Parsley wins Yockey Motorsports 150 for first Sunoco Super Series victory. Salem, IN (April 20, 2003) -- 20-year-old Shepherdsville, Kentucky native Bobby Parsley claimed his first win with the Sunoco Super Series Saturday night in the Yockey ...
Parsley wins Yockey Motorsports 150 for first Sunoco Super Series victory.
Salem, IN (April 20, 2003) -- 20-year-old Shepherdsville, Kentucky native Bobby Parsley claimed his first win with the Sunoco Super Series Saturday night in the Yockey Motorsports 150 Presented By Great Deals Coupon Magazine at Anderson Speedway. The well-deserved victory comes after three years of hard effort from the low budget family oriented team.
"I can't believe I finally won one of these races," remarked Parsley. "We've been trying hard to win a race with the Sunoco Super Series over the past three years, we've been close a few times, but we always seemed to have something go wrong. I want to thank my mom and dad, with out them I wouldn't be racing, we don't have any sponsorship, and they have to pay all the bills. I want to thank Junior Hanley and Bill Rievley, both of them have been a tremendous help to our team, they're the ones that really helped us get fast enough to win tonight!"
Former ASA Racing Series veteran Jack Landis took the early lead when he got a jump from his outside pole starting position on 17 year old Terry Fisher Jr., making his first ever start with the Sunoco Super Series. The first of 8 yellow flags flew on lap 2 when Greg Boone slammed the turn 1 wall ending his evening. Landis continued to lead over Fisher when the first of two red flags flew on lap 20 for a multi car crash involving Eddie Van Meter, Evan Jackson, Andy Ponstein, Jeff Lane, Kenny Tweedy, and Doug Grieg. Ponstein and Lanes cars were done for the evening with extensive damage. Jackson and Van Meter had their cars parked for the evening by series officials after an on track altercation between the two.
Landis managed to maintain control of the lead while several potential challengers had problems with broken parts and spinning machines. Parsley continued to chase down Landis from his third place starting spot. Parlsey managed to pull inside of Landis and the two raced several laps side by side until Parsley finally claimed the lead on lap 85. Parsley had to survive several more restarts because of cautions and another red flag situation caused by a scary crash involving Doug Greig. Grieg had returned to the racetrack after repairs from an earlier crash. The car slammed hard into the first turn wall with an apparent stuck throttle with no doghouse on the car. Greig was shaken in the incident but later walked to the ambulance, which took him to an area hospital for observation.
Parsley had to fight off hard charging Scott Hantz on the last restart on lap 147, Hantz had battled his way to second from his 15th place starting position. Parsley managed to hold off Hantz by two car lengths at the finish to claim the very popular victory. Brent Downey finished 3rd after starting 11th. Jack Landis managed to hold on to 4th with a very ill handling racecar during the last half of the race. Corbin, Kentucky driver Billy Barton finished 5th, his best Sunoco Super Series finish.
Barton was the Hubler Group / Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Race Award winner. 2002 Sunoco Super Series Champion Joel Kauffman was the Yockey Motorsports Marketing Fast Qualifier. Kauffman set a new track record time of 11.935, the first ever Sunoco Super Series lap in the 11's at Anderson Speedway. Bobby Murany won the Lane Automotive /ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award, Murany fought his way to a 9th place finish after starting 28th. Jack Landis claimed the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader Bonus. Scott Hantz and Bobby Murany won Goodyear Performance Awards. Bobby Parsley was voted the Sweet Manufacturing "Sweet Move Of The Race" Award winner. Parsley's crew chief Jeff Martin was the Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief of the race.
The next Sunoco Super Series event will be a Co-sanctioned non-points event at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, May 3rd with the O'Reilly Southern All Star Super Late Model Series. More information can be found at www.sunocosuperseries.com.