Toledo Speedway Menards Twin 200s Notes
Toledo Speedway Menards Twin 200s Notes
Due to state and local health regulations, both races are open to essential personnel only. No fans will be permitted to attend. However, to ensure local race fans can enjoy the weekend’s races the track has coordinated with ARCA broadcast partner MAVTV to offer coverage of both races live flag-to-flag on BCSN, the local sports channel provided to subscribers of Buckeye Broadband in the Toledo area. Friday's Menards.com 200 presented by SPxE starts at 8 pm ET and Saturday's Menards 200 presented by Crosley Brands will go green at 6 pm ET.
The Friday/Saturday weekend twinbill at Toledo Speedway will be the first weekend doubleheader for the ARCA Menards Series since rain postponed the June, 2003 race at Pocono until the track's July race weekend. Casey Mears won both.
The twin 200 lappers at Toledo Speedway will mark the first time since 1956 that the series raced twice on a single weekend in its hometown. The last time that happened was a same-day doubleheader on May 29 at the now-defunct Toledo Raceway Park, on a half-mile track constructed inside a horse track. Raceway Park was located just two miles from where Toledo Speedway now sits. Iggy Katona and Russ Kepler split the victories.
Friday's Menards.com 200 presented by SPxE and Saturday's Menards 200 presented by Crosley Brands will be the 1483rd and 1484th races in ARCA Menards Series history, respectively.
The ARCA Menards Series was not originally scheduled to race at Toledo Speedway in 2020, however, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Elko Speedway could not continue with their scheduled events in 2020 and those two events were relocated to Toledo Speedway. Both Mid-Ohio and Elko are in discussions to return to the ARCA Menards Series schedule in 2021.
The ARCA Menards Series East did race earlier in the season at Toledo Speedway. The Herr’s Potato Chips 200, run on June 13, was won by Ty Gibbs, grandson of Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach and NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Joe Gibbs. Gibbs and runner-up Sam Mayer are also entered in both races this weekend.
With his win at Kansas Speedway last Friday night, Bret Holmes became the 341st driver to win at least one ARCA Menards Series race. He joins Drew Dollar, who won earlier this season at Talladega, as first-time series winners in 2020.
Holmes has also already competed at Toledo Speedway this season, finishing third behind Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer in the ARCA Menards Series East Herr's Potato Chips 200 in June.
Holmes gained ten points on series championship leader Michael Self at Kansas. Self, who finished sixth at Kansas, now leads Holmes by nine points, 374-365. Drew Dollar, Hailie Deegan, and Thad Moffitt round out the top five.
Chandler Smith won the last time the ARCA Menards Series race at Toledo, winning the 2019 Sioux Chief 200 after rain stopped the race after 156 of its scheduled 200 laps.
The completion of the Twin 200s at Toledo will mark the halfway point of the 2020 ARCA Menards Series season and the ten-race Sioux Chief Showdown, a series-within-a-series that invites teams from the ARCA Menards Series and the ARCA Menards Series East and West.
Smith currently leads the Sioux Chief Showdown standings by 10 points over Self, 126-116. Smith has two Showdown wins at Phoenix and Lucas Oil. Ty Gibbs won the third Showdown race of 2020 two weeks ago at Iowa.
Hailie Deegan made her ARCA Menards Series debut at Toledo Speedway last May, finishing 18th after an early race accident. Deegan, a three-time winner in what is now the ARCA Menards Series West, is currently fourth in the ARCA Menards Series standings with two top-five finishes (second at Daytona, third at Lucas Oil), and six top-ten finishes.
All five drivers that have won ARCA Menards Series race in 2020 are expected to compete at Toledo: Ty Gibbs (3 wins), Chandler Smith (2 wins), Michael Self, Drew Dollar, and Bret Holmes.
Toledo Speedway was the 84th different track to host an ARCA Menards Series race when the series made its first visit to the track in April, 1963. Iggy Katona won, his first of three Toledo Speedway victories.
There have been 77 previous ARCA Menards Series races at Toledo Speedway. Frank Kimmel leads all drivers with nine Toledo Speedway wins.
Toledo Speedway winners include, alphabetically, Blaise Alexander, Justin Allgaier, Chuck Barnes, Jr., Justin Boston, Bobby Bowsher (5), Jack Bowsher (2), Tom Bowsher (3), Chris Buescher (4), Harrison Burton, Ken Butler III, Matt Carter, Jim Cushman, Dave Dayton (3), Ty Dillon, Joy Fair, Woody Fisher, Todd Gilliland, Bruce Gould (4), Ed Hage, Andy Hampton, Ron Hutcherson, Iggy Katona (3), Bob Keselowski, Frank Kimmel (9), Parker Kligerman, Larry Lamay, Justin Lofton, Michael McDowell, Conan "Moose" Myers (2), Benny Parsons (3), Howard Rose, Ken Schrader (5), Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, Myatt Snider, Les Snow (2), Ramo Stott, Bob Strait (3), Bill Venturini, Bobby Watson, and Dave Weltmeyer.
Nineteen drivers have earned their first career series win in Toledo, either at Toledo Raceway Park or Toledo Speedway: Kenny Wheeler (RP), Paul Wensink (RP), Red Duvall (RP), George Henderson (RP), Tom Bowsher, Joy Fair, Larry Lamay, Howard Rose, Frank Kimmel, Blaise Alexander, Chuck Barnes, Jr., Ken Butler III, Matt Carter, Parker Kligerman, Justin Boston, Todd Gilliland, Myatt Snider, and Harrison Burton.