Jr. Hanley received an early birthday present, a win and the Iceman championship. On Sept. 9, Hanley will celebrate his 57th birthday. Hanley, who's real first name is James, becomes the series oldest champion. Glenn Gault was 48 years, 9 months...
Jr. Hanley received an early birthday present, a win and the Iceman championship. On Sept. 9, Hanley will celebrate his 57th birthday. Hanley, who's real first name is James, becomes the series oldest champion. Glenn Gault was 48 years, 9 months old when he won the 1997 championship. Also Hanley becomes the first Canadian champion driver to win the title in the series 15 year history. "The car ran great and the lap cars really weren't a problem. I'm just happy for a win and the championship," said the driver of the Big Rigs/Rick Cole Enterprises Monte Carlo. When asked if he'll be back next season to defend his championship Hanley replied, "It depends on what Larry Zent) wants me to run." The Iceman championship is Hanley's fourth championship in a traveling series. He also won the 1991, 1992 and 1993 ACT (American-Canadian Tour) championship along with countless number of track championship over his 37 year career. ~~~ Hanley's good fortunes didn't extend to the Glass City qualifying race at Toledo Speedway Sunday night. He was involved in an incident and his #66 received right front suspension damage.
For car owner Larry Zent, it was his first touring championship. Two seasons ago his driver Tim Felver won the AC Delco championship at Auto City Speedway. Zent himself won the track championship at Baer Field in 1996.
It was a heartbreaking race for Scott Baker. The Akron, Ohio driver set fast time and started right behind Hanley. The 1999 Iceman champion stayed on Hanley's bumper but just after he had completed his 26th lap, the red #11 car stopped on the backstretch. His Sypolt Chevrolet/Tallmadge Asphalt Monte Carlo had suffered a broken rear end. His car was towed back into the pits where the crew tried for 80 laps to repair the car, but to no avail. He finished a disappointing 20th. Baker led the points for most of the season, but his catastrophic night dropped him to fourth in the final points rundown. ~~ His misfortunes continued the next night during the Glass City qualifier at Toledo. An apparent flat tire sent him to the pits and he lost two laps while the crew changed the tire. He finished ninth in that race.
Dave Kuhlman started fifth aboard his Monroe Asphalt/Right Tools/Zeillers Farm Market/HJ Prime Cuts/5 Point Embroidery/KMH. "The car ran excellent all race long. There really isn't a second groove at Sandusky. I tried, but there was nothing out there. I couldn't get a good run off either corner," said the driver from Howell, Mich. "I got second at Sandusky, so I'm pretty happy about that." He finished third in points, four points behind Hanley for the championship. It was the 1996 Iceman champion's eighth consecutive top five finish in Iceman points. In his 11 seasons with the traveling series his worst was in his sophomore season when he finished seventh. For the fourth time in five years, he had the most wins in the Iceman series, this year with three. ~~~ On Sunday, Kuhlman won a Glass City outlaw SLM qualifier race at Toledo Speedway. Kuhlman led most of the 100-lap feature. He kissed victory lane, his trademark whenever he wins a race. "I've had a lot success here in the Iceman series, and won a few other races so it's nice to be one of the last winners on the track before it gets repaved."
Glenn Gault again finished second in the Iceman points. This year he finished three points behind winner Jr. Hanley and last year he was a single point behind champion Harold Fair Jr. The Hubbard, Ohio driver finished third in tonight's race. "We had a radio problems tonight." After looking at the unofficial points, the driver of the American Title & Trust/Gault Heating/Tabone's Snow King Monte Carlo said, "It's a good thing I didn't let the 51 car get around me there at the end. He was really racing me hard the last few laps. That one position would've lost me second in points because Dave (Kuhlman) would've past me for second with the tie breaker since he won this season."
2000 Iceman series champion Harold Fair Jr is probably happy this Iceman season is over. The Canton, Mich. won the most races last year (four) but lousy luck this year shut him out. "I had a real good car tonight but got in the wreck with a lapped car. It wasn't quite as good afterwards. I was able to get around the #51 car (Aaron Hulings) on the white flag lap to finish fourth," said the driver of the Royal Truck and Trailer/Ray's Printing/Phil Harper Motorsports Monte Carlo. ~~~ Harold finished third in the same Glass City qualifier that Kuhlman won. He was running second but rear-ended a lapped car when it suddenly slowed in front of him and had to make a pit stop.
