Junior Hanley wins UAW Family Labor 100. Canadian Legend Wins Third Consecutive Sunoco Event at IRP Clermont, Ind. (August 17, 2002) - In front of more than 15,000 race fans, Canadian Legend Junior Hanley won his third consecutive Sunoco Super...
Junior Hanley wins UAW Family Labor 100.
Canadian Legend Wins Third Consecutive Sunoco Event at IRP Clermont, Ind. (August 17, 2002) - In front of more than 15,000 race fans, Canadian Legend Junior Hanley won his third consecutive Sunoco Super Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park in the 5th Annual UAW Family Labor Night 100. Driving the Rick Cole Enterprises / Big Rigs Truck & Trailer Maintenance Chevrolet, Hanley led on two occasions for 45 laps, making the final pass for the race win on lap 75 past Chet Fillip. Collecting his 14th career Sunoco Super Series victory and fourth of the 2002 season, Hanley was awarded $3,090 for his winning efforts.
"I tried Chet (Fillip) a couple of times and I would of had to rub him to get by. I waited until his car went away and then got a good run down the straightway and he let me in. If he wouldn't have let me in, I wouldn't have got by him," said race winner Junior Hanley.
At the drop of the green flag, Andy Ponstein darted into the early lead and then as the 32-car starting field roared into turn one, Junior Hanley and Matt Hagans made contact. Hagans spun in turn one and several machines were collected which included Steve Keller, Bull Baker and Alan Troxell. All competitors, but Keller were able to continue. Under Sunoco Super Series rules, a complete restart was ordered with the first lap not being completed.
With the race restarted, Junior Hanley, who started on the outside of the front row, this time, got the jump on Ponstein. On the second circuit, Tobacco Depot Fast Qualifier Chet Fillip bypassed Ponstein to move into second position. By the lap eight, Hanley and Fillip built a full straightaway edge on the third-place runner of Ponstein. Evan Jackson was in fourth with Jim Crabtree Jr. scored in the fifth position.
On the 11th circuit, the sixth-place machine of Rick Turner dropped off the pace with mechanical problems. During the next stretch of laps, Hanley and Fillip began the race-long battle for the UAW Family Labor Night 100 crown.
On the 17th circuit, with a spectator move entering turn three, Fillip grabbed the lead spot, dropping Hanley back to second spot. Once in second, Hanley stay glued to the number 10 Chevrolet of Fillip. The two competitors battled over the next 50 laps with Hanley getting underneath Fillip on several occasions, but couldn't complete the pass. Then on 75th circuit, after a one-lap side-by-side battle, Hanley retook the lead from Fillip.
Once out front, Hanley was able to edge slowly away from Fillip. Scott Hantz made a late charge to finish in third spot after making late-race passes on Bobby Parsley and Bobby Murany, who finished fourth and fifth. Joel Kauffman finished second to increase his points lead to 89 markers. Eddie Van Meter finished in seventh with Evan Jackson, Dave Jackson and Tom Gray rounding out the top-ten finishers.
Chet Fillip recorded his fourth pole and was the fastest of 32 cars to earn the Tobacco Depot Fast Qualifier Award. Fillip of Indianapolis, Ind., toured the .686-mile oval in 22.140 seconds / 111.545 mph. Scott Hantz was the winner of the Lane Automotive/K&N Performance Filters Hard Charger, finishing in third position after starting in 19th spot. Bobby Murany was the Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race. Scott Hantz and Tom Gray were the winners of the Goodyear Performance Awards. Chet Fillip was the winner of the Sweet Move the Race.
The next Sunoco Super Series event is the Big Bash 100 at Baer Field Speedway on Sunday, August 25. For up-to-the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at www.sunocosuperseries.com.