takes FAST win at Fremont on wild night; Dussel gets 2nd 305 win; Ward
steals truck victory
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009
Contact Brian Liskai
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - The full
moon was last week, but it looked like it appeared
again Saturday, Aug. 1 at
Fremont Speedway, as there were several nasty
crashes. But when the dust
settled, Bucyrus, Ohio's Brock Mayes picked up
his third 410 sprint victory
of the season on Kistler Engines Night.
Scoring his second victory
of 2009 at Fremont was Bradner, Ohio's Nate
Dussel in the Fremont Federal
Credit Union 305 Sprints, while Cory Ward
grabbed the lead coming
out of turn four for the checkered when Dan Hennig
lost power, to score his
fourth win of the year in the Fremont Fence Dirt
Mayes, who took the point
lead at "The Track That Action Built," used the
fast high side to overtake
David Harrison on lap 16 and then flexed his
muscles to pull away to
the victory aboard his J&F Construction, Mansfield
Cement, Kinn Brothers Heating
and Cooling, Mortiz Concrete backed #11B.
"I was gurgling the last
five laps," said Mayes about running low on fuel
due to the numerous cautions
in the feature. "The center of the corner was a
handful because I had no
power steering. I was just praying it would stay
green. I saw at the end
Byron (Reed) must have been up to second (from his
18th starting spot)...I
talked to him earlier tonight and told him all he
needed was one good run
and he got it so he'll be something to deal with the
rest of the year."
"I was debating where to
go. I was waiting for the top to get cleaned off
somewhat...thought a few
of the guys in the back would run up there, but it
didn't look like too many
guys were. It got beat up a little bit so I pulled
the wing back and was getting
after it," added Mayes of his eighth career
Fremont victory on night
#18 of the Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica
Sprint Title Championship
"I have to thank all the
guys, Daniel and Keith and Davey and my fiancée
Alisha and my dad...if it
wasn't for dad none of us would be out here. We've
been a little frustrated
the last month...we had a good speedweek...but
we're going to put the old
car back together...the one that we crashed and
see what it could do. That
was if we didn't win tonight, but now who knows.
We do like the other car
a little better. We have to get over the hump a
little," concluded Mayes.
Dussel took the lead from
Jimmy Colvin on the second lap and held off
several charges from Brad
Haudenschild to nab his third victory in 2009 (he
also has a win at Attica
Raceway Park) aboard his Berrier Fabrication, OC
Shocks, Dussel Welding backed
"The winnings might have
to go toward putting the motor back together
because this thing ran 250
(degrees) the whole race. I was pretty close to
pulling off a few times,"
said Dussel in the Engine Pro Victory Lane. "But,
the win is more important
"The difference this year
(his second driving) is I have Craig and Mike
working on this thing and
they have me fast every night," added Dussel.
Dan Hennig looked certain
to grab his third win of the season in the Fremont
Fence Dirt Trucks, but a
big puff of smoke came out from under the hood with
four laps to go, and coming
down to the checkered, his mount lost power.
Sandusky, Ohio's Cory Ward
was there to capitalize, as he scored his 17th
career Fremont victory,
to move him into a tie with his dad, Jim, for 28th
on the track's all-time
"I don't know what happened
to Dan, but I'll take it," said Ward beside his
Excuses Lounge, Budweiser,
East Side Cafe, Precision Auto Body backed truck.
"All I know is I tied my
dad with this win."
In the Fort Ball Pizza Palace
410 Sprints 30-lap feature, David Harrison
grabbed the lead with Mayes
and Brian Lay in tow. A caution after one was
complete for FAST point
leader Craig Mintz - there would be five cautions
and two reds in the first
12 laps - would see the running order Harrison,
Mayes, Brian Smith, Lay,
Caleb Griffith, Mark Keegan, Mike Linder and Kevin
Lee. Just as Mayes would
putting pressure on Harrison for the lead, the
caution would fly on lap
four. On the restart, Travis Philo got upside down
and into Mintz, ending both
of their nights.
