Bobby Clark wins
Sebetto claimes 305s and Bobby Davis
wins 2nd straight in trucks
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio (July 24, 2004) - Bobby
Clark has had an up and down season.
The Fremont, Ohio driver finally put together a great feature run to
his first career 410 sprint victory on McDonald's Night at Fremont
Clark, whose race car shop is right across the street from "The Track
Action Built," has won 17 feature events at Fremont over the years
sprint racing. His 18th career win came aboard a 410 sponsored by Fremont
Fence, KOT Trucking, B&L Plumbing and Jenny's Copper Penny.
"We struggled early this year. We crashed a car and we were pretty down.
crew chief Andy Potter kept telling me to be patient, that we'd be
and we just kept getting better. Finally during Speedweek (Ohio All
Sprint Speedweek), we put together some great runs (including a second
Fremont on July 1) and I got my confidence back," said Clark. "I have
thank all the guys on my crew and my mom and dad for putting this deal
Clark jumped into the lead from his outside front starting spot, with
pole-sitter Troy Vaccaro trailing. The only caution of the 30-lap
flew on lap two for a Lee Jacobs spin, with Clark, Vacarro and Mike
in the top three.
On the restart, Clark set sail with Vaccaro in second and a great battle
third between Linder and Todd Heller. Clark was into lapped traffic
nine, with Linder and Heller now battling Vaccaro for second. Linder
Vaccaro on lap 12, with Heller following. Linder and Heller raced side
side for second for 10 laps while Clark was battling lapped traffic.
finally disposed of Heller and set his sights on Clark, who had lapped
racing side by side when he saw the five-to-go signal. Linder closed
within three car lengths as they took the white flag. Clark followed
lapped traffic down the back stretch and into three and four, with
trying one last move to the high side as they exited turn fur for the
"The car got real loose at the end and I knew someone had to be coming.
think the car had a little left if I needed it at the end," said Clark.
Linder finished second for the fourth time this season, and took the
lead away from John Ivy. The night's fast qualifier, Rob Chaney, finished
third, with Mark Keegan, Heller, Byron Reed (up from 14th), Ivy (up
13th), Matt Lucius, Vaccaro and Rodney Duncan (up from 15th) rounding
the top 10.
Fremont's Brian Sebetto scored his second feature win of the season
305 sprints and his second win of the weekend, as he won Friday night
Lakeville Speedway competing against the more powerful 360 sprints.
The division's 2003 Rookie of the Year, Mike Riehl jumped into the lead
his pole-starting spot at the drop of the green, with the division's
Most Improved Driver, Matt Ferrell in pursuit. Ferrell took the lead
second lap, bringing Paul Weaver into second. Ferrell was into lapped
traffic by lap 10 and that's when the action heated up.
Fourth starting Andy Shammo was battling Weaver for second, with Sebetto,
who started sixth, and seventh starting Scott Miller battling for fourth.
Weaver took second from Shammo and a lap latter the lead from Ferrell.
Weaver held the lead until lap 16, when Sebetto drove around the high
of turn two to take the lead.
Sebetto drove away from the field to score his fourth career feature
at Fremont. Shammo finished second, with Brian Smith coming on in the
four laps to take third after starting eighth. Miller would finish
followed by Weaver, Ferrell, Riehl, Dustin Keegan and Jamie Miller
17th) to round out the top 10 in the non-stop 25-lapper.
"This has been a dream weekend," said Sebetto beside his Mominee Motorsports
sprinter sponsored by Fort Ball Pizza Palace and the band pLOW. "My
been working their tails off and Daniel Smith has come on board to
the car up and he's undefeated as a crew chief."
The Coors Light Dirt Truck feature was another dandy, coming down to
last lap for the second straight race. Fremont's Bobby Davis was the
truck to utilize the high side of the track, slingshotting around Brian
Arnold exiting turn four on the last lap for his second straight feature
Art Howey Jr. took the lead from his pole starting spot at the drop
green. Brian Arnold took the top spot away on lap 9, with a tremendous
battle for second betwen Howey, Steve Sabo and Jim Welty and Bobby
Davis, who started seventh, was up to second by lap 12 of the non-stop
15-lap event, setting up the final lap drama.
Behind Davis, who scored his seventh career feature win at Fremont,
Arnold, Sabo, Howey, Brian Michael, Welty, Todd Wickman, Dwight Waltermeier,
Joe Hartlaub and Cory Ward rounding out the top 10.
