wins thrilling Ohio Speedweek finale at Fremont
Saturday June 26, 2010
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – In arguably
the best feature of the nine straight nights comprising the 28th Annual
Ohio Sprint Speedweek, defending O’Reilly Auto Parts All Star Circuit of
Champions titlist Tim Shaffer blasted around Stevie Smith on lap
45 and went on to the $10,000 payday on Budweiser Night at Fremont Speedway.
For Shaffer it was his third
win during the nine straight nights of racing and it came on his 43rd birthday.
It is his 23rd career All Star victory and his sixth at Fremont Speedway.
It also adds to his current point lead for the overall All Star championship.
David Gravel’s fifth place
finish gave him the 2010 Ohio Sprint Speedweek Championship.
“I wasn’t even dreaming about
this..this is awesome. We just ran consistent nine nights in a row and
even got a win (at Lima on Friday). We had four top fives this week. The
crew and all the sponsors…Rob Hart has this car going consistently awesome
at every track we went too. We qualified well every night,” said Gravel
beside his DDR Motorsports, P&M Transportation backed #89.
“The Track That Action Built”
lived up to that billing in the 50-lap feature, with lead changes all over
the track throughout. After Jared Ridge led the first 15 laps with Phil
Gressman hounding him, Gressman would use a lapped machine as a pick and
drove under Ridge in turn 4 to take the lead.
Defending Speedweek champion
Stevie Smith would move into second on lap 22 and immediately raced side
by side with Gressman for the lead. Smith would lead lap 24, but Gressman
would drive back by for the top spot. Shaffer, who started third, dropped
back at the start to run in fifth, He moved into fourth on lap 28 and seemed
content to cruise awhile behind Gravel. Shaffer would take third on lap
33 as Gressman and Smith continued their torrid battle up front.
With nine laps remaining,
Gressman and Smith raced in heavy lapped traffic, allowing Shaffer to close.
Gressman, Smith and Shaffer ran nose to tail with Shaffer diving under
Smith for second on lap 44 and around Gressman into the lead a lap later,
bringing Smith along. Shaffer and Smith battled side by side the next five
laps. As Shaffer took the white flag, Smith ducked to his inside and the
pair ran side-by-side down the back stretch, Smith gave it one last shot
in turns three and four, but Shaffer hit the cushion and rocked off to
“When I looked up at the
scoreboard and it said 29 laps I thought there was only like 10 laps to
go. Then I remembered its 50 laps and I better get going,” said Shaffer
beside his Kistler Engines, VRP Shocks, Kistler Racing Products, Technique
Roofing backed #83.
“The car just kept getting
better and the track came to us. I have to thank Aaron Call and Janet Holbrook,
Kistler Engines, J&J Chassis and it goes on. These people stand behind
us and it’s awesome and a lot of fun,” continued Shaffer in the Engine
Pro Victory Lane. “Three wins this week is pretty darn good. You get greedy
and want more, but this week is tough. I don’t care who you are and what
people are around you, it goes from not eating right and not sleeping right
and travelling up and down the road…to be standing here is awesome.”
Pole-sitter Jared Ridge took
the early lead with defending Fremont Speedway champion Brock Mayes, Gravel,
Shaffer and Gressman in tow. Ridge was setting a quick pace and was hitting
lapped traffic by the fourth circuit, but the action would grind to a halt
when Cap Henry took a wild ride in turn four. He was taken to the hospital
for a check-up but later released. On the restart, Ridge could not shake
Mayes as Gressman drove around Gravel into third. A lap later and Ridge
had put a little distance between himself and Mayes who now had his hands
full with Gressman. Gressman would take second on lap 8 and began to steadily
close on Ridge. Mayes’ run would end on lap 12 as his car lost power, bringing
out the caution. The running order was Ridge, Gressman, Gravel, Smith and
Gressman would use the restart
to put a lot of pressure on Ridge and finally pulled off the lead pass
on lap 16, using a lapped machine as a pick to drive around Ridge. Smith
would drive under Gravel for third on lap 19 and into second three laps
later. With Gressman in heavy lapped traffic, Smith began to close and
drove under Gressman exiting turn four to lead lap 24. Gressman would slingshot
around the high side of one and two and back into the lead with Ridge falling
back in third.
Gravel would take third on
lap 27, bringing Shaffer into fourth as Ridge continued to slide back in
the field. Dean Jacobs would stop in turn four on lap 31 to bring out the
final caution with Gressman leading Smith, Gravel, Shaffer, Ridge, Lee
Jacobs and Brad Sweet. On the ensuing restart, Gressman could not shake
Smith, as Gravel and Shaffer battled for third. Shaffer would take third
on lap 33 and began to quickly close on Gressman and Smith. With 13 laps
remaining, Smith and Gressman raced wheel to wheel for the lead with Shaffer
glued to their rear bumpers. The top trio would race nose to tail over
the next seven laps, slicing in and out of traffic as the crowd rose to
Shaffer would steal second
from Smith on lap 44 and he and Smith would both get by Gressman a lap
later. As Shaffer battled lapped machines, Smith stayed close and gave
it one final shot in turns three and four on the last lap. Shaffer would
blasted off the high side cushion to the checkered with Smith, Gressman,
Sweet and Gravel rounding out the top five.
