ARCA Set to Tackle the Toledo Half Mile
A field of 26 ARCA entries is set to face off tomorrow on Toledo Speedway’s half-mile asphalt track, with the green flag set to wave at 2:21 pm. The event–the “Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care”–will be the fifth of the 2016 season for the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) series. So far this year, there has been a different winner in all four events, and the field is wide open for tomorrow’s event.
In final practice before qualifying, Brian Keselowski’s Ford was setting the pace at 112.117 mph, a bit off the track record pace set in 2008 ago by Justin Lofton (113.493). Fords held the top four fastest speed marks in practice, with Talladega winner Gus Dean holding down fifth spot at 109.329 mph in a Chevrolet. There are 11 Fords in the field, nine Chevrolets, and five Toyotas, with a lone Dodge entry driven by 54-year old Con Nicolopoulos.
Veteran ARCA champion Frank Kimmel holds the mark for the most wins at Toledo with nine, with Bobby Bowsher trailing at five. (Kimmel is not sheduled to be entered in this event).Many eventual NASCAR regulars have also recorded wins at Toledo, including Ken Shrader, Benny Parsons, Chris Buescher, Justin Allgaier, and Ty Dillon. With its 11-13 degree banking in the turns, it can be a bit of a combination endurance/sprint event.
Pole qualifying is scheduled for today at approximately 4:30 pm, and will be followed by the ARCA Late Model Sportsman Feature (35 Laps) and the ARCA Truck Series Race. Tomorrow’s feature event is televised by American Sports Network.
Toledo Speedway opened in 1963, and through the years has hosted events sanctioned by ARCA, USAC (Silver Crown and National Sprint Car), and the American Speed Association (ASA). It is a sister track to Flat Rock Speedway in Flat Rock, Michigan.