gets late race pass for Fremont win; Dussel gets 1st 305 sprint win; Ward
scores 4th truck victory
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Contact Brian Liskai
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - Being second
in traffic was the place to be late in the
feature at Fremont Speedway
Saturday, July 26.
Byron Reed used traffic to
pass Craig Mintz on the white flag lap to get his
third win off the season
in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints on Jon
Wright's Custom Chrome Plating
Night at "The Track That Action Built."
Bradner's Nate Dussel passed
D.J. Foos on the 22nd lap and went on to score
his first career sprint
car win in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305
Sandusky's Cory Ward drove
into the lead on the 13th lap of the 20-lap
feature for the Fremont
Fence Dirt Trucks and took his fourth win of the
season at Fremont. It was
his ninth win of the year overall, as he has five
victories at Attica Raceway
Reed stayed on Mintz' bumper
from lap seven on and when Mintz hit lapped
traffic by lap 28, Reed
made his move. Reed drove to the outside of Mintz
who was having difficulties
with lapped traffic as they came to the white
"I've said it many times....I'm
not good out front on those situations.
Craig had to make a decision
in traffic and I was there to capitalize on
it," said Reed in the Engine
Pro Victory Lane beside his Reebar Diecasting
"This win is really satisfying
because the other two were on a heavier track
and this one was on a slick
track. We haven't been good here on a slick
surface but we changed a
bunch of stuff on the car and it worked," said Reed
of his 16th career Fremont
Foos seemed to have the field
covered in the 305 sprint feature. But,
Dussel, who moved into second
on the sixth lap, stayed close and with four
laps to go started to pressure
Foos. Foos slipped up the track in turns 1
and 2 on the 21st lap, and
Dussel took advantage to dive under for the lead
and the win.
"I knew my car was better
on long runs and I just had to be patient," said
Dussel beside his Berrier
Fabrication, Dussel Welding, Kern Auto & Truck
Repair backed sprint car.
"This is a dream come true...I
grew up here and saw so many great drivers
stand on this front stretch...I
can't believe I'm actually here," added the
18-year-old Dussel in the
Engine Pro Victory Lane.
For Ward, just finishing
the feature in one piece was the goal after being
involved in a first lap
crash that involved six trucks. Ward passed early
leader Andy Maynard and
Danny Roepke on lap 13 and went on to his 12th
career victory at Fremont.
"I lost my brakes on that
first lap crash. I just had to drive around the
outside and hope no one
got crossed up. Andy Maynard and Dan Roepke raced me
clean and hard and that's
all I could ask for," said Ward beside his Blue
Chip Machine, East Side
Cafe, Excuses Lounge, Budweiser backed truck.
In the 30-lap 410 sprint
feature, Mintz grabbed the early lead with Geoff
Dodge, Jeremy Campbell,
Reed and fast qualifier Cole Duncan in tow. Reed
would move into third on
lap three before the yellow would fly on lap 6.
When racing resumed, Reed
would drive around Dodge for second and would
battle with Mintz for the
lead until action came to a halt on lap 19 for a
Bruce White flip.
With a clear track ahead
of him, Mintz would pull away slightly from Reed
while third place Campbell
began to close. When Mintz hit traffic again on
lap 28, Reed closed in on
his rear bumper. Mintz began feeling the pressure
of trying to negotiate through
traffic, and when he dove low, Reed drove
around as they exited turn
four for the white flag.
Reed would go on for the
win with Mintz, Campbell, Phil Gressman and Lee
Jacobs rounding out the
In the 25-lap 305 sprint
feature, rookie D.J. Foos bolted into the lead at
the drop of the green, with
Josh Muntz, Dussel, Matt Merrill and Duane
Zablocki in tow.
While Foos was blasting around
the outside of the track, Dussel would drive
into second on lap six while
Muntz, Zablocki, Merrill and Kevin Lee staged a
torrid battle for third.
Just as Dussel began catching Foos the yellow would
fly on lap 10. Foos would
set sail on the restart, with Dussel hanging back
while Muntz, Lee, Merrill
and Zablocki continuing their great race for
Foos would slip up the track
in turns 1 and 2 on lap 21, allowing Dussel to
close. Dussel would dive
under Foos and into the lead a lap later.
At the checkered flag it
was Dussel, Foos, Muntz, Lee and Merrill rounding
out the top five.
