holds of Smith for $10,000 payday at Fremont; Clark gets 23rd career victory
in 305 sprints
Saturday, Sept, 19, 2009
Contact: Brian Liskai
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - Tim Shaffer
looked like a surgeon as he sliced his way
through the field at Fremont
Speedway Saturday night to claim the $10,000
prize for the 2nd Annual
Jim Ford Classic on Ludwig Propane Night.
Shaffer, of Aliquippa, Pa.,
led 48 of the 50 laps and executed a daring move
on lap 37 to pass two lapped
machines and race leader Stevie Smith in turns
three and four to regain
the top spot. He then had to hold off Smith, who
was on a mission as he won
Friday night's feature and was looking for not
only the $10,000 top prize,
but a $6,000 bonus for winning both nights for a
possible $20,000 weekend.
"I had my eyes closed when
I made that move in three and four," joked
Shaffer, the 2009 champion
of the O'Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions of
his eighth All Star victory
of the season. "It was one of those deals where
you tried not to seal your
tires up and I got a little bit too easy on it."
It was Shaffer's fourth victory
of the season at Fremont Speedway, two of
them have netted him $10,000
each as he also won the Ohio Sprint Speedweek
finale in June.
"The whole year has been
great. Brian (Kemenah, crew chief) and guys have
done a great job. I have
great owners in Aaron Call and Janet Holbrook. The
Kistler power, the Hoosier
tires and J&J chassis, the VRP Shocks...the list
goes on. Everybody had done
their part and we're up front... it's awesome,"
said Shaffer in the Engine
Pro Victory Lane.
On Friday night, Shaffer
struggled and he took the blame. "I talked the crew
chief into trying something
and it didn't work too good. At least we know
we're not to do that any
more. I have good ideas every once and awhile...but
sometimes they aren't so
good either," added Shaffer beside his Kistler
Racing Products, Kistler
Engines, J&J Chassis backed #83..
For Smith, he was so close
to taking a lot of money back home to Broken
"Tim did a good job. He settled
down and moved down for the lapped
traffic...he didn't have
anything to lose because I'd already taken the top
from him. It cost us a lot
tonight not to win this race. I've been doing
this many years and this
is where we got...we got second and we'll be happy
with it and go home," said
Smith beside his Zemco Speed Shop, Zemco Headers
Greg Wilson has run well
this year, but hasn't found victory lane with the
All Stars. His third place
finish Saturday was a real confidence booster.
"We passed good race cars
tonight. It seems like we've been right up in the
top five a lot of times
but we can't seem to get up there and get us a win,"
said Wilson beside his DNC
Hydraulics, All Star Heating and Cooling backed
W20. "Timmy's been the best
car all year on this All Star deal. Stevie
Smith, when ever they've
come out they've obviously been the car to beat
too. We're happy to run
third tonight. The boys had the race track awesome
tonight. This makes the
driver's come out It was nice to give Veryl and
Sabrina (Warnimont, car
owners) a good run tonight."
Fremont's Bobby Clark held
off a hard-charging Stuart Brubaker to claim his
third win of the season
at Fremont in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305
Sprints. It was his 23rd
career Fremont victory to move him into a tie for
18th on the track's all-time
win list. Clark averted disaster with five laps
to go as he almost drove
of the high side of turn two.
"If I took it easy through
there I was alright but I knew Stuart was back
there and I didn't know
how hard he was going to be pressing me so I drove
it in there pretty deep
once and got over the lip," said Clark in the Engine
Pro Victory Lane beside
his Al David Carpeting, Jenny's Copper Penny, B&L
Plumbing backed #40.
"This has been one of the
funnest year's I've ever had. That's the reason
we're doing this...we're
just out to have fun. The car is good...we've had
some bad luck this year,
but all in all we've been doing pretty good," added
"Now that you've got that
hall of fame thing going on...that was really a
neat deal when I went to
it (the induction ceremony in June). The more wins
I get it just makes it so
special," added Clark, who won on what would have
been the late Harold McGilton's
75th birthday, a close friend of his. "He's
always on our mind...he
was riding with us tonight."
