Hantz Takes Hometown Win at Angola Series PR Report
Scores Third CRA Super Series Victory of 2008
Angola resident Scott Hantz had not won a CRA Super Series race at his home track of Angola Motor Speedway, since July 4, 2003. Now that streak is over as the red hot Hantz won his third CRA Super Series race of 2008 taking the Hargus Mullins Memorial 125 presented by EMF Corp and Centennial Wireless on Thursday night in front of a full house of fans kicking off the July 4th Holiday Weekend. Several drivers challenged Hantz through out the race, but none were able to hold as second place changed hands several times during the 125 laps on what was a tricky track to keep up with after the area received several inches of rain Wednesday night.
"The track was hard to figure tonight, one time a spot on the track would be slick, a few laps later the other lane would be slick and the first spot would stick. It was tough." Hantz stated. "But the car was great; I only took it out for one practice today and told the crew to leave it alone it was good to go."
Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier Boris Jurkovic came in second, moving up from his 7th starting spot. Moving up from eighth to third was Jason Dietsch who continued what has been a breakout year with his third Top 5, and second third place finish in 2008, keeping a hold of fourth place the 2008 points chase only 28 points behind Rick Turner in third. Jason Shively is currently only 27 points behind Dietsch and finished in fourth close on his bumper.
2007 Hargus Mullins Memorial winner Brian Rievley turned the fastest lap during the race to win the VDL Fuel Systems Hot Lap of the Race Award before becoming the first driver at the front to succumb to the track when he spun early while just behind Shively, the early race leader. Dietsch followed Jurkovic toward the front of the field trading places with him on several occasions while Hantz worked on Shively using his experience and knowledge of the track to get past Shively pulling Turner and a couple of other cars with him.
Turner worked on Hantz following closely and trying to find a way around the leader but spun on the 101 lap when he caught the top edge of the track while trying to pass Hantz high in the fourth turn. After restarting at the tail of the field Turner recovered to finish 12th.
Jeff Lane finished fifth after starting 17th including passing 3 cars in the last 5 laps alone earning him the ARP Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award. Lane also received a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award, and the Isky Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hardcharger Award.
"My brakes went out early in the race and I was just riding around cooling them for a while. Then when we got toward the end I figured, it was time to get it going, and with a little luck I got to fifth." Lane stated. "I didn’t even know where I finished, I thought I was further back than that."
Derek Bischak from Angola, running in his first CRA Super Series race finished tenth and earned the other Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award. The Holley Performance Award went to Scott Hantz, who also won the RaceTrailerSales.com Halfway Leader Award. The Shively HP Tough Luck Award went to Rievley while the Leaf Race Products Hard Luck Award went to Kenny Tweedy who broke on lap 16.
The K&N Filters Rookie of the Race and VDL Fuel Systems Top Rookie Awards went to Aaron Pierce for the third consecutive week after his ninth place finish. This finish gave Pierce the lead in the K&N Filters Rookie of the Year race by just three points over Zach Taylor, who was forced out due to failing brakes nearly half way through the race. In his return to action following some minor surgery Tommy Cook finished 13th earning him the Cometic Gasket Second Highest Finishing Rookie Award.
The Howe CRA Sportsman made their first ever appearance at the Angola Motor Speedway for the Ashley Transport 75 with a stout 30 car field. Chad Richardson took the win after the race was called early due to a track curfew. John Marshall finished second, Nick Lay third, Holley Performance Fast Qualifier Eric Barcus fourth and Al Cook, Jr. finished fifth.
"I am just glad to finish a race!" Richardson exclaimed. "We have had some bad luck this year, and tonight when I finish we did really well."
The next event for the CRA Super Series will be the Mid Summer Championship 200 at Plymouth Speedway on Sunday, July 13.
Hantz in victory lane. (CRA Photo)