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Henry Takes Crown Money at Fremont

FREMONT, Ohio – There’s no place like home for Cap Henry. The Bellevue, Ohio native spent a lot of years on the road racing sprint cars, including several weeks in the Midwest this year. He returned home a couple of weeks ago and hooked up with the Lane Racing team and it paid off Saturday at Fremont Speedway. Henry took the lead on lap 17 and drove to his fourth career win at “The Track That Action Built” pocketing $5,000 thanks to Crown Battery.

Henry started 10th in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint feature and steadily worked his way to the front. A tremendous battle involving Stuart Brubaker, Chris Andrews and Henry ensued as the leaders raced into heavy lapped traffic by lap 11. Henry drove around Brubaker for the lead exiting turn two to lead lap 17. It wasn’t easy for Henry as he encountered heavy lapped traffic with eight laps to go allowing Brubaker to close. Henry navigated through the traffic to earn the win.

“I can’t say enough about this Lane family. They didn’t know who I was two weeks ago. Man I knew this thing was pretty good early. I caught those guys in traffic and just didn’t want to screw it up. Hats off to Rich (Farmer, Fremont Speedway Promoter) and the whole crew. The track was awesome. I could run any where on the race track. This J&J was awesome. It’s good to be in victory lane and even better to be home,” said Henry beside his Metropolitan Landscaping, Kistler Engines backed #4.

Gibsonburg’s Nate Dussel survived a close call with a lapped car and led all 25 laps to claim his second feature win in as many weeks at Fremont Speedway. Last week he scored his first ever 360ci sprint win and this week the track’s Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint 2016 champion scored his first win in that division, taking home $1,000 thanks to Crown Battery.
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Lay Ends Tough Week with Fremont FAST Win

FREMONT, Ohio – Brian Lay faced a lot of adversity this weekend when it came to racing after being the subject of some negative press. He was able to put it all behind him and scored his first 410 sprint win of the 2017 season Saturday at Fremont Speedway on Kistler Engines Night.

Lay, from Genoa, Ohio, took the lead from Broc Martin on lap five of the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint feature and survived a couple of late race cautions to score his fifth career win at “The Track That Action Built.” The win also keeps Lay in contention for the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics title.

“When you throw all that other stuff out, this one is for the old man. We’ve been struggling with our dry slick set-up…I think I almost got fired at one point. Today is my crew guy Jeff Martin’s 61st birthday and no other way to celebrate than a win,” said Lay beside his Robert Mucha Law; Seagate Sandblasting; Any timeVarga Farms; American Quality Stripping; Dave Story Equipment; Wood County Collision; Gary Schumaker Fuel backed #45.

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Afternoon Rains Force Fremont Speedway to Cancel

FREMONT, Ohio – Just before the gates were going to swing open the skies opened up forcing Fremont Speedway to cancel racing for Saturday, May 20.

“We got too much rain in a short period of time. We tried to wait it out and unfortunately with the rain we received yesterday combined with the rain today was just too much,” said Rich Farmer, Fremont Speedway Promoter.

Fremont Speedway will be back in action Saturday, May 27 for the second installment of the North verses South battle pitting the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics against the Ohio Sprint Car Series. The feature winner will take home $5,000 on Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating Night. The first race in the co-sanctioned North verses South battle at Atomic Speedway was won by Brandon Wimmer with the OSCS. The FAST competitors hope to even the score.
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FAST Ready for First Doubleheader Weekend

FREMONT, Ohio – For the first time in 2017, the teams chasing the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics and the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro will compete in back-to-back nights of racing.

It begins Friday, May 19 at Attica Raceway Park for the Eric Phillips 29th Anniversary Classic presented by Kear’s Speed Shop and American Powersports. The FAST 410 feature will pay $3,000 to win while the FAST 305 feature will pay $1,000 to win thanks to Gressman Powersports. This will be the second appearance of 2017 at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speedplant by the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series. Fremont, Ohio’s DJ Foos scored his first 410 sprint win at the track to open the series’ season in April. Because of rainouts, this will be the initial appearance of 2017 at Attica for the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 teams.

