This is our third winter bulletin of the season. The final bulletin will be posted at the end of March. The winter office for both tracks is at Toledo: 419-727-1100.
I-75 Construction: I-75 Southbound from the Rouge River Bridge to Northline Road will be closed for the next 2 years starting in February! Northbound traffic will be open. Make alternate plans for your best route to Flat Rock and Toledo!
Flat Rock schedule changes: Just a couple of small ones; the Figure 8’s have been added to the June 10 show; the TKC Go-Karts will move from May 20 to May 13 for their exhibition race with us.
Car Numbers: If you need a new number for any class, contact the office. We work with everyone on the number deal. **Please remember---contrasting colors…light doors, dark number. Dark doors, light number! No reflective numbers, please. 2 digit numbers—leave some space between them…thanks for the help with this item!
Sponsorship announcements: Moran Chevrolet (FR Late Models), Victory Lane Oil Change (Figure 8’s), DTS Drive Train Specialists (FR Street Stocks), Monroe News (Enduro) and R & M Recycling (Late Model Sportsman Silver Cup) all return for 2017! Look for an announcement regarding the Late Model Sportsman division sponsor very soon.
Late Model Gold Cup: As announced last week, the Gold Cup concept will change for 2017. Through the support of 6 sponsors, each of the 6 Gold Cup races will see a $2000 boost per race in the purse. The sponsors are: Royal Truck and Trailer, Moran Chevrolet, DTS Drive Train Specialists, Dani’s Transport, Diamond Racing Products and former Late Model racer Guy Pritchard. The point system will be used, and a champion crowned. There will be no point fund. The point system is in place for the provisional starting spots for the Glass City race. You can read the complete releases on each of these sponsorships on the track’s web pages. The Gold Cup entry blank will be available March 10 and posted on the web pages.
The 2017 “Mystery Award for the Flat Rock Late Models is back; in 2017, the “Dented Fender Racing Mystery Award” works like this; the award is available for each of the 11 shows for the ARCA Late Models at Flat Rock. For 2017, the fast qualifier is the man with the opportunity to grab the bonus. If the fast qualifier wins the feature, the driver collects the $100 bonus; if there is no winner, the $100 rolls over to the next race, i.e. $200, giving the fast qualifier of that night a shot at the award.
If there is a rainout, that $100 goes to the next event. Any bonus money that is not paid out by Championship night will go to the feature winner of that race (who may not be the fast qualifier on this night only). All $1100 will be paid out.
And, since the Season Championship for 2016 fell victim to rain, that $100 bonus that was available will be added to the April 29 opener, which starts the bonus at $200 for the first race of the season.
Fastime Racing Engines and Parts also returns with their award program for the Figure 8’s and Street Stocks….details will be announced very soon! Five Star RaceCar Bodies has also renewed their contingency program for both the Late Model Sportsman and Street Stock divisions.
The month of March is filled with pre-season promotional activities for the tracks. It starts Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12 at the Bedford Trade Fair in Lambertville, MI. The tracks will have a booth and Slick will greet the customers!
Racer Reunion: is set for Saturday, March 25 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the Toledo Speedway Bar and Grille. Admission is free, everyone is welcome! There will be thousands of photos and race memorabilia….bring a retired racer and yourself to this event! **New for this year—at 3 p.m., historian Donald Davidson from the Indy 500 will do a presentation on Indy 500 drivers that have competed at Toledo. Additional guests include Ron Hemelgarn, Andy Hillenburg and Tom Bigelow. The Indy 500 pace car will also be on display.
At 6 p.m. the same day, right after the Reunion, the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club will conduct their monthly meeting. Admission is free---let’s support Bill Barnhart and the club!
And Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26 the Motor City Hot Rod and Racing Expo will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. We will have a booth at this event…2016 Flat Rock Late Model champ Paul Pelletier will have his car on display. We will also have a booth at the Super Fitness Customer Appreciation Party in Toledo March 26.
Tuesday, March 28 is our annual Press Conference at the Hollywood Casino in Toledo at 1 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend!
Flat Rock pad rentals: The form is posted on the track webpage under forms. Beat the deadline of March 15 and save $$$ and also get a free pit pass for practice day.
Championship rain dates: The decision has been made to have ONE rain date for each “weekly” division championship night. If that also rains out, the point races are over. Flat Rock’s Late Model and Figure 8 championships are August 19; rain date is Aug. 26; The Street Stock Championship is Aug. 26; rain date is September 9. . More details will follow. Toledo’s Late Model Sportsman and Factory Stock champ nights are August 25; rain date is Sept. 1. All the information is included on the schedule.
The 2017 membership forms are now up on the web pages and can be found under forms. There is no increase in membership fees.
2017 banquet date is Friday, November 3 at Crystal Gardens in Southgate, MI.
Tire and fuel prices will be announced when received at the office.
The 2017 Monroe News Enduro entry form will be available this Friday, March 3. It will be posted under forms on both web pages and will be mailed to the driver list.
And we welcome Archie Padgett Sr. and Archie Padgett Jr. to our tech staff for this year. Scott Menlen will also join us on the flagstand again and in the tower as race director for several events.
Special event tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 1. The form is located under the ticket button on each page.
Pocket schedules will be available the last week of March.
Check ALL your safety equipment before you hit the track---Safety starts with you. Please continue to do the great job that you have in the past and be ready for tech! Get to the pre-season practices, take your car and equipment through tech and avoid losing time on the track opening night!