The 2015 season has been very kind to Jeff Ganus. He’s scored a lot of wins in very dominating fashion, including the Kalamazoo Klash, and he’s already locked up a championship too in the ARCA Gold Cup Series. So now Ganus is turning his attention to one of the hardest Outlaw Super Late Model races to win, the Glass City 200 at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway.
Ganus has made a handful of prior starts in the Glass City 200, the longest race there is for the Outlaw-bodied cars. Last year Ganus finished second in the event behind J.R. Roahrig.
“It’s kind like a survival race,” Ganus told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “You’ve got to try to stay out of trouble for the first 150 just to be there at the end. I’ve really noticed that the last couple of years. The best car doesn’t always win. Last year we didn’t have any issues but it seems like the couple years prior we broke or had problems. Last year we just came up one spot short.”
The 33-year-old Constantine, Michigan driver has won the Summer Sizzler at New Paris Speedway (IN) before. This year he won the Klash at Kalamazoo Speedway in his home state. Now he just wants to add the Glass City 200 to his resume.
“After winning the Klash we started talking about how cool it would be to win the Glass City,” said Ganus. “To win the Glass City would be the top of the chart for sure. It would be awesome.”
Ganus said he believes he has a great chance to do that this Sunday, September 20. Part of that is because he said he loves racing at Toledo Speedway.
“As a driver I wish we could race Toledo every week because it’s so fast,” he said. “It’s probably the fastest track that we’ll go to all year. It’s one of my favorites. You’re hauling the mail there for sure.”
He’s been strong everywhere he’s gone, and also has had luck on his side. In one race at Michigan’s Dixie Motor Speedway, Ganus showed power and luck all in one. He lapped all but the second-place driver, but on a restart with 10 laps to go Ganus’ engine started to let go. Even with smoke pouring out of the headers, Ganus was still able to win by about seven car lengths that night in August.
“This has definitely been by far the best year I’ve ever had,” Ganus said. “I never would have thought we’d win this many races and run as well as we have.”
This year has been so good to Ganus that he doesn’t want it to end, even though it’s already starting to wind down.
“I always look forward to the year to come, but after the year we’ve had, and we’ve been fortunate enough to win some big races, I almost am not looking forward to next year,” he said. “I’ve got big shoes to fill. The bar was set so high by this year.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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