Speedway Pit Notes from Burger King Night and the Mopar Buckeye Nationals
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio (June 20, 2003) There have been a lot of different cars
that have raced on the fast 1/3-mile of Fremont Speedway in the past week.
That means a lot of things have happened on and off of the track that you
might not know about. Well, here you go consider yourself up to date with
the gossip from the pits in this weeks addition of Fremont Speedway Pit
Burger King Night June 14th
Once again Fremont Speedway have a handful of new 410 sprint cars in
the pits this year. This week Chuck Wadell made his first appearance of
the 2002 season at Fremont from southern Ohio. George Hawkins from Columbus,
Ohio brought his beautiful #5H to the track for the first time along with
Bill Shaw from Lindsey, Ohio. Unfortunately, for Shaw he had some motor
problems and wasn't able to run in his heat race.
When warming his motor, Ben Rutan blew his head gasket and was done
for the night.
Mark Keegan was sporting a brand new 2003 DRC chassis from Indianapolis,
Rob Chaney had a brand new Maxim chassis.
One of the hardest hits probably ever at Fremont Speedway occurred when
Byron Reed went head on into the soft walls in turn 2. He got over the
right rear of another car and was airborne when he hit the wall. Byron
Reed was OK but his brand new car wasn't. Rumor around the pits was what
that Reed was going to run that car the following week with USAC at Fremont
and Attica with the sprints. The front of the car smashed all the way in
to the radiator.
In heat race action, Mike Linder got upside down. It hurt the wings
and the front end along with a lot of bolt on parts. By the time the 305
heats where done, he was ready to go back out and race in the B-Main.
Jason Johnson was on hand for the nights racing action. The only bad
thing about it was he wasn't
racing. Johnson decided to be a spectator for the night along with
his crew chief Shane Wisbon.
Like to wish assistant flagman Darren Rice a happy birthday last Thursday.
Also would like to congratulate Darl Harrison a happy 66th birthday
this Thursday. Of course Darl's best birthday gift came when he won the
highly anticipated grudge match between Jim Ford and Harrison.
Pepsi Night June 19th Mopar Buckeye Nationals
Something that's nice about the midgets is that they are required to
run one way radios that a USAC official provides. That comes in handy in
getting cars in the correct running order under yellow or reds. Talk was
that the 2004 season might see the USAC sprint cars might be running radios
for the season. Personally sounds like a good idea to me.