gets 1st 410 Fremont win; Brubaker nabs 1st career 305 victory; Ward notches
5th truck win
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio (Saturday, July 21, 2007)
- Castalia's Troy Vaccaro has won in
modifieds on asphalt. He was a dominate
force in 305 sprint racing on the
dirt, including winning the 1997 Fremont
Speedway championship. But in his
years of 410 sprint racing, he has struggled.
However, it all came together
Saturday on Beck Oil Night at "The Track
That Action Built," as he led all
30 laps for his first career victory in
the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410
Not to be outdone, Helena's Stuart Brubaker
outdueled Benny Bowman, Chris
Lang and a fast-closing Kevin Lee to nab
his first career victory in the
Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints.
Current Fremont Fence Dirt Truck point
leader Cory Ward came out on top of a
tremendous three-way battle for the lead
late in the race with Jim McGrath
and Danny Roepke. It was Ward's fifth
win of the season at Fremont.
For Vaccaro, the win justified turning
down the "Deal" - to move from his
pole starting position to 13th for a chance
at winning a $2,500 bonus.
"The track was fast and it would have been
hard in this competition to pass
that many cars. I have to thank all the
people who have stuck with me over
these last six years. We won a lot of
races in modifieds and 305s...we
weren't used to struggling like this.This
is a credit to all the hard work
of my crew," said Vaccaro in the Engine
Pro Victory Lane beside his
Precision Body & Frame, Excuses Lounge,
Pizza House West backed #7t.
In the 25-lap 305 sprint feature, the last
8 laps featured side by side
battles for the lead. Brubaker, who started
sixth, grabbed the lead for good
on lap 22.
"That was one heck of a battle. It's been
a long four years and I wasn't
going to let this one slip away. At times
you get discouraged because you
get so close to winning," said Brubaker
from the Engine Pro Victory Lane
next to his Brubaker Auctioneer, Fisher
Welding & Fabrication sponsored #35.
"I have to thank my wife, my crew and
my mom for all their support and
Things didn't heat up in the 20-lap dirt
truck feature until the last five
laps. Danny Roepke and ward banged doors
for awhile, and then Jim McGrath
got in the mix. Ward would lead lap 16,
with McGrath holding the slight
advantage on lap 17. Ward would take the
top spot for good on lap 18.
"Danny and I have banged doors before and
he came away with the win. It was
my turn to do that to him," said Ward
beside his Budweiser, Lakefront
Drywall, Hiser's Transmissions, Blue Chip
Machine & Tool, East Side Cafe
Vaccaro would grab the lead at the drop
of the green in the 410 sprint
feature, with Bobby Clark, who also turned
down the "Deal", Chris Andrews,
Lee Jacobs and Brandon Martin in tow.
The only caution of the race would fly
on lap 4 for a Gus Wasson spin.
Vaccaro would set sail, while the battle
heated up behind him between Clark,
Jacobs, Martin, Andrews and David Harrison.
Vaccaro would hit lapped traffic
on lap 11, allowing Clark and Jacobs to
close. Those three would run nose to
tail until lap 24 when Jacobs would move
into second. As the laps wound
down, Jacobs closed on Vaccaro who was
having some difficulty in lapped
At the checkered Vaccaro won by 3 car lengths
over Jacobs, with Clark,
Martin and Greg Wilson rounding out the
Chris Lang would grab the lead from his
third starting spot at the drop of
the green for the 305 sprint feature,
with Bowman, Aaron Moloney, Brubaker
and Brad Keckler in tow. The only yellow
would fly on lap 4 for a Dustin
Keegan spin, with the running order the
same for the top five. However, all
eyes were on Kevin Lee in his new ride,
the Jason Deel-owned 3J. The Green
Springs driver, who won last week at Fremont,
destroyed his car Friday night
at Attica, and was up to 10th from his
17th starting position.
