Marne, MI (June 15, 2003) - Scott Hantz came away with a tough victory in the Berlin/Sunoco Super Series 150 Presented By Georgetown Construction, Saturday night at Berlin Raceway. The first ever Sunoco Super Series event at Berlin Raceway was one...
Marne, MI (June 15, 2003) - Scott Hantz came away with a tough victory in the Berlin/Sunoco Super Series 150 Presented By Georgetown Construction, Saturday night at Berlin Raceway. The first ever Sunoco Super Series event at Berlin Raceway was one of the best ever races in the seven-year history of the series. Hantz, the 2000 Sunoco Super Series Champion and current series points' leader, waged a hard fought battle with local racing legend Fred Campbell over the last half of the 150-lap event.
"Man what a great race," remarked Hantz. "I got to thank Tim Curry at Finishline Fabricating for building me a great racecar. This was our first time out in this car, and to win in front of this great Berlin crowd makes it real special. Fred raced me hard, neither one of us were going to give up, we both wanted to when this race!"
Lansing, Michigan native Tom Hernly pulled out to a 10-car length lead from his pole starting position at the drop of the green flag. Campbell, who has raced 28 years at Berlin Raceway, started his charge to the front from his sixth place starting position. Campbell reeled in Hernly and made the pass for the lead on lap 21 while Hantz was biding his time saving his tires in the early stages of the race.
The first of four yellows for the night flew on lap 27 when Bull Baker made heavy contact with the spinning car of Junior Hanley. Both cars were able to continue with some damage. The second yellow also involved Baker, he crashed heavily into the outside retaining wall in turn three after blowing a right front tire on lap 58. Todd Oliver, in his Sunoco sponsored machine, was also caught up in the wreck. Both cars were done for the night with heavy right front damage.
The second yellow tightened up the field and set the stage for the Hantz / Campbell battle. Hantz challenged Campbell quickly on the restart, finally slipping by to take the lead on lap 63. Campbell wasn't going down easy with the large hometown crowd watching the event. Campbell fought back as the cars caught the back of the field, and made a pass to retake the lead on lap 94. Hantz faded just a little, but came battling back to retake the lead on lap 113.
The third caution on lap 121 when Brain Rievley smacked the front stretch wall trying to avoid a spinning Dave Jackson and the fourth caution on lap 133 for a spinning Brian Campbell, tightened up the field for a great finish. Dave Kuhlman was suddenly a factor in third place from his eleventh place starting position. The last 15 laps saw the top three battle for position all the way to the checkers. Hantz got the victory with Campbell holding off Kuhlman for second. Local competitor's Ross Meeuwsen and John Grega finished fourth and fifth respectively, showing experience was the key for a good finish at the tricky 7/16's mile oval.
Fred Campbell was the Yockey Motorsports Marketing Fast Qualifier. Tom Hernly Jr. was the Hubler Automotive Group / Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Race with his 8th place finish. Scott Baker was the Lane Automotive / ISKY Cams Hard Charger Award winner, Baker gained 15 positions to finish 6th. The Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief Of The Race was Pat Anderson, Crew Chief for Scott Hantz. Hantz claimed both the Cometic Gasket Halfway Leader Bonus and the Finishline Fabricating Lap Leader Bonus. Goodyear Performance Awards went to Dave Kuhlman and Scott Baker. Scott Hantz received the Sweet Move Of The Race Award for his last pass of Campbell for the win on lap 113.
The next Sunoco Super Series event will be the Winchester 100 at Winchester Speedway on Saturday, June 21st. More information can be found at www.sunocosuperseries.com.