Shaffer - who earlier in
the evening got an extra $1,000 for setting quick
time - showed early he had
the car to beat as he bolted into the lead of the
50-lap feature with Brock
Mayes, Randy Hannagan, Bill Rose and Stevie Smith
in tow. As Shaffer pulled
away, Mayes had his hands full with Hannagan until
the first caution would
fly on lap six for Cole Duncan. It was a benefit for
Shaffer who was just getting
into lapped traffic.
When the green flew again,
Shaffer pulled away while Mayes, Hannagan and
Smith waged a torrid battle
for second. Again, just as Shaffer hit the back
markers the caution would
fly on lap 13 for Bryan Sebetto who stopped on the
traffic. With a clear track
Shaffer pulled away again when the green flew,
with Mayes now feeling the
pressure from Smith for second.
Shaffer would hit lapped
traffic on lap 20 with Mayes still holding off
Smith while Hannagan and
Greg Wilson battled for fourth. Smith would steal
second from Mayes on lap
22 and began closing on Shaffer in traffic. Action
would come to a halt on
lap 27 when Caleb Helms took a nasty flip in turn
two - he walked away from
the crash. Shaffer and Smith now had a few lapped
machines between themselves
and Wilson who had taken third on lap 26.
Again with a clean track
Shaffer was able to pull away from Smith while
Wilson continued to run
third and 11th starter Phil Gressman moving into
fourth with Mayes and Hannagan
in tow. Shaffer would catch the rear of the
field on lap 33, allowing
Smith to close.
Smith would drive under Shaffer
to grab the lead on lap 35, but Shaffer
wouldn't give up as the
two diced their way through traffic. Smith would
lead lap 36, but Shaffer
would pull off a daring bonsai move in turns three
and four a lap later to
dart between two lapped machines and Smith for the
Shaffer picked his way through
traffic while Smith stayed in striking
distance, but just couldn't
get enough of a run to pass him. Shaffer would
fly to the checkered with
Smith, Wilson, Gressman and Mayes rounding out the
Daryn Pittman earned an extra
$500 for passing the most cars over the
weekend in the feature events.
Clark and Jake Trevino would
race side-by-side for the lead at the start of
the 305 feature while Nate
Dussel, D.J. Foos, John Ivy and Brubaker in tow.
Clark would pull away slightly
while Trevino, Dussel, Brubaker and Ivy waged
a great fight for second.
The first caution would fly on lap nine with
Dussel and Brubaker got
together on the front stretch, ending Dussel's run
with heavy front end damage.
On the restart, Trevino again
pressured Clark for the top spot with Brubaker
making a three car battle.
Following a quick caution for Craig Kays on lap
10, Clark, Trevino and Brubaker
picked right back up on the battle up front.
Clark was able to begin
pulling away slightly while Brubaker got around
Trevino on lap 13 for second.
Ivy would move into third on lap 17 as Clark
caught the rear of the field
on lap 19.
Clark avoided disaster on
lap 20 when he nearly jumped the cushion in turn
two, allowing Brubaker to
close with Ivy, Foos and Trevino in tow. A yellow
would give Clark a clear
track on lap 21, but he still had his hands full
with Brubaker when the green
came back out. Another yellow for Mat Merrill
on lap 22 gave Brubaker
one last shot at Clark in a three-lap dash to the
Clark hit his marks in the
corners perfectly and would take the checkered
with Brubaker, Ivy, Foos
and Trevino rounding out the top five. After taking
the checkered Foos would
dump his mount in turn one, but he was okay.
Fremont Speedway will wrap
up the 2009 season Saturday, Sept. 26 with the
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410
Sprints, Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints
and the Fremont Fence Dirt
Trucks in action. It will also be the ladies
Powder Puff truck race.
For more information log
Fremont Speedway - 9/19/2009
Ludwig Propane Night
All-Star Circuit of Champions
Qualifying - Kister Engines
1. 83-Tim Shaffer, 12.361;
2. 1Z-Stevie Smith, 12.380; 3. 4-Danny Smith,
12.453; 4. 6-Bill Rose,
12.539; 5. 1X-Randy Hannagan, 12.645; 6. 11B-Brock
Mayes, 12.649; 7. W20-Greg
Wilson, 12.654; 8. 5R-Byron Reed, 12.695; 9.
