gets 1st ALMS late model win; Weaver takes 305 sprints; Hennig gets 2nd
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Contact: Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - Ryan Missler
scored his first career Sunoco American Late
Model Series victory at
Fremont Speedway Saturday on Beck Oil Night. The
Bellevue, Ohio driver led
all 30 laps, but had to withstand several challenge
on restarts to take his
second career win at "The Track That Action Built."
Paul Weaver battled side-by-side
with Stuart Brubaker throughout the 25 laps
of the Fremont Fence 305
Sprint feature before securing his 24th career
Fremont win and the second
of 2009 at his home track. Weaver's visit to the
Engine Pro Victory Lane
moves him into a tie for 16th on the track's
all-time win list with Johnny
Castalia, Ohio's Dan Hennig
used the track's high side to power into the
lead on lap nine of the
Fremont Fence Dirt Truck's A-main and went on to
score his second win of
the season and third career Fremont victory.
"I tried to do something
different every time so they couldn't get a run on
me going into one. This
thing was a handful...the track was fast. We got a
little motor in here, I
can't believe we stayed out in front," said Missler
beside his Missler Industries,
Taze D.J. and Karaoke, Hawk's Auto
Reconditioning backed late
"I knew there in lapped traffic
I screwed up and someone had to be close
(Ryan VanderVeen). I just
had to refocus. I have to thank everyone on my
crew, Dave Golick and my
dad and Jerry Huff and everybody that helps out in
the shop," added Missler,
in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
Weaver waited until the 21st
lap to take the lead away from Brubaker, who
didn't go away easily and
fought to his inside the last three laps. Weaver
kept up his momentum to
end up in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
"When you catch lapped traffic,
it's good to be in second and you go in wide
open and hope for the best,"
said Weaver beside his Ludwig Propane, M&L
Excavating, Genzman Enterprises
The truck feature was a barn-burner
as usual, with Jim McGrath and Hennig
battling all the way until
lap 17 when McGrath lost power. Hennig was very
tough on the high side and
pulled away for the win.
"This thing just hooked up.
We put a set-up on this a little different than
what we usually do...something
that worked last week that got me to fourth
after starting way in the
back and it worked again tonight," said Hennig
beside his Reidy's Auto
World, Level Performance APD Carburetors, York
Fabrication backed truck.
"I made a pass down on the bottom and it stuck
there too... I'll go anywhere.
I like to thank all my team...they work so
In the special promoters
challenge race, Fremont Speedway Promoters Rich
Farmer and Andy James finished
first and second in their 305 sprints against
Attica Raceway Park Promoter
John Bores and his son, Mike, in their late
models. The match-race moves
to Attica on July 31.
At the drop of the green
in the 30-lap late model feature, Missler served
notice he was the driver
to beat as he pulled away while VanderVeen, Jerry
Bowersock, Eric Spangler
and Brian Ruhlman raced hard for second. Miller
would hit lapped traffic
by lap 8 while all eyes were on the tremendous
battle for second between
Bowersock, VanderVeen and Ruhlman, with those
positions changing every
lap. The first caution flew on lap 15 with the
running order Missler, VanderVeen,
Ruhlman, Bowersock and a charging Ky
Harper. A spat of cautions
would slow the pace over the next four laps. And
just when he was about to
mount a challenge of Missler, VanderVeen went
pitside with mechanical
With 10 laps remaining and
a clear track, Missler would pull away, while the
action continued to heat
up for second between Ruhlman, Bowersock and
Harper. Another caution
with five to go would bunch up the field, but once
again Missler would use
a different approach to the restart and would pull
away. Another caution a
lap later with the same results - Missler pulling
away, but Ruhlman, Harper,
Bowersock and Eric Spangler would race hard for
At the checkered, Missler
had a five-car length advantage over Ruhlman,
Harper, Bowersock, and Kerry
Mathew, who really came on the last seven laps
from his 13th starting spot.
After a wild start to the
305 sprint feature that saw Chuck Wilson and Tim
Kern get upside down, also
collecting Shawn Valenti, Bobby Clark and Josh
Muntz ( Valenti, Clark and
Muntz were able to restart), it would go green
the rest of the way. Brubaker
would pull away with the initial lead while
Todd Heuerman, Dan Hammond,
Weaver and John Ivy raced behind for second.
