Fun, Fireworks, Racing pay tribute to troops at Fremont Speedway
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Contact Brian Liskai at 419-271-3299
FREMONT, Ohio - Freedom is
never free. It is paid for by the sacrifices
of many and the blood of
a dedicated few. To honor those who have made
the sacrifice to ensure
freedom for all of us, Fremont Speedway will
host "A Salute to our Military
Men & Women: America's Heroes" on
Saturday, July 5.
Besides the evening's racing
action, there will be food, fun, games and
entertainment in the historic
Sandusky County Fairgrounds, located at
the corner of North Street
and Rawson Ave. in Fremont, throughout the
day. There will also be
a fireworks display. And, all military
personnel who provide valid
military identification, will be admitted
to the night's racing action
"This started with a request
from a military person to do something
special at the races before
he leaves for service in the Middle East.
Mike Dukeshire heard about
it and began making some phone calls and we
found a lot of people were
willing to do something special for ALL our
military men and women,"
said Fremont Speedway Co-Promoter Rich Farmer.
The racing on Coors Beer
Night will pay the winner of the Fort Ball
Pizza Palace 410 Sprints
$3,500; the winner of the Fremont Federal
Credit Union 305 Sprints,
$1,000; and the winner of the Fremont Fence
Dirt Trucks $500. Ludwig
Propane will also sponsor the "On the Gas for
Cash Dash" for the 410 sprints.
The day's events kick of
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
Those enjoying the displays
and games at the fairgrounds will also be
treated to music from area
bands including Rick Sebetto and Black River.
Also, several non-profit
groups will be selling t-shirts to raise funds for
veterans services and organizations.
The family of Jeremy Shock, the Green
Springs native who was killed
while serving in Iraq, will be among them as
they work to raise funds
to install lights at the ball diamonds where Jeremy
grew up. The family of Robert
Clark, another area serviceman, will also be
"The money raised during
the day will be donated to veterans services and
related service organizations,"
said Fremont Speedway Announcer/Public
Relations Director Brian
Liskai. "It gives our race fans a way to have fun
and to honor all our service
men and women."
"Families will be able to
come to the fairgrounds and have fun throughout
the day and then enjoy the
great racing in the evening. This will be a fun
day for everyone," added
Fremont Speedway Co-Promoter Andy James.
When the gates to the speedway
open at 4 p.m., the first 2,000 fans will
receive a free America flag.
Color guards from the Fremont VFW and American
Legion, along with those
from other military organizations, will begin he
night by posting the nation's
colors after a brief parade down the front
stretch of "The Track That
Racing will begin at 7 p.m.
Sometime after 10 p.m., just prior to the 410
sprint feature, a fireworks
display will be set off.
There will also be help available
for veterans who may need assistance
getting around the fairgrounds
and race track.
Also, fans can purchase a
lap in memory or in honor of a friend or family
member who has been or is
in the military. Fremont Speedway is selling laps
for a minimum of $20 and
a maximum of what
ever the purchaser would
The laps will be for the
feature events only on the night of July 5. The 410
sprint feature will be 40
laps; 25 laps for the 305 sprints and 20 laps for
the dirt trucks.
Anyone may purchase as many
lapís as they would like to but once a lap has
been purchased no one else
can purchase that lap. A list of the lap
contributors will be read
over the public address system on July 5.
"This is a great way to honor
your loved ones and show appreciation for
their time and dedication
to our country," said Kyle Dukeshire, who is
organizing that event.
Cut off time for the purchase
of these laps will be June 30. To purchase one
or more of these laps contact
As with many of the events
throughout the day, the proceeds raised from the
lap contributions will go
towards organizations to benefit are men and women
of the military.
"The lap money does not go
to the drivers or the track...it will directly
benefit service personnel,"
"We are working on several
other exciting things for July 5 as well. With
the armed forces help, this
could be really fun," added Farmer.
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