The FAST teams head to Fremont Speedway on Saturday, May 20 for Root’s Poultry Night. It will be the second appearance of the year at “The Track That Action Built” for both the FAST 410 and 305 teams. Four-time FAST champion Byron Reed opened Fremont Speedway’s 2017 season with the victory on April 22 with defending 305 FAST champion Paul Weaver also taking home the victory.
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Dustin Smith Gets 1st Fremont BOSS Win

FREMONT, Ohio – Russiaville, Indiana’s Dustin Smith held off a hard-charging Kody Swanson Saturday, May 13 to claim the Rick’s Truck & Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) win at Fremont Speedway. After several second and third place finishes at “The Track That Action Built,” Smith led the final 22 laps for his first career victory at Fremont Speedway.

Smith, the 2012 BOSS champion, now has six career series wins to tie Thomas Meseraull atop the standings. Swanson challenged the last hand full of laps and had one last shot at Smith when the caution flew with just two laps remaining. Smith drove his Lou Gagliardi owned, Dom’s Gulf, Awesome Signs and Shirts, Lynn Cook “a racer’s friend”, and Forman Sheet Metal backed #77 to the cushion and edged Swanson by a car length for the win on Fremont Federal Credit Union Night.

“They are all hard to earn…there’s no such thing as an easy win. I’ve run well here year after year but always keep coming in second or third. To finally get one…I’m so happy. I want to thank Lou…he’s not feeling well this weekend. We went to Eldora last night (Friday) and put it in the show but we wanted to come here and support BOSS. I like racing here…I’ve always done pretty well. It was a little treacherous getting into one there. I thought I really messed up on that last lap. I biked it pretty good. I had to cut down on Kody to block him but I had to do what I had to do,” Smith said.

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Entries Sought for Race of Legends at Fremont Speedway

FREMONT, Ohio – Saturday, June 3 will be a very special day at Fremont Speedway. Prior to the night’s racing, the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place. Then more memories will be made during the 305 Race of Legends with former sprint car drivers encompassing hundreds of wins and dozens of championships battling on the track.

Drivers are being sought for the Race of Legends. The criteria is drivers have to be 50 years of age or older and can not have raced (except in a previous year’s Race of Legends) during the past 2 years; or be 45 years of age or older and not have raced in the past three years. Those interested in competing should contact Fremont Speedway Promoter Rich Farmer at 419-307-4241.

Also, 305 sprint car race teams interested in providing the rides for the Race of Legends should contact Farmer.

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OSCS vs. FAST Battle Heads to Atomic

FREMONT, Ohio – Not even Mother Nature can stop the “North vs. South” sprint car battle in Ohio! The All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics is set to hit the road Saturday, May 13 to take on the teams from the Ohio Sprint Car Series at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, orig inallyOhio. The originally scheduled for April 29 but fell victim to rain.

“We were able to work with Brad McCown (OSCS President) to find a suitable make-up date. We want the FAST championship to be decided on the track so we will work hard to get as many of our scheduled events in as possible,” said Rich Farmer, FAST President.

The last two weekends of FAST action have been rained out. So far two series races have been held with D.J. Foos taking a victory at Attica Raceway Park and four-time FAST champion Byron Reed earning the win at Fremont Speedway. The April 28 event at Attica was rained out after qualifying for two of the three heat races had taken place and thus show-up points were awarded.

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Rain Forces Fremont Speedway Cancellation Saturday, April 29

FREMONT, Ohio – Rains throughout the night Friday and Saturday morning have forced Fremont Speedway to cancel racing activities for Saturday, April 29 on Tank’s Meats Night – Students Race Into Summer.

The event was scheduled to pit the drivers in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints against the K&L Ready Mix National Racing Alliance Sprint Invader 360 sprints. The event will not be rescheduled.

Also, Fremont Speedway had passed out tickets to all students attending schools in Sandusky County. Students may use their pass at one of the next three events at “The Track That Action Built.”

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FAST to Kick Off Fremont Speedway’s 67th Season

FREMONT, Ohio – Fremont Speedway will swing open the gates for the 67th season of racing Saturday, April 22 on Level Performance/Gressman Powersports Night. The opener will include the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Championship Series Presented by Ohio Logistics for the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints and the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series Presented by Engine Pro for the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints.

‘We’re excited to get the season under way. Not only will it be a fantastic opener, but we’re pumped about the FAST series and the talent that has signed up to compete for the championships this year,” said Rich Farmer, Fremont Speedway Promoter and President of the FAST Championship Series.

