Ft. Wayne, IN (August 24, 2003) -- Pleasant Lake, Indiana's Scott Hantz was in the right place on Sunday afternoon to get the victory in the Sunoco Super Series Ringers Gloves 100 Presented By Howe Racing at Baer Field Speedway in Ft.Wayne,...
Ft. Wayne, IN (August 24, 2003) -- Pleasant Lake, Indiana's Scott Hantz was in the right place on Sunday afternoon to get the victory in the Sunoco Super Series Ringers Gloves 100 Presented By Howe Racing at Baer Field Speedway in Ft.Wayne, Indiana. Hantz, who earlier in the day claimed the Yockey Motorsports Marketing Fast Qualifier Award, had worked his way up to third from his sixth place inverted starting position in the later laps of the of the event, and found himself behind a heated battle between Junior Hanley and Fred Campbell for first place. Contact from Campbell sent Hanley spinning on lap 72 of the 100 lap event. Hanley was regulated to the tail of the field after spinning along with Campbell for initiating the contact. That opened the door for Hantz to claim the lead on lap 73. Hantz pulled away to claim the victory, his third of the season, and his eleventh career victory with the Sunoco Super Series.
"I had a fast car all day, but didn't think I would end up in victory lane," remarked Hantz. "If Junior's spin hadn't happened, it would have been tough for me to have passed both of them to get the win. I'll take it, we worked hard to be fast today, and just managed to be in the right spot towards the end! My car owner, Dick Poe, brought his Mother-In-Law to the race today, she seems to be a good luck charm for me, she's been to three Sunoco Super Series races, and I've one all three!"
The Ringers Gloves 100 Presented By Howe Racing saw three different drivers to take turns leading. Jeff Lane had the early lead from his pole starting position, but lost it to Fred Campbell on lap 13. Campbell only got to lead three laps before Hanley powered by to take the lead on lap 16. Hanley lead until the incident on lap 72, Hanley 's car seemed to be slowing and Fred Campbell looked to be faster, but Hanley was using every inch of the racetrack to keep the Battle Creek, Michigan late model veteran behind him. The event had only two caution periods for 13 laps. The long green run in the middle put a lot of good cars a lap down to the leaders.
Eight drivers finished on the lead lap including second place finisher Bobby Parsley, who may have had the fastest car on the track at the end of the race. A late pass on the outside of Eddie Hoffman got Parsley the second place finish. Hoffman finished third, his third top five finish with the series in three series events so far this season. Campbell and Hanley each battled back for a top five finish. Campbell came home fourth followed by Hanley in fifth. The last three cars to stay on the lead lap were JR Roahrig in sixth, Jack Landis in seventh and Todd Oliver in eight.
Pat Anderson, Crew Chief for Scott Hantz, was the Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief Of the Race Award winner. Terry Fisher Jr. was the Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Race. Eddie Van Meter was the Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award winner. Van Meter finished ninth after starting twenty second. Hantz and Van Meter earned Goodyear Performance Awards. Hantz claimed the Spray Power Clean Sweep Award of $150 for winning and being the fast qualify of the Ringers Gloves 100 Presented By Howe Racing. The Jonny On The Spot Delivery Service Halfway Leader Award for leading at lap 50 went to Junior Hanley. Bobby Parsley received the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move Of The Race Award for his late outside pass of Eddie Hoffman to take second spot away. The EMF Corp Hard Luck Award went to Scott Whitehouse.
The next Sunoco Super Series event will be the Electric Mills 150 Presented By DeKalb Distributing at Angola Motor Speedway this Saturday, August 30th. More information on that event is available at www.sunocosuperseries.com.