Tri City Speedway race report

The ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series race Saturday night at Tri City Speedway was run under unseasonably cold and windy conditions. The feature was rained out Aug. 5. Dave Kuhlman ran a flawless race dominating the entire 100-lap distance ...

The ACDelco Murray’s Super Car Series race Saturday night at Tri City Speedway was run under unseasonably cold and windy conditions. The feature was rained out Aug. 5. Dave Kuhlman ran a flawless race dominating the entire 100-lap distance recording his second victory of the 2000 season.

Despite the cold temperatures a large crowd was on hand. They had to enjoy the traveling circuit’s first visit in three years at the five cornered 5/8 oval. There was something for everyone, except those who came to see crashes. The leader set a rapid pace throughout the 100 laps, fierce racing and only two cautions for minor spins.

Kuhlman started on the pole with rookie Kyle Edwards alongside him. By the time the first caution flew on lap six for a spin in turn five, Kuhlman had already built up a 10-car length lead over Edwards. When the green came out, Kuhlman immediately again jumped to a half straightaway lead over Edwards.

The final caution of the event came out on lap 28 when third place Harold Fair Jr and Mike Hennessy tangled in turn four ending their terrific battle. Both cars went to the rear.

Kuhlman again set a fast pace when the green dropped. His Right Tools/Zeillers Farm Market/HJ Prime Cuts/KMH Monte Carlo flew around the track as if on rails. Second place Edwards held a half straightaway lead over Scott Baker but behind them, cars were battling for position.

Edwards only caught Kuhlman once around lap 40 as the leader was moving through lapped traffic. As soon as Kuhlman cleared the lapped cars, he again shot out to a straightaway lead over Edwards.

Racing a half lap behind the leader was a battle for fourth place between the cars of Aaron Hulings, Jason Mignogna, Glenn Gault, Chuck Roumell, Jeff Neal and Hennessy. Hennessy methodically began picking off cars in the group as he made his way back to the front.

Kyle Edwards best run of the season, second, came to an end when he began throwing heavy sparking beneath the car on lap 64, from a broken sway bar. He finished 14th, 28 laps off the pace.

The fans kept their eyes on the battle between Hennessy and Roumell throughout the last half of the race. On lap 77, Roumell tapped Hennessy causing the blue #27 car to get sideways. Hennessy did a great job and recovered without losing a position. Roumell lost a position to Gault at that time and another 11 laps passed before he was finally able to get around Gault.

The margin of victory for the dominant Kuhlman was nearly a half lap over Baker.

NOTES:

Dave Kuhlman is the only other multiple winner this season besides Harold Fair Jr. “It was a hell of a day for the crew and I. We broke a clutch during the first hot lap session. The second session we broke something in the car’s rear end. I swear we had the entire drive train out of the car. Everything but the engine. But all the hard work by everyone paid off. The car was very good, really strong. It was probably the easiest car I’ve ever had anywhere, it drove so well,” said the very happy driver of the Right Tools/Zeillers Farm Market/HJ Prime Cuts/5 Point Embroidery Monte Carlo. The Howell, Mich. resident is tied with rookie Aaron Hulings for fourth place in points, five points out of third.

Scott Baker ran a consistent race aboard his Sypolt Chevrolet/Tallmadge Asphalt/Excalibur Frame Monte Carlo and finished second. “We really needed a caution but we never got it. If I had been closer I might’ve been able to race with Dave (Kuhlman). We came out of the race with a second that’s not too bad. We were too loose, but we were afraid to tighten it up before the race, in case we went too far in the other direction. I’d like to thank my team and sponsors,” said the Akron, Ohio driver. Baker, the defending series champion, is 29 points behind points leader Harold Fair Jr and 27 behind second place Glenn Gault.

Mike Hennessy finished third despite a gearshift problem. “On the second lap the car got knocked out of gear and I had a hard time keeping it in gear. I had to hold the gearshift and drive one handed for most of the race.” said the driver of the Shooters Bar and Grill Monte Carlo.

Chuck Roumell made his second appearance with the series this season finishing fourth. He was the winner of the Penske Hard charger award after moving up 10 positions. “I had a great time tonight. The car was a little loose, but otherwise it wasn’t too bad,” he said.

By finishing fifth, Glenn Gault gained two points on Harold Fair Jr (who finished eighth). After tonight’s race Fair Jr has a two point lead on Gault. The championship will be decided in two weeks at Mansfield between Gault and Fair Jr. If they should tie, Fair Jr will win the tie breaker with four wins this year.

Jason Mignogna echoed the sentiments of many of the drivers tonight, “The car got loose at the end and I spun the tires, getting them too hot. I got up to fourth but when I spun the tires, they ended up freight training me. Guess I had too much gear,” the Greensburg, Pa. driver said.

Jeff Neal was behind the wheel of his father-in-law, Harold Fair Sr’s car tonight. Because the team switched drivers, Neal from Mooresville, N.C. had to start at the rear of the field even though the car had the fastest time when qualifications were held on Aug. 5. “The last time I raced was a Busch race at Charlotte and that was three years ago. I had a blast out there tonight,” said Neal, who finished seventh.

ROOKIE CORNER: Aaron Hulings was the rookie of the race. The Rockford, Mich, driver ran as high as fourth before his HRP Motorsports Taurus developed a loose condition and he dropped back to ninth at the finish.

~~ Kyle Edwards, the only other rookie running for points in the field tonight, ran second in the race until a broken sway bar forced him to make numerous pit stops. The Grafton, Ohio driver finish of 14th doesn’t show the fine race he ran.

~~ Rob Varney who plans to run for the 2001 Rookie of the Year title finished 13th after losing three laps in the pits to cut away a flapping right front quarterpanel. ~~ Jeff Carnachhi made his second start in the series this year finishing 15th after experiencing engine problems.

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