Andy Maynard would grab the
early lead of the 20-lap truck feature with a
tremendous battle behind
him for second involving Brian Sorg, Danny Roepke,
Dave Gibbs and Cory Ward.
Roepke would move into second on lap 4 and began
to pressure Maynard before
grabbing the top spot by a bumper on lap 9 only
to watch Maynard drive back
by a lap later.
With 11 laps in the books,
Maynard now had pressure from not only Roepke but
Ward. Ward would drive around
Roepke into second on lap 12 and then slip by
Maynard on the next circuit
for the lead.
Roepke would drive into second
on lap 17 while Steve Endictott was coming on
strong to move around Maynard
into third by lap 18. Ward would take the
checkered flag over Roepke,
Endicott, Maynard and Jim McGrath, who started
on the tail in his son's
truck after a heat race mishap in his own machine.
Fremont Speedway will be
back in action Saturday, Aug. 2 for Kistler Engines
Night Featuring the Fort
Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, Fremont Federal
Credit Union 305 Sprints
and the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks.
For more information log
The Fremont Speedway (07-26-08)
Jon Wright's Custom Chrome
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410
1. 22-Cole Duncan, 12.78;
2. 16-Lee Jacobs, 12.79; 3. 6-Mike Dussel (R),
12.82; 4. 5R-Byron Reed,
12.92; 5. 20X-Phil Gressman, 12.95; 6. 4M-Jamie
Miller, 12.98; 7. 7M-Geoff
Dodge, 13.02; 8. O-Jeremy Campbell, 13.19; 9.
55-John Ivy, 13.23; 10.
312-Mike Linder, 13.28; 11. O9-Craig Mintz, 13.32;
12. O2-Brian Smith, 13.33;
13. X-Mark Keegan, 13.42; 14. 60-Jody Keegan,
13.44; 15. 10-David Harrison,
13.45; 16. 96AU-Bruce White, 13.48; 17.
14H-Todd Heller, 13.56;
18. 15C-Chris Andrews, 13.63; 19. 5T-Travis Philo,
13.72; 20. 21-Rodney Morgan,
13.79; 21. 10S-Roger Shammo, 13.88; 22.
27-Scott Euler, NT; 23.
7T-Troy Vaccaro, NT
Heat 1 (8 laps, top 5 transfer
1. X-Mark Keegan; 2. 96AU-Bruce
White; 3. 7M-Geoff Dodge; 4. 5R-Byron Reed;
5. 22-Cole Duncan; 6. 312-Mike
Linder; 7. 5T-Travis Philo
Heat 2 (8 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 14H-Todd Heller; 2. O9-Craig
Mintz; 3. 20X-Phil Gressman; 4. O-Jeremy
Campbell; 5. 60-Jody Keegan;
6. 16-Lee Jacobs; 7. 21-Rodney Morgan; 8.
Heat 3 (8 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 10-David Harrison; 2.
55-John Ivy; 3. O2-Brian Smith; 4. 6-Mike Dussel
(R); 5. 15C-Chris Andrews;
6. 10S-Roger Shammo; 7. 4M-Jamie Miller
A-main (30 laps) Starting
1. 5R-Byron Reed; 2.
O9-Craig Mintz; 3. O-Jeremy Campbell; 4.
20X-Phil Gressman; 5.
16-Lee Jacobs; 6. 55-John Ivy; 7. O2-Brian
Smith; 8. 7M-Geoff Dodge;
9. 22-Cole Duncan; 10. 7T-Troy
Vaccaro; 11. 6-Mike
Dussel (R); 12. 10-David Harrison; 13.
60-Jody Keegan; 14.
15C-Chris Andrews; 15. 10S-Roger Shammo; 16.
X-Mark Keegan; 17. 14H-Todd
Heller; 18. 4M-Jamie Miller; 19.
21-Rodney Morgan; 20.
96AU-Bruce White; 21. 5T-Travis Philo
Fremont Federal Credit Union
Heat 1 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 5-Dustin Dinan; 2. 8K-Zack
Kramer (R); 3. 82-Travis Hoffbauer; 4. O4-Cap
Henry; 5. 71-Bill Kraylek;
6. 49-Coty Runion; 7. 66L-Brad Bowman; 8.
22-Jacob Dougherty; 9. 26-Zack
Heat 2 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 11F-D.J. Foos (R); 2.
1-Nate Dussel (R); 3. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 4.
28-Shaun Valenti (R); 5.