"This division is getting so tough... we went non-stop and no one got
lapped," said Davis beside his Crown Battery sponsored truck. "I found
enough on the high side to get that little extra push at the end. This
lap stuff is gonna make me an old man," he joked.
During the evening, drivers went through the stands collecting donations
Carolyn Eversole Rhoads, who needs a liver transplant. Fans donated
$900, with an anonymous donor making it an even $1,000. Then others
making donations, and by the end, nearly $3,000 was raised for the
The night's racing was taped by Buckeye Cable System Sports Network
be broadcast on the cable system in the Toledo and Sandusky areas on
July 25, from 7-10 a.m.; Monday, July 26 from 7:30-10:30 a.m.; Tuesday,
27 from noon-3 p.m.; Wednesday, July 28 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.; and Thursday,
July 29 from 7-10 a.m.
Fremont Speedway will be back in action Saturday, July 31, as Pepsi
the Chuck Kear Memorial-Fremont 50. The 410 sprints will run a 50 lap
feature paying $5,000 to win and thanks to KS Sales and Service ,$600
start. Also, as a way of saying thanks to the 305 division, the field
be divided in half based on odds and evens and points, and all 305
will run a 25-lap A-main, each paying $500 to win. Also, Kear's Speed
which was founded by Chuck Kears and provides equipment to racers all
the United States, has put together a manufacturer's giveaway with
$20,000 in parts and certificates going to all the A-main starters
410 feature and both 305 sprint features.
Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and racing will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
410 QUALIFYING (Track Record 11.732 - Lee Jacobs, May 3, 2003)
1. Rob Chaney (9X) 12.650; 2. Mark Keegan (X) 12.850; 3. Todd Heller
12.890; 4. Scott Euler (27) 12.920; 5. Matt Lucius (1A) 12.920; 6.
Mintz (8S) 12.940; 7. Brandon Martin (11M) 12.950; 8. Mike Linder (3L)
12.960; 9. Bobby Clark (8C) 13.040; 10. Troy Vaccaro (7T) 13.070; 11.
Finsel (F1) 13.090; 12. Andy James (72) 13.140; 13. Jason Dukes (K)
14. John Ivy (20) 13.250; 15. Byron Reed (5R) 13.250; 16. Rodney Duncan
13.290; 17. Lee Jacobs (16) 13.290; 18. David Harrison (10) 13.350;
Alvin Roepke (99) 13.510; 20. Shane Helms (40) 13.530; 21. Caleb Griffith
(12) 13.770; 22. Lary Riehl (55) 13.810; 23. Patrick Haynes (5H) 13.990;
Bill Shaw (48B) 14.250; 25. Ray Moon (18M) 14.510; 26. Jerry Nemire
14.580; 27. John Comment (36J) 14.670; 28. Willie Meier (33) 14.870;
Andrew Palker (57X) NT
410 SUPER SPRINTS - 29 Cars
Heat 1 (Top 5 to A): 1.Rodney Duncan(53); 2.Jason Dukes(K); 3.Brandon
Martin(11M); 4.Rob Chaney(9X); 5.Troy Vaccaro(7T); 6.Alvin Roepke(99);
7.Scott Euler(27); 8.Ray Moon(18M); 9.Lary Riehl(55); 10.Willie Meier(33);
Heat 2 (Top 5 to A): 1.John Ivy(20); 2.Mike Linder(3L); 3.Lee Jacobs(16);
