Michigan star Andy Ponstein announces plans. Salem, Ind. (April 15, 2002) -- The 2002 rookie class in the Sunoco Super Series grew stronger with Andy Ponstein officially announcing his plans to compete for Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie...
Michigan star Andy Ponstein announces plans.
Salem, Ind. (April 15, 2002) -- The 2002 rookie class in the Sunoco Super Series grew stronger with Andy Ponstein officially announcing his plans to compete for Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Year honors. Ponstein, a regular competitor at the renowned Kalamazoo Speedway, has also spent time racing at Berlin Raceway, ASA, Iceman and the Main Event Racing Series. Ponstein drives the number 00 U.S. Pipe / Performance Racing Components / glasstree.com Chevrolet
"I'm really excited to race with some new drivers and at some new tracks," said Ponstein. "We have a great race team assembled and great cars, so I'm looking forward to getting the season started."
One of Ponstein's biggest challengers in the rookie chase could possibly be fellow Kalamazoo Speedway standout Todd Currier. The two drivers will share information helping each other in all 19 races.
"Todd and I have developed a great friendship racing at Kalamazoo and I look forward to working with him this season in the Sunoco Super Series."
Ponstein began racing at 13 years old in Snowmobiles. He collected over 500 wins including more than 20 State Championships and four World Championships.
In 1992, Ponstein started competing in Factory Stocks at Kalamazoo Speedway. The following year, he finished fifth in points and recorded several top- five finishes, and two fast qualifier awards. He also won the Most Improved Driver Award.
As a rookie in the Super Late Model division at Kalamazoo Speedway in 1995, Ponstein finished seventh in points with nine top-tens. He won his first Super Late Model Feature race at Kalamazoo in 1996 and ranked fifth in points.
Another rookie championship was secured at Berlin Raceway in 1997. The following year, he raced five shows with ASA posting a best finish of 14th at Berlin Raceway. Ponstein led 16 circuits at the .438- mile oval and made five additional starts in 1999 gaining valuable experience at several different tracks.
The past four seasons, Ponstein has continued to be a regular competitor at Kalamazoo Speedway, producing seven victories, 21 top-five finishes and 24 top- tens.
Last week, Andy Ponstein's official website was launched. For up-to-date information on Ponstein and the number 00 U.S. Pipe / Performance Racing Components / glasstree.com Chevrolet, check out his website, www.andyponstein.com.
The 2002 Sunoco Super Series season opens at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in the Choo Choo Customs 150 presented by Weidner Chevrolet on Saturday, April 20.