The Iceman Series has disbanded after 16 seasons, ending its racing era in the Michigan/Ohio area. Promoter Terry Adams cited his reasons for ending the series was: there is too much competition for the same drivers/cars and tracks and the...
The Iceman Series has disbanded after 16 seasons, ending its racing era in the Michigan/Ohio area. Promoter Terry Adams cited his reasons for ending the series was: there is too much competition for the same drivers/cars and tracks and the economic slowdown for both the tracks and the drivers.
The first champion of the series was Bruce VanderLaan in 1987. Rookie Barry DeSalve Jr from Penfield, Pa. is the final champion of the Iceman Series. He is the 12th different Iceman champion in 16 seasons. Barry is also the only driver to be credited with Rookie of the Year and the Champion title in the same season.
The series began with only four races at their home-track of Toledo Speedway in 1987. Over the next several years the series would use the defending champion's name as the series title. In 1989 Tim Ice won the first of his two championships. The series founding owner/promoter Sonny Adams liked "Iceman", which was Tim's nickname, and decided it should become the series permanent title. The name Iceman has remained in the title of the series through three different promoters during the series final 13 seasons.
Health issues in 2000 forced Adams to end his tenure as head of the series, Jim Hennessy took over the series for the next two seasons. The final season, 2002, was promoted by Terry Adams, who is no relation to the series founder. Lack of cars and race dates plagued the series during 2002 and contributed the demise of the series.
Over the years some of the well known drivers who have raced with the series included: Winston Cup driver Johnny Benson, former Busch and ARCA driver Tracy Leslie, NASCAR Craftman truck drivers Terry Cook and Stan Boyd (and NASCAR Craftman crew chief Jerry Cook), ASA driver Butch Miller (co-champion 1993), former ASA drivers Harold Fair Sr and Harold Fair Jr (2000 champion), Hooter Cup driver Glenn Gault (1997 champion) and former ARCA driver Rick Sheppard.
Most Races: Scott Baker, 131
The 100 races Club: Baker, 131; Dave Kuhlman, 130, Jerry Cook, 122; Chuck Roumell, 100.
Drivers who competed in the series: 302
Different winners: 32
Most wins: Dave Kuhlman, 22
Fast qualifiers: 36
Most fast qualifications: Freddie Campbell, 20
Most Top 5 finishes: Dave Kuhlman, 79
Most Top 10 finishes: Dave Kuhlman, 100
Most laps led (1991-2002): Dave Kuhlman, 1,789 laps
Wins at most different tracks: Freddie Campbell and Dave Kuhlman, eight
Consecutive years in the series: Scott Baker, 14 years