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Toledo Speedway is offering a $5 savings for advance ticket purchases for its upcoming Wednesday night special July 2, the King of The Wing Sprint Car Shootout! The "Rollie Beale Classic" will be sponsored by 1996 Indy 500 winning car owner and local businessman Ron Hemelgarn through his Toledo-area Super Fitness chain and Hemelgarn Racing.
To save $5 per ticket, fans can call the track office at 419-727-1100 for phone orders, by visiting the track office or by downloading the ticket order form at www.toledospeedway.com. and emailing the order to the address at the bottom of the order form. Most major credit cards are accepted for phone orders. The advance ticket sale ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 1. Both reserved and general admission seating is available.
Toledo native Rollie Beale was a very, very popular driver throughout his career, winning the 1973 USAC Sprint Car championship. Rollie was a fixture at Toledo as a spectator for the past several years and passed away in February of this year.
Toledo's event will also include a visit by the Top Speed Modified Touring Series, which will also compete on the ½ mile. The USAC Honda HPD Midget Series will also compete, with their racing action slated for the ¼ mile paved oval. An open-wheel Racer's Reunion and a vintage race car display is also being planned as part of the program for the Wednesday night special event at the Glass City speedplant.
The 6-race "King of the Wing" Sprint Car Series has 3 stops scheduled in the Midwest, beginning with the Wednesday night special at Toledo July 2. The final 3 races will be held out West during the Thanksgiving holiday week. The Midwest races after Toledo include the Winchester, IN Speedway Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 at Grundy County, IL Speedway. Drivers from 8 states and Canada are expected for the Toledo race, including the states of California, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Idaho.
The pit gates will open at 1:30, with practice to begin at 3 p.m. The front gates will also open at 3. Time trials will begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. for the Wednesday night special July 2. The current entry lists for the Sprint Cars and the Top Speed Modified Tour can be found with this story at www.toledospeedway.com. An updated version of the lists will be posted by noon on Monday, June 30.