May 2—A fan favorite and a future star are coming to Toledo Speedway.
Ken Schrader, a five-time winner at the high-banked half-mile oval on Benore Road, will race in the Central Avenue Truck Parts School Bus Figure 8 race on May 16. Ty Gibbs, a rising star in auto racing who won last June in Toledo, will return for ARCA’s Herr’s Potato Chips 200 on May 22.
Schrader, one of the most popular drivers in the 61-year history of Toledo Speedway, is an 18-time winner on the ARCA circuit. His most recent victory in Toledo came in 2013. This will be his second time behind the wheel of a school bus, with his debut coming in Toledo last May on his 65th birthday.
When he won in 2013, the then 57-year-old Schrader led 163 of 200 laps and had a two-second lead the final 25 laps, taking the checkered flag by 4.7 seconds over Mason Mingus. The victory gave Schrader the title of oldest winning ARCA driver, and then he won again that September (DuQuoin) and in 2015 (Salem).
“We just had a good car,” Schrader said. “It was the first one to do 200 laps, and we got here first. That’s all that counts.”
Last June, ARCA made its return at Toledo, four months after taking a pause because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gibbs won in front of zero fans on a day that masks were required for drivers, race teams, ARCA officials, and media on site, and mandatory temperature checks were administered.
“It was really weird,” said Gibbs, the grandson of Hall of Fame football coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs. “Usually, you see a lot of people screaming after doing burnouts. But we aren’t allowed to do burnouts. It was like a little Saturday stroll for me.”
Gibbs has raced 22 times across ARCA’s three series since his victory in Toledo, winning eight with four runner-up finishes and 14 total top fives. He’s currently third in the season-long standings.
In February, Giibs won his Xfinity Series debut, beating the field on a restart in the second overtime at the Daytona road course. The 18-year-old has placed in the top five in all three Xfinity races he’s been in the field.
“The biggest advice [my grandfather’s] given me is if you really love what you want to do, then you won’t work a day in your life,” Gibbs said. “And I feel like that’s something I’ve took.”
Tickets are on sale for the Herr’s Potato Chips 200, which will take place under the lights with an 8 p.m. green flag.
Race fans can call or visit the Toledo Speedway track office to reserve tickets or visit one of the 13 Menards stores in northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan. Advance purchase will save $10 off the price of a ticket. The discounted sale will end May 21 at 9 p.m.
Up-to-date coronavirus regulations can be found at ToledoSpeedway.com.
“We will be guided by state, county, and local government healthcare advisories to ensure a safe and healthy experience for our race fans,” ARCA president and Toledo Speedway track owner Ron Drager said. “We want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves in a responsible manner on May 22 and throughout the 2021 season.”
First Published May 2, 2021, 8:19am