wins thrilling Ohio Sprint Speedweek finale at Fremont; Brubaker gets non-wing
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Contact: Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - Tim Shaffer
worked his way through the field like a
precision surgeon from his
14th starting spot, and took the lead with just
four laps to go in the finale
of the 27th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek at
Fremont Speedway Saturday
and went on to score the $10,000 victory.
A huge crowd witnessed six
cars battling for the lead throughout the 40-lap
feature event with the lead
changing hand five times on Budweiser Night with
the O'Reilly All Star Circuit
of Champions Sprints.Shaffer ducked under
Brock Mayes exiting turn
four on the 36th lap to grab the lead and then
pulled away on a lap 37
restart for the victory, his eighth of 2009.
The win was Shaffer's second
of Speedweek, as he also took the checkered
flag last Sunday at Millstream
Speedway. It was the 89th appearance of the
O'Reilly All Star Circuit
of Champions at Fremont Speedway.
While Shaffer, who had to
win the B-main to earn his spot in the feature,
took home the big check,
Stevie Smith's third place finish gave him the 2009
Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship.
"This place always puts a
great race on. I'm so happy to be a part of this
team. Brian (Kemenah, crew
chief), Janet (Holbrook, owner) and Aaron (Call,
owner)...this whole team...they
did a great job all week...it's a tough
week," said Shaffer beside
his Kistler Racing Engines, J&J Chassis backed
"I let them down last night
and I was determined not to do that tonight. You
had to be aggressive but
patient tonight. I never thought we'd get up
through there. We got a
great start and the lapped cars helped me
tonight...they hurt me last
night so that's part of racing. We're building a
great team," added Shaffer
in the Engine Pro Victory Lane on his third win
of the season at "The Track
That Action Built."
For Mayes, it was another
disappointing Speedweek finale, even though he
would come home second.
"I'm just upset...three years
in a row I've run second at this $10,000 to
win speedweek show. If I
had a few more cars in my shop a couple of those
guys would have been helped
off the track. There's no sense for lapped cars
to be shown my wing three
or four times. I get as many cars as Shaffer has
in the shop I'll be pushing
around like he does sometimes," said Mayes
beside his J&F Construction,
Kinn Brothers Heating and Cooling, Mansfield
Cement backed #11B.
"Daniel, Keith and Davey
and my dad are behind us. What you see is what we
got. Every now and then
we pick up a little something. Just a little heart
broken, a little disgusted,
a little upset right now. We've been running
good here all year. I thought
we had 'em. I didn't make the right decision I
guess," added Mayes.
Smith battled his way through
the pack from his 11th starting spot to take
"Tim Shaffer did a nice job
and he earned it...he started back there too. I
just didn't get the job
done. I'm real proud of these guys. We won the
points... it's a shame they
couldn't have had a little purse for that. After
seeing all these cars this
week, I was pretty amazed. The fans were really a
big support for the Ohio
Sprint Speedweek and they had a lot of race cars. I
think it's something that
could really be built up and I'd like to still be
a part of it...but we need
some sort of point fund for it," said Smith
beside his Zemco Race Products
backed #1, who was heading to compete in the
Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek.
Chad Blonde led the field
to the green to start the feature with Mayes
falling in line while Duane
Zablocki ran third and Craig Mintz fourth.
Shaffer had moved up seven
spots to the seventh position by lap four.Blonde
set a blistering pace aboard
the Hammer Pallets entry and caught the tail
end of the field by lap
nine, but he could not get around the back markers,
which allowed Mayes and
Mintz to close. Mayes would race right on Blonde's
tail over the next four
laps, which allowed Mintz, who was the only driver
in the top five to run the
high side, to move into second on lap 13. Blonde
and Mintz would race side-by-side
the next four laps while Shaffer had moved
into fourth spot.
While the leaders still had
difficulties with the tail end of the field,
Mayes made a daring move
on lap 18 to move from third to the lead. But, it
was short-lived, as Mintz
would sling-shot around him to the point a lap
later before the caution
would fly for a Daron Clayton spin. Mintz would
pull away on the restart
while Mayes had his hands full with Shaffer and now
a closing Stevie Smith.
Mintz would encounter lapped
traffic on lap 25 allowing Mayes, Shaffer and
Smith to close. Mayes would
use a lapped machine as a pick to drive around
Mintz into the lead on lap
27 and pulled away slightly as Mintz, Shaffer and
Smith duked it out for second.
Shaffer would drive under Mintz into the
runner-up position on lap
32, but Mintz would fight back to his outside lap
Lapped traffic, which had
a few laps earlier helped Mayes take the lead, was
now his enemy, as Shaffer
used a it to his advantage. Shaffer used a
terrific move on the low
side of turn four to pass Mayes for the lead on lap
36. The second and final
caution of the race would fly on lap 37 as David
Harrison and Dale Blaney
got together. While the cars idled around the
track, Mintz, who was in
the fourth spot, would see his great run end as an
oil fire brought on his
mount would bring out the red.
