ASA STARS National Tour
A History of the Glass City 200 Part No. 2 – The Outlaw SLM Years
Aug 24, 2023
It was on September 22, 2007 when Brian Campbell picked up the biggest Outlaw Super Late Model win of his career in the Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway. 16 years after that win, the Michigan veteran gears up for his ASA STARS National Tour debut in the same event.
That Glass City win marked the first of eight major victories for Campbell at the Ohio half-mile, a win that was big at the time and continues to be a career highlight to this day.
“At the time, it was huge. It was a pristine event for the Outlaw deal as much as the Kalamazoo Klash and the (Summer) Sizzler or the big three that’s at Owosso now,” said Campbell. “It’s a huge event for all of us around here, it was definitely a good win.”
Toledo has been a special place for the entire Campbell family. His father Fred Campbell was a two-time Iceman Super Car Series champion who also won CRA and ARCA Gold Cup races at the facility.
The younger Campbell has a long track record of his own at Toledo. Along with the Glass City 200 win, he has six ASA/CRA Super Series wins at Toledo and picked up the first JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race ever held in 2011.
“Years and years ago I learned how to drive a car on the way to Toledo, that’s how long I’ve been going to this place to watch my dad and be a part of his team and his crew. Being able to race and collect wins in various cars, it’s been awesome. It’s been a great track for me.”
Campbell has 29 ASA/CRA Super Series wins to his credit, just two behind Scott Hantz for most all-time. Additionally, he is a former ASA Late Model Series champion and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour’s winningest driver with 11 wins.
However, Campbell has spent the last three years racing locally at Berlin Raceway, winning the 2021 track championship and closing in on his second in three years to go along with his 2010 track title. Even with competing weekly at Berlin the last few years, he has still made the trip to Toledo every year for the Glass City 200.
“It’s been fun to stick around at home with family and everyone. Berlin’s been hard to leave, this year they’ve had 75 lap races for $4,000 to win. It’s ten minutes from home, it’s hard to beat that. A lot of it’s financial, a lot of it’s enjoying sticking around home.
“We still like to get out and about and do some traveling at the end of the year. Last year, we hit the Glass City when it was a 100 lap CRA race and I think we ended up with a flat right rear tire while chasing down the leader and second place. It was going to be a good race that year too.”
While he has won a 200-lap race at Toledo in the Outlaw, he says the September 16 event will be an entirely different undertaking. It will be the first 200-lap Template-bodied Late Model race held at Toledo since an ASA Late Model Series race in April 2007.
“It was an Outlaw race for a number of years and then it was a dual threat with Templates and Outlaws. It’s going to be different, it’s been a long time since we’ve run 200 laps at Toledo in a Template car and it should be different. The controlled cautions will come into play and it’ll be a different deal for us.”
Campbell will have a chance to become the first driver to win Outlaw and Template races at the Glass City 200. Harold Fair Jr. and Johnny VanDoorn have come close in recent years, having wins in one car and a runner-up in another, but nobody has been able to visit victory lane in both cars.
“I’m excited to see what the ASA STARS National Tour has to offer. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on it and watching it throughout the year and I’m glad to be a part of it at Toledo, it’s one of my favorite tracks. Who doesn’t love Toledo?”
The ASA STARS National Tour heads to Toledo Speedway on Saturday, September 16 for the Glass City 200 Presented by DTS Drive Train Specialists and Courtyard by Marriott. Tickets are on sale now at toledospeedway.com/glasscity200tickets.
The Glass City 200 will be co-sanctioned with the ASA/CRA Super Series, the fifth race of the CRA season. Gio Ruggiero leads the ASA/CRA Super Series points standings over Logan Bearden.
The ASA STARS National Tour opened the ten race, six-state schedule at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on March 11. Ty Majeski is the most recent winner, claiming the victory in the Gandrud Auto Group 250 on Tuesday, August 1.
For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at starsnationaltour.com, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).
About the Glass City 200
The 35th Running of the Glass City 200 Presented by DTS Drive Train Specialists and Courtyard by Marriott roars to life under the ASA STARS National Tour banner in Toledo on Saturday, September 16th. Built in 1960, Toledo Speedway first hosted its signature event in 1968, providing some of the most memorable moments in Ohio pavement short track racing history. Local and national stars alike have raced in this historic event at Toledo Speedway, with a deep wins list that includes Joy Fair, Bob Senneker, Joe Ruttman, Danny Byrd, John Anderson, Brian Campbell, Junior Hanley, Harold Fair, Augie Grill, Johnny Van Doorn, J.R. and Tyler Roahrig, Tyler Ankrum, Carson Hocevar and many others. Click here for a full list of Glass City 200 winners. New in 2023, the return to the 200-lap main event will prove to be a new endurance test for many of the top drivers in the country. You can get your tickets now for this race by clicking the link.
ASA STARS National Tour
The ASA STARS National Tour debuted in March of 2023 for Super Late Model racing in America. Announced last October, many of the best drivers in America will compete in the ten-race national tour with a minimum $100,000 point fund. The championship team will be guaranteed $25,000.
The ASA STARS National Tour is made up of three races from each of the regional pavement Super Late Model Series under the Track Enterprises banner; the ASA CRA Super Series, the ASA Midwest Tour and the ASA Southern Super Series.
The Team Construction Winner’s Circle program has been announced as a part of the ASA STARS National Tour for licensed drivers/teams with perfect attendance. The program provides additional financial incentives to those teams who support the Series, thanks to Team Construction.
Track Enterprises, a Racing Promotions Company based in Illinois, will operate the ASA STARS National Tour. It announced the acquisition of the CRA sanctioning body in January and followed that up with the purchase of the Midwest Tour in July. In October, Track Enterprises President, Bob Sargent announced a partnership with the Southern Super Series which set the table for the formation of the ASA STARS National Tour.
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