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More Entrants, Special Guests, Giveaway Announced For Glass City 200 At Toledo
Posted by: newsla on Sep 25, 2012 - 07:33 PM
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More Entrants, Special Guests, Giveaway Announced For Glass City 200 At Toledo


Terry Senneker Jr., one of the top outlaw late model drivers in the Midwest, will shoot for his first-ever victory in this Saturday's Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200 super late model invitational at Toledo Speedway.

 

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Jeff Ganus, Terry Bogusz, Chris Benson and rookie Brad Turner have also sent in their entries for the 24th running of the race, moving the list to 26 cars as of Monday noon.

Senneker competed in the 2002 Glass City race and set fast time, but ended up with misfortune as his day ended on the hook. Terry won the famous Kalamazoo Klash 150 in August at Kalamazoo Speedway and captured the 7-Up 100 in April at Toledo, making him a serious threat to become a first-time winner of the prestigious event.

Making his first trip to Toledo will be Jeff Ganus of Constantine, MI, driving for veteran car owner Bobby Blount. Ganus grabbed several feature wins for Blount at Kalamazoo this season, and is looking forward to his first start on the lightning-fast ½ mile paved oval.

Local drivers Terry Bogusz and Chris Benson have also entered, as well as rookie Brad Turner. Those 3 drivers competed at Flat Rock Speedway in 2012. Benson returned to the track after a break from racing and has also competed at Toledo this season. Bogusz will be making his 2nd attempt at Toledo, as the former Auto City, MI Speedway champ just missed making the 30 car 200 field by 1 car in last year's race. Turner, a 4 Cylinder champion at both Flat Rock and Toledo, competed in the Late Models at Flat Rock for the first time this year and was impressive in his debut year. Brad will be taking his first laps at Toledo on the ½ mile.

The race was the idea of the late John Marcum, promoter of Toledo as well as Flat Rock, MI Speedway and the President of ARCA. With the track sold in 1978, the race was not contested again until 1999 when Marcum's grandson, Ron Drager, and his business partner Roy Mott, purchased the Glass City oval and immediately revived the event. The race quickly regained its notoriety and 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; Jr. 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, 2012.

Danny Byrd will serve as Grand Marshal of 24th running of the Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200. Byrd, who won numerous races throughout the Midwest and Canada in the 1960's, 70's and early 80's, led every lap of the 1972 Glass City 200, piloting the Bill Hill-owned #08 Chevelle. To this day, Danny is the only driver to lead every lap in a Glass City 200 event.

Toledo-area cable television provider Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN) and nationally-recognized short track racing internet site SPEED51 will each provide coverage of the race.

Toledo Walleye Players, Coach Nick Vitucci to Greet Fans at Glass City 200

While the racing season is wrapping up, it's just about hockey time in Toledo! And to kick off the 2012-2013 Toledo Walleye schedule, Coach Nick Vitucci and players Kyle Rogers (the team captain) and Bedford-area resident Phil Rauch will greet race fans Saturday night at Toledo Speedway as part of the 24th running of the Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200. The 200 lap outlaw Super Late Model invitational is Toledo's signature event and is the finale' for the 2012 season.

The new season schedules for the Walleye, Toledo's East Coast Hockey League team, will be available at the track Saturday as Coach Vitucci and his players will greet race fans and take part in pre-race ceremonies for the event. The Walleye's first home game of the season is October 13.

Allegiant Travel to Award Two Airline Tickets to Lucky Race Fan Saturday

While the Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200 will provide plenty of excitement and great racing on the track, there's a big prize awaiting a lucky race fan also! Allegiant Travel will award a pair of round-trip airline tickets to a fan as part of the activities surrounding the race Saturday night. Fans will enter the drawing upon arrival to the speedway, and the drawing will take place at the lap 101 break. The winner will be drawn by the leader of the race at that lap 101 mark. Allegiant will also award the winner of the Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200 with a pair of round trip tickets.

Driver Dennis Strickland will give away his helmet after the 200 lap race to the holder of a lucky number program in that drawing Saturday.

And Royce Cornett, the 2002 Flat Rock Speedway Late Model champ, has posted a $50 cash bonus to the last driver on the track for the Glass City 200 at the checkered flag.

"The Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200 has something to offer race fans as well as race teams," noted Ron Drager, promoter of the track. "The quality of the field is perhaps the best it has been in quite some time, which should provide fans with a great race. The Allegiant Travel ticket giveaway and the atmosphere surrounding this event is a great way for Toledo Speedway to conclude its 2012 season."

In addition to the 200 lap outlaw-bodied Late Model invitational, a 40 lap Sportsman invitational on the ½ mile and a 30 lap race on the ¼ mile for the "X" Cars is also on the schedule for the 200 weekend.

A cash purse of over $50,000 has been posted for the event, in addition to over $5000 in bonus awards and lap money. A driver could walk away with over $8000 for a victory in the 200.

In addition to Great Lakes Helicopter, associate sponsors include Francis Engineering, DTS Drive Train Specialists, R & M Recycling, First Care Ambulance, Port City Racecars, Burge Wrecking, Penske Shocks, All Star Performance, Lane Automotive, Moran Chevrolet, Allegiant Travel, Bazell Race Fuels, Sunoco Race Fuels, PASSTIME, Woodville Auto Finance and First Choice Auto Finance.

Lap money at $5 per lap is now being taken for the Sportsman and X Car races. The Glass City 200 lap money is sold out. To become a lap sponsor, call the track at 419-727-1100.

Friday, September 28 is an optional practice day for all teams. The pits will open at 2, with rig parking, pit pass sales, tire sales and tech taking place. The practice will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All purchasers of pit passes on Friday will receive a free dinner of pulled pork, BBQ chicken, cole slaw, potatoes and corn on the cob, courtesy of Francis Engineering of Leroy, OH. Admission to the grandstand is free Friday.

Saturday's schedule has the pit area 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 30 at 1 p.m. has been established if necessary. A lucky race fan will walk away with 2 round trip airline tickets, courtesy of Allegiant Travel. All fans entering the track can enter the drawing, which will take place at the lap 101 break.


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