With a clean track ahead,
Shaffer would pull away for the victory, with
Mayes, Smith, Blonde and
Brad Sweet rounding out the top five.
The fans were treated to
a very exciting feature for the Fremont Federal
Credit Union 305 Sprints,
as they competed for the first time this season
without their wings. Defending
track champion Stuart Brubaker slipped under
Shawn Valenti in turn two
on the last lap to grab the lead and his third
career victory at Fremont.
"This is awesome. I told
these guys before this feature...they said what do
you want us to do. I said
let's do something, but I'm not worried about it.
This thing took off like
a rocket ship," said Brubaker beside his Advanced
Industrial Services, Brubaker
Auction Services backed #35 in the Engine Pro
"I didn't like this non-wing
stuff at first. This car was so unstable I
didn't know what it was
going to do. Then in the feature it was awesome.
This is totally different
ball game. I probably won't have a good night next
Friday when we put the wing
back on...it will take me 25 laps to get used to
that. This is for these
fans out here... I knew I could pass that guy on the
last lap...that was just
awesome," added Brubaker.
Roger Shammo grabbed the
early lead in the 25-lap main with Bobby Clark,
D.J. Foos and Paul Weaver
in tow. The field had some troubles on lap four,
as four straight cautions
kept the field close, one involving Shammo and
Weaver.Once the race resumed,
Foos would grab the top spot with Jimmy Colvin
in Second, Clark third,
Valenti fourth and Brubaker fifth.
Valenti would drive under
Foos for the lead on lap 9, but Foos would not
give up, racing him hard
to the outside. Following a lap 12 caution, Valenti
and Foos would resume their
side-by-side battle while Colvin and Brubaker
ran right on their rear
bumpers. Brubaker, using the low groove, would grab
second on lap 17, but it
looked like Valenti was on a rail up front.
However, a caution on lap
22 for Colvin bunched up the field for a three lap
dash to the finish.
As the white flag flew, Valenti
got into turn one a little two hard and the
car washed up the race track,
allowing Brubaker to drive under him for the
lead and the win. Valenti
would recover to come home second, with Nate
Dussel, Todd Heuerman (from
the tail after an early race spin) and Foos
rounding out the top five.
Fremont Speedway will be
back in action Saturday, July 4 for the Burkett
Family Night's Salute to
Our Military Men and Women...America's Heroes
paying the 410 feature winner
$4,000. The Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks and the
Fremont Federal Credit Union
305 Sprints will also be in action. The day
begins with games, food,
fun and entertainment for the entire family at the
fairgrounds at 10 a.m.
For more information log
Fremont Speedway - 6/27/2009
O'Reilly All Star Circuit
1. 1-Stevie Smith, 12.701;
2. 11B-Brock Mayes, 12.793; 3. 1X-Randy Hannagan,
12.994; 4. 56R-Ryan Myers,
12.998; 5. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.049; 6. X-Mark
Keegan, 13.084; 7. 83-Tim
Shaffer, 13.095; 8. 7K-Rob Chaney, 13.101; 9.
2L-Ed Lynch Jr., 13.123;
10. 20X-Craig Mintz, 13.138; 11. 9Z-Duane Zablocki,
13.150; 12. 24H-Chad Blonde,
13.175; 13. 59-Lee Jacobs, 13.187; 14. 10-David
Harrison, 13.190; 15. 16-Bryan
Sebetto, 13.219; 16. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild,
13.228; 17. 91E-Brad Sweet,
13.240; 18. 53-John Ivy, 13.240; 19. 92-Daron
Clayton, 13.251; 20. 5R-Byron
Reed, 13.255; 21. O-Brandon Wimmer, 13.258;
22. 2-Dale Blaney, 13.263;
23. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.292; 24. 3J-Kevin Lee,
13.293; 25. 312-Mike Linder,
13.303; 26. 14H-Todd Heller, 13.312; 27.
89G-David Gravel, 13.315;
28. 2+-Brian Smith, 13.337; 29. O4-Cap Henry,
13.340; 30. 60-Jody Keegan,
13.375; 31. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.391; 32. 2H-Tim
Hunter, 13.424; 33. 25-Kenny
Jacobs, 13.428; 34. 35-Jamie Miller, 13.439;
35. 11M-Brandon Martin,
13.443; 36. 45AU-Steve Lines, 13.444; 37. 97-Dean
Jacobs, 13.476; 38. 48S-Andy
Shammo, 13.516; 39. 6R-Ryan Bunton, 13.573; 40.
63-Chad Kemenah, 13.601;
41. 10H-Brad Haudenschild, 13.696; 42. 7AU-Roddy
Bellbowen, 14.142; 43. 27-Scott
Heat 1 - (10 Laps -
Top 5 Transfer)
1. 91E-Brad Sweet; 2. O-Brandon
Wimmer; 3. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.; 4. 1-Stevie
Smith; 5. 97-Dean Jacobs;
6. 59-Lee Jacobs; 7. 3C-Cale Conley; 8. 312-Mike
Linder; 9. 25-Kenny Jacobs;
10. 10H-Brad Haudenschild; 11. O4-Cap Henry
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
(10 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 2-Dale Blaney; 2. 53-John
Ivy; 3. 20X-Craig Mintz; 4. 11B-Brock Mayes; 5.
