This is our second winter bulletin of the season. We will post one for each month through March. The winter office for both tracks is at Toledo: 419-727-1100.
1099 tax documents: will be mailed by the end of the month.
2018 Rules changes: Hoosier Tire has notified us that the F-40 left side tire for Toledo will be replaced by the F-45 tire. This is the same tire that we ran several years ago. **The F-40 tire will be permitted to run at the April 14 race at Toledo for the outlaw Late Model event. The other changes as announced back in November are posted under forms on the web pages. Tire availability will be announced in the March bulletin.
Sponsors: We are very pleased to announce these division sponsors are returning for 2018! Aramark Uniform Services (Late Model Sportsman), Moran Chevrolet (Flat Rock Late Models), DTS Drive Train Specialists (FR Street Stocks), Victory Lane Quick Oil Change (Figure 8’s), R & M Recycling (LMSP Silver Cup) have renewed their support for 2018. Moran, Dani’s Transport, DTS and Royal Truck and Trailer have also re-upped to back the Late Model Gold Cup Series next season. Please be sure to support these sponsors and thank them for their support.
FR Late Models: Penske Shocks will return to support the Flat Rock Late Models; they will award a $100 gift certificate for the winner and 5th place finisher of each Late Model event in 2018.
Late Model Gold Cup Series: We are in talks with potential sponsors to complete the Gold Cup program for 2018. Look for an announcement by the end of the month regarding a “bonus” plan for the April 14 and June 29 Toledo races, along with additional information.
Sunoco Race Fuel will again be the official fuel of the tracks. Corrigan Oil (Flat Rock) and Bazell Race Fuels (Toledo) have once again pledged their support for the upcoming season.
**Personnel: If you don’t know already, Jason Sanderson will be returning to the tech staff/race director position. And, Denny Stilwell will “retire” as the Number 1 Tire buster in the World! Denny will still be around, working the flag stand and safety truck as needed, and, will work with our new hires for this spot.
And, with that information, we are looking for tire busters for both tracks. We would like to have a couple people to fill the spot as needed at both tracks. We already have a couple candidates, but if you are interested, please contact Scott.
ARCA licenses: you may download the 2018 membership form; it can be found under forms on each web page.
Racer’s Reunion: The annual Racer’s Reunion is set for Saturday, March 17 at the Speedway Bar and Grille in Toledo from Noon to 5. All are welcome, admission is free! There will be thousands of photos and memorabilia to check out! If you have never been to this event, plan on attending! The Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club meeting will follow at 6 p.m.
Bandoleros: As announced last April, The Bandolero class will have 8 dates for the class at Flat Rock in 2018, for ages 8-14. Information packages are now available—just contact us. An open house is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spartan Speedway. Admission is free, everyone is welcome! **We have also moved the Aug. 10 Bando date to Aug. 17. And, we have added a Bandolero only practice night Wednesday, May 9.
I-75 Construction: I-75 Southbound from the Rouge River Bridge to Northline Road will be closed again in 2018. Northbound traffic will be open. Make alternate plans for your best route to Flat Rock and Toledo!
Toledo opening day: The Spring 200, featuring 100 lap features for both the ARCA Gold Cup Late Models and the ARCA/CRA Super Series Saturday, April 14. Practice on Friday, April 13. *There is an open practice on Wednesday, May 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The first race for the Late Model Sportsman and Factory Stocks is Friday, May 4, with the USAC Silver Crown Cars.
Street Drags at Toledo! We will be adding a Street Drag program to the Toledo schedule in 2018. There will be 3 dates and a pre-season practice session. details will be announced in February.
Flat Rock opening day: is set for Saturday, April 28-Late Models, Figure 8’s and Street Stocks. There are a pair of open practices: Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, April 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
**Race Car and Parts Auction to be held at Flat Rock! For the very first time, an equipment auction, including a race car and parts auction, will be held Saturday, April 7. Former announcer and noted auctioneer Rollo Juckette and his business partner, Brad Neuhart, will conduct the auction. More details soon! Go to rolloandbrad.com for information as we get closer to the date.
Car numbers: IF you need a car number or there are any changes of car numbers—be sure to call us at the office, or, if you are switching classes. Please remember the Enduro races have an entry fee and a separate car number list…we will do our best to work with everyone.
If you are going to Daytona, get your license now….February bulletin will be released in the middle on the month. Think Spring!!!!!