Ponstein Captures First Sunoco Super
Hudsonville, Michigan's Andy
Ponstein, the 2002 Sunoco Super Series Rookie of the Year, took advantage of a
mistake by race leader Jim Crabtree Jr. and then held off a hard-charging Jeff
Lane to snag his first career win in 29 starts with the CRA Late Model traveling
series Saturday evening at the Anderson Speedway.
Chris Hanna of Carthage was the
Terry's RV Street Stock feature winner while point leader Ronnie Rose of
Anderson inched closer to a championship by taking the victory in the Figure 8
Coming into the Sunoco 150, point leader Bobby Parsley had won both events for
the Sunoco Super Series at Anderson Speedway this season. With the inversion
being only four by the draw, this set the stage for an exciting event.
The race had a complete restart
when it appeared that Parsley missed a shift coming off Turn 4 on the start
sending his mount momentarily sideways down the main straightaway. He collected
Scott Hantz with Hantz slamming the Turn 1 wall. Hantz spent most of the evening
making repairs and returned late for a few laps.
Upon the restart, Jim Crabtree Jr.
jumped to the lead from outside the front row. The yellow came back on lap two
when Bull Baker and J.R. Roahrig made contact with Baker spinning. Junior Hanley
swerved wide to miss the altercation making contact with Kenny Tweedy, vaulting
Tweedy's car high through the air and into the retaining wall eliminating him
for the night.
The race ran smoothly until lap 40
with Crabtree looking very dominating. The red flew when the track became
blocked with three cars stacked in Turn 2. In this altercation, race leader
Crabtree spun into the melee but avoided contact.
By Sunoco Super Series rules,
since he spun to avoid the crash, he lost his position. Had he just stopped to
avoid the crash he would of retained the lead. Andy Ponstein took the point, a
position he would not relinquish.
A spin by Roahrig brought a quick
yellow on lap 68 and then the race ran green all the way to lap 138. Lane at
times was on the bumper of Ponstein with Hanley on the tail of Lane. When the
final green returned after a two car tangle on lap 138, it was a six-lap dash
to the finish.
Ponstein held on for his first
career victory. Rounding out the lead lappers were Lane, Hanley, Parsley, Tom
Hernly Jr. and Crabtree. Lane was fast qualifier at 12.151 seconds.
In Street Stock action, Chris Hanna came flying like a shot out of a cannon from
his sixth starting slot to grab the lead on lap seven of the 30-lap event to
coast onto a convincing win, his first of the season.
The battle raged in the pack for
second thru fifth for position and points. When the checker fell, Hanna chasers
were Curtis Chapman, Rich Boyer, Terry Burton and Darwin Blankenship.
Chapman led the distance in the
fast heat to score the win over Jacob Owens and Robin Burton.
Kevin Brooks took over from Gary
Moore halfway thru heat No. 2 and then held off Hanna for the win. Ronnie Phipps
was third. Point leader Rich Boyer was fast timer at 14.303 seconds.
A straight-up inversion draw always makes for an exciting Figure 8 with plenty
of intersecting excitement. With the field strung out it was almost continuous
action in the crossover.
Rose was pressured the distance by
Joe Hart Jr. but Rose used patience and a watchful intersection eye to capture
his fifth feature win of the season and his second checker in as many weeks.
Pursuing Rose were Hart, Johnny
Magee, Ricky Tharp and Mike Perry. Riddle led the distance in heat No. 1 beating
Chapman and Hart. Mike Phipps and Ronnie Phipps raced side by side to the
checker in heat No. 2 with Mike defeating Ronnie by a fender. Jeff Swinford was
third. Rose was fast timer at 20.339 seconds.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.