Ivy scores Fremont
sprint win; Weaver dominated 305 sprints; Arnold takes checkers in trucks
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio (Saturday, Aug 5, 2006) - Confidence is everything in
sprint car racing, and when you have a very talented pit crew behind you,
it gives you that extra bit of comfort. That was evident Saturday on Brubaker
Auction Night at Fremont Speedway, as four-time track champion John Ivy
picked up his 24th career victory at "The Track That Action Built.".
"When you have Andy and Lynn Potter and my brother Scott turning the
wrenches you know you're going to have a good car," said Ivy. "I have to
thank Dee Genzman for keeping me racing and Dennis Levell for building
us a heck of a motor."
In the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, Paul Weaver dominated
to pick up his sixth win of the season. It was the defending track champion
and current point leader's 19th career victory, moving him into a tie for
25th on the all-time win list.
"I hurt my good motor two weeks ago and my spare last night....this
is a two-year-old motor and it seems to be just as good," said Weaver beside
his M&L Excavating sponsored #1w. "I have to thank Dee Genzman for
giving me everything I need and more to win races."
Tiffin's Brian Arnold picked up his first win of the season in the Coors
Light Dirt Trucks, holding off current point leader Steve Sabo.
"Finally got to victory lane...we've been so close all year," said Arnold
beside his Burns Electric sponsored #33. "We have the Make-A-Wish Foundation
on the truck tonight...my niece just had her wish and we want to dedicate
this win to her."
The 30-lap feature for the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints got underway
with Todd Heller jumping into the lead with fifth starting Ivy moving into
second followed by Chuck Wilson and Jamie Miller. By the third lap, the
man on the move was 7th starting Phil Gressman as he moved into fourth
behind Heller, Ivy and Wilson. Gressman would move into third by lap six.
The first caution would fly on lap eight for a Byron Reed spin. The running
order was Heller, the lapped machine of Jon Finsel, Ivy, Gressman, Miller
and Mark Keegan.
The running order would remain that way when the caution would fly on
lap 11 for a stalled Finsel. When the action resumed, Ivy began putting
the pressure on Heller. Ivy would utilize the bottom groove in the third
and fourth turns and the high side in turns one and two while Heller stuck
to the bottom. Gressman would join the duo for a three-car battle for the
top spot by lap 12.
At the half-way mark the action settled a bit with the running order,
Heller, Ivy, Gressman, Lee Jacobs and Keegan. Following a caution for a
stalled Reed, Ivy would set up his winning move, sling-shotting around
the outside of Heller entering turn three to steal the top spot.
"On that yellow Andy (Potter) told me to stay up top. I moved the wing
back and it stuck," explained Ivy.
The action would halt for a Bryan Scott tip-over on lap 19 with the
running order Ivy, Heller, Gressman, Jacobs, Brian Smith, Keegan and 11th
starting Mike Linder. When action resumed, Linder utilized the top side
to move into fourth. Ivy began to stretch his lead as Heller had his hands
full with Gressman for the runner-up spot. As Ivy took the white flag,
Gressman drove around Heller, with Linder putting the pressure on for third.
Ivy picked up the checkered - the 24th of his career moving him into
a tie with Johnny Beaber for 15th on the all-time win list - with Gressman
coming in second and Linder, Heller and Jacobs rounding out the top five.
With one more full points night for the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 sprints
coming Saturday, Aug. 12, defending champion Mike Linder is locked in a
tight battle with Reed and Jacobs.
In the 25-lap 305 sprint feature, Green Springs Josh Hill jumped into
the early lead with Evan Myers, Matt Merrill, Bill Kraylek and Coty Runion
in tow. The caution would fly on lap two as Andy Shammo stalled and Bryan
Sebetto got tangled with another car sending both to the pits. The yellow
would come out a lap later when Bobby Foster and Chad Wilson got together.
Hill continued to lead, but all eyes were on 11th starting Weaver who had
moved up to sixth. On the restart, Weaver shot around the high side and
into second and took the lead from Hill on lap five.
Now the fans' attention turned to 12th starting Chris Andrews who utilized
the high groove to move into fifth by lap. By lap eight, Weaver had moved
into a comfortable lead with Andrews now in second, Hill, Merrill and Stuart
Brubaker in tow. Andrews great run would be interupted on lap 12 as he
spun in turn two. Weaver would set sail on the restart, lapping up to the
8th place car at the checkered. Merrill would finish second with Andrews
coming from the back to salvage a third followed by Kevin Lee and Bill
At the start of the 20-lap truck feature, the front row of Chuck Rolle
and Eric DeVanna got together, bringing out the yellow and moving Bob Dible
and Steve Endicott to the front row. On the next start, the red flew when
Art Howe Jr. and Bobby Davis got together hard in turn two. Davis was okay,
but Howe was checked out for a foot injury.
