Lake Erie II: Race summary

It's smooth sailing at Lake Erie for ARCA trucker Guinn. (near) Erie, Pennsylvania (9-6-02) -- Chad "Superman" Guinn landed in victory lane again! The winningest driver in ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series history traded the lead with Old ...

It's smooth sailing at Lake Erie for ARCA trucker Guinn.

(near) Erie, Pennsylvania (9-6-02) -- Chad "Superman" Guinn landed in victory lane again! The winningest driver in ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series history traded the lead with Old Milwaukee Pole Award winner Jeff Speakman five times during the exciting 100-lap feature event on Friday night at Lake Erie Speedway.

Speakman did everything in his power to hold off Guinn's BFI-Northland Collision-Coastal Coating Services Ford Ranger. Always a threat on the track, Speakman led the first 55 laps in the Pennzoil-National Auto Lube Ford with outside pole qualifier Guinn close on his tail. Guinn finally overtook him on lap 56, only to relinquish the lead to Speakman the following lap.

Guinn battled with Speakman, stealing the lead again on lap 63. Speakman snatched the lead again for laps 64 and 65, but was unable to fend off Guinn, succumbing one more time on lap 66. Guinn never looked back, flying around the oval for the remainder of the race to seal his 15th career win in his three years with the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series.

"We really didn't have that good of a truck at the beginning of the race," said the talented Erie, Michigan driver. "But 30 or 40 laps into it, it started coming to me. We just tried different lines, working on entering the corners, getting out of the corners, when to brake, and when not to.

"I knew Speakman was going to be tough. It was fun, though, I admit it, running so close."

Speakman's teammate and current rookie points leader Brandon Knupp grabbed third in the Sydney, Ohio-based Mark Knupp Muffler & Tire Ford, while the John Pierce Plumbing Ford of Darren Jones was fourth. Two-time series champ Robbin Slaughter pulled off another stellar finish at fifth in the Screamin' Eagle Ltd.-GRW Auto Service Ford Ranger.

Bales Motorsports driver Brett Oakley took home sixth in the MAR-FLEX Products Ford, while veteran racer Joe Wormcastle, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, stole seventh in the Witwer Construction Chevy. North Baltimore, Ohio rookie Kevin Reeb was eighth in the Accurate Logistics Ford, followed by Pete Wormcastle, of New Haven, Indiana, in the Preferred Painting and Roofing Chevy at ninth.

Past Pro-4 competitor Bill Withers rounded out the top-10 in the Mannings USA-Hall Electronics-Wachholz Engines Ford. Another Pro-4 veteran, Jack Weethee, snagged the 11th spot, earning Ed & Company Hard Charger honors after starting at the rear of the 23 truck field when engine problems forced him to miss qualifying.

The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series is back in action on Sunday in New York State at the Adirondack International Speedway half-mile. Check out the track's work-in-progress at www.adirondackspeedway.com .

Series Notes:

-The entire Guinn Racing crew emerged from their motor home prior to the race Friday night, all in blue Superman t-shirts in support of Chad- just a bit of friendly rivalry with championship points lead challenger Pete Wormcastle's "Kryptonite Krew."

-Two wins in a row mark 15 total career ARCA truck victories and five wins for the 2002 season for the dominating Guinn Racing team. Crew chief Chuck Carroll and driver Chad Guinn's triumphs include these venues: Dixie, Ona, Illiana, LaSalle, Lake Erie-Sept. 2002; Flat Rock, Kentucky, Lorain, LaSalle, 2001; Toledo, Plymouth, Flat Rock, Winchester, 2000; Owosso, Crystal, 1999. Other active drivers included on the all-time series winners listing are Robbin Slaughter, 8 (Chicago, Crystal, Toledo, 2001; Salem, Berlin, Toledo, Illiana, 2000; Toledo, 1999); Paul Hahn, 2 (New Paris, 2001; Flat Rock, 2002); Jeff Speakman, 2 (Lake Erie-July, 2002; Shady Bowl, 1999); Pete Wormcastle, 2 (Lorain County, I-75 Speedway, 2002) and with one each: Phil Bozell (Toledo, 2002), Tully Esterline (LaSalle, 1999), John Kasmierski (Thunderbird, 1999), Jack Weethee (Illiana, 2001), Joe Wormcastle (Kentucky, 2002), Bill Withers (Shady Bowl, 2000).

- All of the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series teams and officials extend their deepest condolences to Ed Yoak of Ed & Company in the loss of his sister-in-law, Karen Lee Yoak, who succumbed to kidney failure last Aug. 19. The Columbus, Ohio native worked with her husband John for Ed & Co. at ARCA truck series events over the past three years. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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