The All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Championship Series Presented by Ohio Logistics kicked off at Attica Raceway Park on April 14. Fremont, Ohio’s D.J. Foos got a late race pass of four-time and defending FAST champion Byron Reed to score his first ever series victory.
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All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Series kicks off Friday at Attica

FREMONT, Ohio – The All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Series Presented by Ohio Logistics will kick off its ninth season Friday, April 14th at Attica Raceway Park during “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue’s 28th Annual HD Supply Spring Nationals.

The FAST competitors will be vying for $5,000 to win Friday. The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions compete at Attica Saturday, April 15.

The 2017 season for the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Series Presented by Ohio Logistics is the most ambitious in series history with 25 events planned – the most ever.

“We’re excited to get the season under way and it’s great to have a $5,000 to win event. I want to thank John (Bores, promoter) and Rex (LeJeune, director of operations) at Attica for continuing to work with us to help FAST grow,” said Rich Farmer, FAST President.
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Fremont Speedway – the Backbone of Sprint Car Racing – Set for 67th Season

FREMONT, Ohio –Since 1951 Fremont Speedway has been the center of dirt racing in Ohio. The 2017 season will continue to provide the entertainment that has lead Fremont Speedway to be known around the world as “The Track That Action Built.” The 67th season of racing will kick off on April 22nd.

“Fremont Speedway has such an electric, exciting atmosphere as well as a rich history and traditions that give fans and competitors a place to have fun every week. Fremont Speedway has paved the way for many drivers and crew members to move on to traveling series. Defending All Star champion Chad Kemenah and his brother, Brian, the All Star mechanic of the year nearly a dozen times, started their racing careers at Fremont Speedway. National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductees Fred Linder and Rick Ferkel started their careers at Fremont Speedway,” said Rich Farmer, Fremont Speedway Promoter.

The 2017 season will have something exciting for everyone with our weekly classes that feature 410 and 305 sprint cars as well as the very popular dirt trucks and the body banging action of the 602 late models.
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FAST Series Set for Growth in 2017

FREMONT, Ohio – The 410 and 305 sprint teams who plan to the run the 2017 FAST series will compete for the highest purses in the nine-year history of the organization.

“We have had a lot of interest in the FAST series over the winter and I’m proud that we will continue to give our local racers a chance to compete for more money than ever before. Of course, none of that would be possible if not for the support of all our great marketing partners. I want to welcome All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads as the title sponsor of the 410 FAST series along with new presenting sponsor Ohio Logistics. Jon Horn and JLH General Contractor is once again stepping up as the title sponsor of the 305 FAST series with Engine Pro returning as presenting sponsor,” said Rich Farmer, FAST President.

“Kistler Racing Products was the title sponsor of the FAST 410 series since its inception and will continue to be a supporter of the organization. I can’t thank Paul Kistler enough for all he has done not only for FAST but for area racing in general,” Farmer added.

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Fremont Speedway, FAST Hand Out Awards Dec. 3

FREMONT, Ohio – Fremont Speedway and the FAST Championship Series will honor the top 10 in the 2016 points during the annual awards banquet Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Fremont American Legion Hall, 2000 Buckland Ave.

Drivers in the top 10 in points have to be present to collect their point fund monies.

Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person which includes dinner. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, Nov. 30. To purchase tickets contact Fremont Speedway and FAST promoter Rich Farmer at 419-307-4241 or email to fremontspeedway@yahoo.com.

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Cottle gets 1st Fremont win with BOSS; Lay tames 410s; Weaver last lap 305 victory

FREMONT, Ohio – Shane Cottle had a lot to live up to Saturday night at Fremont Speedway. The Paul Hazen-owned sprint car has visited victory lane at “The Track That Action Built” on a couple occasions with other drivers.

“The Throttle” Cottle, from Kokomo, Ind., used lapped traffic to take the lead in the Rick’s Truck and Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) feature on lap 10 and held off Dustin Smith for his first career Fremont victory.

It was a lightening quick track on Kear’s Speed Shop/Fort Ball Pizza Palace Open Wheel Shoot Out Night. After 10 heats were completed in just over an hour, a shower hit the track causing a 50-minute delay and creating a very tacky surface.