Lang pulled away when racing resumed, with
Bowman comfortably in second and
Brubaker moving into third by lap 8, with
Dan Hammond and Matt Lucius
rounding out the top five. Bowman would
drive under Lang for the lead on lap
13, with Brubaker still third. Lang would
fight back to lead laps 14 and 15,
with bowman retaking the top spot on lap
Brubaker would move into second on lap
18, with Lang and now Lee not far
behind. With just five laps remaining,
Bowman had his hands full with
Brubaker. Brubaker and Bowman raced side
by side as they hit lapped traffic
on lap 22, with Brubaker taking the top
spot and a closing Lee moving into
Brubaker would take the checkered over
Bowman, Lee, Lang and Hammond.
Gibsonburg's Danny Roepke, who has 22 career
Fremont wins, would grab the
lead in the dirt truck feature, with rookie
Zack Kramer , Paul Brown Jr.,
Alex Wiechman and Bob Dible right on his
rear bumper. Roepke would continue
to lead with no challenge while the real
battle was behind. Moving through
the field were 10th-starting McGrath and
12th starting Ward.
At the half-way mark of the 20-lap feature,
Roepke lead over McGrath, Ward,
Kramer, Brown and Wiechman. Ward would
move into second on lap 12 and he and
Roepke would trade paint the next four
laps before ward took the top spot.
Roepke and a closing McGrath would make
it a three-way battle the remaining
Ward held off McGrath for the win, with
Roepke, 11th-starter Steve Endicott
and Dwight Waltermeier rounding out the
In a bit of sad news, Jim Ford, who returned
"The Track That Action Built"
back to prominence eight years ago, announced
this would be his last as the
promoter of Fremont Speedway. No announcement
was made of who would take
over the reins.
It was also announced the last race of
the season, Saturday, Sept. 15, will
feature pay the 410 sprint feature winner
$13,000 ($600 to start), though
Ford hinted that may increase over the
coming weeks. The finale will also
feature increased purses for the 305 sprints
and dirt trucks. More details
on this special race will be released
in the coming weeks.
Fremont Speedway will be back in action
Saturday, July 28 on Custom Chrome
Plating Night with the 410 sprints, 305
sprints and dirt trucks in action.
The "Deal of No Deal" option for the front
row of the Fort Ball Pizza Palace
410 sprints' feature will still be effect
- pole-sitter moves from 1st to
13th starting spot, wins and collects
a $2,500 bonus for a potential $5,000
payday (option goes to second place starter
if pole-sitter takes "No Deal.")
Also, thanks to the Tackle Box II, five
bikes will be handed out in a random
draw to kids 10 and under! And, hot dogs
will be two for $1!
For more information log onto www.fremontohspeedway.com
or call the track
office at 419-862-2206.
The "New" Fremont Speedway (07-21-07)
Beck Oil Night
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Super Sprints
1. 24H-Rob Chaney, 12.57; 2. W20-Greg
Wilson, 12.75; 3. 10-David Harrison,
12.79; 4. 12-Caleb Griffith, 12.80; 5.
5R-Byron Reed, 12.81; 6. 11M-Brandon
Martin, 12.81; 7. 3L-Mike Linder, 12.86;
8. 27-Scott Euler, 12.88; 9.
14H-Todd Heller, 12.95; 10. 16-Lee Jacobs,
12.96; 11. 55-Brian Smith, 12.97;
12. 15C-Chris Andrews, 13.04; 13. 8S-Bobby
Clark, 13.04; 14. 11B-Brock
Mayes, 13.05; 15. 7T-Troy Vaccaro, 13.06;
16. 51-John Ivy, 13.06; 17. X-Mark
Keegan, 13.06; 18. 31-Chuck Wilson, 13.08;
19. 35-Alvin Roepke, 13.10; 20.
