Junior Hanley wins Burkhart Advertising 150. Anderson, Ind. (May 11, 2002) -- After completing a late-race pass on Scott Hantz, series veteran Junior Hanley became the third different winner in three races with his victory in the Burkhart ...
Junior Hanley wins Burkhart Advertising 150.
Anderson, Ind. (May 11, 2002) -- After completing a late-race pass on Scott Hantz, series veteran Junior Hanley became the third different winner in three races with his victory in the Burkhart Advertising 150 at Anderson Speedway. Driving the Rick Cole Enterprises / Big Rigs Truck & Trailer Maintenance Ford, Hanley pocketed $3,440 for his 11th career victory in the Sunoco Super Series.
"The car has been great all year, but we just had terrible starting positions. The car has been the same each race. Tonight it all worked out, "said race winner Junior Hanley. "Those guys are driving as hard as they can, and it takes my tires a while to come in," added Hanley about losing the lead to Hantz on lap 95.
At the drop of the green flag, outside front-row starter Andy Ponstein got the jump on Brian Ross and sailed into the early lead. In the early stages, Joel Kauffman, Scott Hantz and Hanley chased the two leaders.
Ponstein was able to maintain the lead and looked very strong in his U.S. Pipe / Racing Performance Components / glasstree.com Pontiac. Then while lapping Tim Phillips, Ross was able to squeeze under Ponstein and the two-time series champion went out front on lap 27.
When Ponstein dropped to second, he still had a strong car and closely followed Ross around the quarter-mile oval. The front runners continued to run nose-to-tail as halfway approached in the event. At lap 68, third place Joel Kauffman dropped off the pace with ignition problems. Ross led at halfway to collect the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader Award.
On the 84th circuit, Ross and Ponstein made contact in turn two with Ross spinning his Wade Construction / AT Performance Products / Sullivan R.V. Chevrolet. Series officials placed Ponstein to the tail of the field. They restarted 10th and 11th.
Hanley was the restart leader on lap 94, but it was short lived, as Hantz dove underneath the Canadian Legend and took the first position on lap 95. The final caution of the event occurred on lap 106 when J.R. Roahrig lost a wheel and Bobby Parsley made contact with the front-stretch retaining wall. Both competitors were finished for the event.
When racing resumed, Hanley wasted little time, getting around Hantz on lap 123. Coming off the second corner, Hanley turned his number 66 under Hantz and completed the pass in turn three. Through the later stages of the event, Hantz's machine appeared to be suffering from handling problems. Bull Baker made a late charge to pass Hantz for second. Jeff Lane took third, with Hantz in fourth and Jim Crabtree Jr. rounding out the top-five finishers.
Joel Kauffman was the fastest of 28 competitors and earned his third consecutive Tobacco Depot Fast Qualifier Award with a lap of 12.276 seconds / 73.314 mph. Greg Van Alst was the winner of the Lane Automotive/K&N Performance Filters Hard Charger, finishing in 14th position after starting in 24th slot. Andy Ponstein was the Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race. Jim Crabtree Jr. and Todd Oliver were the winners of the Goodyear Performance Awards. Brian Ross led at lap 75 to win the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader Award. Junior Hanley was the winner of the Sweet Move the Race. The Rug Doctor Rents Clean Sweep wasn't claimed and will be worth $1,600 at Shadybowl Speedway on Saturday, May 18
The next Sunoco Super Series event is the Shadybowl 150 presented by Lucas Oil Products at Shadybowl Speedway on Saturday, May 18. For up-to-the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at www.sunocosuperseries.com.