For Smith, a second place
run on the final night was redemption for a tough week.
“That was one of the toughest
races I’ve ever run. This place is known for good, close racing and you
know we’re all running with our cars and ourselves on the line and it was
rough and hard to keep it on a line. It was the same for everybody…we wanted
to try and win it, we love coming to Fremont, but we’d like to see the
old Fremont track back. That’s why it’s so famous…that’s why it’s still
here,” said Smith beside his Zemco Headers, Zemco Speed Equipment backed
“This Speedweek wasn’t what
we were expecting, but I have a lot of confidence in these guys. They really
work hard and I’m very, very thankful for where I am here. It’s really
a good thing and I’ve had a lot of fun with these guys. We had a bad week…it
started at Attica, leading the race and spinning out and it went down from
there. I crashed in time trials one night and we fell back. Tim has just
had a good car this year. His guys are doing a great job and we’ll have
to be happy with second,” added Smith.
For Gressman, his third place
performance left him a little disappointed after leading 28 laps.
“I just started getting a
little free there at the end. I couldn’t get through three and four the
way I wanted to. You know when you lead early bad things usually happen
toward the ends. We put forth our best effort. Hats off to Stevie and Tim
they did a good job. Lapped traffic was hard because the track was so good.
It widened up and it was a good race. Have to thank all the fans for coming
out and my car owner De Genzman,” said Gressman beside his Ludwig Propane,
Level Performance ProShocks backed #53.
“Phil was running a great
race and Stevie, running in second was in bad air and I was able to come
from a distance and make ground and pass at the right time. It just worked
out,” said Shaffer of his winning move.
The Fremont Federal Credit
Union 305 Sprints took off the top wings and put on a great show for the
huge crowd. Fremont’s Stuart Brubaker battled with Bryan Sebetto in the
early stages of the feature, the pair banging wheels and nearly crashing
on several occasions. Following a spat of cautions and reds early in the
race, Brubaker and Sebetto were joined in the dog fight for the lead by
Brad Haudenschild. Those three raced side by side and went back and fourth,
with Sebetto and Haudenschild making contact at one point with Haudenschild
making a great save as his machine bounced off the high side of turn one.
Following a caution on lap
12, Haudenschild put on a drive on the high side of turns three and four
around Sebetto and then past Brubaker into the lead. Following the final
caution on lap 14, Haudenschild would drive away as Sebetto and Brubaker
continued to fight for second. The car on the move was 11th place starter
Paul Weaver who raced up to fourth by lap six but could not catch the lead
At the checkered Haudenschild
took his second career Fremont win over Sebetto, Brubaker, Weaver and Roger
“That was a blast. I love
racing with Bryan…glad he came back and is racing some with the 305s. That
was definitely fun. I want to thank Rich Farmer (Fremont promoter)…everyone
else is complaining about the track but I thought it was beautiful. I thought
I was going to lose it the last couple of laps. I was driving pretty hard,”
said Haudenschild beside his R&B Enterprises, Vision Express backed
“We’ve been off racing for
about a month and raced for Kenny Meggitt at Hilltop and Waynesfield, so
this definitely makes a good comeback to the 305s,” added Haudenschild.
Fremont Speedway will be
back in action Saturday, July 3 on McDonald’s Night. Besides the normal
show of 410 and 305 sprints and dirt trucks, the 410 sprints and dirt trucks
will run make-up features from the June 12 rained out mains.
For more information log
Fremont Speedway - 6/26/2010
All Star Circuit of Champions
Qualifying - Kistler Engines
1. 89G-David Gravel, 12.826;
2. 11B-Brock Mayes, 12.981; 3. X-Mark Keegan, 13.010; 4. 12-Jarred Ridge,
13.075; 5. 1Z-Stevie Smith, 13.114; 6. 83-Tim Shaffer, 13.127; 7. 53-Phil
Gressman, 13.137; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.138; 9. 45-Brian Lay,
13.140; 10. 3J-Kevin Lee, 13.157; 11. 97-Dean Jacobs, 13.215; 12. 5R-Byron
Reed, 13.220; 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.222; 14. 24H-Lee Jacobs, 13.263; 15.
