will show for Fremont Speedway's richest two-day spectacular?
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009
Contact: Brian Liskai
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - The question
sprint car fans are asking is "who will show
up" when Fremont Speedway
hosts the richest two-day sprint car event in the
58-year history of "The
Track That Action Built?"
The 2nd Annual Jim Ford Classic
- named in honor of the man who resurrected
the speedway in 2000 - will
feature a two-day purse of $54,100 for the 410
sprint cars on Friday and
Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19.
In fact, with bonuses, Saturday
night's feature winner could take home
$22,500 for the weekend!
"We've looked at schedules
in the Midwest, and to our knowledge on that
weekend, we are one of the
few tracks running sprint cars. With that kind of
money on the line it wouldn't
surprise me to see some PA Posse drivers, some
western PA drivers.... there
could be some surprise drivers showing up,"
said Fremont Speedway Co-Promoter
Friday's racing on Burger
King Night will include the Fort Ball Pizza Palace
410 Sprints and the Fremont
Fence Dirt Trucks. The 410 feature will pay
$4,000 to win and $250 to
start with the B-Main paying $100 to start. The
dirt trucks will also compete
for an increased purse.
Ludwig Propane will sponsor
Saturday's big event featuring the O'Reilly All
Star Circuit of Champions.
The feature winner will take home $10,000. The
payout is great throughout
the A-main with the 11th place finisher taking
home $1,000 - it pays $500
just to start the feature.
The Fremont Federal Credit
Union 305 Sprints will also compete on Saturday
for an increased purse.
Besides the prize money,
there are other cash incentives too. If the same
410 sprint driver wins both
Friday and Saturday, he will take home a $6,000
bonus. The fast qualifier
each night will receive $1,000. And, the driver
who passes the most cars
in the feature events over both nights combined
gets a $500 hard charger
Besides all that feature
money, Kistler Racing Products is throwing in
prizes for heat race winners
for the 410 sprints on both nights of
Last year, defending All
Star champion Dale Blaney held off a hard-charging
Stevie Smith for the victory.
Smith said he is coming back to Fremont for
this two-day event. Also
in the mix will be current All Star point leader
Tim Shaffer, two-time All
Star Champion Greg Wilson and the likes of
four-time All Star Champion
Chad Kemenah. Other possibilities include Ed
Lynch Jr., Bob Felmlee,
Rod George, Terry McCarl and more. They will have
their hands full with local
hot-shoes Brock Mayes, Byron Reed, Craig Mintz,
Chris Andrews, Mike Linder,
Mark Keegan, Phil Gressman, David Harrison and
Saturday's event has a rain-date
of Sunday, Sept. 20.
Gates on Friday, Sept. 18
will open at 5 p.m. with racing action underway at
7:30 p.m. Gates will open
Saturday at 4 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m.
Also, the Sandusky County
Fair Board has graciously agreed to allow FREE
camping for fans at the
Ticket prices for adults
on Friday are $15 with pit passes at $25. Ticket
prices for Saturday are
$25 with pit passes at $30.
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