wins Fremont thriller; Muntz gets 1st 305 victory; Dible claims truck win
Saturday, May 10, 2008
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - Phil Gressman
was tired of everyone asking why his new 410
sprint car team was struggling.
He put all doubts to rest Saturday at
Fremont Speedway, as the
Helena, Ohio driver held off several challenges by
Byron Reed for his 10th
career victory at "The Track That Action Built."
"Everyone kept asking me
why we were struggling....we weren't struggling,
Mother Nature has kept us
from getting much racing done," said Gressman in
the Engine Pro Victory Lane
beside his Kistler Racing Engines, South Point
Hotel & Casino, Ray
Tech Industries backed #83. "I knew we had put together
a good team, it was just
a matter of getting more racing in. I have to thank
Aaron Call who put this
deal together last year and brought Brian Kemenah
(crew chief). Everyone workes
so hard over the winter in the shop and this
is the payoff."
"When Byron (Reed) got by
us early on I just told myself to be patient. I
knew on a fast tight track
like this, the key would be lapped traffic,"
added Gressman about his
victory on Burns Iron & Metal Night.
Josh Muntz, 22, of New Riegel,
in only his second year of racing of any
kind, scored his first career
feature win in the Fremont Federal Credit
Union 305 Sprints.Muntz
led all 25 laps and held off late race challenges on
restarts for the victory.
"This is what I've dreamt
about....wow. First I want to say Happy Mother's
Day to my mom and grandma.
Kenny Sutton set this thing up...anyone could
have driven it," said an
excited Muntz in the Engine Pro Victory Lane beside
his Tiffin Walmart, Muntz
Equipment Rebuild sponsored M28.
In the Fremont Fence Dirt
Trucks, Bob Dible watched Steve Sabo and Jim
McGrath get together battling
for the top spot, and slid under them for the
lead and went on to his
seventh career win.
"It got real tight once we
hit lapped traffic and it got hectic. We did a
lot of work on this truck
over the winter so that we could make adjustments
for a slick track or a heavy
one and it paid off tonight," said Dible in the
Engine Pro Victory Lane
beside his Bob's Machine Shop, BMS Engines, Endicott
Trucking backed #17.
At the drop of the green
for the 30-lap 410 sprint feature, pole-sitter
Caleb Griffth grabbed the
initial lead with Gressman, Reed and Troy Vaccaro
in tow. On the tacky, fast
track, Griffith hit lapped traffic by the sixth
lap, allowing Gressman and
Reed to close. The trio battled hard with
Gressman executing a perfect
slide job for the lead exiting turn four.
Reed returned the move on
lap 9 to take the top spot. The first yellow would
fly for a stalled Brock
Mayes on lap 11 with the running order Reed,
Gressman, David Harrison,
Griffith and Mike Linder. Two more yellows would
fly before the half-way
mark with Reed still leading over Gressman, Griffith
Reed build a sizeable lead
until hitting lapped traffic with 10 laps to go,
allowing Gressman to close.
With six laps remaining, Reed got hung up in
lapped traffic allowing
Gressman to slide under exiting turn 4 and grab the
lead. Reed would fight back
and battle Gressman hard, nearly touching his
rear bumper entering turn
one with two laps remaining. However, Griffith
would coast to a stop as
Gressman and Reed raced side by side to the white
flag, bringing the action
to a half.
Gressman would take the white
and green together and held off Reed for the
win. Linder would run a
steady race to finish third with rookie Mike Dussell
and Mark Keegan rounding
out the top five.
In the 25-lap 305 sprint
feature, Muntz grabbed the early lead with Dustin
Keegan, Stuart Brubaker
and rookie Zack Kramer following. The fast track
would see wild action, with
Muntz holding off Keegan and Brubaker, with the
car on the move the 40 of
Bobby Clark who was up to 7th from 17th. However,
Clark would bring out the
caution soon after with front end damage. Munt did
a masterful job on the restart
and would continue to lead.
Lapped traffic loomed ahead
by lap 20, and Muntz made his only mistake of
the feature, bobbling slightly
exiting turn four on lap 21, allowing Keegan
to grab the lead at the
flag stand. However, the 22-year-old would regain
his composure and drive
around Keegan to regain the top spot a lap later and
would survive a restart
with two laps to go to take the victory. Keegan
would hang on to second
with Brubaker, Duane Zablocki and Kramer rounding
out the top five.
