Spring 200 at Toledo Opens 2017 season; Gold Cup champ Needles files entry

Toledo, Ohio: (April 19, 2017) – The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS will head to Toledo Speedway for this weekend’s Spring 200 event, which will also include racing action from the ARCA Super 6 Gold Cup Outlaw Late Models.  Each group will run 100 lap feature events. The Saturday, April 22 race will be the second event of the 21st season of competition for the ARCA/CRA Super Series, while the Gold Cup Late Models kick off their new schedule in the afternoon contest. Racing begins at 3 p.m.


Fans can save $5 on an advance ticket for the season opener. The tickets must be purchased prior to 5 p.m. Friday, April 21. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Children 6-12 are $3 and under 6 are admitted free of charge. In the event of weather issues, a rain date of Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. has been established.

Leading the charge for the ARCA Super 6 Gold Cup Late Models is defending Series champ Steve Needles of St. Joseph, MI. Steve will once again be at the wheel of the #18 Brian Short-owned machine. Needles won 3 Gold Cup events in a row last season on his way to the title and is also the defending race winner of this race for the outlaw-bodied Late Models.


Topping the list of entries to date is defending event winner and 2016 ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Cody Coughlin. Last year’s event victory was the first of three series victories in a row for Coughlin, who ended the season with a series high four wins in 2016. Saturday’s event will be Coughlin’s first late model start of the season, as he is running a partial late model schedule in 2017 around his full schedule with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Coughlin is competing for Thorsport Racing with the Truck Series and has already raced at Daytona International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway so far in 2017.


2014 and 2015 event winner Brian Campbell is also entered, as is 2013 event winner Johnny VanDoorn, The three time series Champion will be behind the wheel of the TK Racing #71 on Saturday.


2013 and 2014 series Champion Travis Braden is scheduled to race, as is Terry Senneker Jr., one of the top Outlaw Late Model drivers and car builders in the Midwest. Terry will jump behind the wheel of a second Scott Neal Racing car for the ARCA/CRA 100 lap feature race.


Steven Wallace, son of NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace, is entered. 2016 Snowball Derby winner Christian Eckes is also now entered. Eckes will be running a partial schedule with the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards and will use this weekend’s race to get laps at Toledo before returning for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care.


Part-time CRA competitor Chad Finley is entered. Finley scored his first ever ARCA Racing Series victory at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on April 8th. Minnesota racer Joey Miller is also entered. Miller is a former ARCA Racing Series winner and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor and is possibly looking to make a run for the 2017 series Championship. California racer Tyler Ankrum is also entered to get some experience at Toledo Speedway. Local driver Tommy O’Leary IV is entered to make his CRA debut on Saturday.

3-time Gold Cup champ and 2-time Glass City 200 winner Harold Fair Jr., Johnny Belott, former track champ and Glass City 200 winner Dennis Strickland, teammates Phil Bozell and Scott Hantz, Tommy O’Leary IV, Brandon Lyons, Kevin Stahl Jr., veteran Dave Stehouwer, Chris Benson, Scott Pemberton and first-time Toledo visitor Trent Hellenga are also entered for the ARCA Super 6 Gold Cup 100 lap event.

A new twist to the ARCA Late Model Gold Cup Series for the upcoming season will see a new name and a purse boost of $2000 per race, thanks to six (6) businesses that have pledged their support for the outlaw-bodied Late Model class at both Flat Rock and Toledo Speedways.

Royal Truck and Trailer Sales, Moran Chevrolet, DTS Drive Train Specialists, Diamond Racing Products, Dani’s Transport and Tim Hortons/Guy Pritchard Investments of Windsor, Chatham and Kent, Ontario are the six businesses that have made the new concept, the ARCA Late Model “Super 6 Gold Cup” Series a reality.

An optional Friday, April 21 practice session is set for 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The grandstands will be open to race fans free of charge Friday. Saturday, April 22, the race day schedule has one-hour practice sessions for each class beginning at 10 a.m. Time trials are set for 1 p.m. followed by an on-track driver autograph session. Race time for the Spring 200 is 3 p.m.

The current entry list for both groups is located in the next race box on the track’s home page, located on the left side, for all information regarding the Spring 200.