CRA: Hantz and Fair Jr. plan busy weekends

Scott Hantz and Harold Fair Jr. plan busy weekends. Veteran drivers will race three races in two days at Flat Rock and Toledo. Salem, Ind. (May 23, 2002) -- 2000 Series Champion and Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Year Scott Hantz...

Scott Hantz and Harold Fair Jr. plan busy weekends.
Veteran drivers will race three races in two days at Flat Rock and Toledo.

Salem, Ind. (May 23, 2002) -- 2000 Series Champion and Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Year Scott Hantz along with inaugural Toledo winner Harold Fair Jr. both plan to race three events on Memorial Day weekend. The two veteran drivers will race in a 100-lap outlaw late model event at Flat Rock on Saturday, May 25, the 100-lap outlaw show at Toledo on Sunday, as well as the Sunoco 100 Presented By Budweiser race number four on the Sunoco Super Series schedule.

"I'm really excited about racing three events in two days," said Scott Hantz of Pleasant Lake, Ind. "We have three different cars we're running and look forward to racing at Flat Rock and Toledo," added Hantz. The Hurricane recently tested both his Sunoco Super Series EMF Corporation Chevrolet and his outlaw late model machine at Toledo.

Other drivers racing in more than one event this weekend include Sunoco Super Series rookie points leader Andy Ponstein, who will compete in both 100- lap events at Toledo. Danny Ford will race in the outlaw late model event at Flat Rock and the Sunoco Super Series event at Toledo.

Track officials have posted a $2,000 bonus if a Late Model driver can win a pair of 100 lap back-to-back events at Flat Rock and Toledo Speedways Memorial Day weekend. The first contest is slated for Flat Rock's ¼ mile oval Saturday, May 25, while Toledo will host a 100 lap feature the following day, Sunday evening, May 26. With the bonus, a driver could walk away with over $7,000 in winnings for his efforts. To be eligible for the bonus, drivers must be pre-entered with a postmark no later than May 17.

Each race is an invitational, with the new Late Model Alliance rules in effect. With strong car counts at both tracks so far this season, a large field of cars is expected for the events. Entries from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Canada should be on hand for the holiday weekend of racing at both facilities.

Flat Rock's race is part of the Michigan ¼ Mile Championships, a two-race series in conjunction with Spartan (Lansing, MI) Speedway. The May 25 event will bring many of Spartan's top drivers down to "The Rock" to battle Flat Rock's best, along with several out-of-town drivers who are vying for the bonus. Qualifying, last-chance race(s) and the feature are slated. The track's ARCA Figure 8 and Street Stock divisions will also be in action.

Spartan will host a 75-lap event as the second part of the ¼ Mile Championships on Sunday evening, July 14. A point system will be used to determine the ¼ Mile king, with a $500 bonus to the top driver of the two events.

The second part for the $2,000 bonus deal goes Sunday evening, at the fast, high-banked ½ mile paved oval. The track, located just 30 miles south of Flat Rock, was re-paved last September and has drawn rave reviews from race teams across the Midwest. The same format will be used as the previous night at Flat Rock for the Late Model contingent, with this event also serving as one of the Glass City Qualifying races. The winner will receive a guaranteed starting spot in the September 28-29 Budweiser/TV 24 Glass City 200.

Flat Rock's Saturday, May 25 show has the pits opening at 1:30, practice at 3:30, time trials at 5 and racing at 7 p.m. The track is located on Telegraph Road, 1 mile south of Flat Rock and just 5 minutes from I-75 or I-275.

On Sunday, May 26, the Sunoco Super Series returns Toledo Speedway for the Sunoco 100 Presented By Budweiser. The event kicks off with a one-hour practice session at 3:00 PM and Tobacco Depot Qualifications set for 5:00. The racing program will begin at 7 PM with the 100-lap feature event set to begin later in the evening.

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