It was a solemn victory circle after Frank Kimmel was declared the winner of the Jasper Engines & Transmissions ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series 150 Friday night at Toledo Speedway. The race marred by the death of part time ARCA competitor Scott M.
It was a solemn victory circle after Frank Kimmel was declared the winner of the Jasper Engines & Transmissions ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series 150 Friday night at Toledo Speedway. The race marred by the death of part time ARCA competitor Scott M. Baker from Holland, Michigan.
Baker, who was running eighth at the time of the accident, made very hard contact with the inner tire barrier the just past the start-finish line. He had just completed his 146th lap of the 150-lap event. He was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo where he was pronounced dead at 10:56 p.m. from head injuries sustained in the accident.
Kimmel took the lead for the final time on lap 115 when then leader Shawna Robinson pitted. The driver of the Larry Clement's Advance Auto Parts-Pork White Meat Monte Carlo stretched his advantage to ten lengths over Tim Steele when the caution and red flag came out on lap 149 for Baker's accident. The race was called at this point with Steele's HS Die-Softech Taurus credited with second ahead of Brian Ross (Damon's RV Monte Carlo), third. Bobby Gerhart and Mark Gibson completed the top-five.
In local racing tonight, it was a switch for the Figure 8 division. The division is the traditional race night closer but for the first time since ARCA bought the track they did not close out the evening. Ken Ahlgren took over for outside polesitter Randy Cronenwett and went on to win the 20-lap feature. Polesitter Dennis Whisman fiercely waged battle with Ahlgren but wasn't able to complete the past. For the first time when both the Figure 8 and Factory Stocks were both in action, the Factory Stocks were the last feature of the evening. For the first time in 2000 there was a repeat feature winner when Jeff Maran won the 20-lap event. Paul Duffin came up a half car length short of his second feature event, settling for the runner's up slot.
<pre> ARCA BONDO/MAR-HYDE SERIES
Frank Kimmel, 149; Tim Steele, 149; Brian Ross, 149; Bobby Gerhart, 149; Mark Gibson, 149; Andy Belmon,149; Shawna Robinson, 148; Joe Cooksey, 148; Eric Smith, 148; Bob Straightaway, 148; Curt Piercy, 148; Ron Cox, 148; Kirk Shelmerdine, 147; Jim Lamoreaux, 147; Roger Blackstock, 147; Scott M. Baker, 146 Accident; Cavin Councilor, 146; Richard Hampton, 146; Norm Benning, 145; Chuck Weber, 145; Vern Slagh, 144; Mike Buckley, 144; Rick Sheppard, 142; Karla Lampe, 125; Randy VanZant, 123; Greg Sarff, 74 Engine; Jerry Glanville, 49 Axle; Randy Churchill, 35 Engine; Mike Harmon, 23 Overheating; Dan Ford Jr, 18 Accident
TALLADEGA POLE AWARD: Tim Steele 17.166 (104.895 mph) MARGN OF VICTORY: N.A. (red flag) CAUTIONS: 7 for 41 laps TIME OF RACE: 01:02:46 AVG SPEED: 71.216 mph LAP LEADERS: Steele 1-41 (41); Kimmel 42-91, 115-149 (85); Belmont 92-95 (4); Robinson 96-114 (19)
ARCA AUTO VALUE/BORG WARNER FIGURE 8'S Heats: Randy Cronenwett, Dennis Whisman
Feature: Ken Ahlgren, Dennis Whisman, Vern Okopski Jr., Danny Leppen, Randy Cronenwett, Greg Studt, Dan Apperson, Ricky Kargel, Jeremy Miller, Brice Thomsen, Mark Pace, Eric Buck, Ron Parker DNR: Victor Higgins, Eng. hotlaps
ARCA FACTORY STOCKS Heats: Russell McGlade, Jeff Maran, Adam Purdy Last Chance: Don Lane Jr.
20 LAP ARCA FACTORY STOCK FEATURE Maran, Paul Duffin, Chris Wilcox, James Hazlett, Matthew Bunting, Lane Jr., Eugene Worden, Pete Shrake, Tara St. Aubin, Ramon Ortiz