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Lay earns 1st Fremont 410 win of 2016; Martin takes track title

FREMONT, Ohio – At the end of the 2015 racing season Brian Lay briefly contemplated hanging up the helmet. But the Genoa, Ohio driver decided to give it another shot and it has paid off in 2016. Lay led all 30 laps at Fremont Speedway on Kistler Racing Products Championship Night to score his first 410 sprint feature win of the season at “The Track That Action Built.”

By virtue of his third place finish in feature, Wooster, Ohio’s Broc Martin claimed the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint track title, the first of his career at the track.

Lay, who arrived at the track after attending a friend’s wedding, had to withstand a late race restart and held off a charging Jody Keegan to claim his third career victory at Fremont Speedway. He also had to pick his way through heavy lapped traffic and admitted he started the race with 26 tear-offs and was down to his last one when the checkers fell.

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Reed drivers new car to Fremont win

FREMONT, Ohio – Byron Reed put a new car together and after an exciting duel with Tyler Gunn, earned his fourth 410 sprint car win of the year at Fremont Speedway on Specialty Fuels Night. Reed, a six time and defending track champion, took the lead on lap 19 of the 30-lap affair and survived a late race restart for the win.

It is Reed’s 31st career win at “The Track That Action Built” as he ties hall-of-famer Rollie Beale for 14th on the track’s all-time win list.

“This is a brand new frame we’re taking to Knoxville and thank God we put old wings, old hood and an old tire and we junked them all. I had a big ‘oops’ there (lap 21) and I settled down after that. I don’t know if the front wing was broken then or not. It means a lot to tie Rollie Beale. My mom and dad used to watch him race a lot back in the old days of Toledo. I want to thank my crew who worked hard all night. This is the car we’re taking to Knoxville. There were a few things that weren’t to my liking but we worked all night on it. I’m still not totally happy with some of it but I guess it was good enough,” said Reed beside his Crown Battery, Ken Gill Construction, Kistler Engines backed machine.
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Fremont Speedway rewards fans, race teams

FREMONT, Oh. – It’s been an entertaining and exciting first half of the 2016 racing season at Fremont Speedway. As “The Track That Action Built” prepares to kick off the second half of the year on Ludwig Propane Night, Saturday, June 25, the race teams and fans will get a special treat.

The event will pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start the 30-lap feature for the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints. The Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks and McCullough Industries 602 Late Models will also be in action.

And because of their support, race fans will get to witness all of this excitement and fun for the general admission cost of only $10.

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Kemenah Defeats Outlaws at Fremont Speedway

All Star Circuit of Champions driver holds off series regulars to win Kistler Engines Smackdown

FREMONT, Ohio – June 3, 2016 – With family and friends cheering him on, Chad Kemenah, became just the third non-World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series driver to defeat the series regulars after he held off seven-time series champion Donny Scahtz to win the Kistler Engines Smackdown at Fremont (Ohio) Speedway on Friday night.

Kemenah, an Elvada, Ohio -native who had not made a World of Outlaws feature at Fremont since 1993, motored around David Gravel just after the halfway point in the 40-lap feature race, then held off a hard-charging Schatz in the final laps to capture the checkered flag.

“That was a hell of a show for the fans,” Kemenah said after exiting his car. “I don’t know how close it was there at the end, but I am pretty sure the fans were in the cockpit there with me. We were the first ones to the checkered flag tonight, and my wife and kids were here to watch it, so this is cool.

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Kemenah defeats Outlaws at Fremont

FREMONT, Ohio – There’s no place like home. For Fremont native Chad Kemenah it was “home cooking” as he held off seven-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz to claim the Kistler Engines Smack Down at Fremont Speedway Friday, June 3.

The win was Kemenah’s sixth career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory and the 12th win of his career at “The Track That Action Built,” on Ohio Logistics/Kistler Engines Night.

Kemenah would take the lead from Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel on the 23rd lap of the 40-lap feature and then held off Schatz who closed in last few laps.

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Greatest Show on Dirt invades Fremont Speedway

FREMONT, Ohio – The drivers competing in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series know when they come to Fremont Speedway they will have their hands full with the tough weekly competitors. The Kistler Engines Smackdown will bring them all together Friday, June 3 at “The Track That Action Built.”

Kistler Engines and Ohio Logistics have teamed up to sponsor the action packed night of racing and Fremont Speedway is rewarding the local teams who have supported the track all season by paying the World of Outlaws membership fee for those who are currently in the top 20 in the track’s points.

