returns to Millstream
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Contact: Owen Fritz
CARMARGO, Ill. – Ohio Sprint
Speedweek has become a tradition unlike any others. Fans plan their vacations
around the event and race teams spend months preparing for it. The 28th
Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek featuring the O’Reilly Auto Parts All Star
Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars will feature nine straight nights of racing
across the Buckeye State, paying out over $241,000 in prize money along
Twenty-seven years ago, former
Eldora Speedway owner Earl Baltes sat down with then All Star president
Bert Emick to discuss the idea of a week-long series of races to highlight
the great tracks and race teams who call Ohio home. Thus came about Ohio
Sprint Speedweek. Now, other states and sanctioning bodies have copied
the idea, but Ohio’s version remains one of the most anticipated events
of the summer with average car counts in the 40s.
The first eight nights of
Ohio Sprint Speedweek will pay the All Star sprint feature winner $5,000
with the final night at Fremont Speedway offering up a big $10,000 to win
It all kicks off Friday,
June 18 at Attica Raceway Park on Legend’s Sports Pub and Grille Night
as the O’Reilly Auto Parts All Stars battle the tough weekly regulars at
“Ohio’s Finest Racing” speed plant for the $5,000 top prize. The UMP late
models will also be in action. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing underway
at 7:45 p.m. General admission tickets are $22 for adults; $20 for senior
citizens; $10 for teens ages 11-15; with kids 10 and under admitted free.
Pit passes will be $35. For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com
Saturday finds the All Stars
returning to the high banks of KC Raceway near Chillicothe, Ohio, on Roosters/Miller
Lite Night. It’s been several years since Ohio Sprint Speedweek has competed
at the 3/8th mile oval. Joining the All Star sprints will be the NRA 360
Sprints, Advance Modifieds and hobby stocks. General admission tickets
are $20 with kids ages 6-12 entering for $20. Pit passes will be $30. Gates
will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing underway at 7:30 p.m. For more information
go to www.kc-raceway.com.
Sunday, June 20 brings the
All Stars back to the half-mile of Millstream Speedway near Findlay, Ohio.
The track roared back to life in 2008 after having sat idle for nearly
nine years. The Speedweek show will be the first of 2010 for the track.
Last year’s Ohio Sprint Speedweek show at Millstream drew the highest car
count as over 60 sprints jammed the pits. Joining the All Star sprints
will be the UMP modifieds. Gates will open at 3 p.m. with racing underway
at 7 p.m... Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for senior citizens; $10 for
kids ages 11-16 with kids 10 and under free. Pit passes will be $30. For
more information go to www.millstreamspeedway.com.
On Monday, the rabid fans
of Wayne County Speedway will pack the stands for night #4 of Ohio Sprint
Speedway. A part of Speedweek since its inception, the three-eighths mile
oval located near Orrville, also draws a pretty good contingent of Pennsylvania
drivers. The modifieds will also be in action. Gates will open at 3 p.m.
with racing underway at 7 p.m. For more information go to www.waynecountyspeedway.com
Tuesday finds the All Star
sprints at Hilltop Speedway near Millersburg, Ohio. The one-third mile
high banks offer plenty of racing room “on the hill.” The modifieds will
also be in action. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing underway around 7 p.m...
For more information go to www.hilltopspeedway.org.
From one bullring to another,
as the night #6 of Ohio Sprint Speedweek heads to Waynesfield Motorsports
Park near Waynesfield, Ohio on Wednesday, June 23. The high-banked third-mile
has produced some of the closest finishes in Speedweek history. Joining
the All Star sprints will be the compacts and four-cylinder Tough Trucks.
Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. Racing
will get underway at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults; $6 for kids ages
11-15 with kids 10 and under free. Pit passes are $30. For directions and
more information go to www.waynesfieldmotorsportspark.com
On Thursday, June 24, the
All Stars had to Sharon Speedway. It’s been several years since the All
Star competed at three-eighths mile high banked clay oval located near
Hartford, Ohio. Several Pennsylvania teams will no-doubt head to Sharon
to battle the All Stars. The limited sprints will also be in competition.
Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing underway at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18
for adults; $5 for kids ages 9-13. Pit passes are $25. For more information
log onto www.sharonspeedway.com
Night #8 finds the all stars
at the high banks of Limaland Motorsports Park on Elwer Fence Night. Again,
the nature of the track – a quarter mile, wide, high-banked dirt oval –
guarantees tight, close racing action. The UMP modifieds will also be in
action. The pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with grandstands gates opening
at 4 p.m.
Speedweek wraps up at the
historic Fremont Speedway with a big $10,000 to win event on Budweiser
Night. The nonwing 305 sprints will also be in action. It will be the 92nd
appearance of the All Stars in the 59-year history of “The Track That Action
Built.” The tough weekly competitor will give the All Star travelers all
they can handle. In fact, the last All Star appearance, young local racer
Bryan Sebetto held off defending All Star champ Tim Shaffer to score the
win. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing underway at 7 p.m. Tickets are
$25 for adults; $20 for senior citizens; $15 for kids 11-15 with kids 10
and under free. Pit passes will be $30. For more information go to www.fremontohspeedway.com
Another interesting twist
to the Ohio Sprint Speedweek is the Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica
Sprint Title (FAST) Championship Series is offering a $1,000 cash bonus
to any FAST series driver who can take the Speedweek title. A $500 bonus
is being offered to the highest finishing FAST driver in the week’s final
point standings. FAST is an 22-race series -11 shows at Fremont Speedway
and 11 at Attica Raceway Park – that awards a separate point fund from
that of the two weekly tracks.
Fremont Speedway Promoter
Rich Farmer and Attica Raceway Park Promoter John Bores are putting up
the cash for the bonus as a reward for the support these teams have shown
their tracks this season. This will, of course, help insure bigger car
counts at the other tracks participating in Ohio Sprint Speedweek.
“I think the FAST series
has been great for our local drivers and we want to see these teams support
Ohio Speedweek and compete with the drivers from other areas around Ohio
as well as give the All Stars a run for the money each night,” said Farmer.
“Ohio Speedweek has always been one of the biggest weeks of sprint car
racing in the State of Ohio and we would like to see these guys take it
seriously and go compete each night and show the fans across the state
what we get to see each weekend at Attica and Fremont.”
Drivers eligible for the
cash bonus include Byron Reed, who beat the All Stars earlier this year
at Attica; Brock Mayes, Mark Keegan, Phil Gressman, Craig mintz, Kevin
Lee, Chris Andrews, Jody Keegan, Bryan Sebetto, Brandon Martin, David Harrison,
Todd Heller, Mike Linder, Brian Smith, Shawn Valenti and Duane Zablocki.
The roster of drivers expected
to compete during Ohio Sprint Speedweek will include defending and current
All Star point leader Tim Shaffer; two-time All Star champion Greg Wilson;
2009 speedweek champion Stevie Smith; four-time Ohio Sprint Speedweek champion
Dale Blaney; Pennsylvania Posse members Lance Dewease, Fred Rahmer and
possibly Brian Leppo, Brian Monteith, Greg Hodnett and others; and young
guns like Cap Henry, Jared Ridge, David Gravel, Jessica Zemken and more.
When they come up against some of the strongest weekly 410 sprint drivers
in the nation, just making the A-main will be a challenge.
Last year nearly 100 different
drivers competed during Ohio Sprint Speedweek.
“Besides the purse money,
we’re paying nearly $28,000 in appearance money this week which should
contribute to very strong car counts. Ohio Sprint Speedweek is an event
unlike any other. Ohio is among the elite 410 sprint states in the country,
producing some of the best drivers and teams you’ll find any where,” said
Guy Webb, President of the O’Reilly Auto Parts All Stars. “Speedweek will
test the drivers and crews and will have a lot to say about who win the
All Star title and the $50,000 at the end of the year.”
“We are excited about having
K-C Raceway, Millstream and Sharon Speedway back on the Ohio Speedweek
schedule, joining traditional stops like Attica, Wayne County, Limaland
and Fremont. And, Speedweek is building a great tradition at Hilltop and
Waynesfield. The bullrings that comprise Speedweek are guaranteed to produce
close, exciting racing,” added Webb.