Salem, IN (October 29, 2004) -- Kalamazoo, Michigan driver Tim Phillips has won the 2004 Sunoco Super Series Lefthander Challenge, beating out veteran series race Junior Hanley at the series season championship event last Sunday at Salem Speedway.
Salem, IN (October 29, 2004) -- Kalamazoo, Michigan driver Tim Phillips has won the 2004 Sunoco Super Series Lefthander Challenge, beating out veteran series race Junior Hanley at the series season championship event last Sunday at Salem Speedway. The Lefthander Challenge awards a Bare Offset Lefthander Chassis to the Sunoco Super Series driver who is in the top fifteen in final series Owner Points that advanced the most positions in series point events during the 2004 season.
Tim Phillips, who had steadily worked his way into position to claim his second Lefthander Challenge Award thanks to a continued string of bad luck suffered by Junior Hanley at the end of the season, had entered the Salem Speedway event at three gained positions behind Hanley. Hanley had his day end on Sunday at lap 83 after heavy contact with the inside turn one guardrail while exiting the pits. Hanley's car suffered extensive front right damage that could not be repaired. Hanley lost fourteen positions in the event while Phillips gained nine by finishing 11th after starting 20th. Phillips ended up with a twenty-position lead over Hanley with 72 total gained positions during the 2004 season. Hanley was in second with 52, Jeff Lane finished in third with 36 gained positions.
Phillips, a winner of the Lefthander Challenge in 2002, joins former two-time Sunoco Super Series Champion Brian Ross, a two-time Lefthander Challenge winner in 1998 and 1999, and Jim Crabtree Jr., won the award winner in 2001, and in 2003, as the only two-time winners of the Lefthander Challenge. Other past award winners includes 2000 Series Champion and 2000 Rookie Of The Year Scott Hantz in 2000, Mt. Morris, Michigan's Bobby Murany won the award in 2003 driving for veteran Michigan car owner Brian Robertson. Phillips will be presented his award at the 2004 Sunoco Super Series Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 15th at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana.