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Jerry Cook (#21) started in the outside second row and went unchallenged for the win in the Super Late Model division. It was his sixth Toledo SLM win, tying him for 22nd with his father, Harold, Butch Miller, Kenny Phillips and Bob Sensiba. It was J Cook's 43rd win at Toledo Speedway (he had 37 in the Limited Late Model division that used to run at the speedway).
Harold Fair Sr (#81) was the fast qualifier for the SLM, but the heat didn't prove as kind and he was swept into an accident, sustaining apparent front end damage and was through for the night. (#24) Dave Kuhlman was involved after rookie Jay Meyerich (#79) spun.
Like father, like son. Harold Fair Jr (#71), who crashed his SLM during qualifications for that division and was unable to race that division, subbed for Carl Bumgardner in the #20 car Sportsman Division. Harold promptly went out and set a new track record of 17.768, which surpassed his old record of 17.83 which was set on August 17, 2001.
As always opening night there was the new drivers and new rides. Bob Mikolajczyk has a new ride, the #03 owned by Kevin Little. Dennis Strickland is in the Canton Tree Service #06 this season. Robbie Loving has returned to his #16 but the car is still owned by Robbie Martel.
Randy Cornett (#8) has been running in the sportsman division since ARCA took over the track in 1999. Finally Friday night he found himself in victory lane after winning his first career sportsman feature (according to the ARCA Souvenier program's list of sportsman winners). Congrats Randy!!!!
Other sportsman notes:
Dan Ford Jr is the driver of choice this season for the #86 car, which was driven by Cornett last season. -- Tim Jansen #55 and Jim Kourtakis #33 return after an year's absence. -- Moving up is 2004 Flat Rock Street Stock champion Brian Norton in his familiar yellow #44. -- New to the division is #3 Todd Hamilton.
But the biggest change to the sportsman division is the addition of short spoilers to the cars. Most cars now sport three inch spoilers which debut at the Glass City support race last September.
As near as I can figure Jeff Maran's (#4) win Friday night in the A division Factory Stock feature was his 19th career win (the record is not kept in the program). No other driver has wins in double digits, with James Hazlett second on the list with eight.