Louisville, KY (May 17, 2004) -- Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. continued his great start to the 2004 race season this past weekend with the Sunoco Super Series at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Barnes began the weekend by breaking the...
Louisville, KY (May 17, 2004) -- Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. continued his great start to the 2004 race season this past weekend with the Sunoco Super Series at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Barnes began the weekend by breaking the track record while setting fast time in Corteco Qualifying for the Sunoco Super Series in his Sunoco/Clifty Farm Country Hams /Hawk Performance Monte Carlo. Barnes's first lap time of 21.628 seconds broke the previous record by .130 seconds set earlier in series qualifying by veteran Indianapolis racer Ray Skillman. Barnes then drew an 8 for his 8th place inverted starting position for the Steve Keller Tri-Axle 100.
From his 8th place starting position Barnes was involved in several heated battles during the event. Barnes first had to get by Ray Skillman. After passing Skillman, Barnes battled several laps with Canadian racing legend Junior Hanley, but was unable to get past. Hanley then passed 2003 Sunoco Super Series Champion Bobby Parsley, setting up Barnes's battle with Parsley towards the end of the race. Barnes managed to finally get by Parsley then had to fight off a hard-charging Jeff Lane to get his 6th place finish in the second Sunoco Super Series event of the season.
"I new we could do good in qualifying but I really didn't expect to get fast time and break the track record," remarked Barnes Jr. "We had a great test here two weeks ago which really helped us get the car dialed in on Saturday. My car got a little tight during the race, which made it hard to get around some of the guys. It's great to be the series points leader, but there's a long way to go before we start thinking about a championship!"
With his 10 extra Corteco Fast Qualifier points and 6th place-finishing points, Barnes takes over the Sunoco Super Series points lead for the first time ever. Barnes is currently 9 points in front of 2nd place Eddie Van Meter and 11 points in front of 3rd place Jeff Lane, who came into Sunday's event as the Sunoco Super Series point's leader.
Barnes next event will be the 16th Annual Neal Sceva Memorial 151 Sunoco Super Series event at Shadybowl Speedway this Saturday, May 22.