Michigan - August 8, 2012) - 1972 race winner Danny Byrd has been named the
Grand Marshal for the 24th running of the Great Lakes Helicopter
Glass City 200, set for Saturday, September 29 at Toledo Speedway.
Byrd, who won
numerous races throughout the Midwest and Canada in the 1960ís, 70ís and
early 80ís, led every lap of the 1972 Glass City 200, piloting the Bill
Hill-owned #08 Chevelle.† To this day,
Danny is the only driver to lead every lap in a Glass City 200 event.
Danny was the
Late Model champion at Toledo in 1973 and 1978 and finished his career at the Ĺ
mile paved oval with 31 checkered flags (tied with the late John Anderson), and
second only to Bob Senneker (33) and the late Joy Fair (97).
He is also 4th
in the all-time Late Model win category at Flat Rock Speedway with 29
victories, and captured the track title in 1973.
Helicopter is entering its third season as the title sponsor of this prestigious
event.† The night of racing carries a
purse of over $50,000 in cash and awards, with $5500 going to the winner.† $1000 has been posted to start the 200 lap
race, which will see a 20 minute break at the lap 101 mark.
blanks and fliers are expected to be ready by August 17.† In addition to the 200 lap Late Model
invitational, a 40 lap Sportsman invitational and a just-added 30 lap X car
invitational (on the ľ mile) are also part of the final race of the season at
the Glass City oval.
all 3 events will be released next week.†
In addition to Great Lakes Helicopter, associate sponsors include
Francis Engineering, DTS Drive Train Specialists, R & M Recycling, First
Care Ambulance, Port City Racecars, Burge Wrecking, Allegiant Travel, Bazell
Race Fuels, Sunoco Race Fuel and PASSTIME.†
Additional sponsors will be announced as they are secured.
September 28 the pit area opens at 2 p.m. for rig parking, tech and tire sales
for all 3 classes.† An optional practice
session will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.†
Anyone that purchases a pit pass on Friday will receive a FREE dinner of
a pulled pork sandwich, bbq chicken, cole slaw, potatoes and corn on the cob,
courtesy of Francis Engineering of Leroy,
September 29 race day schedule has the pits open at 9:30 a.m., driverís meeting
at 11:30, practice at 12:15, time trials at 3 and racing at 5 p.m.† A rain date of Sunday, September 30 has been
Log onto www.toledospeedway.com for more
information as the Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200 nears!† Tickets are now on sale by calling the track
office at 419-727-1100.† Like us on
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