scores emotional Fremont win; Haudenschild gets career 1st; McGrath tames
Saturday, April 26, 2008
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - It's been
an emotional, topsy-turvy off-season for David
Harrison. However, he kicked
off Fremont Speedway's 57th season of racing
with a 410 sprint win Saturday
on Fort Ball Pizza Palace Night.
Alex Burkett has been struggling with health
issues all winter. Add to
that, Harrison, from Burgoon, Ohio, became a
grandfather this past week
as his son, Josh, also a sprint car racer, and
his girlfriend Katie welcomed
"I want to dedicate this
win to my father-in-law...he supported me so much
in my racing career," said
Harrison beside his Crown Batter, MCS Trucking,
MAR Technology backed #10.
"Then to get a healthy grandson...this is just
"We put this deal together
with Dee Genzman about three weeks ago and thanks
to my crew, Bill Doughterty,
Eric Zelski, and everyone, we've been fast
right out of the box," added
Harrison from the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
While Harrison was collecting
his 7th career Fremont victory in the Fort
Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints,
Ohio's Brad Haudenschild made
his first career visit to
the Engine Pro Victory Lane in the Fremont Federal
Credit Union 305 Sprints.
"There were a couple of close
calls in traffic...I just put it in there and
hoped it would stick or
I'd take us all out," said Haudenschild beside his
R&B Enterprises, Vision
Express sponsored #10. "I have to thank mom and dad
(Tammy and Ed) for all their
support. We blew our motor last night (at
Attica Racewaypark) and
got up this morning and put this bullett in and we
Clyde, Ohio's Jim McGrath
scored his third career win in the Fremont Fence &
Guardrail Dirt Trucks in
"The truck was just very
good and easy to drive," said McGrath beside his
B&K Auto Services backed
#5. "What a way to start the year...it usually
takes me a few weeks to
get rolling, but that thing was awesome tonight."
Pole-sitter Mark Keegan looked
like he would take career win #60 at "The
Track That Action Built,"
as he bolted to a big lead at the start of the
30-lap 410 sprint feature.
Mike Burkin would battle Craig Mintz for the
runner-up spot as they hit
lapped traffic on the eighth circuit.
Mintz would get by Burkin
for second on lap 9, but could not close in on
Keegan. Meanwhile, Harrison,
who started fourth, was in a dog-fight with
Byron Reed and Lee Jacobs.While
Keegan continued to ride the middle of the
track, Harrison began closing
in on Mintz and would grab the runner-up spot
on lap 13. Harrison would
reel in Keegan by lap 17. Harrison and Keegan
would battle side-by-side
on lap 20, with Harrison ducking under Keegan for
the exiting turn 2 on lap
The only caution would fly
on lap 23, with Harrison having two lapped
machines between himself
and Keegan. However, before the race would resume,
Keegan would duck into the
pits with a flat tire. Harrison would power to
the victory over Mintz,
Lee Jacobs, Reed and Mike Linder.
Benny Bowman, who took a
spectacular flip last week at Fremont, grabbed the
lead of the 305 sprint feature
with Mark Pridemore and Nate Dussell in tow.
The car on the move was
sixth starter Todd Heuerman who moved into third on
the second lap and grabbed
second a lap later. Heuerman pressured bowman for
the lead, but the action
would grind to a halt on a hard flip by Coty Runion
and Dussell on lap four
(both drivers were okay).
Bowman would pull away on
the restart with Heuerman comfortably in second
and 12th starter Stuart
Brubaker moving into third. Following a yellow on
lap six, the car on the
move was Haudenschild, who started third and had
slipped back to fifth at
the beginning of the race. The nephew of World of
Outlaws star Jac Haudenschild
moved into third on lap 9 and powered around
Heuerman into second on
Haudenschild would execute
his winning move to the outside of turn 4 on lap
15 and would slice through
lapped traffic for the win. Bobby Clark, who
scored the win Friday at
Attica, would drive from 16th to second at the
checkers, with Bowman, Heuerman
and Brubaker rounding out the top five.
