TOLEDO, Ohio — When Toledo Speedway swings open its gates for the season-opening 7-Up 150 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series and ARCA Midwest Tour Late Models Saturday, April 20, history will be made as the event will mark the very first time these two touring series will combine forces as one.
The Glass City oval will hold an open practice session Friday afternoon, April 19, with more practice, qualifying and the 150 lap race set for Saturday afternoon, April 20.
For the ARCA Midwest tour, which conducts races mainly in Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Illinois, the Toledo race will be the first under the ARCA-sanctioned banner. The two groups came together in December to announce the agreement. Jonathan Eilen is the defending Midwest Tour champion.
2013 marks the second season for the ARCA/CRA Super Series combination. With races in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio as the base of the Series, Toledo is a centralized location for many of the ARCA/CRA race teams. Coopersville, MI driver Johnny VanDoorn is CRA’s defending champion.
With a great deal of work behind the scenes now completed, the combination race for the two groups is just weeks away as the 2013 season kicks into gear at Toledo. The event will be duplicated at the Madison (Wis.) Int’l Speedway Aug. 11.
“We are very pleased to hold the first combination race for these two ARCA-sanctioned template late model series at Toledo,” noted Ron Drager, owner and promoter of Toledo and the president of ARCA. “We are anticipating a very successful event and a large field of cars for the 7-Up 150. We applaud the efforts of both groups working together and laying the groundwork for this race and for future events.”