CRA: 2004 Awards Banquet summary

Chuck Barnes Jr. and Others Honored at 2004 Sunoco Super Series Awards Banquet Indianapolis, IN (January 15, 2004) -- Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. was officially honored as the 2004 Sunoco Super Series Champion Saturday night...

Chuck Barnes Jr. and Others Honored at 2004 Sunoco Super Series Awards Banquet

Indianapolis, IN (January 15, 2004) -- Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. was officially honored as the 2004 Sunoco Super Series Champion Saturday night at the 2004 Sunoco Super Series Season Awards Banquet held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The banquet attracted a record crowd of CRA Super Series teams, sponsors, guest and officials who were treated to a great evening of food, the awards presentation, and entertainment.

22-year-old Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. came away with the 2004 Sunoco Super Series Championship just one year after taking Rookie Of The Year honors. Barnes had a very roller coaster season in 2003, but still was impressive in winning rookie honors and finishing 8th in points. Barnes came into the 2004 season with high expectations and he delivered. Barnes finished the series fifteen race points season with one win, nine top five finishes that included four second place finishes, twelve top ten finishes and led the series with four fast qualifier awards. Barnes ended his 2004 late model season in spectacular fashion by sitting on the pole and winning the prestigious All American 300 at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee.

"I want to thank my family for making all of this possible," remarked Barnes Jr. "My father gave up a lot of his racing this past season to help me get this championship. My mother did a great job of keeping us together and trying to stay focused on the championship even when things didn't go well. I want to thank everyone who helped on the crew this season, they all worked hard and had to put up with me, which can be difficult at times! I also want to thank all my sponsors Sunoco, Clifty Farms Country Hams, Hall Brothers Trucking, Hawk Performance, Lincoln Electric, Blake Carburetion, Speed Media and the Prevo Network, with out their support we couldn't have won the championship!"

In all the Chuck Barnes Jr. Racing Team collected almost $19,000 of the $61,640 in money and contingencies that were awarded to the top fifteen teams in final Sunoco Super Series points. Some of the Product Awards Barnes received included a Late Model Racecar Body from ARP Stock Car Bodies, a Racing Suit from RJS Racing Equipment, a Helmet from Impact Racing, a Welder from Lincoln Welders. In addition, Parsley received an embroidered champions leather jacket from Goodyear Racing Tires and Larry Robinson Enterprises.

Louisville, Kentucky native Chris Gabehart received the Backstretch Performance / Blake Carburetion / Reed Cams Rookie Of The Year Award. Gabehart received over $10,000 in money and contingencies for winning the rookie award, and finishing 5th in the final series points. Gabehart beat out Steve Moenck to claim the Rookie Award in the tightest rookie of the year battle the series has ever had. Some of the Product Awards Gabehart received included a carburetor from Blake Carburetion, a racing cam from Reed Cams, a complete body from Five-Star Racecar Bodies, a racing uniform from Hinchman Uniforms, a set of Restraining Belts from Impact Racing, a web site design from Speed Media, and a 1000 Autograph Cards from Hi-Performance Racing Cards.

Hayden Butler, Crew Chief for three-time 2004 Sunoco Super Series winner and third place finisher in final series points Jeff Lane and Pat Anderson, Crew Chief for two-time 2004 Sunoco Super Series winner and second place finisher in final series points Scott Hantz were the Co-winners of the 2004 Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief Of The Year Award. Butler and Anderson both received a product certificate for $500 in product from Gladiator GarageWorks.

Series Champion Chuck Barnes Jr. was the winner of the Speed51.com Most Popular Driver Award. The award was based on the results of a poll taken of the top CRA Super Series drivers on the very popular Motorsports web site.

Series veteran racer Jeff Lane was named the 2004 TDR Screen Graphics Sportsman Of The Year. Lane, a Knightstown, Indiana native, received a $600 bonus from TDR Screen Graphics for the great sportsmanship he displayed during the 2004 season.

Junior Hanley and Scott Hantz were awarded the Harris Torches Lap Leader Awards. Hanley led the most laps of the series special events, while Hantz led the most laps of the series regular shows during the 2004 season, a feat he did during the 2003 season as well. Both drivers were awarded a set of torches from Brandon Gerke, District Sales Manager for Harris Torches.

During the evening there were several Product Awards given to teams attending the banquet by random draw. Veteran series racer Eddie Van Meter was the big winner of the night, Van Meter's name was drawn for a complete body from Five-Star Racecar Bodies. Steve Moenck and Bobby Parsley each won 50% Off Product Certificates for a Late Model Racecar Body from ARP Stock Car Bodies. JR Roahrig won a welder from Lincoln Welders, which was presented to him by Lou Vitucci, District Sales Manager for Lincoln Electric Company.

Jeff Lane, JR Roahrig and Bobby Parsley all won product from Ringers Gloves. Steve Moenck won a pair of Leaf Racewear Driving Shoes while Tim Phillips won a pair of Leaf Racewear Racing Gloves. Terry Fisher Jr. won a set of Scott Performance Wires. Tim Phillips won a 1000 Autograph Cards from Hi-Performance Racing Cards. Chris Gabehart won a $100 Product Certificate from Howe Racing. Eddie Van Meter won two wheels from Bassett Racing Wheels. Chuck Barnes Jr. and Scott Hantz won $100 Product Certificates from U. S. Brake. Rick Turner won a $100 Product Certificate from Dynatech Headers. Tim Phillips won a special addition Poker Set from U.S. Playing Card. Scott Hantz won a paid entry for the Anderson 400 at Anderson Speedway on July 16th.

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