ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series Race #10

Icechips, by Debi Domby, Southgate, Mich. ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series ran their final race of the season at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Saturday night. Junior Hanley led all 100 laps to take home his first career AMSCS feature event.

Icechips, by Debi Domby, Southgate, Mich.

ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series ran their final race of the season at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Saturday night. Junior Hanley led all 100 laps to take home his first career AMSCS feature event. Harold Fair Jr was crowned the 2000 AMSCS champion. He beat Glenn Gault for the title by one point, the second closest points finish in series history. Aaron Hulings was declared the Rookie of the Year. Jr “James” Hanley became the first Canadian driver to ever win an ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series feature. His Big Rig/Rick Cole Enterprises Monte Carlo owned by Larry Zent was never seriously challenged after Harold Fair Jr’s a tire go flat. “The car never changed all race long,” said the Cambellville, Ontario driver. “I never had any problems during the race and all went smoothly.”

Harold Fair Jr won the Holley Fast Qualifier award tonight with a time of 16.03. His challenge for the championship looked bleak when he began dropping back on lap 41 with a deflating tire. An opportune caution came out five laps later allowing him to pit to change it. Ten laps later he passed David Houpt for tenth place, and moved in on Glenn Gault’s rear bumper where he remained for the rest of the race. “I thought I had the car to win tonight, but I ran over something. I stayed out as long as I could and I was fortunate to catch a caution so I could go in and have my tire changed. I would like to thank Lefthander Chassis/Phil Harper Motorsports/T&L/Frys Truck Tires/AK Racing Collectibles for sponsoring me. I couldn’t won the championship without their support. I also want to thank my crew, family, series promoter Jim Hennessy along with ACDelco and Murray’s for sponsoring the series,” said the driver from Canton, Mich.

Aaron Hulings, at 17-years, became the series youngest winner of the Rookie of the Year title. His fourth place finish in overall points is the highest any rookie of the year candidate has reached. “My car was hooked up tonight, but was down a little on power. We accomplished our goal of winning the rookie of the year title,” said the driver of the HRP Motorsports Monte Carlo.

If there was a award for perseverance it definitely would go to Brett Reaume. Brett’s racing shop in Belle River, Ontario burned to the ground Sept. 17. They were able to save the trailer (with the race car in it) and a few other things. Saturday on the way to Mansfield, his tow vehicle broke a transmission in Toledo. Reaume’s hauler arrived at the track on the hook of a tow truck, just minutes before the start of the feature. His (bad) luck continued in the race as his Westside Performance/Robertson Grand Prix blew a head gasket. Brett’s persistence paid off by finishing tenth in the final points.

Fellow race car driver, Tom Hernly Jr came to Reaume’s rescue, towing his trailer home for him. Kyle Edward’s grandfather also offered assistance. He would’ve towed the trailer to their shop in Gafton, Ohio if Reaume needed help. Great Sportsmanship by both teams!!

Wedding bells will be ringing for Tom Hernly Jr and Cindy Spedoski in three weeks. Congrats!! Hernly Jr was in Glenn Gault’s backup car tonight after splitting with his former car owner several races ago. The Lansing, Mich. driver broke a pinion gear and finished 21st.

Rookie Kyle Edwards drove smoothly and consistently to record his best finish of the season. His second place (top rookie of the race) finish must’ve felt great to the first year driver after all the lousy luck he’s had lately. “I didn’t have anything for the #66 (Jr Hanley), he was just too hooked up. I could stay with him for a few laps after the cautions, but then he just drove away. My brakes were going away late in the race, but I was quite happy with my finish,” said the driver of the LA West Luxury Vans/Mike Bass Ford/Sweet Mfg. Monte Carlo.

Even though Glenn Gault finished ahead of Harold Fair Jr in tonight’s race, he lost the championship by a mere one point. Gault, who won the AMSCS championship in 1997 and has been no lower than fourth in points since then, finished ninth in tonight’s race.

Dave Kuhlman was driving with racer’s rheumatism in tonight’s race after suffering a horrendous crash last Sunday at Toledo Speedway’s Glass City 200 (where he finished 29th). Kuhlman finished eighth in tonight’s race. Other Iceman drivers racing in the Glass City 200 on their off weekend were: Scott Baker who finished fifth; Harold Fair Sr, 10th; Harold Fair Jr, 18th; Glenn Gault, 24th. Also in the race were Freddie Campbell, sixth: Chuck Roumell, 21st.

1999 ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series champion, Scott Baker ended his reign with a seventh place finish.

Randy Triplett returned tonight after a long absence. Because of business obligations the Parkersburg, W.V. driver had to curtail his racing after the July 2 race. Triplett ran a consistent race and finished 14th.

Steve Seegott still hasn’t got the monkey off his back. Tonight’s malady was in the form of a broken sway bar which broke on lap three. He finished 16th.

Dave Strader returned after missing several races. The Ann Arbor, Mich. resident spent several laps behind the wall repairing the brake pedal’s hiem joint. He finished 19th.

Harold Fair Sr had a short night. He broke a rotor ending his evening on lap 20. He finished 24th.

Ted Johnson returned after missing the Tri City show. The Birch Run, Mich. driver dropped out with mechanical problems on lap 27, finishing 23rd.

Steve Seegott still hasn’t got the monkey off his back. Tonight’s malady was in the form of a broken sway bar which broke on lap three. He finished 16th.

By finishing one position ahead of Jason Mignogna, Mike Hennessy took over the sixth place points position. Mignogna tied his career best finish, fourth tonight.

Greg Taylor smooth ride netted the Brooklyn, Mich. driver his third top five finish of the season. He finished fifth.

Jim Baker had the dubious distinction of being the only car to suffer major damage to his race car. He tangled with Shawn Schaefer with 10 laps to go and retired with front end damage, finishing 17th. New Boston, Mich.’s Jeff Carnacchi in his third race with the AMSCS finished a career high 18th. Jeff plans on returning next year to run for the 2001 Rookie of the Year title.

Five Central PA Speedway regulars made the trek to Mansfield to race with the ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series. Driver’s Dave Houpt, Barry DeSalve Jr and Jeremiah Kuntz finished 11th, 12th and 13th. Shawn Schaefer finished 15th while Tim Bainey Jr experienced mechanical problems and finished 22nd. Kuntz moved up eight positions to take home the Penske Hard Charger Award.

Tim Wilcox made his first ever SLM start tonight. A miscue with the rear tires cost him a good qualifying lap. The car Wilcox drove is owned by Terry Busche, a former Iceman series car owner. Wilcox finished 25th after breaking an axle early in the event.

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