When the green came back out the action was non-stop, with Dible taking
the lead with Arnold, Sabo, Endicott and Dwight Waltermeier in tow. Arnold
would race under Dible for the lead a lap later and gaint he top spot as
they exited turn four to begin lap three.
Arnold couldn't hide Sabo, Dible, Cory Ward, Jim McGrath, Dwight Waltermeier
and Shawn Valenty stagging a great battle behind him.
Arnold would not budge off the bottom and he would lead the rest of
the way for his fourth career Fremont victory. Sabo, Ward, McGrath and
Waltermier would round out the top five.
The "New" Fremont Speedway (8-5-06)
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Super Sprints
1. X-Mark Keegan, 12.68; 2. 53-John Ivy, 12.74; 3. 12-Caleb Griffith,
12.86; 4. 7B-Jamie Miller, 12.86; 5. 31-Chuck Wilson, 12.90; 6. 14H-Todd
Heller, 12.94; 7. 1R-Phil Gressman, 12.96; 8. F1-Jon Finsel, 13.01; 9.
55-Brian Smith, 13.04; 10. 16-Lee Jacobs, 13.05; 11. 5R-Byron Reed, 13.11;
12. 10-David Harrison, 13.12; 13. 99-Alvin Roepke, 13.16; 14. 7T-Troy Vaccaro,
13.20; 15. 8S-Craig Mintz, 13.24; 16. 3L-Mike Linder, 13.29; 17. 10S-Roger
Shammo, 13.45; 18. 27-Scott Euler, 13.67; 19. 48-Mike Burkin, 13.80; 20.
37Z-Bryan Scott, 13.83; 21. 40-Shane Helms, 14.30
Heat 1 (8 laps)
1. 55-Brian Smith; 2. 5R-Byron Reed; 3. 1R-Phil Gressman; 4. 12-Caleb
Griffith; 5. X-Mark Keegan; 6. 8S-Craig Mintz; 7. 31-Chuck Wilson; 8. 10S-Roger
Shammo; 9. 99-Alvin Roepke; 10. 48-Mike Burkin; 11. 40-Shane Helms
Heat 2 (8 laps)
1. 10-David Harrison; 2. 16-Lee Jacobs; 3. 53-John Ivy; 4. 14H-Todd
Heller; 5. F1-Jon Finsel; 6. 7B-Jamie Miller; 7. 7T-Troy Vaccaro; 8. 37Z-Bryan
Scott; 9. 27-Scott Euler; 10. 3L-Mike Linder
A-main (30 laps) Starting Position 
1. 53-John Ivy; 2. 1R-Phil Gressman; 3. 3L-Mike Linder; 4.
14H-Todd Heller; 5. 16-Lee Jacobs; 6. 55-Brian Smith; 7. X-Mark
Keegan; 8. 12-Caleb Griffith; 9. 8S-Craig Mintz; 10. 10-David
Harrison; 11. 7B-Jamie Miller; 12. 31-Chuck Wilson; 13. 37Z-Bryan
Scott; 14. 27-Scott Euler; 15. 10S-Roger Shammo; 16. 7T-Troy
Vaccaro; 17. 99-Alvin Roepke; 18. 40-Shane Helms; 19. 5R-Byron
Reed; 20. F1-Jon Finsel; 21. 48-Mike Burkin
Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints
Heat 1 - Riverside Machine & Tool (8 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 15C-Chris Andrews; 2. 1W-Paul Weaver; 3. 49-Coty Runion; 4. 9Z-Duane
Zablocki; 5. 29-Chris Lang; 6. 19R-Steve Rando; 7. 65-Mark Lang; 8. 25P-Mark
Pridemore; 9. 22D-Dan Hammond
Heat 2 - R & R Auto Wrecking (8 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. O1-Bryan Sebetto; 2. 9H-Josh Hill; 3. O2-Kevin Lee; 4. 14-Chad Wilson;
5. 18-Todd Huerman; 6. 17X-Dustin Keegan; 7. 55S-Benny Bowman; 8. O4-Cap
Heat 3 - Gressman Powersports (8 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 3J-Bobby Foster; 2. 55-Brad Bowman; 3. 39-Matt Merrill; 4. 31-Chad
Gullett; 5. 48S-Andy Shammo; 6. O7-Scott Mominee; 7. 67M-Matt Ferrell;
8. 5-Dustin Dinan
Heat 4 - Computer Man Inc. (8 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 71-Bill Kraylek; 2. 27-Stuart Brubaker; 3. 7M-Evan Myers; 4. 66L-Ryan
Lowe; 5. 3X-Greg Summit; 6. 34-Mark Whaley; 7. 5JR-Jimmy Mcgrath; 8. 4G-Dick
Dash - Fremont Floor Covering (4 laps)
1. 15C-Chris Andrews; 2. O1-Bryan Sebetto; 3. 3J-Bobby Foster; 4. 71-Bill
Kraylek; 5. 14-Chad Wilson
B-Main (10 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 18-Todd Huerman; 2. 48S-Andy Shammo; 3. 19R-Steve Rando; 4. 17X-Dustin
Keegan; 5. 55S-Benny Bowman; 6. 67M-Matt Ferrell; 7. 5-Dustin Dinan; 8.