In the 20-lap truck feature,
Steve Sabo would grab the early lead with Cory
Ward, Steve Endicott and
opening night winner Jim McGrath in tow. Ward would
drop out soon later with
mechanical woes, leaving the battle to Sabo,
McGrath and ninth-starter
Dible. You could cover the that trio with a
blanket the next 10 laps
before McGrath would steal the lead on lap 11. A
lap later, in heavy lapped
traffic, Sabo and McGrath would get together,
handing the lead to Dible
- McGrath would change a tire and come back to the
action, with Sabo's night
Dible would hold off teammage
Endicott for the victory, with Dwight
Waltermeier grabbiing third,
Jim McGrath Jr., fourth and Dave Brewer
rounding out the top five.
"The Track That Action Built"
will resume the racing action on Saturday, May
17 for Roots Poultry Night
featuring the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints,
Fremont Federal Credit Union
305 Sprints and the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks.
Coming Saturday, May 24,
the first of three appearances of the O'Reilly All
Star Circuit of Champion
For more information log
The Fremont Speedway (05-10-08)
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410
1. 10-David Harrison, 12.17;
2. 15C-Chris Andrews, 12.20; 3. 83-Phil
Gressman, 12.23; 4. 20X-Brian
Smith, 12.23; 5. X-Mark Keegan, 12.37; 6.
5R-Byron Reed, 12.39; 7.
7T-Troy Vaccaro, 12.40; 8. 12-Caleb Griffith,
12.51; 9. 4K-Kody Kinser,
12.52; 10. 11B-Brock Mayes, 12.53; 11. 312-Mike
Linder, 12.53; 12. 8S-Craig
Mintz, 12.56; 13. 6-Mike Dussell (R), 12.58; 14.
16-Lee Jacobs, 12.61; 15.
48-Mike Burkin, 12.63; 16. 48S-Andy Shammo, 12.63;
17. 1W-Paul Weaver, 12.68;
18. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 12.71; 19. 60-Jody Keegan,
12.72; 20. 55-John Ivy,
12.75; 21. 27-Scott Euler, 12.84; 22. 1R-Brian Lay
(R), 12.87; 23. 14H-Todd
Heller, 13.16; 24. 1-Doug Berryman, 13.26; 25.
97-Todd King, 13.35; 26.
9-Chad Goff, 13.42; 27. 11-Josh Harrison, 13.50
Heat 1 (8 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 6-Mike Dussell (R); 2.
11B-Brock Mayes; 3. 48S-Andy Shammo; 4. 10-David
Harrison; 5. 7T-Troy Vaccaro;
6. 20X-Brian Smith; 7. 60-Jody Keegan; 8.
97-Todd King; 9. 1R-Brian
Heat 2 (8 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 16-Lee Jacobs; 2. 12-Caleb
Griffith; 3. 1W-Paul Weaver; 4. 312-Mike
Linder; 5. 15C-Chris Andrews;
6. 55-John Ivy; 7. X-Mark Keegan; 8. 14H-Todd
Heller; 9. 9-Chad Goff
Heat 3 (8 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 48-Mike Burkin; 2. 5R-Byron
Reed; 3. 8S-Craig Mintz; 4. 83-Phil Gressman;
5. 2M-Dustin Daggett; 6.
27-Scott Euler; 7. 11-Josh Harrison; 8. 1-Doug
Berryman; 9. 4K-Kody Kinser
B-main (10 laps, top 5 transfer
1. X-Mark Keegan; 2. 55-John
Ivy; 3. 1R-Brian Lay (R); 4. 14H-Todd Heller;
5. 97-Todd King; 6. 27-Scott
Euler; 7. 9-Chad Goff; 8. 11-Josh Harrison; 9.
20X-Brian Smith; 10. 1-Doug
Berryman; 11. 4K-Kody Kinser; 12. 60-Jody Keegan
A-main (30 laps) Starting
1. 83-Phil Gressman;
2. 5R-Byron Reed; 3. 312-Mike Linder; 4.
6-Mike Dussell (R);
5. X-Mark Keegan; 6. 7T-Troy Vaccaro; 7.
10-David Harrison; 8.
8S-Craig Mintz; 9. 1W-Paul Weaver; 10.
16-Lee Jacobs; 11. 14H-Todd
Heller; 12. 12-Caleb Griffith; 13.
48-Mike Burkin; 14.
97-Todd King; 15. 55-John Ivy; 16. 2M-Dustin
Daggett; 17. 1R-Brian
Lay (R); 18. 48S-Andy Shammo; 19.
15C-Chris Andrews; 20.
