Jeff Speakman Spoke in Shady Bowl ARCA Trucks by Don Radebaugh DeGraff, OH, - August 21, 1999 - When Jeff Speakman speaks, the drivers of the Lincoln Welders Truck Series listen. Speakman spoke Saturday night at Shady Bowl Speedway with a ...
Jeff Speakman Spoke in Shady Bowl ARCA Trucks by Don Radebaugh
DeGraff, OH, - August 21, 1999 - When Jeff Speakman speaks, the drivers of the Lincoln Welders Truck Series listen. Speakman spoke Saturday night at Shady Bowl Speedway with a convincing victory in the 50 lap main event holding off charges from David Clay and John Toth in the end to score his first career ARCA Truck victory. In doing so, Speakman became the seventh different winner after ten events in the new touring series. The Piqua, Ohio driver cashed in big with a $2,400 payday that included the Hoosier Tire Pole award, the Revenge Racing Bodies Pole-Win award as well as the Cloyes Gear & Product halfway leader honors. Clay followed closely in second with Toth in third ahead of Jeff Wichmann and Dave Reeb to complete the top five. "What can I say," said Speakman in victory lane. "We had a near perfect day, and not a bad weekend overall with a third place finish last night at Winchester. We were lucky enough to hit the set-up here without a lot of chasin’ around. We were fast right off the trailer so we were able to keep ahead of the game. Shady Bowl can be a handful so the handle is critical here. This win was real important to us because we consider ‘the Bowl’ our home track. This is just great though. We might as well go ahead and win some more while were on a roll." For Speakman, the checkered flag came none too soon as in a post race inspection it was revealed that the winner had an oil pump belt that was shredding fast. Robbin Slaughter, in his Carmen Vacuum Sales-Ed & Company Ford, started on the pole through a five car inversion and led the first 15 laps until a trip pitside to change a right front tire sent the Columbus, Ohio driver deep into the running order. Speakman, who started fifth, had already worked his way into second when Slaughter’s tire troubles began, and assumed the lead when the former leader drove pitside for service. >From there, Clay and Toth dogged the eventual winner perpetually but couldn’t muster the necessary steam to make the pass before the checkered flag fell. Tully Esterline steered the Spangler Candy Chevy home in sixth in front of veteran Bobby Marvin in seventh. Slaughter, who battled back to finish eighth, was the last car on the lead lap. Todd Braun and Johnny Witham finished out the top ten. Toth received the Ed & Company Hard Charger award for advancing the most positions, from 14th to third and Witham won the Hawk Best Brake of the Race award. Heats were won by Troy Marciniak and Bill Withers. The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will next appear on the clay at Crystal Motor Speedway in Crystal, Michigan this Saturday night, August 28th.
1999 ARCA LINCOLN WELDERS TRUCK SERIES EVENT #10 Shady Bowl Speedway, DeGraff OH, 8-21-99 Official Results
FIN STR CAR POS POS NO DRIVER/RESIDENCE TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS 1 5 2 Jeff Speakman/Piqua OH Pennzoil-Nat'l Auto Lube-Esslinger Ford 50 Running 2 4 33 David Clay/Carlisle OH HVAC Systems-M&M Precision Chevrolet 50 Running 3 14 96 John Toth/Northfield OH Perma Tech Spray On Bedliners Ford 50 unning 4 3 19 Jeff Wichmann/Mason OH Midwest Metals & Supply Ford 50 Running 5 13 98 Dave Reeb/Pataskala OH Accurate Express-Accurate Logistics Ford 50 Running 6 6 10 Tully Esterline/Pettisville OH Spangler Candy Chevrolet 50 Running 7 16 76 Bobby Marvin/Columbus OH Ed & Co-Prestige Delivery Ford 50 Running 8 1 6 Robbin Slaughter/Columbus OH Carmen's Vacuum Sales-Ed & Co Ford 50 Running 9 17 77 Todd Braun/Winamac IN Braun Motorsports Chevrolet 47 Running 10 9 5 Johnny Witham/Hamilton OH Appco-Fab Shop Ford 43 Engine 11 2 57 Bill Withers/Columbus OH Withers Foreign Auto-Mannings USA-Driveline 1 Ford 32 Accident 12 15 1 Archie Padgett/Toledo OH Target Expediting Ford 31 Accident 13 10 21 John Kasmierski/Toledo OH Mississippi BBQ-M&M Heating-Schorling Chevrolet 23 Valve Spring 14 7 55 Jack Weethee/Grove City OH Weethee Builders Ford 15 Transmssn 15 12 17 Bob Stoner/Portage MI Woodham's Equip-Bogart Racing Wheels Ford 15 Engine 16 11 8 Troy Marciniak/Muskegon MI Marciniak Motorsports Chevrolet 11 Engine 17 8 14 Gregg Vasko/McKeesport PA Slack Overhead Doors-Esslinger-Gold Star Ford 8 Engine
HOOSIER TIRE POLE AWARD: Jeff Speakman 14.140 seconds *NTR HEAT WINNERS: Troy Marciniak, Bill Withers LAP LEADERS: Slaughter 1-15 (15); Speakman 16-50 (35)
SPECIAL AWARDS Revenge Racing Bodies Pole-Win Award: Jeff Speakman Cloyes Gears & Products Halfway Leader Award: Jeff Speakman Ed & Company Racing Supplies Hard Charger Award: John Toth Hawk Best Brake of the Race Award: Johnny Witham RJS Safety Belt Award: Jeff Speakman Diamond Wheels Award: Gregg Vasko Brooks Racing Tire Award: Johnny Witham