Hantz Claims Copley Guitar In Hot All American 150 In Nashville CRA Series PR Report
Hantz Keeps Up 2008 Success With First Nashville Victory
Two-time CRA Super Series Champion Scott Hantz continued his hot streak in getting his fourth win of the season in the All American 150 at the Music City Motorplex at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee. Hantz got to claim his first ever Copley Guitar Trophy on a very hot July Sunday afternoon were the heat index was over 110 on pit road, but there was plenty of hot racing action on the track.
"Roll your windows up and turn on your heater on all the way going down the road and that is how hot it was in the car," commented Hantz. "This is the first time I have finished in the Top Ten at Nashville. This is great to finally win a race here!"
With the victory Hantz extended his series points lead as he goes for a series record third Championship. With the victory Hantz moves into a tie with Brian Ross as the series all time victory leader with 22 wins. Ross is also tied with Hantz with two series Championships.
Veteran Louisville, Kentucky racer Keith Gardner took the early lead from his pole starting position and led the first 42 laps before slipping up a little allowing Boris Jurkovic to power by on the inside to take the lead on lap 44. Jurkovic held the lead until lap 64 when he suddenly slowed giving the lead to Florida native Justin Drawdy. Jurkovic would have to pit because of overheating and eventually dropped out of the event.
Drawdy and series veteran Rick Turner put on a show racing side by side for the lead several laps before Turner got sideways, made a great save, but lost second place to a hardcharging Hantz who had worked his way through the field from his 18th place starting position. Hantz also raced several laps side by side with Drawdy, before finally getting underneath and making the pass on lap 96. Hantz would pull away at the end to get the victory over Florida's Ryan Crane who came from 14th place and had to work for several laps to get second away from Turner who would eventually finish third. Each of the top three finishers now has a guaranteed starting spot in the November 2nd CRA Super Series Adam Petty Memorial All American 400 event in Nashville.
Dennis Schoenfeld finished in sixth. Gardner held on to finish in seventh after his car went away late in the race. Hartsville, Tennessee native Zach Taylor finished in eighth earning him the K & N Filters Rookie Of The Race Award, his fourth such award of the season. Jason Shively finished in
ninth earning the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hardcharger Award after gaining 19 positions in the event coming from his 28th starting position. Johnny Brazier finished in tenth, he was the Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier of the 34 cars that took times for the event.
Justin Drawdy earned the RaceTrailerSales.com Halfway Leader bonus. Shively and his crew earned the ARP Bodies Cool Move Of The Race Award for making a pit stop for adjustments to his racecar, and then coming through the field to finish in ninth place and a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award. Gardner was the VDL Fuel Systems Hot Lap Of The Race Award winner turning a fast lap of 19.038 in the event. Hantz received a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award, the Fatheadz.com Winner Award, the Holley Performance Award and a Schoenfeld Headers Great Finish Award. Steve Arpin was awarded the Five Star Racecar Bodies Hard Luck Award.
The next CRA Super Series event will be Friday, August 1st at Toledo Speedway. More information on the CRA Super Series is available at www.craracing.net.
Scott Hantz raises his first Copley guitar in Nashville. (CRA Photo)