A new era of the Hearn Industrial Glass City 200 Presented by DTS Drive Train Specialists and Courtyard by Marriott was ushered in Saturday night when the ASA STARS National Tour made their first appearance at Toledo Speedway and the first trip for the ASA brand in over 20 years.
It was Jesse Love taking the win in the first 200-lap Template Super Late Model Glass City 200 over teammate Cole Butcher and Chase Burda. Love took the lead late in the second stage and held on over the past 50-plus laps for his fourth-career Super Late Model win and his first ASA STARS National Tour victory.
It was a little bit of sweet redemption for the California driver. Not only did he come up short in last year’s ASA/CRA Super Series portion of the Glass City 200, he also finished second after dominating the ARCA Menards Series race at Toledo just a few weeks later.
“I’m just happy to finally win a Super Late Model race again. I feel like I don’t do a good job in these things, I don’t know what it is. I feel like we all did a good job as a team tonight.
“Me and my Toyota teammate William Sawalich had a great race last year and I came out on the short end of the stick that time. I’m excited to finally get a win with Donnie Wilson and I’m excited to see him, wherever he is.”
The ASA STARS National Tour gets about a month off before the penultimate race of the season at Winchester Speedway on Sunday, October 15 for the Winchester 400. More information will be released soon.
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).
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.