10S-Roger Shammo, 13.27; 21. 48-Mike Burkin,
13.37; 22. 49T-Gregg Dalman,
13.40; 23. O-Gus Wasson, 13.41; 24. 1W-Paul
Weaver, 13.45; 25. 3T-Tony
Beaber, 13.55; 26. 96AU-Bruce White, 13.82;
27. 91-Aaron Middaugh, 13.86;
28. 29-Rich Farmer, 14.25; 29. 21-Rodney
Morgan, 14.34; 30. 51E-John Evans,
14.73; 31. 11-Josh Harrison, 16.15
Heat 1 (8 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 5R-Byron Reed; 2. 8S-Bobby Clark; 3.
X-Mark Keegan; 4. 3T-Tony Beaber; 5.
14H-Todd Heller; 6. 48-Mike Burkin
Heat 2 (8 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 49T-Gregg Dalman; 2. 11M-Brandon Martin;
3. 16-Lee Jacobs; 4. W20-Greg
Wilson; 5. 31-Chuck Wilson; 6. 11B-Brock
Mayes; 7. 96AU-Bruce White; 8.
Heat 3 (8 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. O-Gus Wasson; 2. 35-Alvin Roepke; 3.
7T-Troy Vaccaro; 4. 10-David
Harrison; 5. 55-Brian Smith; 6. 91-Aaron
Middaugh; 7. 11-Josh Harrison; 8.
Heat 4 (8 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 51-John Ivy; 2. 1W-Paul Weaver; 3.
10S-Roger Shammo; 4. 15C-Chris
Andrews; 5. 27-Scott Euler; 6. 29-Rich
Farmer; 7. 12-Caleb Griffith
B-main (10 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 12-Caleb Griffith; 2. 14H-Todd Heller;
3. 11B-Brock Mayes; 4. 55-Brian
Smith; 5. 24H-Rob Chaney; 6. 31-Chuck
Wilson; 7. 91-Aaron Middaugh; 8.
96AU-Bruce White; 9. 27-Scott Euler; 10.
29-Mike Linder; 11. 21-Rodney
Morgan; 12. 48-Mike Burkin; 13. 51E-John
Evans; 14. 11-Josh Harrison
A-main (30 laps) Starting Position [#]
1. 7T-Troy Vaccaro; 2. 16-Lee Jacobs;
3. 8S-Bobby Clark; 4.
11M-Brandon Martin; 5. W20-Greg Wilson;
6. 15C-Chris Andrews; 7.
5R-Byron Reed; 8. 55-Brian Smith;
9. 12-Caleb Griffith; 10.
10-David Harrison; 11. 11B-Brock Mayes;
12. 51-John Ivy; 13.
X-Mark Keegan; 14. 14H-Todd Heller;
15. O-Gus Wasson; 16.
3T-Tony Beaber; 17. 35-Alvin Roepke;
18. 49T-Gregg Dalman; 19.
10S-Roger Shammo; 20. 1W-Paul Weaver
Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints
Heat 1 - Riverside Machine & Tool (8
laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 29L-Chris Lang; 2. O1-Daniel Smith;
3. 55S-Benny Bowman; 4. 10-Brad
Haudenschild; 5. 3J-Kevin Lee; 6. 39M-Matt
Merrill; 7. 65-Mark Lang; 8.
12-Brett Lane; 9. 18C-Jason Crispen
Heat 2 - R & R Auto Wrecking
(8 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 31-Chad Gullett; 2. 22D-Dan Hammond;
3. 23-Brad Keckler; 4. 66L-Brad
Bowman; 5. M28-Josh Muntz; 6. 6-Ryan Dickey;
7. 7-Jarrid Potter; 8. 48S-Andy
Shammo; 9. 9Z-Duane Zablocki
Heat 3 - Gressman Powersports (8
laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 36X-Dustin Keegan; 2. 311-Aaron Moloney;
3. 1A-Matt Lucius; 4. 71-Bill
Kraylek; 5. O4-Cap Henry; 6. 18-Todd Heuerman;
7. 72C-John Bartlome
Heat 4 - Borer Mirror & Glass
(8 laps, top 4 transfer to A-Main)
1. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 2. 25P-Mark Pridemore;
3. 5-Dustin Dinan; 4. 9-Craig
Kays; 5. 34-Mark Whaley; 6. 49-Coty Runion;
7. O7-Scott Mominee; 8.
Dash - Computer Man Inc. (4 laps)
1. 29L-Chris Lang; 2. 35-Stuart Brubaker;
3. 31-Chad Gullett; 4. 36X-Dustin
Keegan; 5. 66L-Brad Bowman
B1 Main (8 laps, top 2 transfer to A-main)
1. 3J-Kevin Lee; 2. 48S-Andy Shammo; 3.
