Toledo Speedway Story 98-07-12

Twenty three cars took the green flag for the fifth race of the AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series Sunday night at Toledo Speedway. Former series champion, Dave Kuhlman, won his third race of the season. Dave Kuhlman bounded into the lead from...

Twenty three cars took the green flag for the fifth race of the AC Delco/Murray's Iceman Series Sunday night at Toledo Speedway. Former series champion, Dave Kuhlman, won his third race of the season. Dave Kuhlman bounded into the lead from his outside pole position but before the entire field complete the first lap, a wreck occurred in turn one. The race was a complete restart with polesitter Jerry Cook out-dragging Kuhlman for the lead this time. Kuhlman dogged Cook's every move before moving to the high side of him & taking the lead on lap 23. Kuhlman's Right Tools/Zeillers Farm Market/5 Point Embroidery Monte Carlo held off Fair Jr's white #71 (who passed Cook on lap 31) for the next 69 laps. The pair putting on a dominating performance finishing a half lap ahead of third place Fred Campbell. Kuhlman pulled out to a third straightaway lead on Fair Jr during the final 10 laps. The win ties the Howell, Michigan driver for third (11 wins) on the all time Iceman win list with Bruce VanderLaan. Harold Fair Jr had to overcome adversity all weekend long. Fair Jr a rookie on the ASA series fought a broken ball joint the night before, finishing eighth. Tonight it was a little worse as the Redford, Michigan driver lost his power steering & brakes on lap two. He persevered & challenged Kuhlman throughout the final 69 laps but lapped traffic caused the driver of the Lefthander/Harper Motors Monte Carlo to fall back several car lengths. "We lost the brakes & power steering on lap two & that made things rough. I'm happy with the finish. The car was really fast tonight & handled well. I'd like to thank Phil at Harper Motors & Wayne at Lefthander, because without them I couldn't race. I'm running ASA so I think I have to miss two more Iceman shows, but I'll be at all the rest." said Fair Jr. Fred Campbell had fast time tonight, the ninth of his Iceman career. Campbell battled with Cook most of the first half of the race. The pair touched in turn two on lap 41 with both drivers doing a terrific job keeping their mounts going in the right direction. By this time the leaders had nearly a half lap lead on the Port City driver & he finished a distant third, the only other car on the lead lap. Kenny Phillips' race didn't have a good start. He apparently was bumped Len Couvillon when the field stacked up going into turn one at the start & went flying over the turn one banking of Toledo's fifth mile track. Phillips' yellow #5 clipped the tire protecting the corner of the track. The crew worked on his Premier Transport/Snyder Collision/Northside Auto Service Monte Carlo tore off the front end sheet metal during the caution sending Phillips back to the race looking like a modified. The Wakeman, Ohio driver brought his car home fourth. During his off week, Phillips raced to a win at Rockford Speedway in the American Race Truck series. Dennis Strickland had his first top five finish in over two seasons tonight after starting 13th aboard his Freightliner of Toledo Grand Prix. "We had trouble in qualifying, spinning the axle tube rod on the rear end. We fixed that & I thought we had a good car in the feature & we did. It handled great & new the carburetor we got for the car helped a lot," said the Carleton, Michigan driver. Glenn Gault got tangled in a wreck in turn three on lap 16 & peeled back the right front fender. His car was "friendly" for the remainder of the race, waving to the large crowd each time his American Title & Trust/Gault Heating/Tabone Snow King Monte Carlo went down the frontstretch. The Hubbard, Ohio driver finished sixth. Mike Hunter's car also had a "friendly" car, with a flapping right front quarterpanel after being involved in the initial caution. The Clarkston, Michigan driver turned in his second top 10 of the year, finishing a season best seventh driving his QualEffic/Hunter Motor Sports Monte Carlo. Jerry Cook started on the pole for the first time this year & led the first 22 laps. In the final 25 laps he faded back & finished eighth in his Marco Pizza/DeVliss/UB Machine Monte Carlo. Cook's car was absolutely sideways when he & Campbell tangled on lap 41 but