ICE CHIPS, by Debi Domby, Southgate, Mich. The ACDelco Super Car Series (Iceman), returned to Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Friday night, June 2. For the first time in the 14-year history of the series a father and son have run in the same ...
ICE CHIPS, by Debi Domby, Southgate, Mich.
The ACDelco Super Car Series (Iceman), returned to Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Friday night, June 2. For the first time in the 14-year history of the series a father and son have run in the same race. Former ASA veteran, Harold Fair Sr joined his son, Harold Fair Jr, to run tonight’s race.
Glenn Gault, drew the pole position with Scott Baker starting beside him. The pair came down to take the green in perfect alignment until Gault pulled into the lead in turn two. Baker, caught in the high groove, dropped back to sixth place.
A tight battle ensued between Gault, Harold Fair Jr and Freddie Campbell over the first 10 laps. Fair Jr and Campbell dove low and passed Gault in turn four. Gault dropped back to third and the pair pulled away to battle among themselves.
Meanwhile, Dave Kuhlman who was racing with rookie Ted Johnson for the fourth position, finally passed him on lap 25. Kuhlman set sail for an ill-handling Gault and passed the former leader ten laps later. It didn’t take Kuhlman long to catch the lead duo of Fair Jr and Campbell. The trio ran nose to tail for the next 15 laps but Campbell and Kuhlman were unable to make a pass. The terrific race came to an end when Campbell and Fair Jr came together and spun on the frontstretch bringing out the caution on lap 54. The cars of Greg Taylor and Mike Hennessy were also involved with Hennessy left the track on the hook.
When the race resumed, Kuhlman, who was now in the lead, put four car lengths between himself and Gault. Len Couvillon moved into third and pressured the Hubbard, Ohio driver for second place. As Couvillon blew a tire coming out of turn four on lap 62 and slammed hard into the wall as he was trying to pass Gault. After hitting the wall his white #12 slid down across traffic and the rear of the car briefly exploded into fire. A long red flag ensued for cleanup of the fluid that coated the frontstretch. Couvillon was fine, but his Couvillion Auto Machine Shop/Southern Sign Grand Prix had extensive damage on the right side.
On the restart rookie Kyle Edwards led four other drivers in a battle for fourth place. Edwards did a great job holding back the cars of Scott Baker, Jason Mignogna, Campbell, Fair Jr and the lapped car of Harold Fair Sr. Lap after lap the sextet of cars ran nose to tail with Baker trying everything to pass the youngest driver in the race.
On lap 81 Campbell moved around Baker and two laps later got under Edwards for fourth. The Battle Creek, Mich. resident moved around Ted Johnson for third, but found himself over a straightaway behind Gault. The final caution flew on lap 95, erasing a six car length lead for Kuhlman and allowing Campbell to close up to the top pair. Kuhlman beat Gault to the checkered flag by two car lengths, with Campbell several car lengths in arrears to Gault.
None of the track’s support divisions showed up for tonight’s race. It was the first time in the 14 year history of the series that the ASCS cars ran by themselves.
For the past seven seasons Dave Kuhlman has had at least one win per season. Tonight’s win brings the Howell, Michigan resident to 18 career wins, one behind Freddie Campbell (who has the most career wins). The driver of the Right Tools/Zeillers Farm Market/KMH Monte Carlo said, “We had a rear end problem in hot laps and the crew did a terrific job getting the car ready. I guess we’re finally back on track. All the drivers did a real good job out there tonight. When I was trying to get around Freddie (Campbell) that probably forced his hand to try to get around Harold (Fair Jr). That frontstretch really narrows up and I was really close to being involved in their wreck. I slammed on the brakes so hard that my engine shut off. It wasn’t skill that got me through that, just plain luck.”
