breaks into win column for All Stars at Fremont; Willie Keegan takes 305
win; Endicott romps to truck victory
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Contact Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - They say
luck is defined as when preparation meets
opportunity. For Greg Wilson
the work his team has done over the past few
weeks paid off when opportunity
presented itself Saturday at Fremont
Speedway. The two-time and
defending O'Reilly All Star Champion was handed
the lead when Dale Blaney
got involved in a crash while in lapped traffic,
and went on to score his
second straight win at "The Track That Action
Wilson, aboard the All Star
Plumbing and Heating sponsored, Verl Warnimont
owned W20, scored his first
All Star win in 2008 and his 22nd victory in the
series on Kear's Speed Shop
"We have been struggling
lately. We dug in and worked harder in the
shop...my crew has put in
a lot of hours and it finally paid off. I also
talked a lot with my uncle
Hamp (Bob Hampshire, former car owner for Wilson)
and he helped us figure
some stuff out and get my head screwed on straight,"
said Wilson in the Engine
Pro Victory Lane.
"Also hats off to Andy James
and Rich Farmer (Fremont promoters). I was hard
on them last week about
the track conditions and they worked their tails off
and gave us a fantastic,
racey surface tonight. It is so great to win at
Fremont in front of these
great fans," Wilson added.
At the start of the 40-lap
feature, Dean Jacobs bolted into the lead with
Blaney and Kenny Jacobs
right on his bumper, however it was for naught as
Mike Linder, John Ivy and
Mark Keegan got together in turn one for a
caution. On the restart,
Dean Jacobs would grab the lead again on the
restart, but it was short-lived,
as Blaney would dive to the bottom exiting
turn two to grab the lead
on the second lap.
Blaney began to pull away
while the Jacobs brothers would battle for second
with Wilson staying close.
Action would grind to a half on lap 10 as Byron
Reed took a tumble just
as Blaney was about to enter lapped traffic. When
the green flew again, Blaney
set sail, , with Wilson using the high line to
move around both Jacobs
into second by lap 12.
Blaney looked in command
with Wilson comfortably in second while Dean Jacobs
and Brock Mayes battled
for third. However, disaster struck for Blaney on
lap 23. In heavy lapped
traffic, he was attempting to get around Craig Mintz
and Rob Chaney when they
made contact on the front stretch, collecting
Blaney. Blaney would go
pitside for repairs, giving Wilson the lead, with
Dean Jacobs, Mayes, David
Harrison and Kenny Jacobs rounding out the top
Wilson looked very smooth
in the top spot with the real battle being waged
for second between Dean
Jacobs, Mayes, Harrison and 10th starting Brandon
Martin. Wilson would hit
lapped traffic by lap 36, allowing Jacobs and Mayes
to close. Martin's great
run would end on lap 37 with a broken drive shaft.
Mayes would drive under
Jacobs on the white flag lap to take second.
At the checkered it was Wilson,
Mayes, Dean Jacobs, Harrison and Randy
Hannigan rounding out the
"We really needed this. We
have tried everything to get this thing turned
around...we've gone through
some changes in help...heck, I've even showed up
to the track by myself.
But we have Daniel Smith helping us and we're
getting somewhere," said
Mayes of his second place run beside the J&F
Constructioned backed car.
For Dean Jacobs, a third
place run at Fremont was a lot of fun.
"I screwed up in lapped traffic.
I just couldn't get off turn two like
everyone else. But hey,
we'll take a third here. It's really fun to come to
Fremont and run well," said
Jacobs beside his American Architectual Glass
Long-time sprint car racer
Willie Keegan battled with rookie Nate Dussell
through much of the 25 laps
in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 sprints'
feature before claiming
his 7th career win at the historic speedway.
Risingsun, Ohio's Steve Endicott
made it look easy in the Fremont Fence Dirt
Trucks, leading all 20 laps
for his first win of the season at Fremont
"It's been a long, long,
long, long time since I won a race," said an elated
Keegan beside his Fremont
Overhead Door, Abdoo Home Improvement, Valley
Electric backed, Jay Kiser
"I kept waiting for them
to drive around me, but the car was just so good on
the bottom. Those last few
laps, you start wondering what could go wrong. I
just tried to concentrate
on hitting my marks," added Keegan in the Engine
Pro Victory Lane.
