Toledo, Ohio—September 6, 2019: The first group of entries have arrived for the ARCA Gold Cup Late Model portion of the 31ST running of the Central Transport Glass City 200 presented by the Hampton Inn and Courtyard by Marriott at Toledo Speedway Saturday, September 21.
The outlaw-bodied ARCA Gold Cup Series 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 2019 “Chase” for the Championship, while the Gold Cup contest is the final point race for that title.
New to the Glass City event this year is the debut of the CRA Jr. Late Models, a class set up for ages 10-15. That division will run a 30 lap feature on the ¼ mile September 21.
1999 race winner Tim Felver will serve as Grand Marshal for the event.
2013 Glass City winner Dennis Strickland and recently-crowned Flat Rock Speedway Late Model champion Frank Jiovani are on the list of the early entrants for the Gold Cup Series 100. 2016 Gold Cup champ Steve Needles has also filed his entry. Needles is looking for his first Glass City win, a race he has led several times, only to have mechanical issues end his bid for victory.
Toledo-area drivers Nick Bailey, Strickland’s teammate, and Tom O’Leary IV are also on the pre-entry list. Brighton, MI driver Kyle Crump will pilot the #50 machine, and will compete in both 100 lap events. Crump was a recent winner on the ARCA/CRA tour. Veteran Tom Cronenwett returns to competition for the first time in several seasons for this race. The entry list is posted on the Toledo website home page in the next race box.
Tyler Roahrig (ARCA Gold Cup Late Models) and Tyler Ankrum (ARCA/CRA Late Models) are the defending race winners of the Glass City event. Ankrum, a California native, is currently competing in the NASCAR Truck Series.
Each race pays $5000 to win and $800 to start. The total purse exceeds $60,000. The pre-entry list for the ARCA/CRA tour will be posted soon.
Friday, September 20 optional rig parking only will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no on-track action.
Saturday, September 21, race day begins with registration at 9:30 and the pit gates opening at 10 a.m. Practice will go from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with qualifying at 4:30 p.m. The ARCA Gold Cup Late Models will be shooting for the $500 LV Alliance Fast Qualifier bonus. An on-track autograph session will take place at 5:30 for all divisions. Pre-race driver introductions and ceremonies will begin at 6:30, followed by the race card.
A rain date of Sunday, September 22 at 1 p.m. has been established.
Tickets are now on sale, both general admission and reserved. Call 419-727-1100 to purchase tickets.
In addition to the $500 LV Alliance Fast time bonus, Penske Shocks will award a $250 product certificate to the winner, while DTS Drive Train Specialists will dole out five (5) $50 product certificates in a random draw for the Gold Cup Late Models.
Additional sponsors for the Central Transport Glass City 200 include R & M Recycling, Penske Shocks, Bazell Race Fuels, Sunoco Race Fuels, First Care Ambulance and DTS Drive Train Specialists.
ARCA Gold Cup Series sponsors include Moran Chevrolet, DTS Drive Train Specialists, Dani’s Transport, Royal Truck and Trailer Sales, Innovative Fluids, LLC and Francis Engineering.