Carlson Masters Toledo Oval
TOLEDO, Ohio – Dakota Carlson piloted the LeClair Racing No. 8 to an impressive victory in the Discount Tire 100 for the ARCA Discount Tire Late Model Gold Cup Series Friday night at Toledo Speedway.
Just three yellow flags slowed the action in the 100 lap contest, with Jeff Ganus and Harold Fair Jr. on the front row. Ganus stormed into the lead and set sail in the early going, building up a big lead. At the lap 38 mark, Ganus dropped down pit road with mechanical woes, ending his brilliant run.
The DTS Drive Train Specialists fast qualifier Carlson, starting eighth, was on the move and begun to reel in the leader and now inherited the lead as Ganus exited. Carlson began to take charge and really clicked off the laps, only to have his lead erased when a lap 89 yellow was displayed for a piece of a fender that fell on the track. Brad Riethmeyer, in his first race at Toledo, was very strong and ran in the top 3 for the duration of the event, stayed in the hunt.
The lap 89 yellow flag and double file restart gave Brad a shot at Carlson and Brad pushed his machine hard in the high groove. The duo swapped lanes for laps 90 and 91 until Carlson nosed out front on his way to his first Toledo victory.
Riethmeyer took the runner-up spot, Fair was third, Jake Francis fourth and Dennis Strickland fifth.
Howard Kelley Jr. snapped Ron Allen’s two-race win streak as he took the victory in the caution-free 35 lap ARCA Aramark Sportsman feature race. Tom O’Leary IV took the lead on the start and led the first 21 laps until Kelley, who had steadily moved through the pack, caught the leader and grabbed the point on lap 22 as he notched the victory. Allen was second, Mike Young third, O’Leary fourth and Kenny McKay Jr. fifth.
The Great Lakes Mini Cup Cars visited Toledo with 14 cars. Elliot Pritchett wheeled his way to the win in the all-green flag 20 lap main event.