"The truck was just so easy
to drive. Starting up front, I knew all I had to
do is be smooth and we'd
be there," said Endicott of his fourth career
Fremont victory aboard the
Endicott Trucking, Stylecrest Products, Bob's
Machine Shop backed truck.
Dussell grabbed the early
lead in the 305 sprint feature, but Keegan ran
under him lap after lap.
The two would trade the lead back and forth all
around the track over the
first 10 laps. Keegan would grab the lead for good
on lap 11 and go on to the
win. Dussell would hold on to second, with a fast
closing Kevin Lee third,
Duane Zablocki and Josh Muntz rounding out the top
While Endicott was on cruise
control in the 20-lap truck main, the battle
behind him was exciting
between Jimmy McGrath Jr., Dwight Waltermeier, Steve
Sabo, Jim McGrath and Cory
Ward. Sabo would make contact with Ward on lap
15, sending Ward spinning
and brining out the caution. On the restart,
Endicott again assumed control,
with Sabo, Waltermeier, and the McGraths in
tow. Following Endicott
across the finish line was Waltermeier, Dave Brewer,
Jim McGrath and Jimmy McGrath
Jr., as Sabo's truck lost power on the last
Fremont Speedway will be
back in action Saturday, May 31 for Hillside
Inc. Fan Appreciation Night featuring the
Fremont Federal Credit Union
305 Sprints, Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks and the
Attica Late Models.
For more information log
Fremont Speedway (5-24-08)
Kear's Speed Shop
O'Reilly All Star Circuit
Qualifying - Kistler Engines
1. 83-Phil Gressman, 12.357;
2. 2-Dale Blaney, 12.364; 3. 20X-Brian Smith,
12.430; 4. 7K-Dean Jacobs,
12.525; 5. 59-Kenny Jacobs, 12.649; 6. O-Paul
McMahan, 12.668; 7. 6-Mike
Dussel, 12.679; 8. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.689; 9.
11B-Brock Mayes, 12.692;
10. 5-Byron Reed, 12.738; 11. 1X-Randy Hannagan,
12.787; 12. 10-David Harrison,
12.804; 13. 20E-Brian Ellenberger, 12.822;
14. 55-John Ivy, 12.893;
15. 1W-Paul Weaver, 12.899; 16. 91-Aaron Middaugh,
12.959; 17. O9-Craig Mintz,
13.038; 18. 48S-Andy Shammo, 13.071; 19.
12-Caleb Griffith, 13.075;
20. X-Mark Keegan, 13.092; 21. 56R-Ryan Myers,
13.095; 22. 30C-Lance Dewease,
13.108; 23. 11M-Brandon Martin, 13.112; 24.
1-Doug Berryman, 13.148;
25. 24H-Rob Chaney, 13.155; 26. 10S-Roger Shammo,
13.167; 27. 16S-Lee Stark,
13.174; 28. 16-Lee Jacobs, 13.184; 29. 15C-Chris
Andrews, 13.188; 30. 5T-Travis
Philo, 13.235; 31. 312-Mike Linder, 13.289;
32. 63-Roddy Bellbowen,
13.317; 33. 60-Jody Keegan, 13.345; 34. 27-Scott
Euler, 13.355; 35. 59J-Kirk
Jefferies, 13.358; 36. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.547;
37. 14H-Todd Heller, 13.680;
38. 48-Mike Burkin, 13.713; 39. 97-Todd King,
13.743; 40. 11-Josh Harrison,
14.091; 41. 9X-Kevin Huntley, 14.159
Heat 1 - All Pro Heads
1. O9-Craig Mintz; 2. 11B-Brock
Mayes; 3. 59-Kenny Jacobs; 4. 20E-Brian
Ellenberger; 5. 24H-Rob
Chaney; 6. 83-Phil Gressman; 7. 56R-Ryan Myers; 8.