39M-Matt Merrill; 4. 9Z-Duane
Zablocki; 5. 65-Mark Lang; 6. 12-Brett
Lane; 7. 6-Ryan Dickey; 8. 18C-Jason
Crispen; 9. M28-Josh Muntz
B2 Main (8 laps, top 2 transfer to A-Main)
1. 18-Todd Heuerman; 2. O4-Cap Henry;
3. 49-Coty Runion; 4. 34-Mark Whaley;
5. 72C-John Bartlome; 6. O7-Scott Mominee
A-main (25 laps) Starting Position [#]
1. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 2. 55S-Benny
Bowman; 3. 3J-Kevin Lee; 4.
29L-Chris Lang; 5. 22D-Dan Hammond;
6. 1A-Matt Lucius; 7. 18-Todd
Heuerman; 8. 48S-Andy Shammo;
9. 25P-Mark Pridemore; 10. 71-Bill
Kraylek; 11. O4-Cap Henry; 12.
5-Dustin Dinan; 13. 31-Chad
Gullett; 14. 23-Brad Keckler; 15.
O1-Daniel Smith; 16. 9-Craig
Kays; 17. 10-Brad Haudenschild;
18. 36X-Dustin Keegan; 19.
311-Aaron Moloney; 20. 66L-Brad Bowman
Fremont Fence & Guardrail Dirt Trucks
Heat 1 (8 laps, top 5 transfer to A-Main)
1. 5-Jim Mcgrath; 2. P51-Paul Brown Jr.;
3. 23M-Brad Mitten; 4. 6-Steve
Sabo; 5. 3R-Chuck Roelle; 6. 4X-Brian
Sorg; 7. X-Tim Keegan; 8. 8B-Jim
Heat 2 (8 laps, top 5 transfer to A-Main)
1. 18W-Cory Ward; 2. 53-Dan Roepke; 3.
8-Steve Endicott; 4. 39-Dwight
Waltermier; 5. 83B-Dave Brewer; 6. 20-Andy
Maynard; 7. 55B-Bill Bruen; 8.
Heat 3 (8 laps, top 5 transfer to A-Main)
1. 17-Bob Dible; 2. 8K-Zack Kramer; 3.
8H-Art Howey Jr.; 4. 56-Alex
Wiechman; 5. 92-Loren Schwochow; 6. 30-Dave
Gibbs; 7. 34M-Kevin Miller; 8.
B-main (8 laps, top 5 transfer to A-Main)
1. 28-Shawn Valenti; 2. 20-Andy Maynard;
3. 96-James Mcclure; 4. X-Tim
Keegan; 5. 55B-Bill Bruen; 6. 34M-Kevin
Miller; 7. 4X-Brian Sorg
A-main (20 laps) Starting Position [#]
1. 18W-Cory Ward; 2. 5-Jim Mcgrath;
3. 53-Dan Roepke; 4. 8-Steve
Endicott; 5. 39-Dwight Waltermier;
6. 8K-Zack Kramer; 7. 8H-Art
Howey Jr.; 8. 23M-Brad Mitten; 9.
3R-Chuck Roelle; 10. P51-Paul
Brown Jr.; 11. 55B-Bill Bruen;
12. 6-Steve Sabo; 13. 28-Shawn
Valenti; 14. 96-James Mcclure;
15. 56-Alex Wiechman; 16. 92-Loren
Schwochow; 17. 20-Andy Maynard;
18. X-Tim Keegan; 19. 17-Bob
Dible; 20. 83B-Dave Brewer