Toledo, Ohio—August 24, 2018: Howard Kelley Jr. and Ethan Stadniczuk captured their respective 2018 track championships at Toledo Speedway Friday night, part of the PlayZone-Toledo/Lakeshore Utility Trailer Sales Night of Destruction. A good crowd saw Safari Sam Mills take the victory in the School Bus Figure 8 contest, and ventured to the Monroe Asphalt Winner’s Circle.
The 40 lap ARCA Aramark Late Model Sportsman title went to the final event, as Kelley had a 20 point edge on Tom O’Leary IV heading into the feature. Mike Young zipped by O’Leary on lap 6 and held a solid lead throughout the contest to score the victory. The red flag came out on lap 27 when Dan Grigsby got into the back of Andy Harding, sending the duo hard into the turn 1 foam blocks. Both drivers were ok but suffered heavy damage to their machines. Young took off again on the restart and again built up a good lead on the way to the win. Kelley Jr.’s second place run netted him the 2018 title, third was O’Leary IV, Kent McCloskey fourth and Landon Schuster fifth. Craig Osenbaugh, Robert Meiring, Harding, Grigsby, Adam Plonski and Greg Stilwell rounded ouf the finishing order. Young set quick time at 17:460. Heat winners were O’Leary and Kelley took the heat wins.
A short field showed for the 2018 ARCA Factory Stock finale’, with 17 year old Ethan Stadniczuk taking the win in the 25 lap feature and securing the championship in the process. A wild initial start eliminated 3 cars for various reasons, leaving Ethan and Jacob Thomas the survivors. With that pair tied for the point lead, the duo ran the 25 laps and Stadniczuk grabbed the big win. Thomas was second, Mike Miller third, Craig Osenbaugh fourth and Adrian Sharp. Thomas took the heat win.
Dave Lambert took the wild Boat Figure 8 race over Dennis Whisman, Mike Miller, Jacob Thomas and Dennis Whisman Jr. Dennis Whisman notched the “W” in the Flag Pole event over Lambert, Eugene Worden and Dennis Whisman Jr.
The School Bus Figure 8 show saw AJ Padgett get up on 2 wheels several times, and Terry Smith did roll his bus, much to the delight of the roaring crowd. Through it all, Safari Sam Mills sped to the win. Dave Lambert, Jack Franzil, Joe Koester, Smith, Padgett and Dennis Whisman were the other bus drivers.
Bus sponsors were PlayZone of Toledo, Lakeshore Utility Trailer Sales, PB Fabrication, Earnest Brew Works, Stevens Disposal, R & M Recycling, Central Avenue Truck and Northwest Trailer Sales.
Toledo’s final race of the year is the 30th Anniversary of the Central Transport Glass City 200 presented by the Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn and Courtyard by Marriott Saturday, September 15.
The 200 laps of racing format will see 2 divisions of Late Models in competition for the 2018 edition of the prestigious race. JR Roahrig (Outlaw Late Models) and Johnny VanDoorn (ARCA/CRA Late Models) are the defending race winners of the Glass City event.
Both groups of Late Models will run 100 lap features, with each race paying $5000 to win and $800 to start. The total purse exceeds $60,000. The outlaw-bodied Late Models and the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by Jeg’s stock-bodied Late Models will each battle in 100 lap main events on the fast ½ mile paved oval. The ARCA/CRA race is part of the 2018 “Chase” for the Championship.
Saturday, September 15, race day begins with the pit gates opening at 10 a.m. Practice will go from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on a rotating basis for the 2 groups of 30 minutes for each session. Qualifying will begin at 5 p.m., with the outlaw-bodied Late Models shooting for the $500 LV Alliance Fast Qualifier bonus. An on-track autograph session will take place at 6 and racing begins at 7 p.m.
A rain date of Sunday, September 16 at 1 p.m. has been established.
Tickets are now on sale, both general admission and reserved. Call 419-727-1100 to purchase tickets.