2000 Rookie of the Year, Aaron Hulings, ran a great race, running in fourth the entire race until he and Fair Jr got together coming down for the white flag lap. He lost two positions in his HRP Motorsports/J&T Machine/Northwest Car Star Taurus as both Fair Jr and Mike Hennessy were able to get past him. He finished sixth his best finish of the season.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver, Matt Crafton made his first Iceman series start. Crafton started 14th and steadily moved through the field aboard his SealMaster/Fast Track Taurus. His seventh place finish was the highest finish ever for a "perimeter" chassis car on the Iceman series, where "offset" chassis are the norm. "I got caught up earlier in the race and lost the right front fender. It must've loosened up both sides because the last 20 laps of the first half I had to hold onto my driver's side door because it was coming lose. They fixed it during the break and it was fine. I had a great time out there tonight. It was my third "late model" type race this year." said the driver from Sandusky, Ohio.
Jerry Cook returned to the Iceman on his off night from being crew chief for Matt Crafton in the NASCAR Truck Series. His race came to a halt when his car exploded in huge flames in the pits. Cook was uninjured, but his car was bar-b- qued. The fire was caused by a broken brake line, and the fluid had dropped on the hot headers. He had gotten up as high as eighth place before he started having problems with the car smoking. ~~~ Cook also raced in the Glass City qualifier race and despite a sour engine finished ninth.
Greg Taylor returned to the series after blowing his engine at Baer Field in June. "We finally got the engine back last Saturday. Since we had the engine problem I've only raced one time in a borrowed car, so it felt good to be racing again." said the driver of the Grace Ann's Lackey Diner/Jon's 4th season Tavern Monte Carlo. He finished ninth but it was enough to gain him two spots in the points to 14th place. The Iceman series pays the top 15 in points.
Chuck Roumell started his 100th Iceman feature tonight. He is only the fourth driver to reach the century mark in races run (Dave Kuhlman, 130; Scott Baker, 128; Jerry Cook, 122). Roumell dropped out because of ignition problems and finished 17th.
Get well wishes go out to 1990 and 1991 Iceman champion Tim Ice who was injured at Lorain Speedway Saturday night.
ROOKIE CORNER: Randy Triplett was involved in a serious looking crash on lap 96 along with Rick Everidge. The cars both hit the end of the frontstretch wall head on with Randy's Wendy's/Penzoil 10-Minute Lube Monte Carlo bouncing off the wall, spinning and then hitting the wall again. Both drivers were okay, but Everidge was done for the night. Triplett's crew worked hard and finally got him back on the track on lap 149 minus the front end sheet metal. He finished 14th. "We got the car rolling again, but it's pretty well trashed. We came back because we were trying to keep the rookie point lead, which we did," said the driver from Parkersburg, W.Va. ~~~ Jeff Carnacchi was the top finishing rookie, the first time he's won that "award" all season. The New Boston, Mich. driver spent 50 laps in the pits repairing the car after tangling with Harold Fair Jr on lap 47. Jeff finished 13th aboard his Tri-Chem Corporation & Concrete Floor Treatments Inc. Monte Carlo. ~~ Brad Perry was unable to take advantage of Triplett's misfortune to further his bid for Iceman Rookie of the Year. His car broke during the pace laps after the halfway break and he finished 18. ~~ Art Rozanne finished 22nd after dropping out with mechanical problems. ~~~ All four of the rookies finished in the top 15 points paying positions.
Jasper Engines 200 Sandusky Speedway Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001
Jr. Hanley, Dave Kuhlman, Glenn Gault, Harold Fair Jr, Mike Hennessy, Aaron Hulings, Matt Crafton, Kyle Edwards, Greg Taylor, Jon Helman, Dave Peffers, Jason Mignogna, Jeff Carnacchi, Randy Triplett, Jerry Cook, Rick Everidge, Chuck Roumell, Brad Perry, Douglas Ehret, Scott Baker, Joel Kauffman, Art Rozane
Points: Hanley, 160; Gault, 157; Kuhlman, 156; Baker, 152; Mignogna, 124; Fair Jr, 122; Hennessy, 121; Edwards, 120; Hulings, 118; Triplett, 115