Evan Jackson Wins The Steve Keller Tri-Axle Trucking 100 at I.R.P. Clermont, IN (May 16, 2004) -- Muncie, Indiana's Evan Jackson took the lead of the Sunoco Super Series Steve Keller Trucking Tri-Axle 100, Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis ...
Evan Jackson Wins The Steve Keller Tri-Axle Trucking 100 at I.R.P.
Clermont, IN (May 16, 2004) -- Muncie, Indiana's Evan Jackson took the lead of the Sunoco Super Series Steve Keller Trucking Tri-Axle 100, Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis Raceway Park from 2003 Sunoco Super Series Champion Bobby Parsley on lap 13 and led the rest of the race to claim the victory, his second ever series win. Jackson won by five car lengths, holding off several hard charges from Scott Hantz on several late restarts in the event. Aaron Hulings had his best ever Sunoco Super Series finish with a third place effort followed by Eddie Van Meter in fourth, and Junior Hanley in fifth. The event was part of the first ever Hooters Pro Cup and Sunoco Super Series combined event that featured 300 laps of great racing on the same afternoon.
The 20 year old Jackson had the hot car all weekend, running the fastest in practice, but lost his chance of being the Corteco Fast Qualifier when his hood came off during his second lap of qualifications, ruining his chance to set fast time. The event saw great racing through out the field of 37 starters.
Ray Skillman set a new Sunoco Super Series track record at IRP on Saturday only to see two more drivers break the record after him. Chuck Barnes, Jr., the 2003 Sunoco Super Series Rookie of the Year, set a new record breaking the previous record by .130 seconds with a time of 21.628 to claim the Corteco Fast Qualifier Award. Barnes then drew an 8 for the inverted start putting Aaron Hulings on the pole. Barnes finished went on to finish sixth. Hantz was the third driver to break the old record, but his time was second to Barnes.
Jeff Lane, who had been fast in practice had a rear hub problem just before qualifying and started 21st. He then ran through the field to finish seventh, and was the fastest car on the track in the last few laps, earning the Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hard Charger of the Race award. Kenny Tweedy started 17th, and then fell back to 35th on an early pit stop, but charged back up through the field to finish eighth in a very impressive run.
Also moving through the field in an impressive fashion were fellow rookies Frank Kreyer and Danny Jackson. Kreyer started 25th , had to moved to the rear after having to pit with a damaged right front fender, Kreyer moved back up to 11th. Jackson started 30th and moved up to 17th.
Ignition problems ended solid runs from series rookie Steve Moenck and veteran Greg Boone, both were running up in the money pushing forward when they were forced to drop out.
There was one lead change, 8 cautions for a total of 34 laps, and no red flags. Frank Kreyer was the Backstretch Performance/Reed Cams/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race Award winner.
Goodyear Performance Awards went to Eddie Van Meter and Jeff Lane. Scott Hantz received the Sweet Manufacturing, Sweet move of the Race Award for his pass in turn two of second and third place. The Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief of the Race went to Jimmy King, Crew Chief for race winner Evan Jackson. Jackson also picked up the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader award for leading lap 50 of the Steve Keller Tri-Axle Trucking 100, which was Presented By Washington Square Dairy Queen of Indianapolis.
For the first time ever Chuck Barnes Jr. is the new Sunoco Super Series season points leader by 9 points over Eddie Van Meter, and eleven points up on former points leader Jeff Lane. The new Backstretch Performance/Reed Cams/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Year point's leader is Frank Kreyer, two points ahead of previous leader Chris Gabehart.
The next Sunoco Super Series event will be the 16th Annual Neal Sceva Memorial 151 at Shadybowl Speedway on Saturday, May 22. More information is available on the Sunoco Super Series web site at www.sunocosuperseries.com.