Twenty-four ACDelco Super Car (formerly Iceman) teams showed up at Toledo Speedway Friday night. Thirty cars had been expected, but the extremely threatening weather evidently kept them at home. Former series champion (1996), Dave Kuhlman...
Twenty-four ACDelco Super Car (formerly Iceman) teams showed up at Toledo Speedway Friday night. Thirty cars had been expected, but the extremely threatening weather evidently kept them at home.
Former series champion (1996), Dave Kuhlman drew the pole position with two time series champion, Freddie Campbell, drawing the outside position.
As the field came down to complete the first lap rookie Jeff Carnacchi spun and hit the wall in turn three. The cars were restarted without Carnacchi who dropped out because of damage.
Campbell pulled ahead of Kuhlman on lap two and dominated the race by as much as a straightaway at times over Kuhlman.
The third place battle was a tight one as Taylor, Gault and Fair Jr. raced nose to tail lap after lap. Gault was able to dive low under Taylor's white Monte Carlo on lap 61 to take over second place briefly. The pair drifted a little bit high in turn four allowing Fair Jr to dive lower to pass the pair. This would turn out to be the most important pass in the entire race.
On lap 63 Campbell's white and red #47 Monte Carlo slammed into the wall, after a suspension part broke on the right front putting him out of the race. Dave Kuhlman took over the lead followed by Fair Jr, Gault and Taylor. His reign lasted only one lap when he fell victim to a flat tire. Harold Fair Jr became the third leader of the race on lap 65.
Fair Jr built up 2/3 of a straightaway lead at one point during the final 35, but as the race continued under green, Gault began to reel in the Canton, Mich. driver. A restart after a caution on lap 89 gave Gault a good shot for the lead but he was unable to overtake Fair Jr for the win.
Harold Fair Jr's win tonight was his second consecutive ASCS win. He won his first career ASCS race two weeks ago at Mansfield. "Tonight's win is really great because I got to win at my hometrack. It's probably more meaningful for that reason," said the driver of the Lefthander Chassis/AK Racing Collectibles/Phil Harper Motorsports/Fry's Truck Tires Monte Carlo. "I saw Glenn (Gault) dive low under Greg Taylor and when they pushed up a little in the corner I saw my chance to get around them. It turned out to be an important pass. The Iceman drivers have put on two good shows now and I hope I continue my streak at the next race."
Freddie Campbell aboard Vern Slaugh's #47 Monte Carlo seemed to be well on his way to his first win of the season when something broke on the right front and the Port City Chassis/Conan Construction Monte Carlo slammed into the frontstretch wall. He finished 20th. Earlier in the evening the Battle Creek, Mich. driver recorded fast time and leads ASCS drivers with 17 career fast times.
"We were better on the longer runs," said Glenn Gault who drives the American Title & Trust/Gault Heating/Tabone's Snow King Monte Carlo. "I really didn't want to see that last caution because Harold (Fair Jr) was much better on the short runs. I think it would've been real interesting if that caution hadn't come out. But second place is good."
Scott Baker brought out a brand new car for tonight's race after destroying a car at Mansfield. "The car felt a little weird for a few laps after I came together with Donnie Hill, but then I decided that it was okay and so I kept driving. The crew put in a lot of long hours this week on this car. We finished the car at 4:30 this morning. They did a heck of a job on it. I messed up a little in qualifying but the car handled well in race trim. Third place is almost like a win after all the work we did to get this car on the track." said the driver from Akron, Ohio.
Len Couvillon who has been a regular on the series the past two seasons returned tonight's race. He is running a limited schedule this year because of business obligations. The Windsor, Ontario driver finished fourth tonight aboard his Couvillion Auto Machine Shop/Southern Sign Monte Carlo.
Donnie "Zero" Hill, Columbus Motor Speedway's 1999 LM champion, made his first start in ASCS. The driver of the Architect Glass/Autoville U.S.A./Servco Cleaning Service Ford Taurus finished fifth, one lap down.
Jason Mignogna qualified a career best second for tonight's race. The Greensburg, Penn. driver moved around Tom Hernly Jr with two laps remaining to finish sixth.
Seventh place Tom Hernly Jr ran most of the race without power steering in his Woodie Manufacturing/Suspension Technologies/Condad Heat Treatment Grand Prix.
Steve Seegott had a bleeder problem on his Seegott Inc./Floyd's Service/KEI Car Body/AGA Gas/Shaker Auto Lease Monte Carlo but was able to drive to an eighth place finish.
Dave Kuhlman led one lap, then had a tire deflate on him. The Right Tools/Zeillers Farm Market Monte Carlo was forced to make a green flag pit stop which took him out of the running for the win. The Howell, Mich. driver returned to the race four laps down and eventually finished tenth.
Dave Strader drove his Team ASE/National Machine Shop/Reighard Police Vehicle Monte Carlo to his career best finish 11th. Strader, along with Jimmy Thiel moved up the most positions in tonight's race, 10.
Douglas Ehret crashed his Auto Trader Magazine/Amsoil/R&R Carb Service Grand Prix after blowing an engine during hot laps. He was done for the night.
Jimmy Thiel in a car owned by former ASCS regular Ed Hage crashed into Ehret's car after sliding in the oil from the blown engine. Thiel's Carhartt Store/Ypsilanti Paint and Hardware/Bunky's Pawn Shop Monte Carlo team replaced all the front suspension to get the car ready for the feature event. "The car was really fast before the wreck and it was fast during the feature. There were several cars out there leaking oil and fluids and I had to pit to clean the windshield," said the Woodhaven, Mich. driver. Thiel finished 13th.
1999 Iceman Rookie of the Year Dan Ford Jr made his first start of the year but dropped out after six laps with valve train problems.
Greg Taylor qualified fourth and ran as high as third tonight before breaking a panard bar bracket. Taylor finished a disappointing 16th.
New to the series was Jeff Carnacchi who was making his first Late Model start aboard the Concrete Floor Treatments/Tico Lumina. The car was parked for the night after the opening lap crash caused a cut oil line and broken suspension.
Randy Triplett who is in only his second pavement race finished ninth aboard his Wendy's/A&A Brooker Homes Monte Carlo. The Parkersburg, W.Va. driver is leading the rookie points and is tied with Scott Baker for sixth in points. ~~ Brad Perry finished 14th after suffering apparent engine problems on lap 79. ~~ Aaron Hulings' car had a leaking rear seal and made numerous pit stops trying to correct the problem. He finished 15th. ~~ Kyle Edwards, Ted Johnson and Ginger Phillips all were involved in an accident after Ginger was tapped by another car. Edwards, Johnson and Phillips finished 17th, 18th and 19th respectively.