Recently-crowned Flat Rock Speedway champ Dennis Strickland and Coopersville, MI hotshoe Johnny VanDoorn are the first 2 entries for 25th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200 presented by Francis Engineering, Woodville Auto Finance, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express, set for Saturday, September 28 at Toledo Speedway.
Last weekend, Strickland notched his 2nd ARCA Late Model title at Flat Rock, Toledo's sister track. Dennis has been very strong at Toledo this season in his #90, finishing second and third in the last 2 ARCA Late Model Gold Cup events at the big ½ mile paved oval.
VanDoorn, a 3-time ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by Jeg's champion, like Strickland, will be looking for his initial Glass City 200 victory. Johnny was fourth at Toledo in the Miller Lite 100 in August at Toledo, and is one of the hottest template Late Model drivers in the country. VanDoorn, in his Port City Racecars entry, is in line to collect a $100,000 bonus with a win in the ARCA/CRA Winchester 400 at Winchester, IN Speedway in October. The bonus is for the Triple Crown, with wins at Berlin, MI Raceway and Anderson, IN Speedway putting Johnny in the hunt for the huge bonus, courtesy of Jeg's Performance.
Great Lakes Helicopter is entering its fourth season as the title sponsor of this prestigious event. Each of the 30 spots in the race carries additional purse money this season as the track celebrates the Silver Anniversary of the race. Additional bonus money from Francis Engineering has pushed the
purse to over $50,000 in cash and awards, with $6500 going to the winner. $1100 has been posted to start the 200 lap race, which will see a 20 minute break at the lap 101 mark. With prize money and special awards, a driver could walk away with over $9000 in cash and contingency awards.
In addition to the 200 lap Late Model invitational, the Woodville Auto Finance 40 lap Sportsman invitational and a 30 lap X car invitational (on the ¼ mile) are also part of the final race of the season at the Glass City oval. All 3 entries forms/rules may be downloaded from the track's webpage. They are located under forms.
Dale Francis of Francis Engineering has also posted $200 for the Half-Way Leader Award and will once again provide a free dinner for those who buy pit passes at the Friday practice session. The dinner includes pulled pork, bbq chicken, potatoes, cole slaw and corn on the cob, all courtesy of Francis Engineering.
Woodville Auto Finance will award $500 to the Fast Qualifier for the 200, and will give out a $500 bonus should the fast qualifier win the race. The Most Improved Position $250 bonus is courtesy of Burge Wrecking of Toledo. Penske Shocks will award the winner a $250 gift certificate. Lane Automotive will provide $100 certificates to the 5th and 12th place finishers, while All Star Performance will give $100 awards to the 6th and 10th place drivers.
DTS Drive Train Specialists will serve as sponsor of the B Main event and will award a total of five $50 labor/parts certificates in a random draw. The 30th place driver will also get a DTS certificate.
In addition to title sponsor Great Lakes Helicopter, presenting sponsors include Francis Engineering, Woodville Auto Finance, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express. DTS Drive Train Specialists, R & M Recycling, First Care Ambulance, , Burge Wrecking, Penske Shocks, All Star Performance, Lane Automotive, Bazell Race Fuels and Sunoco Race Fuels have also pledged their support for the event.
Lap money is available at $10 per lap, and goes to the leader of each lap. The list is available on the track's webpage. To sponsor laps, please call 419-727-1100.
Friday, September 27 the pit area opens at 2 p.m. for rig parking, tech and tire sales for all 3 classes. An optional practice session will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone that purchases a pit pass on Friday will receive a FREE dinner from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., courtesy of Francis Engineering of Leroy, OH. The band Distant Cousinz will play after dinner at the Bar/Grille, located adjacent to the speedway.
The Saturday, September 28 race day schedule has the pits open at 9:30 a.m., driver's meeting at 11:30, practice at 12:15, time trials at 3 and racing at 5 p.m. A rain date of Sunday, September 29 has been established.
Log onto www.toledospeedway.com for more information as the Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200 nears, or go to www.arcaracing.com and click on the Glass City 200 button. Tickets are now on sale by calling the track office at 419-727-1100. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/toledoflatrock or follow us on Twitter @toledospeedway.