Toledo, OH -- A flurry of entries have arrived for the 27th Running of the Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200 for Saturday, September 19 at Toledo Speedway. The current list as of Monday afternoon stands at 29, led by defending race winner JR Roahrig of Plymouth, IN and recently-crowned ARCA Royal Truck and Trailer Gold Cup Series champion Jeff Ganus of Constantine, MI. 1976 winner Ed Cooper will serve as Grand Marshall for the race.
Roahrig and his son, Tyler, tested last week at the fast ½ mile paved oval in preparation for the prestigious event. Ganus has had a great season, with wins throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, capped off with his Gold Cup championship. Jeff is also the current point leader for the Main Event Late Model Series. Former Gold Cup champs Mike Root and Dakota Carlson are also entered, as are the father-son duo of Brent and Hunter Jack of Butler, IN. Hunter will be making his first appearance at Toledo.
In addition to JR Roahrig, other former Glass City winners that are entered include Jack Landis (2006), Harold Fair Jr. (2008, 2010), Terry Senneker (2012) and Dennis Strickland (2013).
The 200 lap contest is the longest-distance race for the outlaw-bodied Late Models in the Midwest. A rain date of Sunday, September 20 has been established. The race will award $6500 to the winner, with $1100 posted to start the race. A 20 minute break will take place at lap 101.
Presenting sponsors for the race include the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express and Central Transport.
Associate sponsors and special award sponsors that have signed on include Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, DTS Drive Train Specialists, PASSTIME, R & M Recycling, Penske Shocks, First Care Ambulance, Cassens Transport and Chuck Burge.
Race fans will have the opportunity to save $5 on advance ticket purchases by calling the track at 419-727-1100. The advance sale will end at 5 p.m. Friday, September 18. Both reserved and general admission tickets are being sold in this advance sale. The ticket order form may also be downloaded from the track’s web page. The order form may be emailed, but there are no online sales for this race.
Lap money is now being taken for the 200 lap event at $10 per lap. The sponsor’s name will be listed in the souvenir program insert sheet and will also include several public address mentions. Support the Glass City 200 by becoming a lap sponsor! Call the track office to add your name to the list today!
The Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club (MARFC) will conduct a fund-raising auction at 4:30 p.m. on race day. A total of 3 items will be up for bid---autographed body panel from the late Joy Fair’s #1 Late Model; autographed NASCAR great Ricky Rudd Havoline racing jacket and a surprise item yet to be named!
Friday, September 18 the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. An optional practice session will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Rig parking, pit pass sales, limited tech and tire sales will take place on Friday. All pit pass purchasers on Friday will receive a complimentary dinner after practice, courtesy of La Chalupa/El Camino Restaurants of Toledo.
A last-chance race and B Main are also on the schedule for September 19, should enough cars be entered for the 200. A 20 minute break will take place at lap 101. For the first time in many years, the 200 will be a stand-alone event. The time schedule for race day has the pit gates opening at 9 a.m., practice begins at 11 a.m. and the run for the PASSTIME $500 pole award goes at 2. An on-track autograph session is planned for 3:45 p.m., with pre-race festivities to begin at 4:30. Race time is 5 p.m. The early pre-entry list and lap money sponsor list follows:
27th RUNNING OF THE GREAT LAKES HELICOPTER GLASS CITY 200-Sept. 20, 2015
presented by Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Central Transport
OFFICIAL PRE-ENTRY LIST--as of 9-14-15
CAR # DRIVER/HOMETOWN SPONSOR
O Nick Bailey/Toledo, OH PB Fabrication
O Johnny Belott/Mt. Morris, MI VanDoorn Racing Development/John Belott-Sons/W. Mich. Auto Auction
1 Todd Currier/Otsego, MI Central Transport/Accurate Auto Body
O1 Dennis Strickland/Carleton,MI PB Fabrication
2 Alex Rosenberry/New Philadelphia,O Flite Test/Rosenberry Towing
6 Jimmie Ward Jr./Temperance, M Uncle Moose Ward Racing
9 Mike Root/Grand Rapids, MI UGS, ID Engineering/Enterprise Iron-Metal/Thunder, Dave, Dale/The Charmans
7 Trevor Berry/Clio, MI Extreme Indoor Karts/O'Connor Trucking/Elkton Motorsports
8 Dakota Carlson/Cedar Springs,MI LeClair Racing/Port City Race Cars/Peformance Engineering
8 Tommy O'Leary IV/Cygnet, OH Wood Co. Collision/KRAP Auto Parts/Margin Auto/Tommy Boy Towing
10 Jack Landis/Edgerton, OH Bailey Trucking/National Oil-Gas/LA Electric/SCS Environmental Contracting
18 Jeff Ganus/Constantine, MI Direct Detail/Hutter Racing Engines/Willow Lake Lodge/Senneker Performance
24 Lee VanDyk/Wayland, MI Stampede Die
24 Tyler Roahrig/Plymouth, IN Schneider Auto Sales/Mobile Tech /1st Choice Auto Body
25 JR Roahrig/Plymouth, IN Schneider Auto Sales/Mobile Tech/1st Choice Auto Body
25 Josh Way/Leroy, OH Way's Custom Welding/Annabelle's Diner/FLF Racecars
33 Jake Francis/Painesville, OH Francis Engineering/HABCO Tool/Bonner Farms
37 Terry Senneker/Wayland, MI Senneker Performance/Oetman Excavating/Enterprise Iron-Metal
40 Nick Grodi/Oak Harbor, OH Offshore Performance Center
41 Brent Jack/Butler, IN Krieger Racing Engines/Hartman Auto Body
41H Hunter Jack/Butler, IN Auburn Concrete-Masonry/Hartman Auto Body/Krieger Racing Engines
51 Scott Pemberton/St. Johns, MI A-1 Auto Parts of Lansing, MI/Pemberton Commercial, LLC
61 Steve Needles/St. Joseph, MI Port City Racecars
61 Bob Varney/Richmond, MI Great Lakes Helicopter/Collins Heavy Haul/Van's Tire
71 Harold Fair Jr./Milan, MI Royal Truck and Trailer
72 Scott Hantz/Pleasant Lake, IN Great Lakes Helicopter/Collins Heavy Haul
83 R.J. White/Perry, OH Convoy Tire/FLF Race Cars/Top Notch Race Fabrication
88 Billy Roberts/Painesville, OH HABCO Tool/Francis Engineering
90 Emerson Huffman/Dellroy, OH CH Magneto/Huffman Racing
-Toledo Speedway Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com