Columbus, OH (September 12, 2004) -- Scott Hantz has suddenly turned a streak of bad luck into victories by getting his second Sunoco Super Series victory in a row in the Federated Auto Parts 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway, which was part of the...
Columbus, OH (September 12, 2004) -- Scott Hantz has suddenly turned a streak of bad luck into victories by getting his second Sunoco Super Series victory in a row in the Federated Auto Parts 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway, which was part of the 2nd Annual Federated Auto Parts Buckeye Bash Presented By Country Legends 95.5 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.
Hantz's victory was hard earned, as he had to fight off the persistent challenge of ASA Racing Series competitor Robbie Pyle. Pyle, a former Columbus Motor Speedway competitor competing in his first ever Sunoco Super Series event, kept the pressure on Hantz all the way until the checkers. Pyle, competing in an ASA Late Model Series car with a Chevrolet Crate Engine, had Hantz sideways several times late in the event, but Hantz managed to make some great saves to hang on for the win over Pyle.
"Boy that was really exciting," exclaimed a very happy Hantz in victory lane. "I didn't think we were going to pull it out, but we did. Our car went away towards the end of the race and Robbie's seemed to be getting better. It's really hard to pass here, Robbie was doing everything he could to get around me, but that's part of racing hard for a win!"
Former ASA Racing Series Champion and current Hooters Pro Cup Series driver Gary St.Amant held on for a third place finish in front of his hometown fans. St.Amant jumped out to an early lead in the event from his outside pole starting position until Hantz powered by to take the lead on lap 37 bringing Pyle to second with him.
Steve Moenck got a hard earned fourth place finish, which earned him the Backstretch Performance/Blake Carburetion/Reed Cams Rookie Of the Race Award, his fifth such award of the season. Eddie Van Meter also turned around a streak of bad luck and hard crashes with a fifth place finish with some great passes towards the end of the event.
NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Ken Schrader, who was making his second straight appearance in the Federated Auto Parts Buckeye Bash Presented By Country Legends 95.5, had his day come to an abrupt end on lap 97. Schrader has his right front tire climb the left rear tire of current Columbus Motor Speedway Outlaw Late Model point's leader Tim Ice while trying to slow for a caution. Schrader's car ended up landing on the top left side of Ice's car ending the day for both competitors.
Sunoco Super Series point's leader Chuck Barnes Jr. was the Convenient Tire/Corteco Fast Qualifier, his fourth Fast Qualifier award of the season. Barnes set a new track record in qualifying, breaking Junior Hanley's mark set in 2002. Scott Hantz was the Rain One Corp/Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Award Leader. Hantz was also the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move Of The Race Award winner for his great saves to get the victory. Pat Anderson, Crew Chief for Hantz, got his second straight Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief Of the Race Award. Veteran series driver Junior Hanley was the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hardcharger Award winner. Hanley finished seventh after starting twenty second. Goodyear Performance Awards went to Eddie Van Meter and Junior Hanley.
Scott Hantz got a second victory in the 2nd Annual Federated Auto Parts Buckeye Bash Presented By Country Legends 95.5. Hantz won the Sizzle Marine 75 Presented By Germain Chevrolet Outlaw Late Model Invitational with Don Whental finishing second and Gary Estes finishing third. Bubba Parson won the BPS Superstore 50 lap Ohio Street Stock Championship over James Harding in second and Mike Schweyer in third.
The next Sunoco Super Series event will be the Sunoco 150 Presented By Great Deals this Saturday, September 18th and Anderson Speedway. More information is available at www.sunocosuperseries.com.