14H-Todd Heller; 9. 9X-Kevin
Huntley; 10. 15C-Chris Andrews; 11. 60-Jody
Heat 2 - Engler Machine &
1. 48S-Andy Shammo; 2. 30C-Lance
Dewease; 3. 5-Byron Reed; 4. 55-John Ivy;
5. 2-Dale Blaney; 6. O-Paul
McMahan; 7. 5T-Travis Philo; 8. 27-Scott Euler;
9. 10S-Roger Shammo; 10.
Heat 3 - Hoosier Tire
1. 12-Caleb Griffith; 2.
11M-Brandon Martin; 3. 1X-Randy Hannagan; 4. 6-Mike
Dussel; 5. 312-Mike Linder;
6. 20X-Brian Smith; 7. 59J-Kirk Jefferies; 8.
16S-Lee Stark; 9. 97-Todd
King; 10. 1W-Paul Weaver
Heat 4 - Hank's Performance
1. X-Mark Keegan; 2. 10-David
Harrison; 3. W20-Greg Wilson; 4. 7K-Dean
Jacobs; 5. 16-Lee Jacobs;
6. 22-Cole Duncan; 7. 1-Doug Berryman; 8. 63-Roddy
Bellbowen; 9. 91-Aaron Middaugh;
10. 11-Josh Harrison
Dash - O'Reilly Auto Parts
1. 7K-Dean Jacobs; 2. W20-Greg
Wilson; 3. 11B-Brock Mayes; 4. 2-Dale Blaney;
5. 5-Byron Reed; 6. 59-Kenny
B-main - University of Northwestern
1. 83-Phil Gressman; 2.
O-Paul McMahan; 3. 20X-Brian Smith; 4. 15C-Chris
Andrews; 5. 22-Cole Duncan;
6. 10S-Roger Shammo; 7. 14H-Todd Heller; 8.
56R-Ryan Myers; 9. 27-Scott
Euler; 10. 9X-Kevin Huntley; 11. 97-Todd King;
12. 5T-Travis Philo; 13.
60-Jody Keegan; 14. 63-Roddy Bellbowen; 15.
59J-Kirk Jefferies; 16.
11-Josh Harrison; 17. 48-Mike Burkin; 18. 16S-Lee
Stark; 19. 1-Doug Berryman;
20. 91-Aaron Middaugh
A-main - MSD Ignition
Starting Position [#]
1. W20-Greg Wilson; 2.
11B-Brock Mayes; 3. 7K-Dean Jacobs; 4.
10-David Harrison; 5.
1X-Randy Hannagan; 6. 20X-Brian Smith; 7.
16-Lee Jacobs; 8. 59-Kenny
Jacobs; 9. 30C-Lance Dewease; 10.
2-Dale Blaney; 11. X-Mark
Keegan; 12. O-Paul McMahan; 13.
48S-Andy Shammo; 14.
6-Mike Dussel; 15. 15C-Chris Andrews; 16.
17. 11M-Brandon Martin; 18. 55-John Ivy;
19. O9-Craig Mintz;
20. 24H-Rob Chaney; 21. 12-Caleb Griffith;
22. 5-Byron Reed; 23.
Fremont Federal Credit Union
Heat 1 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. M28-Josh Muntz; 2. 1-Nate
Dussel (R); 3. 66L-Brad Bowman; 4. 71-Bill
Kraylek; 5. 14-Chad Wilson;
6. 9-Jimmy Colvin (R); 7. 47-Josh Burdette; 8.