For the second week in a row Glenn Gault came home second. The Hubbard, Ohio driver, who qualified sixth, drew the pill for the pole and led the first 10 laps. Although the handling on his Orange Blossom Special went away, he was never lower than fourth. “Our car had a pretty bad push in it during hot laps and we got it a little better for qualifying. Then we adjusted it a little further before the race but we went too far in the other direction. The car was too loose but I stuck it out. I was just really glad I missed the wreck between Harold & Freddie,” said the driver of the American Title & Trust/Gault Heating/Tabone’s Snow King Monte Carlo.
During the first caution on lap 17 both Harold Fair Jr and Campbell were pulled over by track officials to check for fluid coming from one of their mounts. Officials reported that Fair Jr had a leaking pinion seal, but that it wasn’t dripping on the track. Both cars were given their spots back. Later the pair would tangle while racing for the lead and had to go to the rear. The driver of the Lefthander Chassis/Phil Harper Motorsports/AK Racing Collectibles Monte Carlo finished fifth and retains his point lead by one point over Gault.
Freddie Campbell extended his career fast qualifying record to 18, missing the track record set by Harold Fair Jr by 0.01 seconds. “The car was running really good tonight. We just had that slight altercation. . . but that’s racing, I guess. I think everyone knew who had the best car tonight,” said the driver from Battle Creek, Mich. “They pulled both my car and Harold’s down to check for leaks. Don’t know what they found on his, but look at the front of my car, it’s covered with oil.” Campbell said as he looked at the snout of his white car which was brown from all the oil on it. Campbell finished third.
Harold Fair Sr was part of the history setting father/son race team. The Taylor, Mich. driver has been racing in ASA and was making his first Iceman start since 1990. “I had a good time tonight. The car ran well and I’ll probably run a few more shows this year,” said the elder Fair.
Len Couvillon, signed up for points before Toledo and was at Mansfield tonight. The Windsor, Ontario driver slammed hard into the wall and fire briefly flared up as he slid into the infield. The driver of the Couvillion Auto Machine Shop, Southern Sign Monte Carlo told the safety crew that he thought that a tire had blown, sending him into the wall. He was unhurt but the car received heavy damage.
Tim Felver who led most of our last race at Mansfield was in the field for tonight’s race. The Owosso, Mich. driver was running eighth when Scott Baker and Jason Mignogna spun on the frontstretch. Felver spun his car but was hit by Harold Fair Sr’s car which had also spun. Felver retired his Larry Zent Motorsports/River City Truck and Equipment/Rick Cole Ent. Monte Carlo for the night.
That had to be the scariest ride I’ve everdriven!” said Greg Taylor. The driver of the sponsorless#25 lost its rear spoiler in an accident on lap 65 and Taylor ran the remainder of the race without it. “I didn’t even realize that I didn’t have a spoiler on the car after the accident. I went to the pits and back out on the track and that’s when my spotter told me I didn’t have one anymore. It’s really too bad, the car was getting better as the race went on. That’s two races in the row my finish (15th) doesn’t tell how well we have been doing.”
Larry Dahlke Jr made his first start in the series in five years. The Middleville, Mich. driver had raced once before with the series when they visited his home track Kalamazoo. The driver of the Manus Realty, Pro/Camelet, Belting and Bearing Technologies Monte Carlo started 12th and finished seventh, which earned him the honorary Hard Charger award for moving up eight positions.
ROOKIE CORNER: Ted Johnson was the rookie of the race for the second time this season. The driver of the Birch Run Machinery/Teamtech Motorsports/Greg Doerr’s Automotive Monte Carlo ran as high as third before a too tight car forced him to drop back to fifth where he finished. The Birch Run, Mich. driver takes over the lead in the Rookie of the Year points standings by three points over Aaron Hulings who finished 11th the last car on the lead lap. ~~ Kyle Edwards spun in hot laps and narrowly missed sliding into the wall. Edward’s, the youngest driver on the traveling circuit at 16, ran fourth for much of the second half of the race and came home eighth, a career high. ~~ Ginger Phillips who spun on lap 48 recovered nicely to finish tenth, her career best. ~~ Randy Triplett had an extended pit stop and finished 16th. ~~ Brad Perry backed his car hard into the third turn wall and finished 18th.