O-Brandon Wimmer, 12.696;
10. O9-Craig Mintz, 12.698; 11. 53-Phil Gressman,
12.718; 12. 6F-Bob Felmlee,
12.725; 13. 312-Mike Linder, 12.739; 14.
D4-Danny Holtgraver, 12.741;
15. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr., 12.743; 16. 25-Lee Jacobs,
12.754; 17. 25AU-Brooke
Tatnell, 12.795; 18. 16-Bryan Sebetto, 12.814; 19.
22-Cole Duncan, 12.837;
20. 17-Daryn Pittman, 12.841; 21. 2-Dale Blaney,
12.856; 22. 89G-David Gravel,
12.861; 23. 47-Caleb Helms, 12.868; 24.
10-David Harrison, 12.911;
25. 60-Jody Keegan, 13.043; 26. 24H-John Ivy,
13.074; 27. 7T-Troy Vaccaro,
13.093; 28. 5A-Rob Elyer, 13.094; 29. 15C-Chris
Andrews, 13.101; 30. 3J-Kevin
Lee, 13.122; 31. 28K-Todd Kane, 13.144; 32.
9X-Brandon Martin, 13.157;
33. 97-Dean Jacobs, 13.182; 34. 28-Shawn Valenti,
13.187; 35. 14H-Todd Heller,
13.217; 36. 45-Brian Lay, 13.332; 37. 6R-Ryan
Bunton, 13.444; 38. X-Mark
Keegan, 13.492; 39. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild,
13.602; 40. 27-Ryan Ruhl,
13.937; 41. 10S-Roger Shammo, 14.145; 42. 27K-Ryan
Kirkendal, 14.427; 43. 92-Daron
Clayton, 20.949; 44. 1XL-Matt Linder, 99.990
Heat 1 - MSD Ignition (10
Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 25AU-Brooke Tatnell;
2. 2-Dale Blaney; 3. O-Brandon Wimmer; 4. 83-Tim
Shaffer; 5. 1X-Randy Hannagan;
6. 6R-Ryan Bunton; 7. 312-Mike Linder; 8.
10S-Roger Shammo; 9. 60-Jody
Keegan; 10. 15C-Chris Andrews; 11. 97-Dean
Heat 2 - Kears Speed Shop
(10 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 16-Bryan Sebetto; 2.
1Z-Stevie Smith; 3. O9-Craig Mintz; 4. 11B-Brock
Mayes; 5. 24H-John Ivy;
6. 3J-Kevin Lee; 7. 28-Shawn Valenti; 8. 27K-Ryan
Kirkendal; 9. 89G-David
Gravel; 10. D4-Danny Holtgraver
Heat 3 - All Pro Aluminum
Heads (10 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.; 2. 47-Caleb
Helms; 3. 53-Phil Gressman; 4. W20-Greg
Wilson; 5. 4-Danny Smith;
6. 28K-Todd Kane; 7. 22-Cole Duncan; 8. 7T-Troy
Vaccaro; 9. 14H-Todd Heller;
10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 11. 92-Daron
Heat 4 - Outerwear's Performance
Products (10 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 17-Daryn Pittman; 2.
6F-Bob Felmlee; 3. 6-Bill Rose; 4. 25-Lee Jacobs; 5.
5R-Byron Reed; 6. 10-David
Harrison; 7. 5A-Rob Elyer; 8. 27-Ryan Ruhl; 9.
45-Brian Lay; 10. 1XL-Matt
Linder; 11. 9X-Brandon Martin
Dash - Rubbn' Repair (6 Laps
- Top - Transfer)
1. 4-Danny Smith; 2. 83-Tim
Shaffer; 3. 1Z-Stevie Smith; 4. 6-Bill Rose; 5.
1X-Randy Hannagan; 6. 11B-Brock
B-Main - UNOH (15 Laps -
Top 4 Transfer)
1. 312-Mike Linder; 2. 22-Cole
Duncan; 3. 28K-Todd Kane; 4. 14H-Todd Heller;
5. 92-Daron Clayton; 6.