Defending Fremont champion
Cory Ward would grab the initial lead in the 20
lap dirt truck main, with
McGrath settling into second and Brad Mitten in a
battle for third with Steve
Endicott and Dave Brewer. McGrath would drive
his familiar high side line
around Ward exiting turn four on the third lap
for the lead.
While McGrath pulled away,
the action for second on back was exciting, with
Ward, Brewer, Mitten, Bob
Dible, Dwight Waltermeier, Art Ball and Steve Sabo
swapping the positions nearly
At the finish it was McGrath
over Dible, Ward, Brewer and Waltermeier.
Fremont Speedway will be
back in action Saturday, May 3 on Baumann Auto
Group Night featuring the
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints; Fremont
Federal Credit Union 305
Sprints; and the Fremont Fence & Guardrail Dirt
Trucks. Gates open at 4
p.m. with racing action heating up at 7 p.m.
For more information log
The Fremont Speedway (04-26-08)
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410
1. 20X-Brian Smith, 12.98;
2. 15C-Chris Andrews, 13.31; 3. 48S-Andy Shammo,
13.41; 4. 16-Lee Jacobs,
13.47; 5. 5R-Byron Reed, 13.54; 6. 10-David
Harrison, 13.58; 7. 8S-Craig
Mintz, 13.65; 8. 48-Mike Burkin, 13.71; 9.
X-Mark Keegan, 13.74; 10.
312-Mike Linder, 13.76; 11. 1W-Paul Weaver, 13.79;
12. 7T-Troy Vaccaro, 13.83;
13. 12-Caleb Griffith, 13.85; 14. 14H-Todd
Heller, 13.96; 15. 27-Scott
Euler, 14.05; 16. 23-Ben Rutan, 14.64; 17.
6-Mike Dussell (R), 15.16;
18. 4K-Kody Kinser, 91.00; 19. 55-John Ivy, NT
Heat 1 (8 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 312-Mike Linder; 2. 12-Caleb
Griffith; 3. 8S-Craig Mintz; 4. 16-Lee
Jacobs; 5. 20X-Brian Smith;
6. 55-John Ivy; 7. 23-Ben Rutan
Heat 2 (8 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 14H-Todd Heller; 2. 6-Mike
Dussell (R); 3. 48-Mike Burkin; 4. 1W-Paul
Weaver; 5. 5R-Byron Reed;
6. 15C-Chris Andrews
Heat 3 (8 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 27-Scott Euler; 2. X-Mark
Keegan; 3. 48S-Andy Shammo; 4. 4K-Kody Kinser;
5. 10-David Harrison; 6.
A-main (30 laps) Starting
1. 10-David Harrison;
2. 8S-Craig Mintz; 3. 16-Lee Jacobs; 4.
5R-Byron Reed; 5. 312-Mike
Linder; 6. 15C-Chris Andrews; 7.
12-Caleb Griffith; 8.
48S-Andy Shammo; 9. 20X-Brian Smith; 10.
55-John Ivy; 11. 14H-Todd
Heller; 12. 48-Mike Burkin; 13. 1W-Paul
Weaver; 14. 7T-Troy
Vaccaro; 15. 6-Mike Dussell (R); 16.
27-Scott Euler; 17.
4K-Kody Kinser; 18. X-Mark Keegan; 19. 23-Ben
Fremont Federal Credit Union
Heat 1 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 18-Todd Heuerman; 2.
10-Brad Haudenschild; 3. 14-Chad Wilson; 4. 66L-Brad
Bowman; 5. 19R-Steve Rando;
6. 5-Dustin Dinan; 7. 3J-Kevin Lee; 8. 3X-Brad
Keckler; 9. 9Z-Duane Zablocki;
10. 47-Jimmy Sebetto (R)
Heat 2 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 2.
9-Jimmy Colvin (R); 3. 1-Nate Dussel (R); 4.