Once the green came back
out, Harrison and Mayes continued their battle up
front, while Griffith moved
into third with Smith and Lay rounding out the
top five. A caution on lap
10 was followed by a red the next circuit when
Jody Keegan took a nasty
tumble into turn one - he was uninjured. A lap
later and Smith's run would
come to an end as he spun in turn two.
The race would go caution-free
the remaining 18 laps.
Harrison looked comfortable
on the high side and actually pulled away from
Mayes slightly, but Mayes
regrouped and got a run on Harrison at the halfway
mark and drove around him
in turn four to grab the lead a lap later. All
eyes were on defending track
champion Byron Reed who had methodically worked
his way up to sixth at the
Mayes set a torrid pace and
was into lapped traffic on lap 19 while Harrison
rode in second and Griffith
in third, while Reed moved into fourth. With
eight laps remaining, Griffith
watched his chances slip away when his front
wing collapsed, allowing
Reed to move into third. As Mayes picked his way
through traffic, Reed closed
in on Harrison for the runner-up spot and after
three laps of side-by-side
racing, took it on lap 28. But, it was too
little, too late, as Mayes
took the checkered. Reed, Harrison, Lee Jacobs -
from the tail - and Mark
Keegan would round out the top five.
Following a yellow on the
initial start of the 305 sprint feature, disaster
struck on the ensuing restart,
as Dustin Dinan took a nasty looking flip
down the front stretch,
destroying his car. Dinan was taken to the hospital
with injuries to his leg,
but otherwise was alert and conscience.
Jimmy Colvin grabbed the
lead on the third try with Dussel, Chad Wilson,
Brad Haudenschild, Zack
Kramer, Bill Kraylek, Bobby Clark and John Ivy in
tow. Dussel would simply
drive around Colvin a lap later, with Haudenschild
following in his tire tracks
two laps later to grab second. The caution
would fly on lap five with
the running order Dussel, Haudenschild, Colvin,
Wilson and Kramer.
On the restart, Dussel and
Haudenschild would run nose-to-tail while Wilson
and Kramer got around Colvin
who began to fade with mechanical woes.
Haudenschild began really
applying the pressure to Dussel on lap 9. As the
pair hit lapped traffic
on lap 12, Haudenschild was beside Dussel. In fact,
as they raced to the start-finish
line to complete the 13th circuit, the two
were side-by-side, just
as the caution flew.
With a clear track ahead,
Dussel would maintain his lead, while Haudenschild
looked to make his move.
Meanwhile the race for third was close between
Wilson, Kramer, Todd Heuerman
and Bobby Clark. The battle up front would
slow on lap 16 for a debris
caution as Kramer's front wing lost a panel,
sending him to the tail.
Haudenschild's exciting run
would come to an end on lap 18, as he was
attempting to drive to Dussel's
outside exiting turn two, he would spin.
Dussel when then pull away,
but the battle for second was exciting between
Wilson, Heuerman and Clark.
Heuerman would take the runner-up spot on lap
22, while Clark would grab
third at the white flag. When the checkered flew
it was Dussel over Heuerman,
Clark, Wilson and Ivy.
Art Howey Jr. used his outside
front starting spot to grab the early lead of
the dirt truck feature,
with Paul Brown Jr., Jimmy McGrath Jr. and Steve
Endicott in tow. Endicott
would take second a lap later, with McGrath Jr.
stealing it away on lap
three. McGrath would drive around Howey on lap five,
with the caution flying
soon after for his dad. The truck on the move was
eighth-place starter Hennig,
who moved into third on lap five as McGrath Jr.
took the lead.