80-Jake Trevino (R); 6. 5D-Craig Kays; 7. 23-Willie
Keegan; 8. 22D-Dan Hammond
Heat 3 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. M28-Josh Muntz; 2. 40-Bobby
Clark; 3. 19R-Steve Rando; 4. 35-Stuart
Brubaker; 5. 65-Mark Lang;
6. O1-Bryan Sebetto; 7. 9-Jimmy Colvin (R); 8.
596-Zack Ames (R)
Heat 4 (8 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 36X-Dustin Keegan; 2.
39-Matt Merrill; 3. 3J-Kevin Lee; 4. 3X-Brad
Keckler; 5. 14-Chad Wilson;
6. 25P-Mark Pridemore; 7. 27-Paige Polyak; 8.
B2 Main (10 laps, top 4 transfer
1. 80-Jake Trevino (R);
2. O1-Bryan Sebetto; 3. 5D-Craig Kays; 4. 66L-Brad
Bowman; 5. 14-Chad Wilson;
6. 71-Bill Kraylek; 7. 49-Coty Runion; 8. 22D-Dan
Hammond; 9. 23-Willie Keegan;
10. 9-Jimmy Colvin (R); 11. 25P-Mark
Pridemore; 12. 22-Jacob
Dougherty; 13. 27-Paige Polyak; 14. 596-Zack Ames
(R); 15. 26-Zack Moore;
16. 65-Mark Lang
A-main (25 laps) Starting
1. 1-Nate Dussel (R);
2. 11F-D.J. Foos (R); 3. M28-Josh Muntz; 4.
3J-Kevin Lee; 5. 39-Matt
Merrill; 6. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 7.
8. 40-Bobby Clark; 9. 19R-Steve Rando; 10.
28-Shaun Valenti (R);
11. 66L-Brad Bowman; 12. 82-Travis
Hoffbauer; 13. O1-Bryan
Sebetto; 14. O4-Cap Henry; 15. 36X-Dustin
Keegan; 16. 8K-Zack
Kramer (R); 17. 3X-Brad Keckler; 18. 80-Jake
Trevino (R); 19. 5-Dustin
Dinan; 20. 5D-Craig Kays
Fremont Fence Co. Dirt Trucks
Heat 1 (7 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 20-Andy Maynard; 2. 16-Steve
Sabo; 3. 8-Steve Endicott; 4. 30-Dave Gibbs;
5. 45-Rich Farmer; 6. 39-Dwight
Waltermier; 7. O-Jim Keegan; 8. 62-Dave
Severs; 9. 5-Jim McGrath;
10. 93K-Jeff Witt
Heat 2 (7 laps, top 5 transfer
1. O1-Art Ball; 2. 17-Bob
Dible; 3. 92-Loren Schwochow; 4. 32H-Dan Hennig;
5. 8K-Kent Brewer; 6. 23M-Brad
Mitten; 7. P51-Paul Brown Jr.; 8. 91-Roger
Inks; 9. 71-Craig Holland
Heat 3 (7 laps, top 5 transfer
1. 18W-Cory Ward; 2. 53-Dan
Roepke; 3. 5JR-Jim McGrath Jr.; 4. 4X-Brian
Sorg; 5. 52-Will Tezak;
6. 34K-George Miller; 7. 22-Todd Keegan; 8. O7-Greg
B2-main (10 laps, top 5 transfer
1. O-Jim Keegan; 2. 23M-Brad
Mitten; 3. 91-Roger Inks; 4. P51-Paul Brown
Jr.; 5. 62-Dave Severs;
6. O7-Greg Harmon; 7. 71-Craig Holland; 8. 22-Todd
Keegan; 9. 34K-George Miller;
10. 39-Dwight Waltermier; 11. 93K-Jeff Witt
A-main (20 laps) Starting
1. 18W-Cory Ward; 2.
53-Dan Roepke; 3. 8-Steve Endicott; 4.
20-Andy Maynard; 5. 5-Jim
McGrath; 6. 32H-Dan Hennig; 7. 30-Dave
Gibbs; 8. 8K-Kent Brewer;
9. 16-Steve Sabo; 10. 4X-Brian Sorg;
11. 23M-Brad Mitten;
12. O7-Greg Harmon; 13. P51-Paul Brown Jr.;
14. 91-Roger Inks; 15.
52-Will Tezak; 16. 92-Loren Schwochow; 17.
18. 17-Bob Dible; 19. O-Jim Keegan; 20.