83X-Nate Reeser; 9. 24X-Tom
Heat 2 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 5-Dustin Dinan; 2. 80-Jake
Trevino (R); 3. 3X-Brad Keckler; 4. 35-Stuart
Brubaker; 5. 39-Matt Merrill;
6. O4-Cap Henry; 7. 72C-John Bartlome; 8.
22D-Dan Hammond; 9. 596-Zack
Heat 3 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 19R-Steve Rando; 2. 49-Coty
Runion; 3. 23-Willie Keegan; 4. 10-Brad
Haudenschild; 5. 82-Travis
Hoffbauer; 6. 8K-Zack Kramer (R); 7. 28-Shaun
Valenti (R); 8. 26-Zack
Moore; 9. 24-Josh Mcafee
Heat 4 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 40-Bobby Clark; 2. 3J-Kevin
Lee; 3. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 4. 25P-Mark
Pridemore; 5. 36X-Dustin
Keegan; 6. X-Dustin Stroup (R); 7. 11F-D.J. Foos
(R); 8. 67M-Matt Ferrell
B1 Main (10 laps, top 2 transfer
1. 39-Matt Merrill; 2. 14-Chad
Wilson; 3. O4-Cap Henry; 4. 72C-John
Bartlome; 5. 9-Jimmy Colvin
(R); 6. 22D-Dan Hammond; 7. 47-Josh Burdette; 8.
24X-Tom Nichols; 9. 596-Zack
Ames (R); 10. 83X-Nate Reeser
B2 Main (10 laps, top 2 transfer
1. 82-Travis Hoffbauer;
2. 8K-Zack Kramer (R); 3. 36X-Dustin Keegan; 4.
11F-D.J. Foos (R); 5. 67M-Matt
Ferrell; 6. 28-Shaun Valenti (R); 7. X-Dustin
Stroup (R); 8. 26-Zack Moore;
9. 24-Josh Mcafee
A-main (25 laps) Starting
1. 23-Willie Keegan;
2. 1-Nate Dussel (R); 3. 3J-Kevin Lee; 4.
9Z-Duane Zablocki; 5.
M28-Josh Muntz; 6. 5-Dustin Dinan; 7.
49-Coty Runion; 8. 35-Stuart
Brubaker; 9. 10-Brad Haudenschild;
10. 3X-Brad Keckler;
11. 25P-Mark Pridemore; 12. 39-Matt
Merrill; 13. 80-Jake
Trevino (R); 14. 71-Bill Kraylek; 15.
16. 14-Chad Wilson; 17. 19R-Steve Rando; 18.
8K-Zack Kramer (R);
19. 40-Bobby Clark; 20. 66L-Brad Bowman
Fremont Fence Co. Dirt Trucks
Heat 1 (7 laps, top 10 transfer
1. 18W-Cory Ward; 2. 5-Jim
McGrath; 3. 16-Steve Sabo; 4. 5JR-Jim Mcgrath
Jr.; 5. O1-Art Ball; 6.
4X-Brian Sorg; 7. 62-Dave Severs
Heat 2 (7 laps, top 10 transfer
1. 8-Steve Endicott; 2.
32H-Dan Hennig; 3. 22-Paul Brown Jr.; 4. 56-Alex
Wiechman; 5. 6-Linda Sabo;
6. 30-Dave Gibbs; 7. 23M-Brad Mitten
Heat 3 (7 laps, top 10 transfer
1. 20-Andy Maynard; 2. 17-Bob
Dible; 3. 88-Dave Brewer; 4. 39-Dwight
Waltermier; 5. 91-Rick Potts;
6. 14-Scott Beard; 7. 8K-Kent Brewer
A-main (20 laps) Starting
1. 8-Steve Endicott;
2. 39-Dwight Waltermier; 3. 88-Dave Brewer; 4.
5-Jim McGrath; 5. 5JR-Jim
Mcgrath Jr.; 6. 17-Bob Dible; 7. O1-Art
Ball; 8. 20-Andy Maynard;
9. 8K-Kent Brewer; 10. 32H-Dan
Hennig; 11. 6-Linda Sabo;
12. 18W-Cory Ward; 13. 30-Dave
Gibbs; 14. 4X-Brian
Sorg; 15. 23M-Brad Mitten; 16. 62-Dave
Severs; 17. 16-Steve
Sabo; 18. 14-Scott Beard; 19. 91-Rick
Potts; 20. 56-Alex Wiechman