The second race of the Iceman Super Late Model Series abbreviated season was run Saturday, Aug. 10, at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. Jason Mignogna took the lead from Jr. Hanley on lap 69 and went on to record his first career Iceman feature. Mignogna has raced in the Iceman Series since 1994.
Defending series champion, Jr. Hanley drew the pole position for the 100-lap feature. When the green flag dropped he quickly jumped into the lead and put a half straightaway on the rest of the field.
Rookie Barry DeSalve Jr, who shared the front row with Hanley raced hard with Mignogna for second position. The pair ran tightly until Mignogna was able to dive low and pass him on lap 17.
Mignogna wasn't able to make much headway into Hanley's lead, which by this time had grown to about a straightaway. The first of three cautions flew on lap 34 for a spin by Randy Triplett, allowing Mignogna to restart on Hanley's bumper.
Hanley again pulled away from the field on the restart. The best race was for fifth place between Greg Taylor, rookie Mike Smith and Scott Baker. The trio ran nose to tail lap after lap with Baker getting around Mike Smith for sixth on lap 42. The group caught fourth place, Jack Smith, at the halfway point of the race and the trio became a four car battle for position.
Caution two was for an accident on lap 55 between Kyle Edwards and Doug DeGarmo allowing Mignogna to again pull up to Hanley's rear bumper on the restart.
Again Hanley pulled away to a half straightaway lead over Mignogna when the green flag flew again. Five laps later Mignogna began reeling in Hanley who appeared to be slowing somewhat. On lap 69 Mignogna dove low around Hanley and assumed the lead.
The third and final caution came out on lap 70 when Hanley slowed with a flat tire. Hanley was never a factor for the remainder of the race, dropping out on lap 78 with wheel/tire problems.
Mignogna pulled away from second place Scott Baker on the restart. Baker and Mike Smith had moved into second and third when they passed DeSalve Jr on the restart. On lap 80 DeSalve Jr moved around Mike Smith but was never able to get past Baker by the end of the race.
Mignogna continued to build his lead and was never headed in the remaining laps. Baker finished second, a straightaway behind, with DeSalve Jr in third.
In post race scoring Baker was placed in fourth position for jumping the restart on lap 70. Iceman rules state that a driver will lose two positions for jumping a restart. Because there were no cautions in the last 30 laps of the event the penalty was imposed at the race's finish instead of at the next caution. The revised top five, after the imposed penalty, was: Mignogna, DeSalve Jr, Mike Smith, Baker and Jack Smith.
Jason Mignogna started his Iceman career back in 1994. His best finish in his first 70 starts was a fourth place finish at both Mansfield Speedway in 2000 and Central PA Speedway in 2000 and 1999. Prior to this race, he had led 22 career laps. Tonight the Greensburg, Pa. driver led 31 circuits. It's been three years since Jason has last led an Iceman race. "I was just riding out there once I got into second. I could see Jr's car sparking up ahead of me. I was just taking it easy out there and ran my own race because I didn't want to make any mistakes like I did here during the last race. Then (Jr) Hanley slowed a bunch and I reeled him in and passed him. I've been trying so many years to get a win in this series. Finally, I got one. Had a good car tonight and the engine is the best we've ever had under the hood. Finally we feel we have a car that is equal to the top runners in the series," said the driver of the white #7 Taurus. His car is sponsored by Mignogna Collison/Wagner Automotive Research/ The Sign Shop and is a Howe Chassis.
Tonight's start gives Scott Baker 129 starts on the Iceman Series, one short of tying Dave Kuhlman for the most starts on the series. Baker won the Holley Move Up award for the second race in a row. He advanced his starting position by five positions. Baker was again in the car owned by series veteran, Jim Baker. The Akron, Ohio driver finished second in the serial scoring, which would've given the team its best career Iceman finish, but a penalty was imposed in post race scoring for Scott jumping the final restart on lap 69. The penalty would've been imposed during the race if another caution had flown but because none did, it was imposed following the race knocking Scott down to fourth in the finishing order. It was the team's second top five finish.
For the first time since Freddie Campbell won the championship in 1992 as a rookie, a first year driver is leading the points standing. Barry DeSalve Jr, moved into the points lead with a second place finish. It was the career best Iceman finish for the driver of the Tri-County Performance/Clarion Sintered Metals Monte Carlo. His previous best was a seventh place finish at Mansfield earlier this year. ~~~ Mike Smith finished third in his second Iceman event. In his first Iceman race this year, which was his first ever Super Late Model race, his car caught fire after only nine laps and he finished 14th. "The header fell off my car about lap 30 after someone hit me. I was running pretty good before then, but after losing the header I went backwards. On lap 80, I let the 5 (DeSalve Jr) by because he was faster than I was. I'm pretty tired, it was hot out there and I really need a better seat. My left side is stiff and sore." The Akron, Ohio driver comes to the Iceman series from racing Legacy cars. ~~~ It was a good race for the rookies with three finishing in the top five. Jack Smith finished fifth, and moved into second place in the points standing, five points behind DeSalve Jr. The Massilon, Ohio driver's finish was also a career Iceman best for him. His previous best finish was eighth, last month, at Mansfield.
Art Rozane finished seventh, a career best finish. The driver from Toledo, Ohio previous best finish was eighth at Central PA Speedway in 2001.
2001 Iceman Rookie of the Year, Randy Triplett, made his first start of the year. He finished ninth after losing many laps in the pits with a tire problem. Mike Hennessy drove Triplett's Wendy's/Dr Pepper Monte Carlo to a sixth place finish in the last Iceman race. Hennessy was the points leader going into tonight's race.
Richard Duecker returned to the series after a seven year absence. His last race with the Iceman Series was September 1995 at Toledo. Tonight overheating problems curtailed the Chippewa Lake, Ohio driver's racing effort. "The last race I did this year was at New Smyrna (Fla.) during Speed Weeks. The fellow that was supposed to bring my car back up to Ohio in February had problems with his truck, so I just got the car back about a month ago. I will be back for the next Mansfield show and might do the Lake Erie race at the end of the month," said the driver of the Wildwood Lodge Monte Carlo.
<pre> Iceman Super Late Model Series August 10, 2002 Race #2 Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Mansfield, Ohio, 1/2 mile high-banked oval
Laps Money Fin. Start Driver completed won Points 1 3 7 Jason Mignogna 100 $ 3,000 133 2 2 5 Barry DeSalve Jr (R) 100 1,500 122 3 4 26 Mike Smith (R) 100 1,000 119 4 9 74 Scott Baker 100 850 117 5 5 14 Jack Smith (R) 100 800 121 6 8 25 Greg Taylor 100 750 118 7 7 21 Art Rozane 99 700 111 8 10 8 Doug DeGarmo 98 650 109 9 12 99 Randy Triplett 83 625 111 10 1 66 Junior Hanley 77 600 105 11 6 11 Kyle Edwards 42 575 113 12 11 30 Richard Duecker 28 550 101
Note: Top eight starting positions determined by a blind draw by the top eight qualifiers; Points include qualifying, feature and entry points.
Holley Fast Qualifier Award: Hanley, 16.62 sec. Penske Hard Charger Award: Baker, 9 positions Top Rookie: DeSalve Jr Lap Leaders: Hanley, 1-68; Mignogna, 69-100 Cautions: Three