Barnes Starts Sunoco Super Series Season With 2nd Place Finish Louisville, KY (April 19, 2004) -- Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. started his 2004 Sunoco Super Series season with a second place finish in the Anderson 150 at ...
Barnes Starts Sunoco Super Series Season With 2nd Place Finish
Louisville, KY (April 19, 2004) -- Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. started his 2004 Sunoco Super Series season with a second place finish in the Anderson 150 at Anderson Speedway located in Anderson, Indiana this past Saturday night. Barnes began the day by getting the third fastest qualifying time out of the thirty-one cars taking times on Saturday. From there Barnes started the event in the fourth position when Corteco Fast Qualifier Chris Gabehart drew a six-car invert for the traditional Sunoco Super Series opener.
"Our goal was to get a good qualifying run, and we did it," remarked Barnes Jr. "We have always ran good at Anderson Speedway, but we had never qualified very good. Saturday we got to start up front which was the key to a great finish. I was a little worried about starting on the outside, but it worked out fine."
Barnes managed to jump to in front of 2003 series champion Bobby Parsley just after taking the green flag, which put Barnes in third place. Barnes settled in for the long haul waiting to see if first place running Jeff Lane and second place running T.J. Fisher would make a mistake that he could take advantage of.
Fishers run at the front ended when he was forced to pit to make repairs to a leaking rear end. Barnes was able to keep Parsley behind him through out the race, but could never mount a serious threat to challenge Lane who went on to get the win. Barnes, in his Sunoco/Clifty Farm Country Hams /Hawk Performance Monte Carlo, tied his best series finish ever by getting second, duplicating his finish in the Car Brite 200 in 2002.
"I had a good car, but I just couldn't catch Jeff to try and get the lead. Hopefully this finish will continue the great momentum we have established so far early in this season. If I can keep qualifying good, hopefully that will put us in a position to win one of these races soon!"
The 21-year-old Barnes will now prepare for the Salem Speedway Late Model event this Sunday, which will be a part of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 weekend, which has attracted huge crowds over the past several seasons. Barnes hopes to return to victory lane as he did on April 4th in the Salem Speedway Late Model season opener.