ARCA/CRA Super Series Set for Glass City 200 Event at Toledo Speedway SaturdayZach Hiser
Salem, IN. (September 14, 2021) – The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS will resume their 25th Anniversary Season Presented by Team Construction this coming Saturday, as part of the 34th running of the Central Transport Glass City 200 presented by the Hampton Inn and Courtyard by Marriott at Toledo Speedway, located in Toledo, Ohio. This will be the fifth straight season that the ARCA/CRA Super Series has been part of this prestigious Glass City 200 that will feature the ARCA/CRA Super Series in a 100-lap feature event and the ARCA Gold Cup Outlaw Late Models in a 100-lap feature event.
Kody Swanson picked up his first ever series win in the ARCA/CRA Super Series 2021 season opener at Salem Speedway on April 25th. Carson Kvapil got his first ever series win in the series second event of the season, the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on May 8th. 2019 series Champion Greg Van Alst made it three new series winners in a row with his win in the series third event of the season at Anderson Speedway on May 22nd. Carson Hocevar got the win in the fourth series event of the season, the special non-points Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway. Hocevar then got his first series points win of the season in the series fifth event of 2021 at Flat Rock Speedway on June 19th. Kyle Crump picked up the win at the Redbud 400 on July 12th and went to victory lane again at the series Battle at Berlin 150 at Berlin Raceway on August 21st.
Hunter Jack comes into Saturday’s Central Transport Glass City 200 as the series points leader, he was the series Regular Season Champion after the Redbud 400 event and is one of the four Chase for the Championship drivers who will race for the series Championship at the Winchester 400. The other Chase drivers include Crump, Scotty Tomasik and 2016 series Champion Cody Coughlin. All four Chase for the Championship drivers are entered for Saturday’s Central Transport Glass City 200 event, with Coughlin the only one of the four who has a series win at Toledo Speedway, that win came in April of 2016.
Carson Hocevar is entered to defend his win in last year’s Glass City 200 event. Hocevar passed Hunter Jack to take the lead on lap 40 and never looked back in getting the win by over three seconds over Sammy Smith with Cayden Lapcevich finishing third in last year’s event. Hocevar is currently battling in the playoffs with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he is seventh in points with three top five finishes so far in 2021.
Michigan ace Brian Campbell is entered for Saturday’s Central Transport Glass City 200 event. Campbell has the most series wins at Toledo Speedway and is in second on the series all time wins list with 29, two behind series all-time wins leader Scott Hantz. Campbell is seeking his first ever series win in the Glass City event, coming off an overall second place finish in the series Battle at Berlin 150 event on August 21st and won the JEGS/CRA Stars Tour portion of that event.
Other top CRA drivers entered for Saturday’s race include series all-time starts leader and a three-time series winner Rick Turner, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour leading rookie Tanner Jack, fellow JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour rookie Andrew Scheid, multi-time Jennerstown Speedway feature winner Albert Francis and part-time Michigan racer Jeff Vrsek.
Michigan driver Brandon Varney is entered to make his series 2021 debut. Varney was a two-time winner with the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman at Anderson Speedway in 2020 and made his ARCA Menards Series debut at Winchester Speedway on July 31st where he got a sixth-place finish and followed that up with a 10th place finish at the ARCA Menards Series event at Michigan International Speedway on August 20th. Varney’s younger brother Evan, a former competitor with the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models, is also entered to make his series debut.
Former JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour full-time competitor Jack Smith will get back behind the wheel this Saturday for his first start with the Platinum Motorsports Team. Smith has not raced for several years, while working to grow his business. Smith has 34 previous starts with the series and is a four-time winner with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. Bill Burda is entered in a team car with Smith to make his first series start since the 2014 season.
Blake Rowe, a three-time winner with the Midwest Modifieds and a fifth-place finisher with the series in the Money in the Bank 150 event at Berlin, is entered to make his second series start of 2021. Florida native Mike Bialecki is entered to make his series debut.
LV Enterprises has put up a $300 bonus to Saturday’s Fast Qualifier along with the $100 Fast Qualifier Award from Hamke Race Cars. There will also be $5 per lap award money for most, if not all the laps in the ARCA/CRA Super Series 100 lap event and a $25 bonus from the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club for the first car out of the event.
On Friday, September 17th, there will be optional rig parking from 6 pm to 7pm. There will be no unloading of equipment on Friday.
Race day begins on Saturday with pit registration opening at 8:00am, pit gates will open now at 8:30am. Practice will go from 12pm to 3pm on a rotating basis with the ARCA/CRA Super Series teams receiving two, 30-minute sessions. Qualifying will begin at 3:15pm. Racing will begin at 5pm with the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models eight lap heat races, the ARCA Gold Cup Outlaw Late Models 100 lapper will be next, followed by the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models 25 lap Season Championship feature, the ARCA/CRA Super Series 100 lap event will cap off the evenings racing events. The rain date if needed is Sunday, September 19th.
Additional event and track information can be found at www.toledospeedway.com.
Additional information on the ARCA/CRA Super Series can be found at www.cra-racing.com.
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