Jeff Lane Wins Exciting Sunoco 100 at Toledo Speedway Toledo, OH (August 1, 2004) - Jeff Lane and Scott Hantz ran neck and neck for much of the Sunoco 100 Sunoco Super Series event at Toledo Speedway on Sunday evening, with Hantz leading from...
Jeff Lane Wins Exciting Sunoco 100 at Toledo Speedway
Toledo, OH (August 1, 2004) - Jeff Lane and Scott Hantz ran neck and neck for much of the Sunoco 100 Sunoco Super Series event at Toledo Speedway on Sunday evening, with Hantz leading from lap 12 to 70 when Lane made a huge move on the high side getting around Hantz, Hantz then passed Lane on the low side on lap 86 with Lane retaking the lead on the high side on lap 88. With a restart on lap 89 it looked to be shoot out to the end, when Hantz had his water pump belt come off, which caused his motor to overheat bringing out the yellow due to Hantz's motor pumping out excessive water on the track. Lane then out ran second place driver Chuck Barnes, Jr. to get the win, his second of the 2004 Sunoco Super Series season. Scott Baker finished third, with Corteco Fast Qualifier Chris Gabehart fourth, and Bull Baker fifth.
"I don't know what you can say about it, we knew we were pretty good today, we hot lapped pretty good on some really old tires, then in the race it kind of came to me, you really do not know what you have until it comes time to do it," Lane stated in victory lane. "I really want to thank Scott Hantz, he is a class act, I got into him a little there once and let off to let him get straight, then he gave me the same courtesy, it's like racing a pro, one of the best."
Hantz, who finished thirteenth after stopping to try and repair his car, congratulated Lane for his victory before preparing to win the 100-lap Main Event Late Model race that followed.
Barnes finished second for the fourth time this season, capping a great weekend that saw him win his first race Saturday night at Shadybowl Speedway, and running a smart race to finish behind Lane on Sunday. Barnes did have some bad luck, when Frank Kreyer hit the wall hard in turn two on Sunday, driving a car borrowed from Barnes. Kreyer wrecked his car at Shadybowl on Saturday, and could not repair it in time for Sunday's race. Barnes let Kreyer borrow his short track car, which he won with at Shadybowl Saturday night.
Former ASA Series Champion Mike Eddy was at the track, but had an engine problem before getting onto the track. John Beloit practiced, but he had engine problems also and did not qualify. Fred Campbell was the second fastest in qualifying, but dropped out early due to an engine problem. This race marks the first time in two years that Campbell did not finish in the Top Five. His 13 consecutive Top 5 finishes gave him the record for the most consecutive Top Fives with the series.
Junior Hanley had a car that did not want to handle well and he fought it all afternoon, finishing 16th. This finish moved Barnes into first place in the point standings, and Lane into second 18 points behind Barnes, with Hanley dropping back to third only two points behind Lane. With his strong finish in fourth place Chris Gabehart solidified his lead in the Backstretch Performance/Reed Cams/Blake Carburetion Rookie of the Year race, where he leads Steve Moenck by 45 points.
Lane received the Sweet Manufacturing, Sweet Move of the Race, for passing Hantz on the outside, not once, but twice during the race. Lane's crew chief Hayden Butler was the Gladiator GarageWorks Crew Chief of the Race. The EMF Corp/Race-Tech Engineering "That's Racin" Award went to Eddie Van Meter after he crashed in the first turn on lap 88. The Stith Motorsports Big Hit of the Race Award went to Kreyer for his hit in turn 2. The Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger of the Race Award went to Scott Baker, who moved up 13 positions. Goodyear Performance Awards went to Scott Baker and Dave Jackson.
The next Sunoco Super Series Event is the 7th Annual International Gold Cup 100, Thursday, August 12 at Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne, IN. For more information go to www.sunocosuperseries.com.