Scott Hantz snaps 22-race winless streak. Third Victory in Four Starts at Plymouth for 2000 Series Champion Plymouth, Ind. (September 1, 2002) - Snapping a 22-race winless streak, Scott Hantz won at Plymouth Speedway in the Aker Plastics / Braun...
Scott Hantz snaps 22-race winless streak.
Third Victory in Four Starts at Plymouth for 2000 Series Champion Plymouth, Ind. (September 1, 2002) - Snapping a 22-race winless streak, Scott Hantz won at Plymouth Speedway in the Aker Plastics / Braun Auto Group 150. Hantz, inherited the lead position on lap 70, after first position Bobby Parsley went spinning after contact with Brian Ross on the main straightaway. Hantz capitalized on a golden opportunity to win even number eighth of his Sunoco Super Series career and the first since on July 14, 2001 at Illiana Motor Speedway. This was Hantz's third victory in four Sunoco Super Series events at Plymouth Speedway.
"I thought we were going to have load up after practice. We broke a push rod and it messed up the lifter in the motor. We got it fixed and it held up for the race," said race winner Scott Hantz. "Brian (Ross) was tough tonight, but he got into Bobby (Parsley) and that helped me out," added the 2000 series champion and rookie of the year.
At the drop of the green flag, outside front-row starter Bobby Parsley got a superb start, cruising into the lead position. At the beginning of the event, Hantz, Joel Kauffman, Brent Downey and Brian Ross all chased the number 21 Chevrolet of Parsley.
The initial 50 circuits were raced under green flag conditions with Parsley setting a torrid pace putting several cars a lap down. Ross made an early surge to the top of the leader board. The two-time series champion passed Kauffman on lap nine for third and then on the 24th circuit, Ross advanced to second, getting by Hantz. As Parsley was stuck in lapped traffic, Ross was able to pull behind him and then ducked underneath Parsley to grab the top spot. But then first-timer John Dalziel spun in turn three and the first caution waved on lap 50 from series flagman Keith Ousley.
Parsley was placed back in first position since a lap wasn't completed since Ross passed him. The green flag reappeared and then quickly the yellow flag was displayed again for debris on the racing surface. Them on lap 69, on green conditions, Parsley exited turn four and was then bumped from behind by Ross. Parsley ended up spinning backwards and on top of a concrete barrier in the infield. The early race leader lost two laps making repairs.
This chain of events handed the lead to Hantz, as Ross was forced to start on the tail of the lead lap competitors for causing Parsley to spin. Under green conditions, Hantz was able to solidly hold the first position with Kauffman, Kenny Tweedy, Junior Hanley and Evan Jackson comprising the top five just shy of the halfway distance.
After restarting in ninth position, Ross made an exciting show for the fans, charging to the lead pack the remaining 75 circuits. The Plymouth, Ind., resident passed Andy Ponstein on lap 84 for eighth and then on the 90th go-around he took seventh from Jim Crabtree Jr. Just past the 100-lap mark, Ross got around fast qualifier Evan Jackson and then Kenny Tweedy to move into the sixth position.
As Hantz continued to show the way up front, Ross was able to slowly work his way up the top five charts. He passed Jeff Lane on the 122nd circuit to grab fourth place. Ross then began closing the gap on 15-time event winner Junior Hanley. The remaining 15 circuits, they battled for third position. As the checkers, Hantz finished ahead of Kauffman with Hanley holding on for third position. Ross took fourth-place honors with Jeff Lane finishing fifth after starting in the 11th slot.
Evan Jackson recorded his first career pole and was the fastest of 24 cars to earn the Tobacco Depot Fast Qualifier Award. Jackson of Muncie, Ind., toured the .375-mile oval in13.593 seconds / 99.316 mph. Jeff Lane was the winner of the Lane Automotive/K&N Performance Filters Hard Charger, finishing in fifth position after starting in 11th spot. Andy Ponstein was the Hubler Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Race. Jeff Lane and Scott Wolfe were the winners of the Goodyear Performance Awards. Scott Wolfe was the winner of the Sweet Move the Race.
The next Sunoco Super Series event is the Eagle Creek Aviation 150 Presented By Great Deals of Indiana at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, September 7. For up-to-the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at www.sunocosuperseries.com.