On the restart, Hennig would
move into second and right away began
pressuring McGrath, as the
two raced side-by-side the next two laps before
Hennig used his horsepower
for the lead on lap eight. Hennig began to pull
away with McGrath battling
Howey, Endicott and Cory Ward for second. Hennig
would hit lapped machines
by lap 13 with McGrath, Wad and Endicott trying to
stay close. With four laps
to go, a big puff of smoke came out from under
the hood of Hennig's truck,
just as the caution would fly for McGrath Jr.
With four laps remaining,
the running order was now Hennig, Ward, Endicott,
Howey and Will Tezak. It
didn't appear anything was seriously wrong with
Hennig's truck, as he pulled
away on the restart while Ward had his hands
full with Endicott for second.
Hennig took the white and powered down the
backstretch headed toward
what appeared would be his third victory of the
year. However, as he came
out of turn four with the checkered waiving, his
truck lost power and Ward
drove by for the victory. Hennig would coast
across for second with Endicott,
Tezak and Howey rounding out the top five.
Fremont Speedway will be
back in action Saturday, Aug. 8 for Burger King
Night with the 410 and 305
sprints and dirt trucks in action. For times,
ticket prices and more log
Fremont Speedway - 8/1/2009
Kister Engines Night
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410
1. O4-Cap Henry, 12.51;
2. 3J-Kevin Lee, 12.52; 3. 12-Caleb Griffith, 12.57;
4. 15C-Chris Andrews, 12.65;
5. X-Mark Keegan, 12.67; 6. 312-Mike Linder,
12.69; 7. 9Z-Duane Zablocki,
12.74; 8. 5T-Travis Philo, 12.76; 9. 2+-Brian
Smith, 12.78; 10. 11B-Brock
Mayes, 12.78; 11. 45-Brian Lay, 12.82; 12.
10-David Harrison, 12.86;
13. 53-Phil Gressman, 12.88; 14. 60-Jody Keegan,
12.93; 15. 16-Bryan Sebetto,
13.00; 16. 25-Lee Jacobs, 13.00; 17. O9-Craig
Mintz, 13.10; 18. 48S-Andy
Shammo, 13.12; 19. 5R-Byron Reed, 13.27; 20.
14H-Todd Heller, 13.27;
21. 1XL-Matt Linder, 13.33; 22. 1K-Willie Keegan,
Heat 1 - (8 Laps)
1. 25-Lee Jacobs; 2. 53-Phil
Gressman; 3. 11B-Brock Mayes; 4. 5R-Byron Reed;
5. O4-Cap Henry; 6. 1K-Willie
Keegan; 7. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 8. 15C-Chris
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
1. O9-Craig Mintz; 2. X-Mark
Keegan; 3. 45-Brian Lay; 4. 60-Jody Keegan; 5.
14H-Todd Heller; 6. 3J-Kevin
Lee; 7. 5T-Travis Philo
Heat 3 - (8 Laps)
1. 312-Mike Linder; 2. 10-David
Harrison; 3. 2+-Brian Smith; 4. 12-Caleb
Griffith; 5. 48S-Andy Shammo;
6. 1XL-Matt Linder; 7. 16-Bryan Sebetto
A-Main - (30 Laps)
1. 11B-Brock Mayes; 2.
5R-Byron Reed; 3. 10-David Harrison; 4.
25-Lee Jacobs; 5. X-Mark
Keegan; 6. 15C-Chris Andrews; 7.
12-Caleb Griffith; 8.
45-Brian Lay; 9. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 10.
3J-Kevin Lee; 11. 312-Mike
Linder; 12. 14H-Todd Heller; 13.
48S-Andy Shammo; 14.
53-Phil Gressman; 15. 1K-Willie Keegan; 16.
2+-Brian Smith; 17. 60-Jody
Keegan; 18. O4-Cap Henry; 19.
5T-Travis Philo; 20.
O9-Craig Mintz; 21. 1XL-Matt Linder
Fremont Federal Credit Union
- 305 Sprints
Heat 1 - (8 Laps -
Top 5 Transfer)
1. 18-Todd Heuerman; 2.
