the EMF Corporation Chevrolet to a third consecutive victory at Illiana Motor Speedway. He then had a good opportunity to win the Pay Less 400 Presented by LA West Vans at Anderson Speedway. After dominating the second half of the event, mechanical troubles caused a poor finish when he dropped from the lead on lap 343. In eight events, he has racked up the most points with 904 with two wins, four top-ten finishes and one Contractors Underground Pole Award.
Junior Hanley struggled in the beginning of the season, but has been making up for it the second portion of the season. Even though the number 66 Chevrolet was missing from the Pay Less 400 starting field, Hanley has gained the second most points, just 19 less than Hantz. The pilot of the Big Rigs Truck and Trailer Maintenance / Rick Cole Enterprises Chevrolet has five wins and seven top-ten finishes. The 57-year old driver took checkered flags at Toledo, Indianapolis Raceway Park, two Anderson events and most recently at Salem Speedway. His worst finish has been an eighth place showing at Plymouth Speedway. Dating back to August 3 at Toledo Speedway, Hanley has won every event.
Overall point’s leader Brian Ross has gained the third most points in the second half. The number 42 Chevrolet has five top-five finishes, but bad luck at Anderson has caused poor finishes. Ross was heading to a solid finish at Salem Speedway on October 7, when Peter Cozzolino bounced off the fourth turn wall and Ross couldn’t avoid, dropping him from third to 15th after a stop on pit road.
A three-time winner in 2001, Cozzolino has gained the fourth most points. Second year driver Bobby Parsley ranks fifth. The remainder of the top ten includes Jeff Lane, Jim Crabtree Jr., Kenny Tweedy, Brent Downey and Hubler Rookie Joel Kauffman.
On Saturday October 20, at 10 AM, a one-hour practice session will kick off the Key Bank Racing Festival. Contractors Underground Qualifications are set for 2:30PM at the .686-mile oval. The special Champion Racing Association event will also feature racing from the Outlaw Late Models, SuperTrucks and Street Stocks. On Sunday, practice begins at 11AM with the racing program rolling off at 1PM. Free camping is available all weekend.