NASCAR Winston Cup veteran Ken Schrader, ARCA RE/MAX series champion Frank Kimmel and close to 40 other drivers are headed to Toledo Speedway for the GFS Marketplace 200 presented Sunday by Federated Car Care.
Schrader, one of the most personable drivers on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, will take on the best of the ARCA RE/MAX Series in the 200-lap contest. Ken will be making his way from the Winston Cup event tomorrow at Richmond, Va., to Toledo to compete in the event. He will be at the wheel of the Federated Auto Parts machine as he battles for top honors at Toledo. In his last appearance at the track in 1999, Schrader was victorious in the main event for the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Should the Richmond event get postponed by weather, veteran NASCAR driver Mike Wallace will sub for Schrader.
The GFS Marketplace stores, with headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich., will enter into its first race sponsorship at the Toledo track with this race. The GFS stores also serve as the sponsor of ARCA RE/MAX Series competitor Todd Bowsher. The Alexis Road GFS store in Toledo will host an open house today from noon to 4 p.m. ARCA star Jason Jarrett will be on hand to greet customers and fans.
Another promotion of the race will take place today at the Hickory Farms headquarters in Maumee, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Brent Sherman and his Hickory Farms ARCA RE/MAX machine will be at the site.
The schedule for Sunday's event will see the ARCA RE/MAX cars hit the track for practice at 10 a.m. Qualifying will begin at 12:45, followed by two ARCA Factory Stock races. An autograph session will take place at approximately 2 p.m. The green flag for the GFS Marketplace 200 presented by Federated Car Care is to fly at approximately 2:30 p.m.
wThe stars of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association will travel to Ohio this weekend to battle the Ohio winged sprint car teams. Tonight the IRA will face off against the Attica Raceway Park regulars. Then tomorrow the stars of Fremont Speedway will host the IRA invaders.
IRA officials are predicting 25 to 35 of their drivers will travel to Ohio for the weekend of racing. Racing tonight is scheduled to begin at 8 o'clock. Tomorrow, Fremont will open the gates at 4:30 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m.
wA full program of late models, sportsman/trucks and bombers will be racing on the half-mile clay oval at Oakshade Raceway tomorrow night. Racing gets underway at 7 o'clock.