he lost only two positions. Scott Baker was running third when he suddenly drifted out of the groove on lap 25 losing four positions. Three laps later he slowed to a stop in turn three bringing out the fourth caution. The Akron, Ohio driver lost a lap but after changing the tire his Sypolt Chevrolet-Miles Farmer Market Monte Carlo was quick as he steadily moved his way to the front. Baker may have passed the most cars during the race on his way to the front. Greg Taylor finished tenth, his best race since the opening race at Shady Bowl where he also finished tenth in his Melling Race Parts Monte Carlo. Returning to the series after a five year absence was Phil Massuch. Even though the Lansing, Michigan resident raced a full year on the series in 1993 series officials had him put a yellow rookie stripe on his car. Tonight's effort fell short as the Woodie Manufacturing/ Pierce Race Engines/BOC Gases Grand Prix broke the battery cable early in the going finishing 20th after completing only 10 laps. The car owned by John Flannery is planning several more races this year. Also returning to the series was Mark Cottone, who used to run limited basis with the series. He raced an All Pro perimeter car tonight, a rarity on the Iceman Circuit (cars usually are offset). Cottone had a slowly deflating tire that finally gave way on lap 35, causing the McKeesport, Pennsylvania driver to spin in turn four. The car didn't make contact with the wall & he returned to the race to finish 16th aboard his Valvoline/NAPA Best Auto Parts/Burgman Motorsports Monte Carlo. The Jaime Burgman owned car is planning on running the remaining Toledo Speedway shows. Ron Ridenour's car was destroyed in the opening lap accident. The US Casting Couvillon/Rack's Powder Coating/Swan Fabrications Monte Carlo slammed hard into the turn one wall demolishing the entire front clip so bad that the engine was jammed into gear. "That's our season. We're done. It was fun while it lasted. It was just someone up front of me that decided he wanted to win the thing in the first corner. Someone turned me around after everyone checked up & that was end of the car. Maybe we can come back next year. I might put an outlaw Late Model together for the rest of the season, but we don't have enough to put the Iceman car back together. " said the Canal Fulton, Ohio driver. Also getting towed off to the pits was Len Couvillon who hit the turn three wall pretty hard. "Actually the car's not too bad. It broke the oil cooler, but it doesn't even look like we knocked the toe in out much. The suspension seems fine, unless we find something when we look at it tomorrow we should be ready for next week," the driver of the Couvillon Auto Machine Shop/Southern Sign/Danruss Grand Prix. ROOKIE CORNER: Mike Hennessy was the top finishing rookie this week with a 11th place finish, a career best. The Chardon, Ohio driver said he didn't have many problems out there tonight except for bouncing hard out the frontstretch wall. *** Scott Dilloway finished 13th, also a career best, after missing the Baer Field race while he repaired a blown engine from race #3. *** George Rangel made several pitstops during the race & finished 14th. *** Leading rookie of the year contender Claude Plante Jr had problems after being involved in the opening lap accident. He lost 5 laps in the pits & finished 15th. ***Tom O'Leary lost an axle & tires, retiring for the evening. He finished 18th, a career best.

Other cars experiencing troubles were: Ronnie Allen-rear seal & Gary Camelet-blown engine. The debut of the series first Ford Taurus was put on hold when Don St. Denis wasn't able to get his engine changed in time to start the race. The Canadian driver blew his engine during hot laps & although the team sent home for the spare engine the car wasn't ready by the time the race started. AC DELCO/MURRAY'S ICEMAN SERIES FINISH TOLEDO SPEEDWAY, JULY 12, 1998 Dave Kuhlman, Harold Fair Jr, Fred Campbell, Kenny Phillips, Dennis Strickland, Glenn Gault, Mike Hunter, Jerry Cook, Scott Baker, Greg Taylor, Mike Hennessy, Steve Seegott, Scott Dilloway, George Rangel, Claude Plante Jr, Mark Cottone, Dennis Anscombe, Tom O'Leary, Len Couvillon, Phil Massuch, Ron Allen, Gary Camelet, Ron Ridenour POINTS: Campell-115, Gault-109, Phillips & Kuhlman tied-103, Couvillon-76, Seegott-75, Baker & Cook tied-73, Plante Jr-72, Hunter-71

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