Lee scores 1st career Fremont win; Ward takes 4th truck feature win
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio (Saturday, July 14, 2007)
- Fremont Speedway remembered its
roots Saturday, as over 50 former drivers
who competed over the last 56
years were on hand on Fort Ball Pizza
Palace Night to watch Green Springs'
Kevin Lee score his first career victory
at "The Track That Action Built,"
in the 305 sprints. Sandusky's Cory Ward
picked up his fourth win of the
season at the historical speedplant in
the dirt trucks.
"It was so wonderful to see all those former
drivers come out
tonight....they are the ones responsible
for making Fremont Speedway what it
is today," said Fremont Speedway Promoter
Jim Ford. "It was fun to see the
fans mingling with their heroes from yesterday.
And the smiles on the faces
of those former drivers was very special."
Lee, a former rookie of the year in the
Fremont Federal Credit Union 305
Sprints, took the lead on lap 3, but looked
to be headed for a runner-up
finish when Bryan Sebetto drove around
him on lap 19. But Sebetto slipped
off the high side of turn 3 a lap later,
giving the top spot back to Lee.
Lee would not waste the opportunity, going
on to the victory as the rain
"I don't know if I could have gotten back
by Bryan...it would have been
fun," said Lee in the Engine Pro Victory
Lane beside his Kylnn Inc./ Humbert
Trucking backed #02. "I have to thank
my my dad and his wife (Charlie and
Velma Lee)...they own this thing. We've
been so close here over the
years...to finally get a win in front
of all these former great drivers is
Ward, who started 12th. grabbed the lead
on lap 7 and road the bottom of the
track to the win to maintain his current
point lead in the Fremont Fence
"Both trucks are running very well," said
Ward, who has several wins this
year at Attica Raceway Park. "I'm all
over the track in traffic, but once I
get to the front, I don't know how I do
it, but this truck is glued to the
Ward's victory came aboard the Precision
Body & Frame, Lakefront Drywall,
Excuses Lounge backed #18w as his dad,
Jim Ward, a 1978 and 1979 Fremont
champion in the sport stock division,
At the start of the 25-lap 305 sprint feature,
pole-sitter Brett Lane
grabbed the lead, with Craig Kays taking
the top spot a lap later. Lee, who
started fifth, executed a great move to
go from third to first in turns 3
and 4 a lap later. While Lee led, the
battle between Brad Bowman, Kays and
10th-starter Bryan Sebetto would heat
Lee hit lapped traffic by lap 14, with
Bowman, Sebetto and 11th-starter Andy
Shammo in tow. Sebetto would move into
second on lap 16 and would race side
by side with Lee for the lead the next
2 circuits before grabbing the top
spot exiting turn 2 on lap 18. Sebetto
would jump the cushion in turns 3 and
4 a lap later, handing the top spot back
Lee would take the checkered over Sebetto,
Shammo, Bowman and Kays.
The first half of the 20-lap feature for
the dirt trucks was a
caution-filled affair. Rookie Alex Wiechman
would take the initial lead with
fellow rookie Zack Kramer, Dave Brewer,
Eric DeVanna and Art Howie Jr. in
tow. Kramer would grab the point on lap
2 only to see Wiechman fight back a
lap later. Meanwhile Ward, who started
12th, was steadily marching his way
to the front. He would move into fourth
by lap 3 and into second by lap 5.
He would driver under Wiechman for the
lead on lap 7 and was never
challenged the rest of the way.
However, behind him, the racing was exciting.
Wiechman would hold second
until lap 11 when 9th-starter Brian Arnold
would grab the runner-up
position. Wiechman, Steve Endicott, Howie,
Shawn Valenti and Art Ball would
trade positions every lap.
At the checkered it was Ward, Arnold, 11th-starter
Art Ball, Endicott and
Wiechman rounding out the top five.
Fremont Speedway will be back in action
Saturday, July 21 on Beck Oil Night
feauring the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410
Sprints, Fremont Federal Credit
Union 305 Sprints and the Fremont Fence
Dirt Trucks. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
with racing action slated to get underway
at 7:30 p.m.
For more information log onto www.fremontohspeedway.com
or call the track
office at 419-862-2206.
FREMONT SPEEDWAY (Saturday, July 14, 2007)
Fort Ball Pizza Palace Night
Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints
Riverside Machine & Tool Heat 1 (top
4 to A): 1. 9z-Duane Zablocki; 2.
12-Brett Lane; 3. 31-Chad Gullett; 4.
18-Todd Heuerman; 5. 34-Mark Whaley;
6. 29-Rich Farmer; 7. 72c-John Barlome;
8. 65-Mark Lang
R& R Auto Wrecking Heat 2 (top 4 to
A): 1. 01-Bryan Sebetto; 2. 36x-Dustin
Keegan; 3. 66L-Brad Bowman; 4. 49-Coty
Runion; 5. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 6.