10-David Harrison; 7. 1XL-Matt Linder; 8. 10S-Roger
Shammo; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild;
10. 27-Ryan Ruhl; 11. 27K-Ryan
Kirkendal; 12. 60-Jody Keegan;
13. 3J-Kevin Lee; 14. 5A-Rob Elyer; 15.
28-Shawn Valenti; 16. 89G-David
Gravel; 17. 97-Dean Jacobs; 18. 6R-Ryan
Bunton; 19. 7T-Troy Vaccaro;
20. 9X-Brandon Martin; 21. 45-Brian Lay
A-Main - O'reilly Auto Part
(50 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1. 83-Tim Shaffer; 2.
1Z-Stevie Smith; 3. W20-Greg Wilson; 4.
53-Phil Gressman; 5.
11B-Brock Mayes; 6. 1X-Randy Hannagan; 7.
8. 17-Daryn Pittman; 9. 5R-Byron Reed; 10.
2-Dale Blaney; 11. 6-Bill
Rose; 12. O9-Craig Mintz; 13. 25-Lee
Jacobs; 14. 24H-John
Ivy; 15. 4-Danny Smith; 16. 28K-Todd
Kane; 17. 6F-Bob Felmlee;
18. 14H-Todd Heller; 19. 312-Mike
Linder; 20. 47-Caleb
Helms; 21. O-Brandon Wimmer; 22. 16-Bryan
Sebetto; 23. 2L-Ed Lynch
Jr.; 24. 22-Cole Duncan
Fremont Federal Credit Union
- 305 Sprints
Heat 1 - (8 Laps -
Top 5 Transfer)
1. 11F-D.J. Foos; 2. 80-Jake
Trevino; 3. 95-Craig Kays; 4. 40-Bobby Clark;
5. 72C-Mike Burkin; 6. 51-Brad
Bowman; 7. 71-Bill Kraylek; 8. 49-Coty
Runion; 9. 30-Adam Ollom
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
(8 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 1-Nate Dussel; 2. 18-Todd
Heuerman; 3. 94-John Ivy; 4. 35-Stuart
Brubaker; 5. 39M-Matt Merrill;
6. 10-Brad Haudenschild; 7. 27-Paige Polyak;
8. 28-Shawn Valenti; 9.
Heat 3 - (8 Laps -
Top 5 Transfer)
1. 10X-Dustin Stroup; 2.
M28-Josh Muntz; 3. 1W-Paul Weaver; 4. 31-Chuck
Wilson; 5. 67M-Matt Ferrell;
6. 2N-Brian Neeb; 7. 19R-Steve Rando; 8.
14-Chad Wilson; 9. 8J-Jess
B-Main - (10 Laps -
Top 5 Transfer)
1. 10-Brad Haudenschild;
2. 51-Brad Bowman; 3. 27-Paige Polyak; 4. 19R-Steve
Rando; 5. 71-Bill Kraylek;
6. 28-Shawn Valenti; 7. 14-Chad Wilson; 8.
9-Jimmy Colvin; 9. 22D-Dan
Hammond; 10. 49-Coty Runion; 11. 2N-Brian Neeb;
12. 8J-Jess Stiger; 13.
A-Main - (25 Laps)
1. 40-Bobby Clark; 2.
35-Stuart Brubaker; 3. 94-John Ivy; 4.
11F-D.J. Foos; 5. 80-Jake
Trevino; 6. 1W-Paul Weaver; 7. 10X-Dustin
Stroup; 8. 18-Todd Heuerman;
9. M28-Josh Muntz; 10. 19R-Steve
Rando; 11. 72C-Mike
Burkin; 12. 10-Brad Haudenschild; 13.
31-Chuck Wilson; 14.
27-Paige Polyak; 15. 71-Bill Kraylek; 16.
39M-Matt Merrill; 17.
67M-Matt Ferrell; 18. 95-Craig Kays; 19.
1-Nate Dussel; 20. 51-Brad