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would be without racing until the fall of 1951 when Joe and Dorothy Stelter
and Harry Maynor of Toledo founded Fremont Speedway. Their original track
was almost flat and was just over 1/10 of a mile. Maynor sold his interest
in the speedway to Frank Jensen of Toledo in 1952 and Wayne Wall of Toledo
purchased an interest in 1953. Wall sold out in 1954 and Joe, Dot and Jensen
operated the track until 1957 when a local Fremont businessman, Don Emick,
purchased Jensen's stock. This operation continued until 1960 when Emick
sold out, leaving Joe and Dot as the sole owners. After Joe's sudden death
in 1962, Dot decided to continue and became one of the few women promoters
in the country. Dot later married Paul Szakovits and he helped to operate
the track. Dot promoted the speedway until 1976 when longtime announcer
Gary Kern purchased the facility.
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