Fremont Federal Credit Union
Heat 1 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 2.
18-Todd Heuerman; 3. 8K-Zack Kramer (R); 4. 1-Nate
Dussel (R); 5. 14-Chad Wilson;
6. 28-Shaun Valenti (R); 7. 24X-Tom Nichols;
8. 24-Josh McAfee; 9. O4-Cap
Henry; 10. 55-Benny Bowman
Heat 2 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 36X-Dustin Keegan; 2.
82-Travis Hoffbauer; 3. 3X-Brad Keckler; 4.
11F-D.J. Foos (R); 5. 40-Bobby
Clark; 6. 39-Matt Merrill; 7. 19R-Steve
Rando; 8. 65-Mark Lang;
9. 83X-Nate Reeser
Heat 3 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 5-Dustin Dinan; 2. 66L-Brad
Bowman; 3. 49-Coty Runion; 4. 9-Jimmy Colvin
(R); 5. 29-Chris Lang; 6.
13-Junior Felver; 7. 22D-Dan Hammond; 8. 80-Jake
Travino (R); 9. 23-Willie
Heat 4 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 2.
10-Brad Haudenschild; 3. M28-Josh Muntz; 4. 71-Bill
Kraylek; 5. O1-Bryan Sebetto;
6. 3J-Kevin Lee; 7. X-Dustin Stroup (R); 8.
B1 Main (10 laps, top 2 transfer
1. 40-Bobby Clark; 2. 14-Chad
Wilson; 3. 39-Matt Merrill; 4. 19R-Steve
Rando; 5. 28-Shaun Valenti
(R); 6. 24X-Tom Nichols; 7. 83X-Nate Reeser; 8.
24-Josh McAfee; 9. 65-Mark
B2 Main (10 laps, top 2 transfer
1. O1-Bryan Sebetto; 2.
3J-Kevin Lee; 3. X-Dustin Stroup (R); 4. 29-Chris
Lang; 5. 80-Jake Trevino
(R); 6. 13-Junior Felver; 7. 26-Zack Moore; 8.
22D-Dan Hammond; 9. 25P-Mark
Pridemore; 10. 23-Willie Keegan
A-main (25 laps) Starting
1. M28-Josh Muntz; 2.
36X-Dustin Keegan; 3. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 4.
9Z-Duane Zablocki; 5.
8K-Zack Kramer (R); 6. 5-Dustin Dinan; 7.
18-Todd Heuerman; 8.
82-Travis Hoffbauer; 9. O1-Bryan Sebetto;
10. 66L-Brad Bowman;
11. 71-Bill Kraylek; 12. 11F-D.J. Foos (R);
13. 9-Jimmy Colvin (R);
14. 1-Nate Dussel (R); 15. 3J-Kevin Lee;
16. 14-Chad Wilson;
17. 40-Bobby Clark; 18. 49-Coty Runion; 19.
20. 3X-Brad Keckler
Fremont Fence Co. Dirt Trucks
Heat 1 (7 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 39-Dwight Waltermier;
2. 92-Loren Schwochow; 3. 20-Andy Maynard; 4.
8K-Kent Brewer; 5. 23M-Brad
Mitten; 6. 91-Rick Potts; 7. 30-Dave Gibbs; 8.
P51-Paul Brown Jr.
Heat 2 (7 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 18W-Cory Ward; 2. 5-Jim
McGrath; 3. 5JR-Jim McGrath Jr.; 4. 88-Dave
Brewer; 5. 2R-Ron Kepling;
6. 6-Linda Sabo; 7. 14-Scott Beard
Heat 3 (7 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 17-Bob Dible; 2. 8-Steve
Endicott; 3. O1-Art Ball; 4. 16-Steve Sabo; 5.
4X-Brian Sorg; 6. 19-Jeremy
Lazano; 7. 62-Dave Severs
A-main (20 laps) Starting
1. 17-Bob Dible; 2. 8-Steve
Endicott; 3. 39-Dwight Waltermier; 4.
5JR-Jim McGrath Jr.;
5. 88-Dave Brewer; 6. 20-Andy Maynard; 7.
5-Jim McGrath; 8. 2R-Ron
Kepling; 9. 4X-Brian Sorg; 10. 23M-Brad
Mitten; 11. 6-Linda
Sabo; 12. 91-Rick Potts; 13. 19-Jeremy
Lazano; 14. O1-Art Ball;
15. 8K-Kent Brewer; 16. 16-Steve Sabo;
17. 18W-Cory Ward; 18.