of money on the line next two weeks at Fremont Speedway
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Contact: Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - There will
a lot of money on the line the next two weeks at
Fremont Speedway...for both
the race drivers and the fans.
While the Saturday, June
21 Burger King Night races were washed out, things
will heat things up Thursday,
June 26, and Saturday, July 5, at "The Track
That Action Built."
The O'Reilly All Star Circuit
of Champions invade Fremont Speedway for the
fifth leg of the 26th Annual
University of Northwest Ohio Sprint Speedweek
on Budweiser Night, Thursday,
June 26. And while the $5,000 to win payday
for the feature winner is
already impressive, it could be a whole lot more.
The highly anticipated week-long
tour of the Buckeye state for winged sprint
cars features a $50,000
bonus if one driver is able to capture four of the
seven events that constitute
Sharon, Ohio's Dale Blaney
nearly took home the big paycheck in 2007 and is
among the pre-entered drivers
chasing the lofty goal again this year. Blaney
kicked off the 2007 Speedweek
with a victory on opening night at Attica
Raceway Park, before yielding
Monday night's victory at Wayne County
Speedway to Shane Stewart.
Tuesday's invasion of Waynesfield Motorsports
Park was taken by Paul May,
while Wednesday's rain delayed action found Chad
Blonde moving into victory
lane at Hilltop Speedway before Blaney got back
into rhythm with triumphs
at Fremont Speedway (Thursday) and Limaland
Motorsports Park (Friday)
before rolling into Eldora. However, Western
Pennsylvania hot-shoe Ed
Lynch Jr. spoiled Blaney's plans for the money by
capturing the win at Tony's
Stewart's famous track.
Others recent Speedweek winners
at Fremont include Ricky Stenhouse in 2006;
Chad Kemenah in 2006, and
Blaney and John Ivy in 2005. In the All Star's
first appearance at "The
Traction That Action Built" earlier this season, it
looked like Blaney would
grab the victory, only to become involved in a
crash with a lapped machine,
handing the wind to defending All Star Champion
The Fremont Federal Credit
Union 305 Sprints will also be in competition
Thursday. Gates will open
at 4 p.m. with racing beginning at 7 p.m.
And if that's not exciting
enough, Fremont Speedway is planning a big "bang"
for the Fourth of July weekend.
Coors Light Night, Saturday, July 5, will
honor those who have made
the sacrifice to ensure freedom for all of us. "A
Salute to our Military Men
and Women: America's Heroes" promises an entire
day and evening of food,
fun, fireworks and racing.
Besides the evening's racing
action, there will be food, fun, games and
entertainment in the historic
Sandusky County Fairgrounds throughout the
day. There will be fireworks
- both on and off the track. And, all military
personnel who provide valid
military identification will be admitted free to
the night's racing action.
The drivers in the Fort Ball
Pizza Palace 410 Sprints will be competing for
$3,500 to win the 40 lap
feature, while the feature for the Fremont Federal
Credit Union Sprints will
pay $1,000 to win and the Fremont Fence Dirt
Trucks will be battling
for $500 to win. Ludwig Propane will also sponsor
the "On the Gas for Cash
Dash" for the 410 sprints.
And the race drivers won't
be the only ones going home with cash...some
lucky fan will go away with
$500! All the racers will sign footballs prior
to the racing action. The
footballs will then be tossed into the stands.
Whoever holds the football
with the name of the 410 sprint feature winning
driver will get $500. Fremont
Speedway Promoters Rich Farmer and Andy James
may also have a few more
surprises up their sleeves for the fans on July 5.
The day's events kick off
at noon in the fairgrounds as all branches of the
military - Army, Navy, Air
Force, Marines, Coast Guard Air National Guard,
etc. - will have displays,
handouts and games. These will include military
vehicles, a race car simulator
and a rock climbing wall. There will also be
bands playing throughout
the day, including Rick Sebetto and Black River.
Also, several non-profit
groups will be selling t-shirts and other patriotic
items to raise funds for
veterans and military service organizations. Fans
can also purchase a lap
in memory or in honor of a friend or family member
who has been or is currently
in the military, again, with all the proceeds
going to military and veteran
service organizations. The laps are being sold
for a minimum of $20 each
and a maximum of whatever the purchaser would
like. The laps are for the
feature events only and anyone can purchase as
many laps as they would
like, but once a lap has been purchased no one else
can buy that lap.A list
of the lap contributors will be read over the public
address system on July 5.
The deadline to purchase a lap is June 30 and they
can be reserved by calling
Kyle Dukeshire at 419-307-1839.
The first 2,000 fans through
the gates on July 5 will receive a free
American flag. And, prior
to the 410 sprint feature, fans will be treated to
a fireworks display.
Gates will open at 4 p.m.
with racing getting underway at 7 p.m.
For more information log
onto www.fremontohspeedway.com or call