to embark on 54th season
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio (Feb. 11, 2005) - Fremont Speedway, "The Track That Action
Built," will kick off its 54th season on Saturday, April 23. While the
regular weekly program of 410 winged sprints, 305 sprints and Coors Light
Dirt Trucks highlight most of the 23-race schedule, there are several special
nights of racing planned that will keep fans excited throughout the season.
The All Star Circuit of Champions will visit the "Home of the All Stars"
on three occasions in 2005. The first appearance is Saturday, May 7 for
Fort Ball Pizza Night. The All Stars return for Ohio Sprint Speedweek
on Thursday, June 30, for Miller Beer Night. The traveling tour pays their
final visit of the season on Saturday, Sept. 10, for Coors Beer Night.
Other special events include the popular Budweiser Shoot-Out on Saturday,
May 28. The program features double features for the 410-sprints, with
the finishing order of the first feature inverted for the final 30-lap
shootout. There is a bonus if the same driver can win both feature events.
Also, Pepsi presents the popular Churck Kear Memorial Race for the 410
and 305 sprints on Saturday, July 30. The 50-lap A-main for the 410 sprints
pays $5,000 to win and there will be many (last year over $10,000) manufacturer's
giveaways for the competitors in both divisions.
The 2005 schedule also has many popular events from years ago, like
the Burger King Mid-Season Championship on Saturday, June 25, and the Kistler
Engines Season Championship Night to wrap-up the season on Saturday, Sept.
The American Late Model Series Presented by Sunoco will visit "The
Track That Action Built" on two occasions; Monday, May 30, and Saturday,
Sept. 17 for True Value Hardware of Woodville Night.
The 305 sprints will once again compete for one of the richest purses
in the country for that division on Sunday, Sept. 4, for the Burn's Iron
& Metal 305 Sprint Invitational. The Coors Light Dirt Trucks also get
a special night on Sunday, July 3 for Henry Motorsports Night, which features
the trucks, limited late models (who will also run on May 28, and
Sept. 4), the truck powder puff race, vintage cars and the first of two
nights (also Sept. 4) for the school bus races.
The second consecutive Roots Poultry Night SOD Sprints (360 sprints)
verses the 305 sprints will be held Saturday, May 21. Last year, 86 of
the 360 and 305 sprints jammed the pits to compete in this challenge which
was dominated by the 305 division. The 305 sprints will also battle the
NRA 360 sprints in a two-track challenge on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12
and 13. The 305 sprints will travel to Limaland Motorsports Park on Friday
to battle the NRA sprints on their home turf, while the NRA sprints will
come to Fremont on Saturday to challenge the 305 sprints on their home
track. There is a bonus if the same driver can win the features at both
"We have a few more races planned this year than last. We also have
some unique races like the truck powder puff, race, the limited late models
visiting and the school bus races and the special events for the Coors
Light Dirt Trucks and 305 sprints that will provide a lot of entertainment
for the fans," said Fremont Speedway promoter Jim Ford.
There are lots of interesting substories to keep fans excited throughout
the year as well. Can someone dethrone 410 sprint track champion John Ivy?
Can eight-time track champion Mark Keegan win four or more features to
tie his uncle Gug for second on the all-time career win list? Can Keegan
catch all-time career feature winner Art Ball, who is looking to add on
to his 66-feature win total as he competes in the Coors Light Dirt Truck
Division at the age of 66? Can Steve Sabo continue to rack up championships
and wins in the truck division? Will rookies Mike Riehl, Bryan Sebetto,
and Ed Psurny be successful in the 410 sprints after moving from the 305
sprint ranks? How many rookies will compete in the 305 sprints and Coors
Light Dirt Trucks? Will defending 305 sprint track champion Brian Smith
continue his winning ways in the 410 sprints after moving into the seat
of the Larry Riehl #55?
There's only one way to find out....come out to "The Track That Action
Built" for all the fun, exciting racing in 2005. For more information contact
Jim Ford at 419-862-2206 or log onto the track's website at www.fremontohspeedway.com.
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