Baker is the Last Iceman Champion of the Century By Debi Domby The 13th Annual AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series Awards banquet was held on Saturday, November 13th at HJ's Prime Cuts banquet room. It was the first time in the 13-year history...
Baker is the Last Iceman Champion of the Century
By Debi Domby
The 13th Annual AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series Awards banquet was held on Saturday, November 13th at HJ's Prime Cuts banquet room. It was the first time in the 13-year history of the series that the banquet wasn't held at Toledo Speedway's bar. The track was sold at the beginning of the 1999 season by Sonny Adams, the owner/promoter of the Iceman Series.
Gary Lindahl was the emcee for the evening, while former ESPN announcer, Larry Nuber, made the championship presentation to the 1999 champion Scott Baker. Tom Paonessa of AC Delco and Randy Butram of ARP Bodies were also on hand to make presentations to the drivers.
"I'm proud of my team, they worked so all season long to make this championship possible," said Baker. "I'd like to thank my car owner, Mark Milstein and the entire crew, Tim Lohr, Gene and Chas Clark and Rich Lushes. My sponsors Sypolt Chevrolet, Miles Farmer Market along with Tommy at Hutter Engines and Port City Chassis were great. Thanks everyone," said the new champion.
Scott Baker first career Iceman championship netted him $20,000 (not including contingencies). Freddie Campbell presented Scott with the championship ring. Artist Mike Delaney gifted Baker with a water colored painting of his championship car. Scott received a template body from ARP, another template body from Five-Star, Basset Wheels, tires and a jacket from Goodyear.
Besides the Iceman title the Akron, Ohio driver had previously accumulated the 1989 Ohio State Super Late Model Championship, a late model championship at Midvale Speedway and a sportsman championship at Lorain during his 20-year racing career.
Baker's consistent high finishes in the first four races put the Akron, Ohio resident in first place in the points. He maintained the lead throughout the season despite winning only a single race (August 6, race #7). The final race proved quite dramatic when Baker became involved in an accident and had to restart at the rear of the field, not once but twice. He persevered and finished ninth, wrapping up the championship by a scant five points ahead of two time series champion, Freddie Campbell.
Only two previous championship battles were closer in points in the 13-year history than this year's title chase. In 1993 Dennis Berry and Butch Miller tied for the title and in 1996 champion Dave Kuhlman bested Freddie Campbell by four points. The 1992 title between Campbell and Tim Ice was also decided by five points.
Dan Ford Jr became only the second rookie too win a series race. He won at Sandusky Speedway (race 3) in June. Ford Jr received a $1,000 check, a $1,000 free entry fee for the 2000 AC Delco Iceman Super Car Series season, two race car bodies (one from ARP and another from Five-Star), a jacket from Goodyear, a certificate from Basset Wheels, a free tire in each Iceman race he runs in 2000 and of course, the Rookie of the Year trophy. "My goals at the beginning of the year were to win the Rookie of the Year title and finish in the top 10 in points. I accomplished both and won my first Iceman race. I'd like to thank my father, the crew and Harold Fair Jr who was a big help to me during the season. Thank you," said Ford Jr.
Trophies along with the point fund money were handed out to the race winners and the top 15 in points. 1996 Iceman champion Dave Kuhlman who won a series high four races finished third. Glenn Gault, the 1997 champion, won one race and finished fourth.
Several drivers recorded their best points' finishes: Greg Taylor (fifth), Mike Hennessy (sixth), Steve Seegott (seventh), Jason Mignogna (eighth) recorded their best points' finishes. Canadian Len Couvillon, 1999 Rookie of the Year, Dan Ford Jr, Harold Fair Jr, Doug DeGarmo, Alan Pinsonneault, Jerry Cook and Brett Reaume rounded out the top 15 in points.
Other contingencies were awarded to: a complete Five Star body to Greg Taylor (fifth in points) and also an "at large" award for a Basset Wheel.
Jerry Cook and Harold Fair Jr names were drawn for a half-off certificate on a Five Star template body. The top 10 drivers received certificates from Lane Automotive. The winner, fifth and tenth place finishers from each race received a $100 Holley gift certificate. Fred Campbell, Harold Fair Jr, Dan Ford Jr and Dave Kuhlman each received four certificates; Jason Mignogna, three; champion Scott Baker and Jerry Cook, two; one each went to Len Couvillon, Barry DeSalve Jr, Glenn Gault, Tracy Potter, CP Rowles, Steve Seegott and Greg Taylor.
This writer wants to thank Sonny Adams and the Iceman Series for the award she received. I was astonished to receive an award for Outstanding Dedication to the Series.
AC Delco Iceman Super Car Series will become the series new name in the year 2000.
Two time series champion, Freddie Campbell is looking for a ride since car owner Harley Boeve shut down the operation of the Port City Chassis house car.
A preliminary schedule for the 2000 AC Delco Iceman Super Car Series has been released. A 15-race schedule is planned for next year. The series will open at Clearfield Mountain Speedway on May 6; Toledo Speedway, May 12; back to Clearfield, May 27; Sandusky Speedway, June 3; Auto City Speedway, June 24; Toledo (along with a Glass City SLM qualifier race) on July 2 and possibly back to Clearfield July 29. The series is currently under negotiations with several tracks including: Berlin Raceway, Dixie Speedway, Lorain County, Springport Speedway. Also on the list as possible venues next year are: Indianapolis Raceway Park, Winchester, Kil Kare, Onaway and others yet to be contacted.