Speedway Pit Notes From June 8
FREMONT, Ohio (June 12) - Kenny Jacobs now has 96 career
All Star Circuit of Champion feature wins, the most of any
driver in the organization's history. In his 30th year of
racing, "the Mouse" had never scored an All Star
win at Fremont until Saturday, June 8. In fact, Jacobs hadn't
won any feature at "The Track That Action Built"
until scoring a regular season feature win in 2001.
Former Fremont Speedway and All Star champion Harold McGilton
was in attendance Saturday, having fun with fans in the
stands. McGilton is also the grandfather of Aaron Hammer,
crew chief for Kenny Jacobs.
Dirt truck driver Jeff "Doughnut" Dougherty married
long-time girlfriend Jeanette on Friday. The couple celebrated
their first day together as husband and wife at the race
track, where Dougherty finished 7th after a late-race spin.
He sits second in the point standings.
Former dirt truck rookie of the year Rich Farmer has been
in the pits helping the Sabo racing team this year.
Chuck Dagg, owner of Chuck Wagon II which he has been driving,
and Chuck Wagon III which Joe Keegan has been piloting,
is putting Keegan in the Chuck Wagon II car this coming
While selling all his equipment over the winter to Caleb
Griffith's team, Bobby Foster it seemed would be forced
to retire without a ride. However, he has gotten behind
the wheel of Keith Whaley's #37 two weeks ago while Whaley
recovered from kidney stones. And, this past Saturday, was
behind the wheel of Dave Saxer's #35a and raced from the
back of the pack to a sixth place finish.
2002 has seen three 305 sprint drivers pick up their first
career wins. Chad Laux and Craig Mintz recently scored theirs
at Attica Raceway Park, while Saturday's win at Fremont
marked Jamie Miller's (a former most improved driver winner
at Fremont) first career win. Miller has accomplished something
at Fremont his dad Skip never did. However, his uncle Donny
Miller has two career feature wins at Fremont. Jamie's other
uncle George, used to pilot the #66 of Earl Lowe, who is
the grandfather of current 305 sprint driver Ryan Lowe.
Drivers and fans contributed funds to purchase a trophy
for Chad Laux who scored his first career feature a few
weeks ago at Attica Raceway Park. Attica promoter Janet
Holbrook has also indicated she would purchase plaques for
both Laux and Craig Mintz in recognition of their first
Seven-time Fremont track champion Jim Linder's daughter
Susan, and her boyfriend, Harvey Davis, a crew member on
sprint driver Mike Linder's #3, were involved in a serious
car crash near Bellevue on Thursday, June 6. According to
Ohio State Highway Patrol reports, a car ran a stop sign
and collided with Linder's car. The driver and passenger
in the other car, Tiffin residents, died as a result of
injuries from the crash. Susan Linder and Davis were taken
to Bellevue Hospital where Davis was treated and released.
Linder was taken by helicopter to the Medical College of
Ohio. According to Mike Linder, Susan has a cracked vertebrae
and will have to wear a halo device. She also had a broken
wrist and ankle, and surgery was done on the wrist Monday.
Susan is expected to be released from the hospital this
Long-time sprint driver Dick Liskai of Rollersville, was
scheduled to have a bone marrow/stem cell transplant this
week at The Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus.
Liskai has been battling cancer for over a year now. The
donor match for the bone marrow/stem cell transplant is
his oldest brother and former sprint driver Al Liskai. Following
the procedure, Dick will have to remain in Columbus for
up to two months for follow-up treatment.
Thirteen cars qualified in the 12 second bracket at Fremont
Saturday, with Rodney Duncan just a tick off the track record
of 12.092 with a time of 12.380 to lead the way. The track
was in awesome condition the entire night, providing for
some great racing.
Jamie Miller joined 83 other drivers who have posted one
feature win at Fremont speedway. He became the 292nd different
feature winner in 1,726 features in the track's 51 year
Fremont promoter Jim Ford joked that if the soft walls needed
replacing he may have to raise pit passes a buck to cover
the costs. After slamming into the devices Saturday and
only bending a radius rod and rear bumper, 305 sprint driver
Joe Keegan went down and handed Ford that dollar. "A
dollar was well worth it. If I had hit the concrete it would
have ruined a tail tank, rearend, wheels, front axle...probably
a thousand dollars worth of equipment," said Keegan.
Defending 410 sprint track champion John Ivy, who raced
to a 5th place feature finish Saturday, celebrated his 33rd
birthday Saturday. Also celebrating a birthday was dirt
truck driver L.J. Connor's wife Debbie. Connors hurt the
engine in his #X truck on Memorial day and was seen in the
pit area trying to find a ride Saturday, but to no avail.
One of the post-race stories being told Saturday was by
Scott Kraylek. Kraylek told of the time back in the 1970s
when former sprint owner "Toad' Stewart was towing
his race car home from Limaland (Scott's dad drover the
sprinter) when it came off the trailer and went way out
in a corn field along I-75. Not knowing the car had left,
Stewart towed on home where he discovered the car was missing.
He contacted the highway patrol, and according to Scott,
the sent a plane in the air and was able to located the
Last Lap radio show host Scott Barman got the thrill of
a lifetime Saturday when he acted as the assistant flagman
to Monty Collins. Barman even got to flag some of the qualifying.
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