Shady Bowl Speedway Prepares For Second Event Salem, Ind. (May 30, 2002) -- The Sunoco Super Series will make its first of two visits to Shady Bowl Speedway in 2002 this Saturday night as a part of the Stapleton Buick GMC Night At The Races.
Shady Bowl Speedway Prepares For Second Event Salem, Ind. (May 30, 2002) -- The Sunoco Super Series will make its first of two visits to Shady Bowl Speedway in 2002 this Saturday night as a part of the Stapleton Buick GMC Night At The Races. This Saturday's events at Shady Bowl Speedway will include racing action from eight different divisions headlined by the Sunoco Super Series in the running of the Stapleton Buick GMC 150 Presented By Lucas Oil Products. The Sunoco Super Series was originally scheduled to race on May 18th at Shady Bowl Speedway, but that event had to be rescheduled because of excessive water seepage and cold temperatures.
"We have had terrible weather this spring," stated Shady Bowl Speedway owner Charlie Stapleton. "Of the first seven events we had scheduled this year, we have only been able to race once on May 4th, all the others had to be canceled because of bad weather. We felt like we owed it to our fans and competitors to keep all the divisions on Saturday's schedule."
For the second consecutive event in 2001, a fist-time winner rolled into victory lane in the Sunoco Super Series. Jim Crabtree Jr. in the Jim's Automotive Service Chevrolet grabbed the lead on lap 104 and held off a hard charging Scott Hantz to collect $3,525 for his initial series victory at Shady Bowl Speedway in the Shady Bowl 150 on Saturday, May 5.
"This is Unbelievable," said a jubilant Jim Crabtree Jr. in victory lane. "I was nervous on that last green flag run, but I pushed the car as fast as it would run. I wasn't going to let this victory slip away. We have been trying to win one of these races for a long time, and I want to thank everybody on the team and especially my family for sticking with me through some of the tough times. "
Inside front-row starter Scott Hantz jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag after holding off Kenny Tweedy. In the early stages of the event, Jeff Lane worked by Tweedy for second spot with J.R. Roahrig and Junior Hanley rounding out the top five.
Hantz began to slightly distance himself from Lane, Tweedy and Roahrig, who were battling for position nose-to-tail around the .300-mile oval. Brian Ross began to charge to the front moving inside the top ten on lap 17 with Todd Oliver also advancing a couple spots in the early stages.
On lap 66, a multi-car accident occurred in the first corner that involved Joel Kauffman, Brent Downey, Rick Turner, Mike Coop and Bobby Parsley. On the restart, Hantz experienced mechanical troubles and was involved in an incident with second place Jeff Lane, that forced first and second to start from the rear of the field.
This chain of events handed the lead to Tweedy, who was in a backup machine of Matt Hagans. Tweedy, the 1997 Series champion, led the event until Roahrig slid underneath him on the 103rd circuit. The next lap the two leaders came together entering the third corner, which gave the lead to Jim Crabtree Jr. on lap 104.
Over the final 47 circuits, Crabtree Jr. began to pull away from Oliver and Ross, while Hantz was charging from the rear of the field. He moved into the fifth position on lap 109. With 35 laps remaining, the 2000 Series champion was fourth and two laps later he was in third slot.
A late race caution with ten laps remaining allowed all the leaders to close on the rear of Crabtree Jr. On the final circuit, Hantz closed on the race leader and at the line was a half car length away from victory. Ross, Roahrig and Oliver rounded out the top- five finishers.
Saturday nights racing action will consist of features only for the Shady Bowl Speedway E-mods, Late Models, Pro Stocks, Mini Stocks, Flying Stocks, Compacts and Dwarf Cars along with the Sunoco Super Series. Practice will begin at 3:30PM for the Sunoco Super Series with qualifications scheduled for 6PM. The Stapleton Buick GMC Night At The Races will begin at 7PM. For up-to-the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at www.sunocosuperseries.com.