NEW PARIS, Ind. — Jeff Ganus had another big payday at the New Paris Speedway Thursday night as he won the 13th annual Summer Sizzler 100-lap outlaw late model stock car race.
Previously winning the event in 2008, Ganus, of Constantine, Mich., picked up $20,000 for his winning efforts, defeating another former Sizzler winner, Scott Hantz, by 1.753-seconds at the checkered flag.
Starting seventh in the 22-car field, Ganus worked his way to third place by the 25th lap and started to work the outside groove of the quarter-mile paved oval to move by second place-running Hantz and eventually passed race leader Brent Jack on lap 37.
Wheeling his Brian Short-owned entry, Ganus maintained the top spot with Hantz running a close second. The leading duo pulled away from the rest of the field with Ganus holding off Hantz’s repeated challenges during double-file restarts after four caution periods during the final 30 laps.
Trailing Ganus and Hantz at the finish were Jack, Terry Senneker Jr., Shawn Amor and fastest qualifier J.R. Roahrig, who picked up a $1,000 bonus for turning in the quickest lap of the day, which came during time trials.
“We had a pretty good car,” said Ganus. “I was hoping that it would stay together. I knew I had to beat those guys in the front, but I didn’t want to do anything too radical and burn the tires up. When you get out there (the outside groove), it’s not where you want to be, but you got to do what you got to do to win.”
Michigan driver Ronnie Maynard Jr. won the $1,000-to-win 50-lap sportsman main event. Maynard bested Rich Boal and Jeremy Hamilton in the yellow flag-plagued event.
Jeff Ganus, Scott Hantz, Brent Jack, Terry Senneker Jr., Shawn Armor, J.R. Roahrig, Phil Bozell, Steve Needles, Steve Stacy, Charlie Hanna, Mike Mazzagatti, Kenny Whitman, Jimmy Carter, Josh Sommers, Andrew DeVreese, Jacob Maynard, Brian Ross, Craig Everage, Corey Ryman, Scott Ross, Andy Bozell, Mike Tutino.