Lake Erie report

The Iceman Super Late Model Series visited Lake Erie Speedway Saturday night. It was the initial appearance for the traveling circuit, with a familiar driver in victory lane as Jr Hanley won his second Iceman event of the 2002 season. Fast ...

The Iceman Super Late Model Series visited Lake Erie Speedway Saturday night. It was the initial appearance for the traveling circuit, with a familiar driver in victory lane as Jr Hanley won his second Iceman event of the 2002 season.

Fast qualifier, Hanley drew the pole position, with Greg Hoover sharing the front row. When the green flag flew Hanley jumped into the lead, with Harold Fair Jr following behind. Hoover, the local late model points leader, drift back and was never a factor.

Glenn Gault Sr, Jason Mignogna, Scott Baker and Jimmer Seger battled tightly for third over the next several laps before settling in for the long run. The first of four cautions flew on lap 24 when Gault Sr and Mignogna tangled in turn four.

The second caution flew four laps later when Glenn Gault Jr spun after the breaks locked up on his mount. He retired with brake caliper problems.

Hanley after each restart pulled away from the field, with Fair Jr pacing himself behind him.

Meanwhile, Jay Sommers, was making his way towards the front picking off cars one by one. On lap 59, Sommers moved under Seger for the third position.

The final caution flew with only eight laps remaining in the 100-lap event when rookie Chris Francis spun and collected Richard Duecker.

Hanley surged ahead when the green flag flew. Fair Jr and Sommers bumped on the start with both cars straightening out and resuming their quest to catch Hanley. Fair Jr was able to close in on Hanley in the closing few laps when Hanley slid out of the groove. At the checker flag, Hanley prevailed over Fair Jr by a couple car lengths.

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Jr Hanley, the 2001 Iceman Series champion, white #66 is sponsored by Big Rigs/Rick Cole Monte Carlo. The win was his fifth career Iceman feature in 13 races. The Iceman Series' top eight qualifiers draw for starting position. For the second time in as many races Hanley drew the pole position. The Campbellville, Ontario driver was the fast qualifier for the event with a 15.30 second lap.

"We missed the stagger a little bit and the car was a little too tight," said Harold Fair Jr of Canton, Mich. "The track is beautiful, a real showplace."

Jay Sommers returned to the Iceman Series after a nine year absence (Sept. 22, 1993) driving a car owned by Dale Francis. Francis also owns an outlaw late model that Sommers drives in the Michigan/Ohio area, he also drives the car Sommers was in tonight at Lake Erie in weekly competition. "There's a lot of racing lanes at Erie making it a fun track to drive. We only have a concept engine in the car, so it was down a little on power but handled well," said the driver of the #33.

Tonight's start by Scott Baker tied him with Dave Kuhlman for all time starts in the Iceman Series with 130 races. Baker was again driving for Jim Baker (no relation) and finished fifth.

Glenn Gault Sr and his son Glenn Jr both raced tonight. They are only the second father/son combination to run in the same race in the 16 year history of the series. Harold Fair Jr and his father, Harold Sr, raced together several times a couple years ago. Glenn Sr had the better result, finishing fourth. Son, Glenn Jr had brake caliper problems and dropped out of the event.

Mike Hennessy again drove for Randy Triplett but had valve problems and dropped out of the event.

New to the series was Greg Hoover. Hoover is currently leading the points in the local weekly late model division at the track. Also new was Chris Francis, a teammate to Jay Sommers and the son of Jay's car owner Dale. It was only Chris' third late model race.

Finish:

Jr Hanley, Harold Fair Jr, Jay Sommers, Glenn Gault Sr, Jimmer Seger, Scott Baker, Barry DeSalve Jr, Greg Hoover, Richard Duecker, Chris Francis, Jason Mignogna, Mike Hennessy, Glenn Gault Jr.... Jack Smith (DNS)

ROOKIE CORNER: Barry DeSalve Jr had ignition problems during the race, dropping him back to seventh in the final rundown. The Pennsylvania driver still leads the points over Jr Hanley, Jason Mignogna and Harold Fair Jr..... Jack Smith suffered transmission and clutch problems in hot laps. He was unable to compete and dropped back to fifth in points (he was second going into the event at Erie).

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rick Cole , Jack Smith