311-Aaron Molloney; 7. 29L-Chris Lang;
8. 82-Travis Hoffbauer
Gressman Powersports Heat 3 (top 4 to A):
1. 02-Kevin Lee; 2. 40-Bobby
Clark; 3. 5-Dustin Dinan; 4. 39m-Matt
Merrill; 5. 22d-Dan Hammond; 6.
25P-Mark Pridemore; 7. 18c-Jason Crispen;
8. 6-Ryan Dickey
Borer Mirror & Glass Heat 4 (top 4
to A): 1. 48s-Andy Shammo; 2. 9-Craig
Kays; 3. 04-Cap Henry; 4. 71-Bill Kraylek;
5. 1a-Matt Lucius; 6. 19r-Steve
Rando; 7. M28-Josh Muntz
Computer Man Dash: 1. 9z-Duane Zablocki;
2. 01-Bryan Sebetto; 3. 48s-Andy
Shammo; 4. 02-Kevin Lee; 5. 39m-Matt Merrill
B-Main (top 4 to A): 1. 35-Stuart Brubaker;
2. 34-Mark Whaley; 3. 1A-Matt
Lucius; 4. 22d-Dan Hammon; 5. 29-Rich
Farmer; 6. 72c-John Bartlome; 7.
25P-Mark Pridemore; 8. 19r-Steve Rando;
9. 65-Mark Lang; 10. 29L-Chris Lang;
11. 18c-Jason Crispen; 12. 311-Aaron Maloney;
13. 82-Travis Hoffbauer; 14.
A-Main (25 laps, starting spot [#]
1. 02-Kevin Lee ; 2. 01-Bryan Sebetto
; 3. 48s-Andy Shammo ; 4.
66L-Brad Bowman ; 5. 9-Craig Kays ;
6. 31-Chad Gullett ; 7. 18-Todd
Heuerman ; 8. 36x-Dustin Keegan ;
9. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 10.
49-Coty Runion ; 11. 9z-Duane Zablocki
; 12. 71-Bill Kraylek ;
13. 04-Cap Henry ; 14. 39M-Matt Merrill
; 15. 34-Mark Whaley ;
16. 22d-Dan Hammond ; 17. 12-Brett
Lane ; 18. 1A-Matt Lucius ;
19. 40-Bobby Clark ; 20. 5-Dustin
Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks
Heat 1 (top 5 to A): 1. 33-Brian Arnold;
2. 5-Jim McGrath; 3. 18w-Cory Ward;
4. 8k-Zak Kramer; 5. 1-Joe Hartlaub; 6.
6-Steve Sabo; 7. 19-Jimmy Sebetto;
8. 4x-Brian Sorg
Heat 2 (top 5 to A): 1. 3r-Chuck Roelle;
2. 8-Steve Endicott; 3. 83b-Dave
Brewer; 4. 8h-Art Howey Jr.; 5. 20-Andy
Maynard; 6. 30-Dave Gibbs; 7.
23m-Brad Mitten; 8. 96-James McClure II
Heat 3 (top 5 to A): 1. 1. 17-Bob Dible;
2. 01-Art Ball; 3. 98-Eric DeVanna;
4. 56-Alex Wiechman; 5. 39-Dwight Waltermeier;
6. 28-Shawn Valenti; 7.
P51-Paul Brown Jr.; 8. 53-Dan Roepke (DNS)
B-main (top 5 to A): 1. 28-Shawn Valenti;
2. 6-Steve Sabo; 3. 23m-Brad
Mitten; 4. 30-Dave Gibbs; 5. 19-Jimmy
Sebetto; 6. 96-James McClure; 7.
4x-Brian Sorg; 8. P51-Paul Brown Jr. 9.
A-Main (20 laps, starting spot [#]
1. 18w-Cory Ward ; 2. 33-Brian Arnold
; 3. 01-Art Ball ; 4.
8-Steve Endicott ; 5. 56-Alex Wiechman
; 6. 28-Shawn Valenti ; 7.
8h-Art Howey Jr. ; 8. 3R-Chuck Roelle
; 9. 39-Dwight Waltermeier ;
10. 23m-Brad Mitten ; 11. 20-Andy
Maynard ; 12. 6-Steve Sabo ;
13. 1-Joe Hartlaub ; 14. 96-James
McClure ; 15. 17-Bob Dible ;
16. 19-Jimmy Sebetto ; 17. 8k-Zck
Kramer ; 18. 83b-Dave Brewer ;
19. 98-Eric DeVanna ; 20. 5-Jim McGrath