Salem, Ind. (May 22, 2002) -- The Sunoco Super Series returns to the renowned Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 26, for the Sunoco 100 Presented By Budweiser. This is the third appearance to the .500-mile oval for the Salem, Ind., based series and...
Salem, Ind. (May 22, 2002) -- The Sunoco Super Series returns to the renowned Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 26, for the Sunoco 100 Presented By Budweiser. This is the third appearance to the .500-mile oval for the Salem, Ind., based series and the first of two events at the Ohio track in 2002.
In the second appearance for the Sunoco Super Series at Toledo Speedway in August of 2001, Junior Hanley started his streak of six consecutive victories. The Canadian Legend became the second different winner in two events at the .500-mile oval.
After suffering through a tough start to the 2001 season, Junior Hanley turned full circle in the previous four Sunoco Super Series outings and completed the drive to the top by winning the Sunoco 100 at Toledo Speedway. Hanley driving the Big Rigs Truck & Trailer Maintenance / Rick Cole Enterprises Chevrolet, passed Peter Cozzolino on lap 43 for the lead. The Canadian legend then held off former series champions Kenny Tweedy and Brian Ross during the last portion of the race to record his fifth series victory.
"We've had a pretty tough year, so it's great to win tonight," said Junior Hanley in victory lane. "The car wasn't that great, but the key at Toledo is running on the bottom through the corners and we're able to do that all night long," added Hanley who collected $3,425 for his efforts.
Rick Turner of Yorktown, Ind., darted out the early lead with Bobby Parsley, Peter Cozzolino, Joel Kauffman and Hanley rounding out the top five. Cozzolino passed Parsley on the second circuit and then set his sights on the race leader. On the ninth trip around Cozzolino passed Turner for the top position as Fred Campbell, Tweedy and Ross all began making early moves.
On the 12th circuit, Hanley dove under Turner for second position and then Campbell and Tweedy also passed Turner for position. Bret James threw the green flag on a restart on lap 21, with top four machines of Cozzolino, Hanley, Campbell and Tweedy racing nose-to-tail around the half-mile oval.
Hanley after trying for several laps to get underneath Cozzolino, completed the pass on the 52nd go-around. Campbell attempted to pass Cozzolino for second when the two made contact going into the third corner causing Campbell front-end damage and sending Cozzolino to the rear of the field. Campbell also restarted at the tail, but was finished after 57 laps.
At the 60-lap mark, Hanley continued to show the way with Tweedy, Glenn Gault, Ross and Turner the top- five runners. On lap 67, Ross drove past Turner and 11 laps later he was in third moving around Gault in the Orange Blossom Special number 32. Over the final 30 circuits, the top three of Hanley, Tweedy and Ross all battled for the victory with Hanley prevailing to win his first of the season. Tweedy held off Ross for second with Gault and Turner completing the top-five performers.
On Sunday, May 26, the Sunoco Super Series returns Toledo Speedway for the Sunoco 100 Presented By Budweiser. The event kicks off with a one-hour practice session at 3:00 PM and Tobacco Depot Qualifications set for 5:00. The racing program will begin at 7 PM with the 100-lap feature event set to begin later in the evening.