Salem Speedway Truck results 1999-09-11

Salem, Indiana, 9-11-99 - Aaron Hulings, aboard his father's HRP Motorsports Ford Ranger, survived a scuffle with Johnny Witham on a late-race restart and held off a spirited charge from Robbin Slaughter in the end to win the ARCA Lincoln...

Salem, Indiana, 9-11-99 - Aaron Hulings, aboard his father's HRP Motorsports Ford Ranger, survived a scuffle with Johnny Witham on a late-race restart and held off a spirited charge from Robbin Slaughter in the end to win the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series 35 lap main event Saturday afternoon at Salem Speedway taking his fifth series victory after 13 events. Slaughter's Carmen's Vacuum-Ed & Company Ford finished a length back in second ahead of current point leader Bill Withers who finished third in his Withers Foreign Auto-Mannings USA-Driveline 1 Ford. Dave Reeb, in his own Accurate Express-Accurate Logistics Ford, finished fourth and Troy Marciniak brought his A&A Manufacturing Chevy home in fifth.

Hulings was chasing Johnny Witham on a lap 22 restart when the 17-year-old hard charger found an opening to the high side off turn four. Coming down for the green flag, the two trucks traded paint before Hulings raced on by down the frontstretch. Witham tried to fall back in line and caught the tail end of Hulings's truck, and while Hulings managed to keep control, Witham found the wall in turn one and collected Jeff Speakman on the way. Neither driver was injured however both trucks sustained serious front end damage and were eliminated from competition. When racing resumed Hulings stretched his advantage to five lengths until Slaughter reeled in the eventual winner with five laps to go. From there Slaughter raced inches away from Hulings's bumper before making his move on the last lap. The former ARCA Pro-4 winner drove his truck inside of Hulings as the two frontrunners raced through three and four for the final time, but it was Hulings who had the momentum on the high side off the last corner and powered ahead for the hard fought victory.

Veteran ARCA Pro-4 pilot Jack Weethee finished strong in sixth in front of David Clay, John Toth, Canadian driver Cliff Hodgkinson and John Kasmierski to complete the top ten.

Hulings, who started sixth as a results of an inversion, also won the Hoosier Tire Pole award with a new track record of 18.477 seconds. Kasmierski and Tracy Leslie, subbing for Chad Guinn in the Sonic Expediting Ford, were heat race winners. Leslie, 1988 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series champion, was working his way forward in the main event before rear suspension troubles relegated the former NASCAR Busch Series winner to 18th in the final running order.

The next appearance for the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will be September 18 on the clay at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pennsylvania before the new series wraps up its inaugural season at the Toledo Speedway in conjunction with the Budweiser Glass City 200 on September 25th.

1999 ARCA LINCOLN WELDERS TRUCK SERIES EVENT #13                        
Salem Speedway, Salem IN, 9-11-99                       
Official Results                        
FIN     STR     CAR                             
POS     POS     NO      DRIVER/RESIDENCE        
                        TEAM & CAR      LAPS    STATUS
1       6       51      Aaron Hulings/Rockford MI       
                        HRP Motorsports Ford                    35      Running
2       3       6       Robbin Slaughter/Columbus OH    
                        Carmen's Vacuum Sales-Ed & Co Ford      35      Running
3       5       57      Bill Withers/Columbus OH        
                        Withers Foreign Auto-Mannings 
                                USA-Driveline 1 Ford            35      Running
4       8       98      Dave Reeb/Pataskala OH  
                        Accurate Express-Accurate Logistics Ford
                                                                35      Running
5       10      8       Troy Marciniak/Muskegon MI      
                        Marciniak Motorsports Chevrolet         35      Running
6       13      55      Jack Weethee/Grove City OH      
                        Weethee Builders Ford                   35      Running
7       7       33      David Clay/Carlisle OH  
                        HVAC Systems-M&M Precision Chevrolet    35      Running
8       12      96      John Toth/Northfield OH 
                        Perma Tech Spray On Bedliners Ford      35      Running
9       14      36      Cliff Hodgkinson/Breslau Ont    
                        DBM Racing Products-Krans Transport 
                                                        Ford    35      Running
10      16      21      John Kasmierski/Toledo OH       
                        Mississippi BBQ-M&M Heating-Schorling
                                                Chevrolet       35      Running
11      15      76      Bobby Marvin/Columbus OH        
                        Ed & Co-Prestige Delivery Ford          30      Running
12      18      14      Gregg Vasko/McKeesport PA       
                        Slack Overhead Doors-Esslinger-Gold
                                                Star Ford       29      Running
13      11      19      Jeff Wichmann/Mason OH  
                        Midwest Metals & Supply Ford            22      Running
14      2       5       Johnny Witham/Hamilton OH       
                        Appco-Fab Shop Ford                     21      Accident
15      4       2       Jeff Speakman/Piqua OH  
                        Pennzoil-Nat'l Auto Lube-Esslinger Ford 21      Accident
16      17      9       Stan Maitlen/Greenville OH      
                        Maitlen Motorsports Ford                12      Overheatng
17      1       10      Tully Esterline/Pettisville OH  
                        Spangler Candy Chevrolet                10      Axle
18      9       4       Tracy Leslie/Mt Clemens MI      
                        Sonic Expediting Ford                   2       Suspensn
HOOSIER TIRE POLE AWARD:  Aaron Hulings 18.477 seconds *NTR                     
HEAT WINNERS:  Tracy Leslie, John Kasmierski                    
LAP LEADERS:  Witham 1-21 (21); Hulings 22-35 (14)

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