Toledo Speedway to Host Combined USAC Silver Crown, ARCA Racing Series Championship Weekend October 15-16 (ORLANDO) - Toledo Speedway will host a weekend of championship racing next October, featuring the season finale races for the USAC ...
Toledo Speedway to Host Combined USAC Silver Crown, ARCA Racing Series Championship Weekend October 15-16
(ORLANDO) - Toledo Speedway will host a weekend of championship racing next October, featuring the season finale races for the USAC Silver Crown Series and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on back-to-back days on the venerable half-mile oval. Officials from the track and the two series made the announcement today at the Performance Racing Industry show in Orlando.
The 150-lap USAC Silver Crown Series championship race is scheduled for Saturday, October 15; the 200-lap ARCA Racing Series finale will follow on Sunday, October 16.
"This national championship weekend at Toledo Speedway will be a unique event for this region. As race weekends go at that time of the year, this is an impressive lineup featuring two storied major national tours," said Ron Drager, owner and promoter at Toledo Speedway and its sister property, Flat Rock Speedway in Michigan. Drager is the president of ARCA and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
"For Toledo Speedway, the unique opportunity to host the national championship race for both the USAC Silver Crown Series and the ARCA Racing Series elevates the track's stature and provides fans with a full weekend of action. The media exposure and energy will be high for both tours, culminating in ARCA's traditionally televised season finale - the race that determines an ARCA champion - live on SPEED."
The home track to the ARCA Racing Series, Toledo Speedway has hosted the season finale for the developmental stock car divison on three occasions, most recently in 2008. Current NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier emerged as the ARCA champion that year after a thrilling Toledo finale which saw five drivers enter with championship hopes. The track also hosted ARCA's season finale in 1976 and 2007.
The USAC Silver Crown Series made its first appearance at Toledo Speedway just two months ago, crowning Levi Jones the 2010 champion by a mere two points over three-time champion Bud Kaeding. Inspired by the intense October championship atmosphere in Toledo, and a new relationship that will already see USAC and ARCA race together on one night in July's Kroger SpeedFest at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, the two long-standing sanctioning bodies will each decide national championships in a single weekend at one venue.
"We were extremely pleased at the success of this year's 'Rollie Beale 150' at Toledo Speedway and the opportunity to return there in concert with the ARCA Racing Series is a great addition to our 2011 schedule," said Kevin Miller, president and CEO of USAC. "Once again we will determine our series champion at Toledo, and if it's anything like the 2010 finale it will be a truly memorable event."