purse in Fremont Speedway history to close 2007 season
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio (Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007) -
They say "all good things must come to an end." That holds true for the
2007 racing season at Fremont Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 15. However,
true to its historic nature, "The Track That Action Built" will close the
year out in style - the richest purse in the 56-year history of the Sandusky
County Fairgrounds speedplant.
The final race of 2007 - the Chuck Kear
Memorial Season Champion Night - also brings to an end the eight-year promotional
efforts of Jim and Joanne Ford and their family. The Ford family, which
includes sons, Doug and Randy and his wife Deb, and daughters, Vicki, and
Becky Kayden and her husband Bob, and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews
and cousins, literally brought the historic race track from the brink of
extinction in 2000.
To "go out in style" the Fords have put
together a purse of over $64,000 for five feature events.
"We wanted to say thank you to the race
teams, drivers, crews, owners, fans, sponsors...everyone who has made this
such a wonderful experience for our family. They have taken us in and made
us a part of their lives and we hope they know they will ALWAYS be a part
of ours," said an emotional Jim Ford.
"When we took this place over....a lot
of people didn't think we could make it work. To be honest, after a few
months of getting into this, we had our doubts. But the fans and teams
stuck with us and it has been a fantastic ride," Ford continued.
The biggest event in Fremont Speedway's
56-year history is made possible thanks to the sponsors of True Value Hardware
of Woodville; Kear's Speedshop of Tiffin; S&S Builders and Excavators
of Fremont; B&S Racing; R&R Auto Wrecking of Fremont; Gene Smith;
Beverdam Contracting; G.L. Heller Co. of Whitehouse; Fremont Fence Company;
Vision Quest of Elmore; Fresch Hair Designs of Sandusky; and the Sandusky
County Agricultural Society.
The Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints
will run a 50-lap feature paying the winner $15,000! The rest of the pay-off
is: 1. $15,000; 2. $5,000; 3. $3,000; 4. $2,000; 5. $1,800; 6. $1,700;
7. $1,600; 8. $1,500; 9. $1,400; 10. $1,300; 11. $1,200; 12. $1,100; 13.
$1,000; 14. $900; 15. $800; 16. $700; 17. $675; 18. $650; 19. $625; 20-24.
$600. Even the B-main offers some great cash - a$3,050 purse - as the fifth
place finisher (the first non-transfer car) will take home $400!
Also, the feature winner takes home a new
Revolution XXX chassis and the Hard Charger Award (driver who passes the
most cars from his original starting position) gets $100 from KellandRick.
Fast Time gets $100 from Fresch Hair Design of Sandusky.
The format for the 410 sprints is a one-lap
qualifying effort with fastest six being inverted in each heat with the
top four heat race finishers transfering to the A-main. The rest of the
A-main field will be made up of the top four finishers from the B-main,
with the final four A-main starters being the drivers in Fremont Speedway
points that have not yet transferred.
The always popular Fremont Federal Credit
Union 305 Sprints and the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks will each be split
into two complete fields based on odds and evens in points (drivers in
1, 3, 5, 7, etc. in one field and drivers 2, 4, 6, 8, etc. in another).
There will be no heats for these two divisions...just two big feature events
for each division (4 features), each paying $1,000 to win.
Also, the winning driver between the two
305 sprint feature who passes the most cars from his original starting
spot, will receive a new Revolution XXX chassis. And, Kear's Speedshop
- this race remembers its founder Chuck Kear - and Triple X will be donating
two chrome-plated front axles, two rear bumpers and two top wing trees
for the second, third and fourth place finishers of the 305 sprint A-main.
And, as if this race couldn't get any bigger....this
will be the first time in eight years that the final race will be a true
season championship night, as the track champions will be crowned. Currently,
2003 track champion Byron Reed, who recently won his third straight track
title at Attica Raceway Park, holds a 75-point advantage over Lee Jacobs
in the 410 sprints, with Paul Weaver 107 points back. In the 305 sprints,
Andy Shammo, who recently won his second consecutive track title at Attica,
holds a 166-point lead over Kevin Lee and is 194 points ahead of Chad Gullett.
In the dirt trucks, Cory Ward has a 111-point advantage over Bob Dible
with Jim McGrath 120 points back in third.
There is also going to be a battle of the
media, pitting Fremont Speedway announcer Brian Liskai against NBC 24 weatherman
Norm VanNess and possibly 104.7 WIOT personality Grizzly in school bus
With all of this exciting racing and such
a big purse, fans will be pleased to know the admission price will only
be $20 for adults; $18 for senior citizens; $10 for teens 11-16; and, as
always, children 10 and under get in free. Pit passes will be $30.
Gates will open Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4:30
p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.
The rain date for this special season-ending
event is Saturday, Sept. 22.
Fremont Speedway is located four miles
south of Ohio Turnpike Exit 91 (south on St. Rt. 53) in the historic Sandusky
County Fairgrounds at the intersection of Rawson Ave. and North Street.
For more information call the track office
at 419-862-2206 or log onto www.fremontohspeedway.com