ICE CHIPS By Debi Domby Notes from the AC Delco Iceman Series Rookie of the Year Claude Plante Jr is planning on returning next year, but is still searching for sponsorship. Claude set an Iceman rookie record with three fast times in a row.
ICE CHIPS By Debi Domby Notes from the AC Delco Iceman Series
Rookie of the Year Claude Plante Jr is planning on returning next year, but is still searching for sponsorship. Claude set an Iceman rookie record with three fast times in a row. Prior to winning the 1998 Iceman rookie title, Claude won the Rookie of the Year titles in the Limited Late Model division in 1995 at Owosso and Tri City.
For the second year in a row 1996 Iceman champion, Dave Kuhlman, won the most races in the season. This year Kuhlman won five of 11 races, a 46 percent average.
Fifth place points finisher, Harold Fair Jr is planning on running the full Iceman schedule in 1999. Fair Jr will be offering technical assistance to 1999 Rookie of the Year contender Dan Ford Jr. Harold Fair Jr and wife Trisha are expecting their first child, a girl, at the end of December.
The Redford, Michigan driver indicated he may have a teammate next year, his father, Harold Sr. The elder Fair was a regular in the Iceman Series in 1989 and 1990 recording six top fives and one fast time during that period. The only other time a father and son have raced against each other in the 12-season history of the Iceman Series was when Harold Cook and son Jerry Cook ran the Aug. 14, 1987 race.
Canadian Len Couvillon finished sixth in points, which is the highest a driver from that country has ever placed in the final points tally. The highest previous points finish was 12th by Canadian driver, John Sawatsky in 1995.
Steve Seegott recently purchased a former Scott Baker car for his assault on the 1999 Iceman Series. Seegott is planning on adding a new engine and hopefully a second car to his stable for next year.
Ronnie Ridenour will not return to the series in 1999 according to his father, Roger, because of lack of sponsorship. Most of the other drivers present at the banquet said they will return again in 1999.
Greg Taylor's car will have a new paint scheme for 1999 according to his car owner, Don Boor. The #25 car will be predominately silver with a purple stripe.
Crystal Phillips reports that Kenny Phillips will probably be driving the American Race Truck series next year and it is uncertain if he'll make any Iceman shows next season. Phillips is doing well in the truck series having won nine truck races in 1998.
Part time competitor in 1998, Phil Massuch is hoping to run the full season this upcoming year.
Marketing Director John Lang announced the following preliminary 1999 dates for the AC Delco Iceman Series: May 16 Toledo Speedway May 31 Flat Rock Speedway June 6 Toledo Speedway July 11 Toledo Speedway Aug. 7 Angola Motor Speedway Aug. 15 Toledo Speedway Sept. 5 Toledo Speedway - 200 lap season championship
Other tracks under consideration for hosting a 1999 Iceman Series event are: Berlin Raceway, Auto City Speedway, Shady Bowl Speedway, Baer Field and Sandusky Speedway