4.Mark Keegan(X); 5.Andrew Palker(57X); 6.Patrick Haynes(5H); 7.Matt
Lucius(1A); 8.Shane Helms(40); 9.Jon Finsel(F1); 10.Jerry Nemire(16N);
Heat 3 (Top 5 to A): 1.David Harrison(10); 2.Bobby Clark(8C); 3.Todd
Heller(14H); 4.Byron Reed(5R); 5.Craig Mintz(8S); 6.Andy James(72);
Griffith(12); 8.Bill Shaw(48B); 9.John Comment(36J)
B - Main (Top 5 to A): 1.Matt Lucius(1A); 2.Scott Euler(27); 3.Shane
Helms(40); 4.Jon Finsel(F1); 5.Alvin Roepke(99); 6.Patrick Haynes(5H);
7.Caleb Griffith(12); 8.Bill Shaw(48B); 9.Ray Moon(18M); 10.Jerry
Nemire(16N); 11.John Comment(36J); 12.Lary Riehl(55); 13.Andy James(72);
A - Main (30 Laps): 1.Bobby Clark(8C)(start-2); 2.Mike Linder(3L)(start-3);
3.Rob Chaney(9X)(start-8); 4.Mark Keegan(X)(start-7); 5.Todd
Heller(14H)(start-6); 6.Byron Reed(5R)(start-14); 7.John Ivy(20)(start-13);
8.Matt Lucius(1A)(start-10); 9.Troy Vaccaro(7T)(start-1); 10.Rodney
Duncan(53)(start-15); 11.David Harrison(10)(start-17); 12.Brandon
Martin(11M)(start-4); 13.Craig Mintz(8S)(start-5); 14.Lee
Jacobs(16)(start-16); 15.Alvin Roepke(99)(start-18); 16.Jason
Dukes(K)(start-12); 17.Shane Helms(40)(start-19); 18.Andrew
Palker(57X)(start-20); 19.Jon Finsel(F1)(start-11); 20.Scott
305 SPRINTS - 45 Cars
Fremont Federal Credit Union Heat 1 (Top 4 to A): 1.Brian Sebetto(72);
2.Paul Weaver(1W); 3.Mike Riehl(81); 4.Barry Cole(8K); 5.Jamie Miller(4M);
6.Craig Kays(9); 7.Josh Hill(9H); 8.Phil Burroughs(18); 9.Mark
Pridemore(25P); 10.Ryan Lowe(66L); 11.Joe Ervin(71J)
Riverside Machine & Tool Heat 2 (Top 4 to A): 1.Matt Merrill(39);
Foster(91); 3.Brian Smith(20X); 4.Bill Kraylek(71); 5.Stuart Brubaker(17B);
6.Roger Shammo(10); 7.Brian Rusch Jr.(54); 8.Dan Hammond(22D); 9.Chris
Lang(29); 10.Vern Menkoff(23); 11.Greg Summit(3X); 12.Rodney Hurst(97)
Foster Auto Body Heat 3 (Top 4 to A): 1.Andy Shammo(48S); 2.Dustin
Keegan(17X); 3.A.J. Sleek(15); 4.Chad Laux(7L); 5.Jason Hill(25); 6.Chris
Andrews(15C); 7.Mike Burkin(48B); 8.John Patynko(7P); 9.Scott Mominee(O7);
Real Geese Heat 4 (Top 4 to A): 1.Matt Ferrell(67M); 2.Scott Miller(3J);
3.Kevin Lee(O2); 4.Mark Lang(65); 5.Bryan Scott(92); 6.Bob Dawson(62C);
7.Mark Whaley(34); 8.Brad Bowman(TA2); 9.Justin Stout(7S); 10.Mike
Young(5M); 11.John Oliver(5D)
COMPUTER MAN 305 DASH: 1.Matt Ferrell(67M); 2.Brian Sebetto(72); 3.Andy
Shammo(48S); 4.Matt Merrill(39)
1st - Main (Top 2 to A): 1.Jamie Miller(4M); 2.Roger Shammo(10);
Brubaker(17B); 4.Craig Kays(9); 5.Josh Hill(9H); 6.Chris Lang(29);
Hammond(22D); 8.Greg Summit(3X); 9.Phil Burroughs(18); 10.Brian Rusch
Jr.(54); 11.Rodney Hurst(97); 12.Mark Pridemore(25P); 13.Joe Ervin(71J);
14.Vern Menkoff(23); 15.Ryan Lowe(66L)
2nd B - Main (Top 2 to A): 1.Jason Hill(25); 2.Bryan Scott(92);
Dawson(62C); 4.Mark Whaley(34); 5.Brad Bowman(TA2); 6.Scott Mominee(O7);
