June, 3 - After a three year absence, the Shooter's Iceman Series returned to Baer Field Speedway Saturday, June 30 for the Bill Lipkey Memorial race. Because there was such a large program to be run Tom Isch, the track's promoter, requested the...
June, 3 - After a three year absence, the Shooter's Iceman Series returned to Baer Field Speedway Saturday, June 30 for the Bill Lipkey Memorial race. Because there was such a large program to be run Tom Isch, the track's promoter, requested the Iceman series to count all caution flag laps for the first 75 laps, and then run green flag laps for the final 25 laps. This was contrary to the Iceman series normal procedure as they are noted for running 100 green flag lap races. The last time the traveling circuit ran a race that counted caution flags was Aug. 17, 1996 when they ran twin 75 lap features at Toledo Speedway.
Glenn Gault started on the pole with Mike Hennessy along side him. Gault's Orange Blossom Special jumped into the lead with Hennessy and Ron Dantzer dogging him. On lap seven Hennessy moved to the high side of Gault and the pair ran side-by-side for the next 10 laps before he was able to pass Gault for the lead. The Chardon, Ohio driver led the next 46 laps.
Claude Plante Jr and Dave Kuhlman, racing hard for position, tangled on the frontstretch on lap 23. Plante Jr's car grazed the frontstretch wall, flew off the turn one banking, and finally came to an abrupt stop, 150 feet away against the trees. Kuhlman pitted and returned to the race.
When racing resumed it was hard racing again, Hennessy was leading, with Gault, Jr. Hanley, Larry Zent, Dantzer and Scott Baker following closely behind. Kuhlman, who had restarted at the rear, was passing cars trying to regain his former position.
Hanley finally got around Gault on lap 45 and set sail for the leader. The veteran Canadian driver, followed by a hard charging Zent began challenging the leader. Hanley took over the top spot by passing Hennessy on the high side on lap 63.
Fourth place Zent spun and crashed heavily into the frontstretch wall on lap 79 in oil dropped by the blown engine of defending series champion Harold Fair Jr. They were both done for the night.
Kuhlman had worked his way back to sixth place by this time and began dueling with Gault and S. Baker. They put on a good show for the next 18 laps by attempting passes, but the trio remained in this position until the end of the race.
Hanley, followed closely by Hennessy, led the remaining 38 laps to take his first Iceman race of the season and recorded his second career series victory.
Jr Hanley drives the #66 Monte Carlo, owned by Larry Zent and sponsored by Big Rigs and Rick Cole Enterprises. "We really had no problems out there tonight. The car handled well all race long. I had a good race with Mike Hennessy, he drifted a little bit and I was able to get around him for the win." said the Campbellville, Ontario driver. Hanley was fast qualifier at 17.728 seconds. It was the Canadian driver's first Iceman career fast time.
Larry Zent, returned to the series after a three year absence. The Ft. Wayne, Ind. driver was running a strong fourth when he hit oil and crashed heavily into the frontstretch wall. "The car was good and I was just biding my time. The front end is tore up but we'll probably be back at the next Baer Field race," said Zent. His car was a twin to Jr Hanley's except for the number, 55.
Mike Hennessy drove a strong race, finishing second right on Hanley's rear bumper. Hennessy led the most laps of the three leaders (Hanley and Glenn Gault) tonight, 47 laps. The Chardon, Ohio driver is second to Dave Kuhlman (100) in laps led with 80 laps.
Hubbard, Ohio's Glenn Gault fought a tight condition all race long, but managed to come home third. "Counting the yellows tonight actually helped us, because they were laps I didn't have to fight a tight car. Towards the end of the race I finally found a line the car liked running. I just tried to survive and hoped I could keep it up front." said the driver of the American Title & Trust/Gault Heating/Tabone's Snow King Monte Carlo.
