CRA: Indy IRP race notes 2005-05-15

SCOTT HANTZ WINS THE GREYSTONE CONCRETE 100 PRESENTED BY GALBREATH, INC. AT I.R.P. Indianapolis, IN (May 15, 2005) -- Angola, Indiana's Scott Hantz knows what it's like to lose a race you had dominated, Hantz led 143 laps at Shadybowl...

SCOTT HANTZ WINS THE GREYSTONE CONCRETE 100 PRESENTED BY GALBREATH, INC. AT I.R.P.

Indianapolis, IN (May 15, 2005) -- Angola, Indiana's Scott Hantz knows what it's like to lose a race you had dominated, Hantz led 143 laps at Shadybowl Speedway last May, but saw a chance at a win slip away with a flat tire that day. Hantz's fortune changed in today's Greystone Concrete 100 Presented By Galbreath, Inc. at Indianapolis Raceway Park for the CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power. Pole sitter Evan Jackson had lead from the drop of the green flag, many times pulling away to a several car length lead, until a flat tire on a restart on lap 86 handed the lead to Scott Hantz. Hantz had managed to close on Jackson during longer green flag runs during the event, but seemed destine to finish second until fate stepped in.

"It was Evan's race to lose he had me covered, my only hope was on a restart and even that was unlikely," Hantz stated in victory lane. "I finished second to Evan last year in this event, I figured it was going to be the same this year until his tire started to go flat, which gave us the win. It was a pretty exciting race over the last 15 laps!"

Hantz had to fight off a hard charging hard Boris Jurkovic, who was looking to make it two series wins in a row for the series rookie contender. Jurkovic had patiently worked his way from his fifth starting position to be on Hantz's bumper when Jackson dropped out. Jurkovic challenged Hantz for several laps until series veteran Jeff Lane suddenly became a factor in the late laps causing Jurkovic to have to turn his attention from passing Hantz to holding off Lane for second. Jurkovic's second place finished earned him his second straight Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Race Award.

Lane's third place finish was his second straight top five finish in three series events this season. Bicycle Clay Poker Chips -- Menards Fast Qualifier Steve Moenck finished fourth while JR Roahrig came from tenth to finish fifth. Roahrig made some great passes late in the event to get his fifth place finish, which earned him the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move Of The Race Award. Roahrig also received a Hoosier Race Tire Performance Award for his great run.

Local Indianapolis natives Eddie Van Meter and Tommy St. John had a hard fought battle for sixth during the late part of the event, with Van Meter getting the edge. Rookie contender St. John finished in seventh, his first top ten finish of the season. Iowa's 15-year-old Landon Cassill made a long trip on Saturday afternoon pay off with an eighth place finish after starting eleventh. Cassill was suppose to race in the ASA Late Model event at Calhoun Speedway in Michigan on Saturday, but that event was postponed because of weather. Cassill's team then headed south to Indianapolis so they could qualify for Sunday's show at I.R.P. Cassill managed to qualify in eleventh with only a hand full of practice laps. Cassill's eighth place finish was his second top ten finish with the series in two events so far this season and it earned him a Hoosier Performance Award.

Current series points leaders Eddie Hoffman and Bobby Parsley finished ninth and tenth respectively allowing, Van Meter, Roahrig and Hantz to gain a few valuable points on them.

Finishline Fabricating/Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Year contender Jason Shively was the Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award winner. Shively gained thirteen positions with his fourteenth place finish. Finishline Fabricating/Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Year contender Billy Crane was the Howe Performance Award winner by gaining ten positions in Saturday's event. Evan Jackson earned the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader bonus. Pat Anderson, Crew Chief for Scott Hantz, earned the Marvel Mystery Oil Mechanic Of The Race Award. With the win Hantz earned a $500 Product Certificate from Hamner Racing Engines for winning the event with one of their motors.

The next CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power event will be the Manning Service 100 Presented By Spray Power All Purpose Cleaner on Sunday afternoon, May 22nd. That event will be part of Winchester Speedway's Grand Re-Opening Weekend Event, which will include an open practice for all divisions competing at Winchester Speedway in 2005 on Saturday, May 21st from 1 to 6PM.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Landon Cassill , Jeff Lane