7.Justin Stout(7S); 8.John Patynko(7P); 9.Chris Andrews(15C); 10.John
Oliver(5D); 11.Mike Burkin(48B); 12.Mike Young(5M); 13.Jeff Daugherty(77)
A - Main (25 Laps): 1.Brian Sebetto(72)(start-6); 2.Andy
Shammo(48S)(start-4); 3.Brian Smith(20X)(start-8); 4.Scott
Miller(3J)(start-7); 5.Paul Weaver(1W)(start-5); 6.Matt
Ferrell(67M)(start-2); 7.Mike Riehl(81)(start-1); 8.Dustin
Keegan(17X)(start-9); 9.Jamie Miller(4M)(start-17); 10.Bill
Kraylek(71)(start-14); 11.Bobby Foster(91)(start-3); 12.Kevin
Lee(O2)(start-10); 13.Roger Shammo(10)(start-19); 14.Matt
Merrill(39)(start-12); 15.A.J. Sleek(15)(start-11); 16.Barry
Cole(8K)(start-13); 17.Bryan Scott(92)(start-20); 18.Chad
Laux(7L)(start-15); 19.Jason Hill(25)(start-18); 20.Mark Lang(65)(start-16)
COORS LIGHT DIRT TRUCKS - 44 Trucks
Heat 1 (Top 4 to A): 1.Cory Ward(18W); 2.Jim Welty(10J); 3.Brian
Michael(47); 4.Dwight Waltermier(39); 5.Eric Davanna(37); 6.Ryan Bloom(21R);
7.Brain Sorg(4X); 8.Greg Harmon(O7); 9.Leroy Miller(49); 10.James
Sebetto(19); 11.Andy Maynard(10A)
Heat 2 (Top 4 to A): 1.Art Howey Jr.(8H); 2.Steve Rando(19R); 3.Brian
Arnold(33); 4.Joe Hartlaub(1); 5.Bob Dible(17); 6.Art Ball(O1); 7.L.J.
Conners(X); 8.Rick Potts(91); 9.Paul Brown Jr.(14B); 10.Tony Sauseda(42X);
Heat 3 (Top 4 to A): 1.Steve Endicott(8); 2.Todd Wickman(33T); 3.Ralph
Willey(5W); 4.Buffy Bordner(31); 5.Kenny Workman(65); 6.Linda Sabo(6);
7.Kent Brewer(20); 8.Fred Guiher(21); 9.Todd Keegan(22); 10.Bill Bruen(55B);
Heat 4 (Top 4 to A): 1.Steve Sabo(16); 2.Bobby Davis(40); 3.Paul Dymond(38);
4.Mark Warnick(69); 5.Dan Roepke(53); 6.Rex Wright(55W); 7.Jan Dorr(44);
8.Jim McGrath(5); 9.John Rhoades(30); 10.David Severs(62); 11.Chris
1st B - Main (Top 2 to A): 1.Bob Dible(17); 2.Andy Maynard(10A);
Ball(O1); 4.Rick Potts(91); 5.Eric Davanna(37); 6.Brain Sorg(4X); 7.L.J.
Conners(X); 8.Ryan Bloom(21R); 9.Tony Sauseda(42X); 10.Leroy Miller(49);
11.Paul Brown Jr.(14B); 12.Craig Holland(7); 13.James Sebetto(19)
2nd B - Main (Top 2 to A): 1.Rex Wright(55W); 2.Dan Roepke(53);
McGrath(5); 4.Kenny Workman(65); 5.Kent Brewer(20); 6.Jan Dorr(44);
Rhoades(30); 8.Linda Sabo(6); 9.Todd Keegan(22); 10.Chris Decorsey(7C);
11.Kent Long(82); 12.David Severs(62); 13.Bill Bruen(55B)
A - Main (15 Laps): 1.Bobby Davis(40)(start-7); 2.Brian
Arnold(33)(start-6); 3.Steve Sabo(16)(start-8); 4.Art Howey
Jr.(8H)(start-2); 5.Brian Michael(47)(start-5); 6.Jim Welty(10J)(start-1);
7.Todd Wickman(33T)(start-11); 8.Dwight Waltermier(39)(start-13); 9.Joe
Hartlaub(1)(start-14); 10.Cory Ward(18W)(start-4); 11.Paul
Dymond(38)(start-9); 12.Rex Wright(55W)(start-18); 13.Bob
Dible(17)(start-17); 14.Ralph Willey(5W)(start-12); 15.Steve
Rando(19R)(start-10); 16.Buffy Bordner(31)(start-15); 17.Dan
Roepke(53)(start-20); 18.Mark Warnick(69)(start-16); 19.Andy
Maynard(10A)(start-19); 20.Steve Endicott(8)(start-3)