Speedway Pit Notes for Crown Battery Night
By Andrew Barman
Fremont, Ohio (June 8th)-June 7th
saw over 120 cars pack the pit area at Fremont Speedway for Crown Battery
Night. A lot of things happened on the track but here's what happened back
in the pit area where a lot of fans might not know what went on.
-There were a lot of new faces in
the pit area. Making their first appearance at Fremont Speedway for the
2003 season in the 410s was Todd Kane in the #78, Mike Bretch in the #20,
Jeff Williams in the #5w, Mark Imler in the #40, Tim Hunter in the #2H,
Ronnie Beale in the #3B, and coming out of a 10 year retirement from sprint
car racing Shane Helms in the #40. In the 305s Jeremy Keegan got the 24K
back out on the 1/3-mile track. There's another rookie at Fremont Speedway
this year in the 305s. Chris Gilbert from Fremont is in Brian Smith's old
2+ car. Jeremy Cogar, who drives the #24c dirt truck made his initial
appearance at Fremont Speedway.
-Chris Lang was back at "The Track
That Action Built" after blowing 2 motors at Fremont in the 305 Econo Sprints.
-410 sprint driver Lee Jacobs from
Fremont, stepped into A.J. Sleeks 305 sprint down at Lakeville Speedway
on Friday night. He finished 3rd behind Daniel Smith, who picked up his
first ever sprint car feature win and Scott Miller. He said it was a big
difference but he enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, Lee might have won
the feature had the car not jumped out of gear. Also, Lee has moved from
Holmesville to Fremont at his sponsor's place, S&S Builders and Excavators.
-Bryan Sebetto has a new 2001 Eagle
Chassis in the 305 Econo sprints. Keep an eye on that team they will be
one to contend with week in and week out.
-Brotherly love showed Saturday night
at Fremont as Keith Whaley let his brother Mark Whaley borrow his power
steering. Keith is not racing do to a hurt motor.
-In dirt truck hot laps, #92B J.D.
Brewer cooked his motor going into turn 3. He was done for the night.
-In the 305 heat races, Jamie Miller
in the 4M had heavy smoke from his power plant. Apparently it wasn't anything
serious as he was able to pick up the 305 feature event. Unfortunately,
when Jamie was on his cool down lap when he thought the motor blew. It
was just a rocker and push rod.
-We had a first time flipper in
the 410s on Crown Battery Night at Fremont Speedway. The 1a of Matt
Lucuis flipped in turn 1 and 2. After he got out of the car he told a corner
worker, "That's not fun!"
-Also in the 410 heats, #18 of Phil
Gressman had a oil line come loose on that car.
-Former late model driver and father
of Bobby Clark, Kenny Clark should be in a dirt truck in the next few weeks.
He bought Jeff Daugherty's old truck who now has moved on to the 305 sprint
in Jim Moore's #4J.
-Next week will be one that you don't
want to miss. There will be an old time grudge match between 3 time Little
500 Winner Darl Harrison and track promoter Jim Ford. The two were on the
Last Lap on Monday night and it wasn't pretty. The two were going at one
another like it was a weigh in for a boxing match. No doubt about it you
don't want to miss this.
Next Saturday will be Burger King
Night at "The Track That Action Built." Gates open at 4:30 and first race
Sprint driver John Ivy celebrates
a birthday Thursday.
A.J. Sleek's sister, Mandy, is a
member of the three-time state champion Gibsonburg Lady Golden Bear softball
Sprint driver Andy James was in
a lot of back pain Saturday, and even asked Mark Keegan to drive the car
if he got it in the show. He also asked Fremont legend Jim Linder, who
Crown Battery handed out a lot of
loot Saturday. Any driver who had a Crown Battery on their racer - whether
it was a 410 sprint, 305 sprint or dirt truck, would earn $250 if they
won a heat and $1,000 if they won the feature. Well, in the heats, Rob
Chaney collected the $250 and $1,000 for winning the 410 feature. It's
not known if any of the 305 sprints had Crown stickers, but, Gregg Summit
took $250 in the dirt trucks for a heat win and $1,000 in the feature...with
his purse money, he took home $1,550!. Also, Bobby Davis was a truck heat
winner for $250 (rumor has it he ditched the post-race hamburgers for steak).
410 sprint rookie Craig Mintz now
has Mopar power under the hood of the Dick Sabo 8s.
After crashing a new car at Attica
a couple of weeks ago - his second car in as many weeks - it was thought
Alvin Roepke would sit out awhile and get his 410s fixed and let his hurt
leg heal. However, after tearing the Maxim apart last Sunday, the crew
spliced a piece of new tubing in the lower left frame rail and was back
in action Saturday.
Tim Wyckoff, driver of the #3A 305
sprint - a rookie - was the announcer at Lorain County Speedway.
Mike "Squeak" Riehl, driver of the
#81 305 sprint - a rookie - was a former wrench man on cars driven by Fred
Linder when Fast Freddy drover the #3x for Harold Kemenah (father of All
Star champion Chad Kemenah).
Joe Laugherty, driver of the #27J
305 sprint, is set to get married soon to Pam Young. Pam is the daughter
of long-time race fan and sponsor Frank and Kathy Young of Tiffin. Frank,
owner of a car repair shop in Tiffin, used to sponsor cars driven by Al
Mike Dukeshire, driver of the #20
dirt truck, showed his class Saturday by letting defending track champion
Steve Sabo race his truck in the A-main after mechanical problems kept
Sabo's #16 out of the race.