10-David Harrison; 6. X-Mark
Keegan; 7. 14H-Todd Heller; 8. 60-Jody Keegan;
9. 35-Jamie Miller; 10.
48S-Andy Shammo; 11. 7AU-Roddy Bellbowen
Heat 3 - (10 Laps -
Top 5 Transfer)
1. 92-Daron Clayton; 2.
22-Cole Duncan; 3. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 4. 1X-Randy
Hannagan; 5. 11M-Brandon
Martin; 6. 83-Tim Shaffer; 7. 16-Bryan Sebetto; 8.
89G-David Gravel; 9. W20-Greg
Wilson; 10. 6R-Ryan Bunton; 11. 27-Scott Euler
Heat 4 - (10 Laps -
Top 5 Transfer)
1. 3J-Kevin Lee; 2. 5R-Byron
Reed; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah; 4. 24H-Chad Blonde;
5. 2+-Brian Smith; 6. 45AU-Steve
Lines; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 8.
2H-Tim Hunter; 9. 7K-Rob
Chaney; 10. 56R-Ryan Myers
Dash - (6 Laps)
1. 91E-Brad Sweet; 2. 1X-Randy
Hannagan; 3. 1-Stevie Smith; 4. 11B-Brock
Mayes; 5. 92-Daron Clayton
B-Main - (15 Laps -
Top 4 Transfer)
1. 83-Tim Shaffer; 2. 3C-Cale
Conley; 3. X-Mark Keegan; 4. 59-Lee Jacobs; 5.
7K-Rob Chaney; 6. 56R-Ryan
Myers; 7. 16-Bryan Sebetto; 8. 89G-David Gravel;
9. O4-Cap Henry; 10. W20-Greg
Wilson; 11. 14H-Todd Heller; 12. 35-Jamie
Miller; 13. 45AU-Steve Lines;
14. 7AU-Roddy Bellbowen; 15. 27-Scott Euler;
16. 48S-Andy Shammo; 17.
60-Jody Keegan; 18. 25-Kenny Jacobs; 19. 10H-Brad
Haudenschild; 20. 93-Sheldon
Haudenschild; 21. 6R-Ryan Bunton
A-Main - (40 Laps)
1. 83-Tim Shaffer; 2.
11B-Brock Mayes; 3. 1-Stevie Smith; 4.
24H-Chad Blonde; 5. 91E-Brad
Sweet; 6. 1X-Randy Hannagan; 7.
5R-Byron Reed; 8. O-Brandon
Wimmer; 9. 59-Lee Jacobs; 10.
97-Dean Jacobs; 11.
63-Chad Kemenah; 12. 11M-Brandon Martin; 13.
22-Cole Duncan; 14.
10-David Harrison; 15. 3C-Cale Conley; 16.
2+-Brian Smith; 17.
53-John Ivy; 18. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 19.
92-Daron Clayton; 20.
3J-Kevin Lee; 21. 20X-Craig Mintz; 22.
2-Dale Blaney; 23. X-Mark
Keegan; 24. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.
Fremont Federal Credit Union
- 305 Sprints (non-Wing)
Heat 1 - (8 Laps)
1. 1W-Paul Weaver; 2. 11F-D.J.
Foos; 3. 1-Nate Dussel; 4. 40-Bobby Clark; 5.
1J-Jeremy Shambaugh; 6.
83X-Nate Reeser; 7. 30-Adam Ollom
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
1. 10S-Roger Shammo;
2. 28-Shawn Valenti; 3. 9-Jimmy Colvin; 4. 35-Stuart
Brubaker; 5. 10X-Dustin
Stroup; 6. 99X-Tim Buchanan; 7. 24X-Tom Nichols
Heat 3 - (8 Laps)
1. 71-Bill Kraylek; 2. 2-Tim
Kern; 3. 31-Chuck Wilson; 4. 3B-Tim Bottles; 5.
M28-Josh Muntz; 6. 18-Todd
Heuerman; 7. 14-Chad Wilson
A-Main - (25 Laps)
1. 35-Stuart Brubaker;
2. 28-Shawn Valenti; 3. 1-Nate Dussel; 4.
18-Todd Heuerman; 5.
11F-D.J. Foos; 6. 31-Chuck Wilson; 7.
40-Bobby Clark; 8. 10X-Dustin
Stroup; 9. 71-Bill Kraylek; 10.
11. 99X-Tim Buchanan; 12. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh;
13. 2-Tim Kern; 14. 3B-Tim
Bottles; 15. 9-Jimmy Colvin; 16.
83X-Nate Reeser; 17.
30-Adam Ollom; 18. 1W-Paul Weaver; 19.
14-Chad Wilson; 20.