(TOLEDO, Ohio - September 28, 2012) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards may be off until the October 14 event at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, but ARCA remains active this weekend - in a significant way.
Saturday, Toledo Speedway will host the 24th edition of its signature race - and one of the region's top late model invitationals - the Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200.
Just yesterday, all-time Toledo track record holder Charlie Schultz entered for the race, giving the entry list an expected 32 cars. Last June, Schultz laid down an incredible lap of 12.389 seconds in a winged sprint car as part of Toledo's Fastest Short Track Show in the World. He competed in the Miller Lite 100 at Toledo in August; the race was the season finale for ARCA's Allegiant Gold Cup Series for late models. Tomorrow, his continued progress between open-wheel and late model action will take him to an attempt at qualifying for his first Glass City 200.
Other recent entries include Steve Needles, Scott Hantz, Brent Jack, Craig Everage, and George Rangel.
Many other veterans and stars are entered for the race, which decades ago was the idea of the late John Marcum, ARCA co-founder and the promoter at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways. The track was sold in 1978, so the race was not contested again until 1999, when current ARCA president Ron Drager and business partner Roy Mott purchased the Glass City oval and revived the event. Having quickly regained its prestige, the race is Toledo's signature event every season.
Previous winners of the Glass City 200 include the late Joy Fair, 1968; Joe Ruttman, 1969, 1973; Bob Senneker, 1970, 1971, 1977; Danny Byrd, 1972; the late John Anderson, 1974; the late Jim Bickerstaff, 1975; Ed Cooper, 1976; Tim Felver, 1999; Tim Ice, 2000; Junior Hanley, 2001; Steve Sauve, 2002, 2003, 2004; John Doering Jr., 2005; Jack Landis, 2006; Brian Campbell, 2007; Harold Fair Jr., 2008, 2010; Dave Kuhlman, 2009; and Augie Grill, 2011. Byrd will serve as Grand Marshal on Saturday.
Saturday's racing action at Toledo Speedway will begin at 5 p.m. For more information on the Glass City 200, click here to access an event story and click here for the official event page, featuring schedule information, the entry list, previous winners, and more.