Only two drivers have won the prestigious Glass City 200 Super Late Model event three times in its 21 years of competition. In 1970, 1971 and 1977, the legendary Bob Senneker took his famous #84 Bluebird to victory lane at the Glass City oval. But an even more-impressive 3-year run by Steve Sauve saw the Saginaw, MI driver notch the win in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Sauve has filed his entry to go for a record 4th victory in the 22nd running of the Great Lakes Helicopters Glass City 200 presented by Cherry Picked Auto Parts at Toledo Speedway. The race is set for Saturday, October 2. The rain date is Sunday, October 3.
Additional entries have arrived from 2003 Flat Rock champ Stan Yee Jr., Bill Litogot, Brad Birr and rookie Jim Alvis, bringing the list to 29 as of Monday morning. Several phone calls have been received from a handful of other possible entrants. A field of 30-35 cars should be on hand for this weekend's classic.
The winner of the 200 will take home $5500, with $1000 posted to start the contest on the lightning-fast ½ mile paved oval. With contingency and bonus awards, a driver could walk away with over $8000 in prize money and awards. The total cash payout for the day is over $50,000.
The CRA Sportsman cars will serve as the support division for the 200 for the first time. A field of 25-30 cars is expected for the 50 lap race, which will be sponsored by R & M Recycling of Toledo and Monroe, MI.
DTS Drive Train Specialists, Allegiant Air, PASSTIME, Port City Racecars, Burge Wrecking, Penske Shocks, All Star Performance, Lane Automotive, Bazell Race Fuels/Sunoco Race Fuels, Celebrations Fun Food Factory and Kish Ambulance have also pledged their sponsorship support for the race.
Dale Francis of Francis Engineering has purchased 50 laps of lap money for the Great Lakes Helicopters Glass City 200 presented by Cherry Picked Auto Parts. $10 per lap will be awarded to the leader of each lap in the 200. Additional lap sponsors include Port City Racecars-10 laps; iHealth Products-10 laps; Giles Auto Body-15 laps and Performance Images Photography-5 laps; race fan Bob Wheaton-2 laps; Glass Unlimited-10 laps; Paul/Iris Anton-1 lap; Paul Anton Photos-1 lap; RE/MAX Preferred-10 laps; CMP Race Shop/Dyno-10 laps; Ray's Door of Toledo, 10 laps; Lite-In-Up of Toledo, 10 laps; Battery Exchange of Toledo, 10 laps; Quality Inn and Suites of Toledo, 5 laps and Jim's Butcher Shop-5 laps; DVD Dave-2 laps and Naughton Insurance-10 laps, are also on the lap sponsorship list.
24 laps remain for sponsorship at $10 per lap. Public address announcements and a listing in the souvenir program sheet are included. Call the track today at 419-727-1100 to join the list!
Drager's grandfather, the late John Marcum, created the event in 1968. The track was sold in 1978 and the event discontinued until Drager and his business partner, Roy Mott, purchased the track in 1999 and immediately revived the race. Both Great Lakes Helicopter and Cherry Picked Auto Parts are entering their first year of sponsorship of the prestigious event.
The legendary Joy Fair won the inaugural event in 1968. Other winners include Joe Ruttman (1969, 1973), Bob Senneker (1970, 1971 and 1977), Danny Byrd (1972), , John Anderson (1974), Jim Bickerstaff (1975), Ed Cooper (1976), Tim Felver (1999), Tim Ice (2000), Jr. Hanley (2001), Steve Sauve (2002, 2003, 2004), John Doering Jr. (2005), Jack Landis (2006), Brian Campbell (2007) Harold Fair Jr. (2008) and last year's winner Dave Kuhlman.
An optional Friday practice session has been scheduled. The October 1 slate will include rig parking, pit pass and tire sales, limited tech inspection and a 2 hour practice for both classes. The pits open at 1 p.m. Friday, with practice set from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A pre-race party will be held at the Speedway Bar and Grille after Friday's practice session. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.
Saturday's schedule will have the pit area open at 9:30 a.m. Practice begins at Noon, time trials are set for 3 and racing begins at a special time of 5 p.m. October 2.
Reserved seat tickets for the Great Lakes Helicopters Glass City 200 presented by Cherry Picked Auto Parts are now on sale by calling the track at 419-727-1100. VISA and Mastercard are accepted for phone orders. Log onto www.toledospeedway.com for updates to the entry list and more information.