39-Matt Merrill; 5. 23-Willie
Keegan; 6. 36X-Dustin Keegan; 7. 28-Shaun
Valenti (R); 8. 65-Mark
Lang; 9. 24X-Tom Nichols; 10. 61L-Adam Thacker (R)
Heat 3 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. O1-Bryan Sebetto; 2.
O4-Cap Henry; 3. M28-Josh Muntz; 4. 8K-Zack Kramer
(R); 5. 13-Junior Felver;
6. 27K-Ryan Kirkendall; 7. 11F-D.J. Foos (R); 8.
Heat 4 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 49-Coty Runion; 2. 55-Benny
Bowman; 3. 25P-Mark Pridemore; 4. 40-Bobby
Clark; 5. 71-Bill Kraylek;
6. 29-Chris Lang; 7. 22D-Dan Hammond; 8. 11-Shawn
Colvin; 9. 80-Jake Travino
B1 Main (10 laps, top 2 transfer
1. 19R-Steve Rando; 2. 5-Dustin
Dinan; 3. 23-Willie Keegan; 4. 3J-Kevin Lee;
5. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 6.
3X-Brad Keckler; 7. 65-Mark Lang; 8. 24X-Tom
Nichols; 9. 28-Shaun Valenti
(R); 10. 61L-Adam Thacker (R); 11. 36X-Dustin
B2 Main (10 laps, top 2 transfer
1. 71-Bill Kraylek; 2. 13-Junior
Felver; 3. 29-Chris Lang; 4. 22D-Dan
Hammond; 5. 11F-D.J. Foos
(R); 6. 27K-Ryan Kirkendall; 7. 80-Jake Travino
(R); 8. 26-Zack Moore; 9.
A-main (25 laps) Starting
1. 10-Brad Haudenschild;
2. 40-Bobby Clark; 3. 55-Benny Bowman; 4.
18-Todd Heuerman; 5.
35-Stuart Brubaker; 6. O1-Bryan Sebetto; 7.
5-Dustin Dinan; 8. 66L-Brad
Bowman; 9. M28-Josh Muntz; 10.
14-Chad Wilson; 11.
71-Bill Kraylek; 12. 25P-Mark Pridemore; 13.
19R-Steve Rando; 14.
8K-Zack Kramer (R); 15. 13-Junior Felver;
16. 39-Matt Merrill;
17. 9-Jimmy Colvin (R); 18. 1-Nate Dussel
(R); 19. 49-Coty Runion;
20. O4-Cap Henry
Fremont Fence Co. Dirt Trucks
Heat 1 (7 laps)
1. 92-Loren Schwochow; 2.
6-Steve Sabo; 3. 17-Bob Dible; 4. 5-Jim Mcgrath;
5. O1-Art Ball; 6. 39-Dwight
Waltermier; 7. 91-Rick Potts; 8. 62-Dave
Severs; 9. 56-Alex Wiechman
Heat 2 (7 laps)
1. 8-Steve Endicott; 2.
88-Dave Brewer; 3. 18W-Cory Ward; 4. 30-Dave Gibbs;
5. 4X-Brian Sorg; 6. 23M-Brad
Mitten; 7. 14-Scott Beard; 8. P51-Paul Brown
Jr.; 9. 20-Andy Maynard
A-main (20 laps) Starting
1. 5-Jim Mcgrath; 2.
17-Bob Dible; 3. 18W-Cory Ward; 4. 88-Dave
Brewer; 5. 39-Dwight
Waltermier; 6. O1-Art Ball; 7. 6-Steve
Sabo; 8. 23M-Brad Mitten;
9. 20-Andy Maynard; 10. 30-Dave
Gibbs; 11. 8-Steve Endicott;
12. 56-Alex Wiechman; 13. 91-Rick
Potts; 14. 62-Dave Severs;
15. 4X-Brian Sorg; 16. 92-Loren
Schwochow; 17. P51-Paul
Brown Jr.; 18. 14-Scott Beard