Mansfield Motorsports Speedway was the seventh stop of the season for the ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series Saturday night. Harold Fair Jr outpaced rookie Ted Johnson for the win. It was his second AMSCS feature win at Mansfield this year. Tom...
Mansfield Motorsports Speedway was the seventh stop of the season for the ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series Saturday night. Harold Fair Jr outpaced rookie Ted Johnson for the win. It was his second AMSCS feature win at Mansfield this year.
Tom Hernly Jr started on the pole and got the jump on rookie Ted Johnson, who was the race's fast qualifier. A blanket could've covered the entire field as they raced nose to tail, until the first of four cautions flew on lap 10 for a spin by Jason Mignogna and rookie Douglas Ehret.
When the green flag came out again, the bumper to bumper racing resumed. The top 11 ran in tight formation lap after lap. Dave Kuhlman and Glenn Gault who was battling for fourth place, tangled on lap 31. Gault spun into the turn three wall and retired to the pits for repairs. Kuhlman went to the rear.
The cars of leader Hernly Jr and second place Scott Baker tangled and spun at the half way point. Kuhlman, who was back in fifth place, became involved and drove up and over third place Ted Johnson's car. Kuhlman retired for the evening with front end damage. Hernly Jr and Baker went to the rear with Johnson taking over the lead, followed by Fair Jr.
Johnson resisted the advances of Fair Jr for the next 32 laps. The Canton, Mich. driver finally made his move, passing Johnson on the backstretch on lap 83. At the checker Fair Jr had over a straightaway lead on Ted Johnson.
Harold Fair Jr won his fourth race of the year and in the process regained the points lead he lost last week at Winchester. The Canton, Mich. driver now has a five point lead over Glenn Gault. "After the accident, I noticed that Ted's (Johnson) tires were beginning to smoke. I figured in about 20 laps his tires would be pretty well gone and then I would make my move for the lead. He raced me real clean and I had a good race," said the driver of the Lefthander Chassis/Phil Harper Motorsports Monte Carlo.
Ted Johnson was the Holly Fast Qualifier Award winner. The harder compound tires now used in the series slowed the times considerably and Johnson's time of 16.32 aboard his Birch Run Machinery/Teamtech Motorsports/Greg Doerr's Automotive Monte Carlo was four tenths slower than the track record, 15.95, set in April. Johnson led 32 laps before being overtaken by Fair Jr. "The car was too tight and I was protecting the bottom line. Harold (Fair Jr) was just too fast for me, but I'd like to thank him for running me clean. There were quite a few shots he could've taken me out, but he didn't and I appreciate it," said the Birch Run, Mich. driver
Scott Baker and leader Tom Hernly Jr tangled in turn two on lap 50. He worked his way back to third place in the final 10 laps. "The car ran well all night long, it was pretty fast. Too bad Hernly and I tangled," Baker said. The driver of the Sypolt Chevrolet /Tallmadge Asphalt Monte Carlo moved up one position in points tonight and moved into third place, 23 behind Fair Jr.
Tom Hernly Jr and Ted Johnson turned the same qualifying time. Hernly Jr drew the pole position and led the first 50 laps of the race. The driver of the Woodie Manufacturing /Suspension Technologies/Condad Heat Treat Monte Carlo finished 14th.
Greg Taylor turned in his second consecutive top five finish, with a fourth place tonight. "The car was really loose at the end of the race," stated car owner Don Boor. "In the final laps Greg just moved over and let Scott Baker by. Baker came over after the race and thanked him for the sportsmanship Greg showed him."
Jim Baker ran his first race of the season, finishing ninth, the final car on the lead lap. "This is the first time I've ever seen the track and it took a few laps to get used to it. I really like it though, you can get a good rhythm going and it's fun to drive. The car's in one piece and maybe I'll try to make Clearfield in a couple of weeks," the Rochester Hills, Mich. driver said.
Glenn Gault from Hubbard, Ohio spent 19 laps in the pits repairing his American Title & Trust/Gault Heating/Tabone's Snow King Monte Carlo. He finished 13th, losing 11 points to Fair Jr and is now five points out of first place.
Steve Seegott was also involved in the Gault/Kuhlman skirmish. "I swear if I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have any this year. I didn't realize it at the time but when I was involved in Glenn's accident we broke the left front A-frame. It ended up breaking in half and I had to pit to repair it." The driver of the Seegott Inc./Floyd's Service/KEI Car Body Monte Carlo finished 12th.
Dave Strader returned to the series after missing the last couple of races. He drove a steady race and recorded his first career top 10 finish, ninth. "My first top 10! That's great. The tires took three or four laps to come in, but otherwise they were okay. I had a great race. You know what was fun? I got to race Glenn Gault after he came back after fixing his car. I've never got to do that before," the sophomore driver from Ann Arbor, Mich. said.
ROOKIE CORNER: Two of the four rookies in the race had top 5 finishes. Johnson finished second and Aaron Hulings finished fifth, tying his career best finish (Clearfield). "Our car had a push most of the race. Everyone that I raced with tonight drove clean and that made the race fun to drive," the driver of the HRP Motorsports Taurus. ~~ Kyle Edward who wrecked his car badly last week at Winchester, was back this week. The car went to Port City where the front clip was replaced, along with the frame rails in the center and rear clips. Tonight the Grafton, Ohio driver was running a strong third when his car suddenly slowed and stopped on the frontstretch with a blown engine. He finished 15th. ~~ Douglas Ehret was involved in the Gault/Kuhlman accident and was the first driver out of the race. The car suffered right side suspension damage. ~~ Joel Kauffman returned to the series tonight, finishing seventh. Kauffman also ran in the Allison Legacy series race tonight finishing fifth. k