Harold Fair Jr. Honored at ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series Championship Banquet By Debi Domby HJ's Prime Cuts banquet room was the site for the 14th Annual ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series Awards banquet held on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tom ...
Harold Fair Jr. Honored at ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series Championship
By Debi Domby
HJ's Prime Cuts banquet room was the site for the 14th Annual ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series Awards banquet held on Saturday, Jan. 6.
Tom Paonessa of ACDelco and AMSCS PR Director Ross LaPerna made the championship presentation to Harold Fair Jr., the 2000 champion. Fair Jr. won the championship over Glenn Gault by a single point, the second closest points finish in the series history. Teammates Dennis Berry and Butch Miller tied in points for the championship in 1993.
"This year was a dream season for me and my team. Everything just seemed to click into place. I want to thank my team, my dad, and of course my wife for their support this season. Everyone worked hard this year to make this championship possible," said Fair Jr. "I'd also like to thank Lefthander and Phil Harper Motorsports who gave me a terrific car each race."
Fair Jr's first series championship netted him $20,000 (not including contingencies). Harold also received a template body from ARP, another template body from Five-Star and a jacket from Goodyear. The 2000 ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series champion previously won the 1993 Limited Late Model Championship at Toledo Speedway. Harold won his first career feature event in the season opener at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. He went on to win three other races, Toledo Speedway (race 2), Central PA Speedway (race 5) and Mansfield (race 7). He lost the points lead to Glenn Gault only once during the season. Fair Jr. finished 11th at Winchester after an accident in the race. At the start of the final race Harold had a two point lead on Glenn. During the race Fair Jr. had a tire going down but caught a break when a caution came out and he was able to change it. He finished the race one position behind Gault and won the championship by a mere point.
Fair Jr. ended the season with seven top five finishes and nine top 10. He finished 938 of a possible 1,000 laps, leading 210 of those laps (second only to Dave Kuhlman's 238 laps).
Aaron Hulings, at 17-years, became the series youngest winner of the ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series Rookie of the Year title. His fourth place finish in overall points was the highest any rookie of the year candidate has reached. Hulings received his Rookie of the Years trophy, a body from 5-Star and a body from ARP along with a $1,000 check. "I'd like to thank everyone that helped me during the season, especially my dad, Brad. I've been racing since age three and my dad has always been there helping me," said the 2000 Rookie of the Year. Hulings finished the season with two top five finishes and seven top 10 finishes. The Rockford, Mich. driver was the only rookie to compete in all the 10 races this season, with his best finish being two fifth place finishes (Clearfield (race 5) and Mansfield (race 7)). Ted Johnson finished second in the rookie standings, 23 points back.
Point fund money were handed out the top 15 pointsmen. Scott Baker received a $500 award from Penske Shocks for being the highest points finisher, racing on Penske Shocks.
The final points standings: Harold Fair Jr., 219; Glenn Gault, 218; Scott Baker, 193; Aaron Hulings (R), 189; Dave Kuhlman, 187; Mike Hennessy, 175; Jason Mignogna, 174; Greg Taylor, 158; Steve Seegott, 147; Brett Reaume, 138; Ted Johnson (R), 136; Kyle Edwards (R), 129; Tom Hernly Jr., 123; Freddie Campbell, 90; Douglas Ehret (R), 87