Scott Baker's handling problem was the opposite of Gault's, as his car was too loose car. "The car was just way too loose and I just hung on. The bottom groove was okay, but still it was a handful out there tonight," said the driver of the Sypolt Chevrolet/Tallmadge Asphalt/Excalibur Frame Monte Carlo.
The first four cars at the finish were all powered by Hutter Race Engines.
Dave Kuhlman probably passed the most cars tonight. He was in eighth place when he and Claude Plante Jr tangled on lap 23. "I'm really disappointed. We had a great car tonight and were really pleased with how it was running. We got tangled up with another car, just dumb circumstances, and had to go to the rear and work my way back up. It was probably a good show for the fans. I really think we had something for the leaders, but going to the back and counting the yellows really hurt me," said the driver of the Monroe Asphalt/Right Tools/5 Point Embroidery Monte Carlo.
Douglas Ehret aboard his Auto Trader Magazine/Amsoil/R&R Carb Service Grand Prix finished sixth, his best finish of the season and third career top 10 finish.
Ron Dantzer returned to the series after a three year absence and recorded his career best Iceman finish, seventh. The Fort Wayne, Ind. driver brought out the final caution when he spun his Ron Dantzer Heating and Air Conditioning/Big Rigs/Pro Strip Monte Carlo in turn four while battling Dave Kuhlman for fifth. His car is owned by Steve Minich.
Rookie Corner: Randy Triplett recorded his career best Iceman finish, eighth. He received the Penske Hard Charger award by moving up 13 positions. The driver of the Wendy's/Penzoil 10 minute Lube Center/AA Brooker Homes Monte Carlo was also the top rookie finisher. Triplett from Parkersburg, W.Va. driver drove eight hours to race at Baer Field tonight. ... Art Rozane, who moved up from Limited Late Models last year recorded his best ever finish. The Toledo, Ohio driver finished ninth aboard his MCM Management Grand Prix...Brad Perry hung in there for the final two laps with a broken suspension and a flat tire to finish 11th...Jeff Carnacchi had moved up to 10th place before coming in contact with Douglas Ehret who had spun in turn four. A broken suspension on his on his Tri-Chem Corp/Concrete Floor Treatments Monte Carlo ended the New Boston, Mich. driver's race.
Jason Mignogna debut a new sponsor tonight. The Greensburg, Pa. driver welcomes NAPA aboard as a primary sponsor to go along with The Sign Co.'s associate sponsorship. Mignogna, like Randy Triplett, drove eight hours to get to Baer Field.
Greg Taylor's night ended early with a blown engine and a blown rear end aboard his Grace Anne's Laskey Diner/Jon's 4th Season Tavern Monte Carlo.
Tim Wilcox, a regular on the Kendall Indiana Series, made his second career Iceman start today. He finished 12th in his 9839 The Bear/Performance Sign Design Monte Carlo... Jon Helman made his second start of the season but dropped out with mechanical problems early...Making his first start of the year was Patrick Alltop who was the first retiree after six laps.
Shooter's Iceman Series Bill Lipkey Memorial 100 Baer Field Speedway Saturday, June 30
Jr. Hanley, Mike Hennessy, Glenn Gault, Scott Baker, Dave Kuhlman, Douglas Ehret, Ron Dantzer, Randy Triplett, Art Rozane, Jim Baker, Brad Perry, Tim Wilcox, Brett Reaume, Jason Mignogna, Kyle Edwards, Larry Zent, Harold Fair Jr, Jeff Carnacchi, Aaron Hulings, Greg Taylor, Claude Plante Jr, Jon Helman, Patrick Alltop
Holley Fast Qualifier: Jr. Hanley Penske Hard Charger Award: Randy Triplett Rookie of the Race: Triplett
Scott Baker, 71; Glenn Gault, 67; Jr Hanley, 66; Dave Kuhlman, 57; Jason Mignogna, 53; Harold Fair Jr, 52; Greg Taylor, 52; Mike Hennessy, 51; Jim Baker Jr, 50; Kyle Edwards, 48