The last time the Outlaws visited Fremont Speedway, seven-time series champion Donny Schatz of Fargo, N.D. proved to be the “comeback kid.” In 2014 he would come from the Last Chance Showdown to win his 26th series race of the season. Shane Stewart, of Bixby, Oklahoma, the series’ most recent winner, finished second and Sandusky, Ohio’s Chris Andrews finished third.

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Reutzel Ready for Weekend Triple of 410-ci Action

CLUTE, Texas (May 26, 2016) – In less than one week, things pick up in a big way for Aaron Reutzel as he continues his defense of the Lucas Oil ASCS National championship with a month of June that includes a dozen scheduled events.

But, with one more idle weekend before that ramps up, Reutzel and the Shark-powered Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team will take in a three-race Memorial Day weekend of 410-ci events in Ohio and Indiana.

This weekend will find the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry in All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Ohio’s Attica Raceway Park on Friday, a $5,000-to-win card at Ohio’s Fremont Speedway on Saturday night and then World of Outlaws competition at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway on Monday night.

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Broc Martin dominates for Fremont Speedway win

FREMONT, Ohio – Wooster, Ohio’s Broc Martin watched a huge lead wiped out late in the 410 sprint feature at Fremont Speedway. But, he got a tremendous restart, hit his marks and went on to dominate for his second career win on Root’s Poultry Night.

Martin had built a 3.2 second lead late in the 30-lap feature for the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints. But a red flag with seven laps to go put Cole Duncan – who had been chipping away at the lead by .2 seconds every lap – right on Martin’s rear bumper. Martin focused and drove away for the victory, leading all 30 laps.

“I have to thank a real special friend of ours. Health wise he’s had some issues here lately and that’s Jim Smith Enterprises…Smitty…he’s been a huge influence on my career and my life in general. I have to thank Guerne Heights Drive In, a great please to eat if you’re down in the Wooster area. I have to thank Orrville Trucking and Grading, Santmyer Oil, Keizer Wheels, my friends Rick and Barb…Mt. Dew Rick, he helps a ton. I have to thank my buddies Wayne and Matt and my parents. My mom retired and got a second job just so we can do this. My dad works 55 hours a week,” Martin said in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.

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Fremont Speedway cancels April 30 races

FREMONT, Ohio – With weather forecasts calling for rain beginning in the afternoon and lasting throughout the night, Fremont Speedway has cancelled racing for Saturday, April 30.

“The forecast calls for rain to start about 3 this afternoon and continue all night. We have some teams from thePennsylvania and Indiana areas that are following the Kistler Racing Products FAST Championship Series and I would hate for them to tow over here and then have it rain. We are off to a fantastic start for the 2016 season and we will continue that momentum next week,” said Rich Farmer, Fremont Speedway Promoter.

Fremont Speedway will continue its 65th anniversary season on Saturday, May7 with Smith Family Foods Night featuring the Rick’s Truck and Equipment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS). The non-wing series will be kicking off its season at “The Track That Action Built.” The Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, McCullough Industries 602 Late Models and Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks will also be in action.

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Reed takes advantage of opportunity for Fremont Speedway win

FREMONT, Ohio – Byron Reed wasn’t planning on racing at Fremont Speedway Saturday. He was supposed to be at his son’s sporting event. But, circumstances changed and Reed ended up at “The Track That Action Built” and he proceeded to claim his 28th career victory.

Reed, the defending and six-time Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint champion at Fremont, took the lead from Dean Jacobs with 10 laps remaining and held off a charging Craig Mintz to score the win on Tank’s Meats Night. Reed now ranks 15th on Fremont Speedway’s all-time win list.

“This is the first year in 27 years I decided I have to back it down a little bit and my family is getting busy and involved in all kinds of stuff. I don’t want to be a guy that missing all his kids’ stuff. I was going to miss the races tonight but about the middle of the night my son got sick so I figured I could stay home with him during the day and my wife could stay home with him during the night so I went racing,” said Reed in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.

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Attica and Fremont add tire choices for sprint teams in 2016

ATTICA/FREMONT, Ohio – Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway will add more Hoosier right rear tire choices for sprint teams in 2016.
Along with the 16-inch medium Hoosier tire that has been in use at both tracks for the past three seasons, the H15, H20, and the new W18 will be allowed for use in both the 410 and 305 weekly sprint programs.

