ICE CHIPS by Debi Domby, Southgate, Michigan Fred Campbell was the winner of the eighth race of the AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series Sunday night at Toledo Speedway. The eighth race was scheduled to be run at Auto City the night before but an ...
ICE CHIPS by Debi Domby, Southgate, Michigan
Fred Campbell was the winner of the eighth race of the AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series Sunday night at Toledo Speedway. The eighth race was scheduled to be run at Auto City the night before but an extremely heavy downpour put an end to the evening after two laps of the Iceman feature. The Auto City race has been rescheduled for August 22..
Fred Campbell drew the fifth starting position for the 100 lap feature. After passing rookie Claude Plante Jr., Campbell drew up to the rear bumper of second place Glenn Gault and the pair raced tightly over the next 27 laps. On lap 43, Campbell dove around an ill-handling Gault and took off after polesitter Scott Baker, who had jumped to a 1/2 straightaway lead. Campbell caught Baker four laps later they battled ferociously over the next nine laps.
Campbell moved his Port City Racing Monte Carlo around Baker on lap 53 and the duo stayed glued together the remaining 47 laps. They lost their 1/2 lap lead on the rest of the field when the second and final caution flew on lap 71.
The red #61 of Campbell finished three car lengths ahead of Baker at the checkered flag. In the post race interview, Campbell revealed that he and Baker were running with sick engines. He went on to say that he had dropped a cylinder around the 1/2 way point. His first place finish tonight moves him within one win of tying Dennis Berry (16 wins) for the most career victories on the Iceman Series. Campbell's worst finish of the season has been a fourth.
For the second race in a row Scott Baker was the fast time qualifier. The Akron, Ohio driver pulled the pole starting position in a random draw between the top eight qualifiers. Baker and fellow front row starter Glenn Gault ran side-by-side with Baker out-dragging Gault down the frontstretch to lead the first lap. Baker kept his Sypolt Chevrolet-Miles Farmer Market Monte Carlo in the lead for the next 52 laps until he was passed by Campbell. Despite a broken header pipe and a burnt spark plug he was able to bring home his varied colored #11 in second place.
Rookie Claude Plante Jr's drove his best race of the season, finishing third. He qualified fourth and drew third starting position in the random draw. The Sterling Heights, Michigan driver kept the tightly bunched cars of Jerry Cook, Harold Fair and Dave Kuhlman behind him while he raced with Glen Gault, until finally passing him on lap 64. On the restart Plante Jr drove away from Cook and Kuhlman (Fair had spun, bringing out the caution) but they caught back up to him five laps later and the trio drafted toward the front. The three caught up to the leaders and over the final 18 laps the top five cars ran nose to tail. An elated Claude Plante Jr said after the race, "The car was excellent, the best it's been all season! We tried a totally different setup tonight and it handled perfectly. I'm extremely happy with third place."
Jerry Cook started seventh and moved up two spots to fifth during the first lap. He spent most of the race fighting off challenges from Harold Fair Jr while trying to move around whoever was ahead of him (Campbell or Plante Jr). Jerry held off a determined Dave Kuhlman to finish fourth. Cook is having his best season in the series in many years, currently sitting fourth in the points standing (his best points finish is third in 1991). Dave Kuhlman was recognized tonight for his 100th start in the AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series with a certificate of achievement. To date he is only the second driver to start 100 races with Jerry Cook having the most starts, 110. Kuhlman began the race in eighth place and was in sixth when he pulled into the pits during the first caution on lap 41. The crew only adjusted air pressure to help the loose condition on the Right Tools/Zeillers Farm Market/HJ Prime Cuts Monte Carlo. Kuhlman worked his way back through the field to sixth again and inherited fifth when Harold Fair Jr spun. He was unable to pass Cook and settled for fifth.
Harold Fair Jr said following the race, "This is the second bad race in a row we've had. Tonight we had a shock go bad early in the race and that's why we spun later on. All we need is some good luck because despite all the trouble we've had this year, the car's been racing well." Fair Jr, while running fifth, brought out the final caution when he spun his white #71 Lefthander Chassis/Phil Harper Motorsports Monte Carlo on lap 71. Fair Jr restarted at the rear of the field but was never able to catch the top five cars and the Redford, Michigan driver settled for sixth.
AC DELCO/MURRAY'S ICEMAN SERIES AUGUST 9 TOLEDO SPEEDWAY Fred Campbell, Scott Baker, Claude Plante Jr, Jerry Cook, Dave Kuhlman, Harold Fair Jr, Dennis Anscombe, Glenn Gault, Len Couvillon, Ron Allen, Greg Taylor, Jimmy Thiel, Steve Seegott, Phil Massuch, Mike Hunter, Gary Camelet
POINTS as of 8/10 Campbell-188, Kuhlman-173, Gault-168, Cook-133, Seegott- 123, Fair Jr-122, Hunter-119, Couvillon-118, Phillips-115, Plante Jr and S. Baker-110