Ice Chips 1999-04-05

ICE CHIPS by Debi Domby Southgate, Michigan ddomby@juno.com The AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series has added another race to its schedule. On May 29th the traveling series will visit Clearfield Mountain Speedway in Clearfield, Pa. It will...

ICE CHIPS by Debi Domby Southgate, Michigan ddomby@juno.com

The AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series has added another race to its schedule. On May 29th the traveling series will visit Clearfield Mountain Speedway in Clearfield, Pa. It will be a double race weekend for the drivers since they will be running at Toledo Speedway the night before.

The schedule at the end of March: May 8 Flat Rock Speedway Flat Rock, Mich May 28 Toledo Speedway Toledo, Ohio May 29 Clearfield Mt. Speedway Clearfield, Pa. June 5 Sandusky Speedway Sandusky, Ohio June 11 Toledo Speedway Toledo, Ohio June 26 Auto City Speedway Flint, Mich. July 17 * Shady Bowl Speedway DeGraff, Ohio Aug. 6 Toledo Speedway Toledo, Ohio Aug. 28 Angola Motor Speedway Angola, Ind. Sept. 6 Toledo Speedway Toledo, Ohio

Flat Rock & Toledo Speedways have several open practice dates. Iceman Series drivers can shake down their cars on the following days: Flat Rock - April 8 & 15 (4-8pm) & April I0 (12-5pm). Toledo - April 30 (4-8 pm) & May 2 (12-5). The local divisions will also have practice time on these days.

Any questions concerning the AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series contact John Lang at 419-729-1629. Questions concerning Toledo Speedway, including track rental information, should be directed to Scott Schultz at 419-727-1100

DO YOU REMEMBER ? ? ? ? August 14, 1994

Chuck Roumell finally found his way back into the Iceman Super Car Series victory circle Sunday night at Toledo Speedway. He recorded his last win on Aug. 23, 1990.

Busch Grand National regular Tracy Leslie returned to the Iceman Super Car Series for the first time in four years. Leslie, driving the Howe Enterprises (Lumina) House car, was the second fastest qualifier but since he had no prior 1994 Iceman points he had to start behind the invert in tenth place.

Polesitter Roumell took the point immediately & he never relinquished it for the entire 100 laps. Jason Mignogna recorded his best career start (third) & latched onto Roumell's rear bumper followed by Dave Kuhlman, Matt Hutter & Jerry Cook. The remainder of the 29 car starting field raced side by side & bumper to bumper until the first caution fell on lap nine.

On the restart Kuhlman, who had passed Mignogna for second on lap eight, quickly caught Roumell & began pressuring the Dart Heads/5 Star Body Oldsmobile for the lead. Mignogna slipped high & the tightly bunched cars of Jerry Cook, Scott Baker, Matt Hutter & Tracy Leslie freight-trained past the white #66, relegating him to seventh place.

Leslie's car which had been getting looser & looser slowed on lap 31 coming out of turn four. His car was clipped by ASA regular Tony Raines, bringing out the second yellow. Leslie went into the pits to check the air pressure in his tires. He & Raines restarted in the rear since the yellow was charged to them.

Roumell & Kuhlman got a big jump on the restart & resumed the battle for the lead. Scott Baker, Matt Hutter & Fred Campbell raced tightly for the fourth position with rookie Hutter finally able to get around Baker for the position.

The nose to tail racing came to an end when one of the lead cars backed off causing the middle of the field to stack up. Steve Sauve did a 360 & kept going but the big loser was Kenny Phillips who hit the backstretch wall & bent the right front frame rail bringing out the third caution of the event.

Before the field could complete the next lap another caution was thrown for an accident involving Leslie, Raines & the lapped car of Jim Baker. Leslie's car was parked with front suspension damage while Raines & J Baker were able to continue racing.

When the race resumed Roumell leapt out to a 10 car length lead over Kuhlman who was being pressured by Cook for second. The battle for fourth was a close one between Hutter, Campbell, S Baker, Dennis Berry, John Sawatsky & Tim Ice. Campbell finally was able to get past Hutter on the inside for fourth. The rest of the tightly running train followed him dropping Hutter to ninth.

Fans didn't know where to look as there were tight battles throughout the field. The battle for 12th between Stan Perry, Dennis Strickland, Steve Sauve, John Briggs, Troy Underwood & Tony Raines was exciting. Lap after lap they battled side by side & bumper to bumper. Seven laps later Strickland, Briggs, Sauve & Raines broke away & the group set sail for the top 10 cars.

By lap 64 the cars of Kuhlman, Cook, Campbell, Berry, S Baker, Sawatsky & Ice had caught up to the leader, Roumell, who was picking his way carefully through lapped traffic. Campbell who had been trying everything in the book for 20 laps to get around Cook (who is next to impossible to get around when his car is handling) literally drove under Cook's rear end, lifting his rear wheels right off the ground. It didn't seem to faze the Sylvania, Ohio driver one bit as he continued on his way without swerving or missing a beat.

On lap 71 as Campbell attempted to pass Cook for third place, Cook got sideways & spun, clipping Campbell. Before Cook could straighten out the cars of Berry & Sawatsky became involved. The entire right side of Berry's Deitzel Corporation/Port City Racing Thunderbird was peeled off & Sawatsky's black #99 had the right front fender hanging. During the yellow Berry pitted for repairs while the officials eventually stopped Sawatsky on the track to remove the fender. Sawatsky was penalized a lap for not heeding the black flag for consultation. The spotters determined that Campbell caused the yellow & relegated him to the rear. The Randy Hosler Pontiac Grand Prix driver pleaded his case to the officials stating he did not spin out Cook but he was overruled.

Roumell got a good jump on the restart on the second place battle of Kuhlman, Ice & Baker. The next six cars of Sawatsky, Bob Sibila, Tommy Fedewa, Hutter, Mignogna & Raines were tightly bunched as they fought for position. The final caution came out on lap 79 when Sawatsky lost it on the frontstretch. He did a masterful job of driving, flying over the turn one banking of the quarter mile track, through grass & back onto the track in turn one (1/2 mile).

During the final 10 laps no positions changed even though the drivers fought tooth & nail to improve their position. Roumell, Kuhlman & Ice finished nose to tail.

Fast Qualifier: Dennis Berry, 16.00

Consolation Race: Troy Underwood, John Briggs, Jim Baker, Brian Huntley, Kenny Sword, Sean Monahan, Kenny Vaughan, JR Gravelle, Andy Genzman

Feature: Chuck Roumell, Dave Kuhlman, Tim Ice, Scott Baker, Bob Sibila, Tommy Fedewa, Matt Hutter, Tony Raines, John Briggs, Steve Sauve, Fred Campbell, Dennis Berry, Jason Mignogna, Dennis Strickland, Kenny Sword, Jim Baker, Mike Schwartz, Troy Underwood, Stan Perry, John Sawatsky, Jerry Cook, Scott Hantz, Brian Huntley, Tracy Leslie, Kenny Phillips, Kenny Vaughan, Andy Genzman, Sean Monahan, JR Gravelle

Did not run: Kenny Howard, Ed Hage, Ronnie Allen (all three lost engines)

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