Angola, IN (July 6, 2003) -- Pleasant Lake, Indiana's Scott Hantz blew away the Sunoco Super Series competition in Friday nights Hargus Memorial Firecracker 150 at Angola Motor Speedway. Hantz got the 4th of July victory in front of his hometown...
Angola, IN (July 6, 2003) -- Pleasant Lake, Indiana's Scott Hantz blew away the Sunoco Super Series competition in Friday nights Hargus Memorial Firecracker 150 at Angola Motor Speedway. Hantz got the 4th of July victory in front of his hometown fans and for his car owner Dick Poe, who is also the owner of Angola Motor Speedway. The victory was Hantz's second of the season, and his tenth career victory with the Sunoco Super Series.
"It's great to win here at Angola Motor Speedway," remarked Hantz. "I call this area my home, and it is always great to win in front of your hometown fans. I have to thank my car owner Dick Poe, he gives me what I need to win races with this tough bunch of racers!"
Hantz won the event from the pole position, which he received courtesy of Yockey Motorports Fast Qualifier Brian Rievley's draw of a three for the events inverted start. Hantz wasted no time in getting out front and setting a torrid pace. Hantz was able to fight off Bobby Parsley, who finished second, through several restarts from the six cautions that waved during the event for various spins. One of those cautions was for Junior Hanley who looked to be on the move to challenge Hantz from his sixth place starting spot when he made contact with fourth place runner Eddie Van Meter that resulted in Hanley spinning himself out which placed him at the tail of the field.
Hanley fought back through the field while Hantz continued to lead the event. J.R. Roahrig charged from his eleventh place starting position to third place behind Parsley, but could never get around Parsley and had to settle for a third place finish. Indianapolis native Eddie Van Meter went on to finish fourth, his best finish of the season, a season that has been hampered by bad luck. Hanley managed to fight his way back to finish fifth and hold on to the series points lead.
Pat Anderson, Crew Chief for Scott Hantz, was the Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief Of the Race Award winner. Tom Hernly Jr. was the Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Race. Hernly was also the Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award winner. Hernly finished tenth after starting in twentieth. Hernly and J.R. Roahrig earned Goodyear Performance Awards. Hantz claimed both the Everidge Auto Sales Lap Leader Award for leading all 150 laps of the event, and the Jonny On The Spot Delivery Service Halfway Leader Award for leading at lap 75. J.R. Roahrig received the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move Of The Race Award.
The Sunoco Super Series second event of the weekend at Plymouth Speedway on Sunday, July 6th was canceled because of rain.
The next Sunoco Super Series event will be the Anderson 400 Presented By Hooters on Friday, July 11th and Saturday, July 12th at Anderson Speedway. More information on that event is available at www.sunocosuperseries.com.