Toledo race story

July 2 - The ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series (formerly Iceman) fourth race was held Sunday night at Toledo Speedway. It was the traveling circuit’s second of two races at the high banked half mile. The largest field of cars in several ...

July 2 - The ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series (formerly Iceman) fourth race was held Sunday night at Toledo Speedway. It was the traveling circuit’s second of two races at the high banked half mile. The largest field of cars in several years, 30, filled the pits necessitating a semi feature.

Polesitter Tom Hernly Jr led the field down for the green flag and led the first four laps. Outside front-row starter Scott Baker dove low in turn two, passing the Woodie Manufacturing/Suspension Technologies/Condad Heat Treat Monte Carlo. Baker immediately put three car lengths between himself and Hernly Jr.

Baker dominated the first 68 laps, leading at times by a straightaway over second place. Meanwhile Freddie Campbell was moving his way up from his fifth place starting position. He moved around Mike Hennessy on lap 29 and then raced nose to tail with Hernly Jr for next 30 laps. Campbell tried everything to get around Hernly Jr but couldn’t complete the pass. Finally he moved around the Lansing, Mich. driver just a the third caution flew.

It proved to be a timely pass for position as Baker pitted for a flat tire handing the lead to Campbell. Campbell would pick up where Baker left off, dominating the event.

The seventh and final caution came out on lap 87 when Len Couvillion blew a tire sending him into the fourth turn wall. This allowed Hernly Jr to close up the straightaway deficit he had on Campbell.

On the restart Campbell pulled out to seven car length lead but with eight laps to go Hernly Jr turned it on and began reeling in the Battle Creek, Mich. driver. Coming down for the white flag there was only a car length between them. Hernly Jr’s career best run came to an end on the last lap as he made a last ditch run for the win. His effort failed when he lost control and spun coming out of turn four. Hernly Jr ended up 11th, the final car on the lead lap. Campbell went on to a six car length victory over Dave Kuhlman.

Penske Shocks has joined the ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series as a sponsor for the hard charger award. Tonight’s Penske Hard Charger Award winner was rookie Douglas Ehret who gained 12 positions. The sponsorship is retroactive to the first race of the 2000 season.

Freddie Campbell presented his new car owner, Vern Slaugh, with his first win in the ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series (AMSCS). It was Campbell’s 20th career Iceman win. The driver of the Port City Chassis/Connan Construction Monte Carlo was also the Holley Fast Qualifier with a time of 16.23.

Howell, Michigan’s Dave Kuhlman finished second in the AMSCS and took second place in the 100 lap Glass City qualifying race (which featured outlaw bodied SLM). “The crew was great tonight. They had to work hard on two separate cars and get both of them working well. It was a tough night running two 100 lap races in two divisions. The Iceman car and the outlaw car are so different, that it got confusing at times. Keeping the two cars straight was the hardest thing. It is a lot easier to run the 200 lap Iceman race than to run two 100 lappers in different types of cars. Both of the cars drive so totally different. We’re just happy to come away with two good finishes,” said the driver of the Right Tools/Zeillers Farm Market/HJ Prime Cuts Monte Carlo.

Glenn Gault moved him into a tie for the points lead with Harold Fair Jr after finishing third tonight. The driver of the American Title & Trust/Gault Heating/Tabone’s Snow King has finished no lower than fourth in the four races run so far this year. Gault, like Kuhlman ran both 100 lap features tonight. “The Iceman car ran pretty good, better than the outlaw car which was too loose. We’re just finishing consistently in the Iceman car and that’s good because it keeps us near the top of the points. Actually it was a good weekend for us, we won the Yankee Doodle 100 at Clearfield Saturday night for the eighth time, then a third in the Iceman race and seventh in the outlaw show,” said the Hubbard, Ohio resident.

Fourth place finisher Harold Fair Jr. is also having a good year with two wins, a fifth. The Canton, Mich. driver jumped into a car that normally is driven at Owosso Speedway for the Glass City Qualifier 100. Unfortunately his race ended on lap three with a grinding crash in turn four with Jimmy Thiel and Ron Allen. Fair Jr’s car drove up unto Thiel’s roof top upon impact. Thiel’s car was destroyed. Fair Jr and Allen were uninjured, but Thiel was transported to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Thiel, who was conscious at the time of transport, suffered an apparent broken arm in the crash.

David Stremme made only his second appearance in the series finishing fifth, bettering his previous finish of seventh. The team finished the car early Sunday morning before the race to get it to the track.

Chuck Roumell made a comeback appearance with the series tonight. The 1989 series champion last ran with the AMSCS was Aug. 30, 1997. Roumell’s orange #0 suffered new car blues, ending his race on lap 49. The Onsted, Mich. driver also drove the Glass City Qualifier 100, finishing tenth.

ASA veteran Alec Pinsonneault drove his son Alan’s car tonight, finishing 19th after being involved in a couple of skirmishes.

Part time series competitors making the race tonight were: Donnie Hill (sixth), Jerry Cook (16th), Jon Helman (21st), Harold Fair Sr (22nd).

The top 18 cars were locked into position with the remaining six cars coming for the semi feature. Ten cars started the semi, with Chuck Roumell taking the win. Also transferring were: Greg Taylor, Jerry Cook, Jon Helman, Dave Strader and Douglas Ehret. Brad Perry, Brett Reaume, Randy Triplett and Jim Baker rounded out the field. It was Baker’s first AMSCS race of the season.

Two drivers had problems in hot laps and were unable to race.  Jeff Carnacchi who blew an
engine.  Steve Seegott dropped from sixth to 12th in points when he was unable to compete
tonight.  An accident in hot laps bent the rear clip of his yellow #43.

ROOKIE CORNER: Aaron Hulings was the Rookie of the Race finishing a career best seventh. The finish moved him to second place in the rookie point standings.

~~ Kyle Edwards finished eighth, also a career best even though he had to restart at the rear after spinning with rookie Ginger Phillips, who finished 13th.

~~ Ted Johnson was involved in two caution flags but salvaged a tenth place finish and continues to lead the rookie standings by one point over Hulings.

~~ Douglas Ehret who returned after missing Mansfield finished 12th. Ehret crashed into the new frontstretch tire barrier in the semi feature. The Masilon, Ohio driver was able to continue in the consi and took home the final transfer spot to the feature.

~~ Brad Perry and Randy Triplett miss the transfer from the semi-feature. Perry missed transferring by one position while Triplett was involved in an accident with Brett Reaume.

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