Iceman Blisters Toledo, Blazes to Checkered Flag

Charlie and Tim took on the field in the MSA at ToledoFour races and four winners. That is how the Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) 2010 stat book will read after the Toledo (OH) Speedway event. Veteran racer Tim “Iceman” Ice froze the field and went into a track that he is very familiar with taking his Fast Racing Engines powered May Motorsports entrée to the win in the special 40 lap MSA/Oswego Wing Challenge feature race Friday night. With finishes of fifth, second, and third in the first three starts of 2010, it only seemed like a matter of time until Ice took the checkers. Well known for making a living at blasting to several victories and Championships in the Late Model ranks, this was Ice’s first open wheel win. This is the second new winner on the MSA tour in as many weeks. The Ohio high-banks provided plenty of excitement and proved its tough, hard knock reputation to be true, even if Mother Nature tried to rain on the parade.

Racing action was halted at lap nine during the first of two heat races for a brief, quick down pour as the skies opened up and moisture fell. After an hour of track drying by the ARCA officials the famed Ohio oval was back in business as the second heat hit the track and sailed off without a hitch. When the 40 lap main lined up it was the latest winner Jon Henes on the pole with Gene Lee Gibson to the outside. Once the green dropped Gibson DEI  Sponsored Tim 'Iceman' Ice gets the win at Toledoblasted to the front and immediately opened up on the field. Gibson set a torrid pace for the first 15 laps as Ice was coming through the field from his seventh starting position. Just as Ice caught Gibson and was nipping at his heels the caution would fly followed by the red flag for a hard crash in turns one and two between Jack Smith and Talon Stephens whom was making his first career Supermodified start. Both cars had to be flat bedded off as the No. 09 Smith car suffered very heavy damage. Once the green reappeared at lap 16 it was Gibson and Ice, followed by Mike Lichty with fast qualifier Charlie Schultz making his way to the front. It was short lasted as Schultz and Trent Stephens would get together on lap 18 sending both cars into the turn four outside retaining wall. Schultz made hard contact as debris flew everywhere ending the racers night. Stephens was able to get to the pits for quick repairs and rejoined the field at the tail. Once again the field realigned for the start and this time it was a blistering pace by the 77 car of Ice until lap 38 when a car came to a stop in turn four. With but two laps to go it was now Ice, and the two Craig Reed teammates of Lichty and MSA Champion Timmy Jedrzejek. Like a rocket Ice took off at the drop of the green hankie and never looked back, not being denied his first victory. However, Timmy J was able to muster his way by Lichty and grab second. Following the trio across the line was young Brandon Fisher fourth as the other Reed team car of Bobby Dawson rounded out the top five.

Schultz and Trent Stephens collide on lap 18 sending both cars into   the retaining wall“The win means it’s just tremendous to finally get to do this and just blessed to be able to do this,” stated the race winner. “And at Toledo, it’s just like home. I raced here for 15 years pretty much here all the time. Just awful good and hopefully this will ease all our sorrows. When I just got to Gene Lee I was starting to struggle a little, then we had the red flag. I thought the stagger is going to go away or something. Gene new I had tried the outside to get by so he went a little high on the restart and I went by,” finished a very happy Iceman.

“I guess I had a pretty good run, considering I have never drove one of Craig’s (Reed) car’s before,” said third place Lichty. “The car was set up for Timmy J, who is substantially smaller than me. I had to move the pedals, brakes, and everything else just to try and get myself as comfortable as possible. Generally running here at Toledo if there is an incident it is pretty big. Everybody I was running with tonight ran me pretty clean, it was a good deal,” said Lichty.

Runner up and defending MSA Champion driver Timmy J had some thoughts as well. “It was a rough second place, but I am ecstatic that I got that far. Early on in the race I was just free all around the track and running eighth at the time. I took a gamble at the red flag and brought the car to the pits making some adjustments. We started battle back up through from the tail and I could tell I was fast. I got to third but the others where so far ahead, and then I got the caution with two to go. That gave us a chance, and I was able to get around the 08 of Mickey. Who knows, maybe a couple more laps would have helped us, but congratulations to Tim Ice, I am glad to see him win it and we’ll take second,” finished Timmy J.

The race was slowed by three cautions and one red flag. Although all drivers involved in the hard crashes, including D J Schullick Jr. and Randy Burch in practice, where a bit woozy afterwards, no one sustained serious injury thank goodness. The two heat winners included Gibson and Kyle Edwards. 23 cars filled the pit area and 19 would start the 40 lap event. In qualifying Schultz blistered the Toledo pavement with a lap of 12.999 around the half-mile high banks.

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