Brubaker would hit lapped
traffic on lap seven, while a tremendous battle
ensued for second between
Heuerman and Weaver.
Weaver would move into second
on lap eight, but seemed unable to close the
distance to Brubaker...that
is until the leader got into heavy lapped
traffic who were racing
side-by-side in front of him. Weaver, using the high
line, closed quickly, while
Heuerman now had his hands full with John Ivy
and Jimmy Colvin for third.
With nine laps remaining, Weaver was now racing
side-by-side with Brubaker
for the lead. Weaver would drive around Brubaker
in turns three and four
on lap 21 to take the lead. Brubaker wouldn't give
up and fought back to continue
to race Weaver hard right to the checkered.
Heuerman would take third
with Colvin grabbing fourth and Ivy rounding out
the top five.
McGrath would jump into the
lead at the drop of the green in the 20-lap dirt
truck feature with Loren
Schwochow in second, Bob Dible, Steve Endicott and
Hennig rounding out the
top five. Following a lap one caution that involved
four trucks, McGrath would
drive away from the field while Schwochow had his
hands full with Hennig and
Art Ball. Hennig would grab second on lap four
and put pressure on McGrath
a lap later. But the action would come to a half
on lap seven for a Jimmy
McGrath Jr. caution. But once the green flew again,
the great race up front
resumed between McGrath and Hennig. Hennig would
take the lead on lap nine,
while McGrath stayed close and 10th place starter
Paul Brown Jr. took third
Hennig would hit lapped traffic
on lap 11, but it was strung out, allowing
him to pick his line, but
he still couldn't shake McGrath. Following a
caution on lap 18, McGrath
would go pitside with something amiss (he would
rejoin the field, but on
the tail). Hennig was able to pull away the final
three laps for the victory,
while Brown, Ball, Endicott and Kent Brewer
rounding out the top five.
Fremont Speedway will be
back in action Saturday, July 25 on Ludwig Propane
Night with the Fortball
Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, Fremont Federal Credit
Union 305 Sprints and Fremont
Fence Dirt trucks in action. For details go to
Fremont Speedway - 7/18/2009
Beck Oil Night
ALMS Sunoco Lates Models
Qualifying - Hualmark Trailers
1. 64-Jerry Bowersock, 15.46;
2. 50Y-Ryan Missler, 15.61; 3. 49-Brian
Ruhlman, 15.65; 4. 14-Kerry
Mathew, 15.78; 5. 1-Jon Henry, 15.92; 6.
23V-Ryan VanderVeen, 15.95;
7. 21S-Tom Sprague, 16.22; 8. 15B-Mike Bores,
16.34; 9. 9C-Troy Cattarene,
16.39; 10. 27S-Eric Spangler, 16.48; 11. 34-Ky
Harper, 16.56; 12. 12-Michael
Stiltner, 16.90; 13. 92-Brandon Perkins,
17.00; 14. 15-Phil Ausra,
17.05; 15. 3R-Chuck Roelle, 17.11; 16. 69-John
Mayes Jr., 17.24; 17. 99-Steve
Sabo, 17.24; 18. 48-John Bores, 17.26; 19.
12M-Mike Stiltner, 17.28;
20. 18R-Chris Ross, 17.28; 21. 27-Bill Hahn,
27.11; 22. 5H-Ernie Haynes,
Heat 1 - (10 Laps)
1. 34-Ky Harper; 2. 49-Brian
Ruhlman; 3. 9C-Troy Cattarene; 4. 48-John
Bores; 5. 14-Kerry Mathew;
6. 12M-Mike Stiltner; 7. 92-Brandon Perkins
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
1. 27S-Eric Spangler; 2.
64-Jerry Bowersock; 3. 21S-Tom Sprague; 4. 1-Jon
Henry; 5. 18R-Chris Ross;
6. 15-Phil Ausra
Heat 3 - (10 Laps)
1. 50Y-Ryan Missler; 2.
23V-Ryan VanderVeen; 3. 15B-Mike Bores; 4. 69-John
Mayes Jr.; 5. 27-Bill Hahn;
6. 3R-Chuck Roelle; 7. 12-Michael Stiltner; 8.
