(TOLEDO, Ohio—June 29, 2012) - Caleb
Armstrong and Jerry Coons Jr. scored
victories in the annual Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness USAC open-wheel
double-header at Toledo Speedway Friday evening. Ron Hemelgarn, a local businessman and the
1996 Indy 500 winning car owner, presented the 5 foot trophies in the Sun Drop
Practice was delayed about
75 minutes when rain came in, but the heavy stuff stayed to the west and south
of the track. The crowd was treated to a
great night of open-wheel racing and the evening turned out to be perfect for
The USAC Mopar National
Midget 30 lap feature was slowed by just 1 yellow flag. Caleb Armstong grabbed the lead on the green
over his brother, Dalton
at the start and stayed 8 car lengths out front. On lap 16, Nick Drake spun to bring out the
caution flag, bunching the field. A
great battle for 3rd between Bobby East and new track record holder
Kyle Hamilton went on for 10 laps, and on the re-start, Hamilton was able to zip to the outside lane
and get by East for third. Caleb was
very strong out front as he sailed to the checkered flag over Dalton Armstrong,
Hamilton, Mario Clouser, East, Bobby Santos III, Darren Hagen, Kyle Larson,
Tanner Swanson and Kody Swanson.
A total of 6 drivers broke
the existing track record in time trials, with Hamilton slamming the mark down to
14:668. The old mark was 14:983, held by
Brad Sweet and set in 2009. Heat race
winners were Drake, Hagen and Tanner Swanson.
The finale was the Rollie
Beale 100 for the USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Cars and what a show it was as
Jerry Coons Jr. led the final 14 laps to take the victory. 3 cars battled the entire distance in a race
run in just 29 minutes! Bobby East
stayed out front from his number 1 starting spot and stayed there but he had
lots of company in Bobby Santos III and Coons Jr. The trio put on perhaps one of the finest
open-wheel races held at Toledo
in many years as they nosed in and out of traffic, dipped high and low and
provided the great competition that the fans came out for. Santos
took at least a dozen shots on the high side to get by East, but could not
quite pull off the move. Coons dove low
entering turn 1 and got by Santos
on lap 81, then took to the high lane on lap 86, zipped by East and scored the
big victory. The race was slowed by just
1 yellow flag on lap 24 when Taylor Ferns came to a stop in the front straight.
Jerry’s win was his second
at Toledo in the
Silver Crown cars. East came home
second, Santos III was third, Kody Swanson fourth and Tracy Hines took fifth,
followed by Kyle Hamilton, Tanner Swanson, AJ Fike, Levi Jones and Jacob
Wilson. East set fast time at 15:051.
Toledo Speedway’s ½ mile high-banked,
lightning-fast paved oval is the site for leg number 4 of the 6-race ARCA
Allegiant Late Model Gold Cup Series next Friday evening, July 6. A field of 20-25 Late Models is expected for
the 100 lap event.
The support race for the
July 6 date at Toledo
will be a 50 lap Road Course race, which uses parts of the ½ mile, ¼ mile and
pit road! Figure 8 cars, Street Stocks,
Factory Stocks, Enduro cars, Sportsman and 4 Cylinders make up the field for
the wild event, which will pay $500 to win.
The pit area will open at
2:30, practice for the Late Models begins at 4:30 (the front gates will also
open at 4:30), time trials are set for 6:15, the road course practice session
is at 6:45 and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.
Weather permitting, an on-track autograph session with the drivers will
be held prior to the start of the 100 lap main event. Bus rides around the speedway are also being
planned, if time permits.
Fans may purchase tickets
online at www.toledospeedway.com. The track office number is 419-727-1100. The track is located on Benore Road at the I-75/Alexis Road exit
on the Michigan-Ohio border.
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