22D-Dan Hammond; 9. O7-Scott Mominee; 10. 29-Chris Lang; 11. 34-Mark Whaley;
12. 65-Mark Lang; 13. 5JR-Jimmy Mcgrath; 14. 4G-Dick Wasson; 15. 3X-Greg
Summit; 16. O4-Cap Henry
A-main (25 laps) Starting Position 
1. 1W-Paul Weaver; 2. 39-Matt Merrill; 3. 15C-Chris Andrews;
4. O2-Kevin Lee; 5. 71-Bill Kraylek; 6. 9H-Josh Hill; 7. 49-Coty
Runion; 8. 19R-Steve Rando; 9. 31-Chad Gullett; 10. 17X-Dustin
Keegan; 11. 18-Todd Huerman; 12. 3J-Bobby Foster; 13. 7M-Evan
Myers; 14. 66L-Ryan Lowe; 15. 27-Stuart Brubaker; 16. 55-Brad
Bowman; 17. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 18. O1-Bryan Sebetto; 19. 14-Chad
Wilson; 20. 48S-Andy Shammo
Coors Light Dirt Trucks
Heat 1 (7 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 39-Dwight Waltermier; 2. 53-Rich Farmer; 3. 33-Brian Arnold; 4.
28-Shawn Valenti; 5. 45-Tim Adams Jr.; 6. O1-Art Ball; 7. 69-Mark Warnick;
8. 23M-Brad Mitten
Heat 2 (7 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 16-Steve Sabo; 2. 3R-Chuck Roelle; 3. 8-Steve Endicott; 4. 2R-Ron
Kepling; 5. 92-Loren Schwochow; 6. 40-Bobby Davis; 7. 97-Jim Maglosky;
8. 78-Dave Brewer
Heat 3 (7 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 18W-Cory Ward; 2. 37-Eric Devanna; 3. 52-Aaron Schatzinger; 4. 55B-Bill
Bruen; 5. 5W-Ralph Willey; 6. 30-Dave Gibbs; 7. 7C-Codey Renfro; 8. 19-Jimmy
Heat 4 (7 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 29-Ron Bordner; 2. 5-Jim Mcgrath; 3. 17-Bob Dible; 4. 38-Paul Dymond;
5. 8H-Art Howey Jr.; 6. 4X-Brian Sorg; 7. O7-John Harmon; 8. 96-James Mcclure
B-main (10 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 8H-Art Howey Jr.; 2. 40-Bobby Davis; 3. 45-Tim Adams Jr.; 4. 5W-Ralph
Willey; 5. 4X-Brian Sorg; 6. 78-Dave Brewer; 7. O1-Art Ball; 8. 30-Dave
Gibbs; 9. 23M-Brad Mitten; 10. 7C-Codey Renfro; 11. 19-Jimmy Sebetto; 12.
97-Jim Maglosky; 13. 69-Mark Warnick; 14. 92-Loren Schwochow; 15. 96-James
A-main (20 laps) Starting Position 
1. 33-Brian Arnold; 2. 16-Steve Sabo; 3. 18W-Cory Ward; 4.
5-Jim Mcgrath; 5. 39-Dwight Waltermier; 6. 17-Bob Dible; 7. 28-Shawn
Valenti; 8. 53-Rich Farmer; 9. 29-Ron Bordner; 10. 8-Steve Endicott;
11. 2R-Ron Kepling; 12. 3R-Chuck Roelle; 13. 37-Eric Devanna;
14. 4X-Brian Sorg; 15. 45-Tim Adams Jr.; 16. 5W-Ralph Willey;
17. 38-Paul Dymond; 18. 55B-Bill Bruen; 19. 8H-Art Howey Jr.;
20. 40-Bobby Davis