The 410 sprints will be allowed all four tire choices beginning with the first race of the season – March 25 at Attica and April 16 at Fremont. The 305 sprints will remain on the medium Hoosier tires only through the end of April in an effort to allow the race teams to use their tire inventory and give them a chance to generate a supply of new tire choice. Beginning May 6th, the 305 sprints will be allowed to run any of the tire choices.

“We feel adopting the new tire choice will put our tracks in uniform with the sanctioning bodies and the rest of the Ohio tracks,” said promoters John Bores and Rich Farmer.

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Arctic Cat All Stars Announce Schedule Changes to the 2016 Season

Arctic Cat All Stars Announce Schedule Changes to the 2016 Season

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 9, 2016) – The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions announced today that three events on the 2016 schedule have been canceled. Events on May 28, June 25 and September 17 at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, have all been canceled.

Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, will move their June 4 Arctic Cat All-Star event to Saturday, May 28, with a rain date of May 29.

Eldora Speedway will move their Thursday, June 23, Ohio Sprint Speedweek program to Saturday, June 25, with a rain date of Sunday, June 26. This show will be the $10,000-to-win finale event of Speedweek. Thursday, June 23, will become a rain date, if needed, for any of the first six Speedweek events beginning on June 17th.

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Ryan Smith Takes Jim Ford Classic worth $10,000

First Career Fremont Speedway Victory for PA Native

Fremont, Ohio (September 19, 2015) – Kunkletown, Pennsylvania’s Ryan Smith officially etched himself into Fremont Speedway history on Saturday night, September 19, winning the 8th annual Jim Ford Classic finale worth $10,000. Smith, a former member of the notorious “Pennsylvania Posse” who hit the road with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions in 2015, took advantage of his pole position on Saturday night; leading all but two circuits of the 50-lap main event to secure his third UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions victory of 2015. It was a career-first Fremont Speedway win for the “Kunkletown Kid,” holding off Christopher Bell and Cody Darrah at the checkers.

“I love racing in Ohio” said Ryan Smith, “There are a lot of great fans out here and a lot of great people to race with. We started on the pole so it was my race to lose. The car could really work anywhere tonight, but I chose to race on the bottom. We had a few challenges for the lead and actually lost it for a few laps, so I’m just happy I was able to get it back. I owe it all to these guys that help me. They work hard and it shows.”

After a caution on the initial start involving Cap Henry and Brian Smith, the Jim Ford Classic main event would officially get underway with pole-sitter Ryan Smith taking the early advantage. The “Kunkletown Kid” kept control for the first 16 circuits, chased by fellow Pennsylvania native Cody Darrah. Caution flags waved on lap 17 for a slowing Dale Blaney, erasing Smith’s advantage over Darrah and Sheldon Haudenschild.

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Tim Shaffer Takes Jim Ford Classic Opener at Fremont Speedway

$10,000 Jim Ford Finale Set for Saturday Night Back at Fremont

Fremont, Ohio (September 18, 2015) – Fremont Speedway is a special place for Tim Shaffer. The “Steel City Outlaw” entered action on Friday night with 14-career main event victories at the Fremont, Ohio venue, with nine of those occurring during UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions competition. The Aliquippa, Pennsylvania native can now officially add one more to each of those categories; capturing the 30-lap, Jim Ford Classic opening night victory on Friday, September 18, worth $3,000. The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions triumph was the 56th of Tim Shaffer’s career, passing Cole Duncan on lap 28 to secure himself back in victory lane.

“Scott Gressman gave me a great engine and my guys gave me a great car; just a great program all night” said Tim Shaffer, “I can’t say enough about the people that help me. I don’t know what it is about (Fremont Speedway). It’s always just a fun place to race. Things worked out great tonight.”

Pole-sitter Sheldon Haudenschild surged ahead to an early advantage, leading the first 12 caution-free circuits with 2015 Fremont Speedway champion Byron Reed in tow. Contact between Haudenschild and the lapped-car of Caleb Griffith initiated the event’s first yellow flag. Griffith would slow to a stop on the front stretch with front-end damage, ultimately slowing the entire field. Haudenschild would remain on point with Byron Reed and Cole Duncan restarting just behind the Southern Pacific Farms, #93.

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