Harold Fair Jr. took home top honors in the rain-delayed 22nd running of the Great Lakes Helicopters Glass City 200, presented by Cherry Picked Auto Parts Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway.
Fair dominated the 200 lap event, leading the final 159 circuits to claim his second Glass City 200 victory. The Canton, Michigan veteran outdistanced Scott Hantz by 10 lengths at the drop of the checkers, adding the 2010 trophy to the one he earned in 2008.
"We've been good all year," Fair said from victory lane. "We've had a great chassis, a great engine. Today, we put it all together and had a fantastic run."
Fair opened up leads of more than a half lap after the mandatory halfway break, only to see it disappear when the seventh and final caution flag waved on lap 192. But by that time, Fair had lapped all but five cars, and had six lapped cars between himself and runner-up Hantz on the final restart, which proved more than enough to secure the victory.
"It didn't matter today, short run or long run...we just concentrated on being smooth," Fair concluded in the winner's circle.
For Hantz, the runner-up finish concluded a great season at Toledo Speedway during which he won two of the four outlaw bodied late model events. The Pleasant Lake, Indiana driver admitted today just wasn't his day.
"We could have used a few more cautions in the second half," Hantz said. "Fair just took off after the break, and we weren't as good."
Toledo Speedway newcomer Brad Rogers placed third in his Glass City 200 debut after leading early in the race. He gave long-time car owner and track supporter Pete Bailey one of his best runs on the half-mile oval.
"This is the place to race," Rogers proclaimed. "This is a new deal, a new team for me, and I've got to thank the guys for giving me the opportunity."
Three-time Glass City 200 winner Steve Sauve finished fourth, with 2010 and two-time Gold Cup Series champion Mike Root rounding out the top five.
Six cautions slowed the event in the first half, one of which turned into the second red flag on lap 38 when Bill Litogot was involved in a scary single car accident off turn two. Litogot's No. 6 machine turned right sharply coming off the turn, and drove head-on into the outside wall. Litogot was uninjured, and watched the remainder of the event with his wife and children in the grandstands.
The first red flag came at dusk Saturday night when steady rain returned to northwest Ohio just 10 laps into the track's signature late model stock car event. The event was delayed 18 hours when rain halted the action after just 10 laps Saturday night.
Polesitter Jake Francis had paced the opening 10 circuits, but not before a multi-car accident in turn one on lap one brought out a red flag condition, and a complete restart.
Twelve cars were involved in the first lap skirmish, and three were unable to continue.
Derrick Griffin of South Bend, Indiana won the 50 lap CRA Sportsman feature, leading the final 36 laps. Keith Sterkowitz was second followed by Charlie Hanna, Ron Allen and Al Cook to complete the top-five respectively.
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Great Lakes Helicopters Glass City 200 presented by Cherry Picked Auto Parts Results
Toledo Speedway (10-3-10)
11171Harold Fair Jr./Canton, MI 21472Scott Hantz/Pleasant Lake, IN 3301Brad Rogers/Charlotte, NC 4797Steve Sauve/Saginaw, MI 589Mike Root/Grand Rapids, MI 6624Dave Kuhlman/Howell, MI 7988Ron Allen/Lincoln Park, MI 81016Derrick Griffin/South Bend, IN 91744Paul Pelletier/Trenton, MI 104116Jack Varney Jr.St. Clair Shores, MI 11133FJacob Francis/Leroy, OH 121840GNick Grodi/Oak Harbor, OH 142926Steve Peters/Dundee, MI 16270Chad Guinn/Monroe, MI 17266BBrad Birr/Toledo, OH 182833Stan Yee Jr./Roseville, MI 19590Dennis Strickland/Carleton, MI 201922Jay Sommers/Sterling Heights, MI 221241Brent Jack/Butler, IN 2426Bill Litogot/Taylor, MI 253364Jim Alvis/New Baltimore, MI 26135Dakota Carlson/Cedar Springs, MI 281516PClaude Plante Jr./Chesterfield, MI 292053Joe Hawes/Brownstown, MI 302445George Rangel/Columbus, MI