A-Main - (30 Laps)
1. 50Y-Ryan Missler;
2. 49-Brian Ruhlman; 3. 34-Ky Harper; 4.
64-Jerry Bowersock; 5.
14-Kerry Mathew; 6. 27S-Eric Spangler; 7.
9C-Troy Cattarene; 8.
15-Phil Ausra; 9. 1-Jon Henry; 10. 69-John
Mayes Jr.; 11. 99-Steve
Sabo; 12. 92-Brandon Perkins; 13.
12M-Mike Stiltner; 14.
27-Bill Hahn; 15. 48-John Bores; 16.
17. 23V-Ryan VanderVeen; 18. 15B-Mike Bores;
19. 3R-Chuck Roelle;
20. 18R-Chris Ross; 21. 21S-Tom Sprague
Fremont Federal Credit Union
- 305 Sprints
Heat 1 - (8 Laps)
1. 8K-Zack Kramer; 2. 1W-Paul
Weaver; 3. 9-Jimmy Colvin; 4. 22D-Dan Hammond;
5. 28-Shawn Valenti; 6.
10X-Dustin Stroup; 7. 71-Bill Kraylek
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
1. 94-John Ivy; 2. 35-Stuart
Brubaker; 3. M28-Josh Muntz; 4. 31-Chuck
Wilson; 5. 1-Nate Dussel;
6. 24X-Tom Nichols; 7. 99X-Tim Buchanan
Heat 3 - (8 Laps)
1. 2-Tim Kern; 2. 11F-D.J.
Foos; 3. 18-Todd Heuerman; 4. 19R-Steve Rando; 5.
40-Bobby Clark; 6. 14-Chad
A-Main - (25 Laps)
1. 1W-Paul Weaver; 2.
35-Stuart Brubaker; 3. 18-Todd Heuerman; 4.
9-Jimmy Colvin; 5. 94-John
Ivy; 6. 8K-Zack Kramer; 7. 19R-Steve
Rando; 8. 11F-D.J. Foos;
9. 28-Shawn Valenti; 10. 40-Bobby
Clark; 11. 22D-Dan Hammond;
12. 71-Bill Kraylek; 13. 1-Nate
Dussel; 14. 14-Chad
Wilson; 15. 10X-Dustin Stroup; 16. M28-Josh
Muntz; 17. 99X-Tim Buchanan;
18. 24X-Tom Nichols; 19. 2-Tim
Kern; 20. 31-Chuck Wilson
Fremont Fence Co. Dirt Trucks
Heat 1 - (7 Laps)
1. 5-Jim Mcgrath; 2. 5JR-Jimmy
Mcgrath Jr.; 3. 99-Art Howey Jr.; 4. 52-Will
Tezak; 5. 30-Dave Gibbs;
6. 4J-Jeremy Lozano; 7. 6-Linda Sabo
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
1. 32H-Dan Hennig; 2. 17-Bob
Dible; 3. 8-Steve Endicott; 4. 8K-Kent Brewer;
5. 71-Craig Holland; 6.
4X-Brian Sorg; 7. 4S-Keith Sorg
Heat 3 - (7 Laps)
1. O1-Art Ball; 2. P51-Paul
Brown Jr.; 3. 16-Steve Sabo; 4. 92-Loren
Schwochow; 5. 23M-Brad Mitten;
6. 13S-James Saam
A-Main - (20 Laps)
1. 32H-Dan Hennig; 2.
P51-Paul Brown Jr.; 3. O1-Art Ball; 4.
8-Steve Endicott; 5.
8K-Kent Brewer; 6. 99-Art Howey Jr.; 7.
92-Loren Schwochow; 8.
16-Steve Sabo; 9. 52-Will Tezak; 10.
30-Dave Gibbs; 11. 71-Craig
Holland; 12. 5-Jim Mcgrath; 13.
4X-Brian Sorg; 14. 4S-Keith
Sorg; 15. 13S-James Saam; 16.
23M-Brad Mitten; 17.
17-Bob Dible; 18. 5JR-Jimmy Mcgrath Jr.; 19.