Remembering Benny Parsons: 1969 Ford Torino on Display at Toledo Speedway this Weekend

TOLEDO, Ohio (September 3, 2009)--A 1969 Holman Moody Ford Torino used by Benny Parsons to win the 1968 and 1969 ARCA Championships will be on display at Toledo Speedway on Friday, September 4 as part of the ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Federated and Belle Tire race weekend. The car, which looks exactly like it just pulled off the track in 1969, will be displayed in the concourse area and current owner Barry Miller will make a lap around the half-mile Toledo Speedway in the car during pre-race ceremonies.

Parsons holds the distinction of being the only driver who has won championships in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The historic, half-mile high-banked Toledo Speedway is considered ARCA's hometown short track due to its close proximity to ARCA's home offices and current ownership group consisting of ARCA president Ron Drager and Toledo area businessman Roy Mott. In addition to Parsons, many of the most recognizable names in motorsports have raced at Toledo Speedway, including Indy 500 winners Al Unser and Gordon Johncock, Daytona 500 winner Bobby Allison, plus Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Kenny Schrader, Michael Waltrip and more.

Frank Kimmel is the all-time ARCA RE/MAX Series race winner at Toledo Speedway with nine victories at the half-mile paved oval. The ARCA RE/MAX Series made its first appearance to Toledo in 1963 and in addition to Kimmel, former winners include Bobby Bowsher (five), Tom Bowsher (four), Bruce Gould (four), Ken Schrader (four), Dave Dayton (three), Iggy Katona (three), Benny Parsons (three), Bob Strait (three), Jack Bowsher (two), Moose Myers (two), Les Snow (two), Blaise Alexander, Justin Allgaier, Ken Butler III, Matt Carter, Jim Cushman, Joy Fair, Woody Fisher, Ed Hage, Andy Hampton, Ron Hutcherson, Bob Keselowski, Parker Kligerman, Larry LaMay, Michael McDowell, Howard Rose, Ramo Stott, Scott Stovall, Bill Venturini, Bobby Watson and Dave Weltmeyer.

Practice For Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Federated and Belle Tire is scheduled Friday, September 4th from 2-3:30 p.m. followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 5 p.m. The ARCA RE/MAX Series 200 presented by Federated and Belle Tire is slated to roll off at 8:30 p.m. under the lights. All on-track activities will be featured in live streaming video and audio at through the ARCA Racing Network.

Tickets to Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Federated and Belle Tire are available by calling (419) 727-1100.

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