Baer Field Story 98-06-28

Dave Kuhlman won the annual Indiana 100 AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series at Baer Field Speedway Saturday night under hot and humid racing conditions. Caution flags disrupted the 100 lap feature seven times. Oddly, there's been only two drivers...

Dave Kuhlman won the annual Indiana 100 AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series at Baer Field Speedway Saturday night under hot and humid racing conditions. Caution flags disrupted the 100 lap feature seven times.

Oddly, there's been only two drivers to win in the four races run this year, Kuhlman and Glenn Gault. Kuhlman has won both "away" races while Gault's won the home races at Toledo.

Dave Kuhlman put on an impressive drive winning by a straightaway over second place Scott Baker. It was the Howell, Michigan driver's second checkered flag of the season. Kuhlman took the lead on lap 31 when he rocketed passed Kenny Phillips. Dave never looked back, the only drivers close to him for the remaining laps were the cars he was lapping. At one point the driver of the Right Tools/Zeillers Farm Market/Fast Lane Graphics Monte Carlo had a two lap lead on second place.

"We had a really good car tonight. It hooked up about lap 20 and stayed real comfortable throughout the rest of the race. There were two grooves out there tonight and I'm not even sure Kenny (Phillips) knew I was to the outside of him until I passed him. For the first time since we've been coming here, the track stayed perfect," said the 1996 Iceman Series champion.

Although Scott Baker had a good car, he spent most of the race trying to get around rookie Claude Plante Jr. and later 1992 series champion Fred Campbell. The Akron, Ohio driver finally completed his pass around Campbell on lap 74 and set sail for the leader who was a two laps ahead.

The driver of the Sypolt Chevrolet-Miles Farmer Market Monte Carlo was able to cut that distance, pulling within a straightaway of Kuhlman at the checkered flag.

Fred Campbell appeared to have a solid second place, if not a win, when his brakes faded. Campbell dropped back to a distant third at the finish. The driver of the Port City Monte Carlo took over the points lead with his finish tonight.

Scott Hantz made his first appearance in a year in the Iceman Series tonight. The driver of the Big Rigs/North American/RCE Monte Carlo kept the fans on the edge of their seats with his second groove passes. The Angola, Indiana driver was involved in the best battle in the last quarter of the race, running nose to tail & side-by-side with Claude Plante Jr. and early leader Kenny Phillips. Hantz took over fourth place on lap 94. "The handling had gone away and we decided to pit for adjustments. I was the last car in the lead lap and since I'm not running for points, I had nothing to lose. The car ran better after that. There's talk with Larry (Zent, car owner) that I might do a few more of these races this year," said the driver of the white and black No. 6.

Rookie Claude Plante Jr. put in a terrific run tonight racing in a tight battle with Hantz and Kenny Phillips the final 22 laps. He finished fifth. It was the first race this year that the Sterling Heights, Michigan driver didn't have fast time. Claude debuted a new sponsor, Pro Cleaners and Lubricants tonight on his white No. 16 Monte Carlo. "We had a good night, a really good night. It was a nearly perfect night, I ran with the top guys, the car was awesome and stayed steady, the only thing that didn't happen was we didn't win. I'm really happy with the 5th place," said Plante Jr.

Kenny Phillips led the initial 30 laps but the handling went away on his Premier Transport/Snyder Collision/Northside Auto Service Monte Carlo. The Wakeman, Ohio driver finished sixth. "The car was flying at the beginning of the race, but it kept getting worse and worse. It's the same problem I've had all four races, the bleeders don't work. The car was quite a handful and I could barely hang onto it at the end," said the driver of the yellow No. 5.

AC DELCO/MURRAY'S ICEMAN SERIES INDIANA 100 -- BAER FIELD, INDIANA JUNE 27th

Dave Kuhlman, Scott Baker, Fred Campbell, Scott Hantz, Claude Plante Jr, Kenny Phillips, Ron Ridenour, Steve Seegott, John Gearhart, Jim Baker, Glen Gault, Ron Dantzer, Dennis Anscombe, Mike Hunter, Mike Hennessy, Len Couvillon, Jeremy Reilley, Gary Camelet, Don St. Denis, Jerry Cook, Larry Zent, Greg Taylor, George Rangel, Tom O'Leary

Points: Campbell 92, Gault 89, Phillips 81, Kuhlman 78, Couvillon 69, Ridenour 63, Seegott 62, Plante Jr 57, Scott Baker 56, Cook & St Denis 55

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