Kelley Claims Toledo Sportsman Go


TOLEDO, Ohio – A good crowd filed into Toledo Speedway Friday evening for the re-scheduled Teamsters Local 20 Kids Night.

A great run for the lead thrilled the fans as Howard Kelley Jr. held off an intense run by Mike Young and Jim Froling to win the 35 lap ARCA ACME Dismantling Sportsman feature contest.

Kelley Jr. jumped into the lead at the start with Jim Froling glued to his bumper. Through a pair of yellows and a red flag on lap 16 when Jeff Myers Jr. and Kent McCloskey got together in turn two, Kelley stayed in command, but the pressure remained.

Young made a move and got by Froling to take over 2nd and took several shots at grabbing the lead, with Kelley in front, Young high and Froling looking for someplace to go. The lead trio, with Ron Allen tucked tightly into fourth, headed to the white flag.

Young charged up strong on the outside, Kelley slid up just a bit, Froling dipped low and those three nearly came across the stripe side by side as Kelley held off Young, Froling and Allen for the big victory in a thrilling finish. Dave Arnold, Jr. was just a car length back in fifth.

Other winners Friday at Toledo included Robbie Loving (figure-8), John Turnbull, Jr. (Michigan Legends) and Jeff Wells, Jr. (four-cylinder).