80-Jake Trevino; 3. 10-Brad Haudenschild; 4. 14-Chad
Wilson; 5. 41-Dustin Dinan;
6. 19R-Steve Rando; 7. 11F-D.J. Foos; 8. 15-Matt
Merrill; 9. 28-Shawn Valenti
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
(8 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 40-Bobby Clark; 2. 1-Nate
Dussel; 3. 31-Chuck Wilson; 4. 71-Bill Kraylek;
5. 1W-Paul Weaver; 6. 10X-Dustin
Stroup; 7. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 8. 51-Brad
Bowman; 9. 8J-Jess Stiger
Heat 3 - (8 Laps -
Top 5 Transfer)
1. 94-John Ivy; 2. M28-Josh
Muntz; 3. 8K-Zack Kramer; 4. 9-Jimmy Colvin; 5.
22D-Dan Hammond; 6. 27-Paige
Polyak; 7. 30-Adam Ollom; 8. 36X-Dustin Keegan;
9. 3B-Tim Bottles
B-Main - (10 Laps -
Top 5 Transfer)
1. 19R-Steve Rando; 2. 11F-D.J.
Foos; 3. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 4. 10X-Dustin
Stroup; 5. 51-Brad Bowman;
6. 15-Matt Merrill; 7. 28-Shawn Valenti; 8.
8J-Jess Stiger; 9. 36X-Dustin
Keegan; 10. 30-Adam Ollom; 11. 3B-Tim Bottles;
12. 27-Paige Polyak
A-Main - (25 Laps)
1. 1-Nate Dussel; 2.
18-Todd Heuerman; 3. 40-Bobby Clark; 4.
14-Chad Wilson; 5. 94-John
Ivy; 6. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 7. 1W-Paul
Weaver; 8. 19R-Steve
Rando; 9. 10-Brad Haudenschild; 10. 71-Bill
Kraylek; 11. M28-Josh
Muntz; 12. 10X-Dustin Stroup; 13. 31-Chuck
Wilson; 14. 8K-Zack
Kramer; 15. 11F-D.J. Foos; 16. 9-Jimmy
Colvin; 17. 22D-Dan Hammond;
18. 80-Jake Trevino; 19. 51-Brad
Bowman; 20. 41-Dustin
Fremont Fence Co. Dirt Trucks
Heat 1 - (7 Laps)
1. 5JR-Jimmy Mcgrath Jr.;
2. 8K-Kent Brewer; 3. 8-Steve Endicott; 4.
P51-Paul Brown Jr.; 5. 92-Loren
Schwochow; 6. 30-Dave Gibbs; 7. 21R-Dana
Frey; 8. 34K-Kevin Miller
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
1. 5-Jim Mcgrath; 2. 18W-Cory
Ward; 3. 99-Art Howey Jr.; 4. 52-Will Tezak;
5. 4X-Brian Sorg; 6. 84-Russ
Stahl; 7. 9-Roger Inks
Heat 3 - (7 Laps)
1. 32H-Dan Hennig; 2. 17-Bob
Dible; 3. O1-Art Ball; 4. 23M-Brad Mitten; 5.
16-Steve Sabo; 6. 4S-Keith
A-Main - (20 Laps)
1. 18W-Cory Ward; 2.
32H-Dan Hennig; 3. 8-Steve Endicott; 4.
52-Will Tezak; 5. 99-Art
Howey Jr.; 6. 16-Steve Sabo; 7. 23M-Brad
Mitten; 8. O1-Art Ball;
9. 17-Bob Dible; 10. 5JR-Jimmy Mcgrath
Jr.; 11. 30-Dave Gibbs;
12. 5-Jim Mcgrath; 13. 92-Loren
Schwochow; 14. 21R-Dana
Frey; 15. 8K-Kent Brewer; 16. 4X-Brian
Sorg; 17. 34K-Kevin
Miller; 18. 4S-Keith Sorg; 19. P51-Paul
Brown Jr.; 20. 9-Roger