28K-Todd Kane, 13.267; 16. 9X-Rob Chaney, 13.271; 17. 47-Caleb Helms, 13.305;
18. 312-Mike Linder, 13.310; 19. 16-Bryan Sebetto, 13.318; 20. 2-Dale Blaney,
13.322; 21. 5M-Jamie Miller, 13.410; 22. 26-Cody White, 13.411; 23. 4K-Kody
Kinser, 13.415; 24. O4-Cap Henry, 13.428; 25. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.440;
26. 11M-Brandon Martin, 13.443; 27. 71AU-Matt Butler, 13.457; 28. 6-Bill
Rose, 13.461; 29. 20X-Craig Mintz, 13.468; 30. O-Brandon Wimmer, 13.481;
31. 15C-Chris Andrews, 13.519; 32. 60-Jody Keegan, 13.529; 33. 5T-Travis
Philo, 13.573; 34. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 13.638; 35. 24-Jeremy Keegan, 13.871;
36. 14H-Todd Heller, 13.942; 37. 28V-Shawn Valenti, 14.051; 38. 27-Scott
MSD Ignitions Heat 1 - Heat
1 (10 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 5M-Jamie Miller; 2. 47-Caleb
Helms; 3. 1Z-Stevie Smith; 4. 49-Brad Sweet; 5. 89G-David Gravel; 6. 20X-Craig
Mintz; 7. 45-Brian Lay; 8. 5T-Travis Philo; 9. 28V-Shawn Valenti; 10. W20-Greg
Kear's Speed Shop Heat 2
- (10 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 26-Cody White; 2. 312-Mike
Linder; 3. 83-Tim Shaffer; 4. 11B-Brock Mayes; 5. 24H-Lee Jacobs; 6. 3J-Kevin
Lee; 7. 11M-Brandon Martin; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 9. 27-Scott Euler; 10.
All-Pro Cylinder Heads Heat
3 - Heat 3 (10 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 16-Bryan Sebetto; 2.
4K-Kody Kinser; 3. 97-Dean Jacobs; 4. 53-Phil Gressman; 5. 28K-Todd Kane;
6. X-Mark Keegan; 7. 71AU-Matt Butler; 8. 24-Jeremy Keegan; 9. 15C-Chris
Outer Wears Performance Products
Heat 4 - Heat 4 (10 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. O4-Cap Henry; 2. 2-Dale
Blaney; 3. 9X-Rob Chaney; 4. 12-Jarred Ridge; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild;
6. 5R-Byron Reed; 7. 6-Bill Rose; 8. 60-Jody Keegan; 9. 14H-Todd Heller
Dash - (6 Laps)
1. 12-Jarred Ridge; 2. 1Z-Stevie
Smith; 3. 89G-David Gravel; 4. 11B-Brock Mayes
B-Main - (15 Laps -
Top 4 Transfer)
1. X-Mark Keegan; 2. 3J-Kevin
Lee; 3. 5R-Byron Reed; 4. 11M-Brandon Martin; 5. 45-Brian Lay; 6. W20-Greg
Wilson; 7. 6-Bill Rose; 8. O-Brandon Wimmer; 9. 20X-Craig Mintz; 10. 71AU-Matt
Butler; 11. 60-Jody Keegan; 12. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 13. 28V-Shawn Valenti;
14. 15C-Chris Andrews; 15. 5T-Travis Philo; 16. 27-Scott Euler; 17. 24-Jeremy
Keegan; 18. 14H-Todd Heller
A-Main - (50 Laps)
1. 83-Tim Shaffer; 2.
1Z-Stevie Smith; 3. 53-Phil Gressman; 4. 49-Brad Sweet; 5. 89G-David
Gravel; 6. 24H-Lee Jacobs; 7. 12-Jarred Ridge; 8. 11M-Brandon
Martin; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 10. 5R-Byron Reed; 11. 3J-Kevin
Lee; 12. 2-Dale Blaney; 13. 9X-Rob Chaney; 14. 47-Caleb Helms;
15. 5M-Jamie Miller; 16. 26-Cody White; 17. 28K-Todd Kane;
18. 97-Dean Jacobs; 19. 16-Bryan Sebetto; 20. X-Mark Keegan;
21. 312-Mike Linder; 22. 4K-Kody Kinser; 23. 11B-Brock Mayes;
24. O4-Cap Henry
Hard Charger: 11M-Brandon
Fremont Federal Credit Union
- 305 Sprints Non Wing (31 Cars)
Heat 1 - (8 Laps -
Top 4 Transfer)
1. 83X-Nate Reeser; 2. 94-John
Ivy; 3. 10X-Dustin Stroup; 4. 22D-Dan Hammond; 5. 2N-Brian Neeb; 6. 30-Adam
Ollom; 7. 87-Ryan Hetrick; 8. 8J-Jess Stiger
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
(8 Laps - Top 4 Transfer)
1. 48-Mike Burkin; 2. 35-Stuart
Brubaker; 3. 11F-D.J. Foos; 4. 14-Chad Wilson; 5. 9-Jimmy Colvin; 6. 8K-Zack
Kramer; 7. 81-Bobby Clark; 8. 3B-Tim Bottles
Heat 3 - (8 Laps -
Top 4 Transfer)
1. 16-Bryan Sebetto; 2.
19R-Steve Rando; 3. 1W-Paul Weaver; 4. 5-Dustin Dinan; 5. 1-Nate Dussel;
6. 39-Matt Merrill; 7. 12-Brett Lane
Heat 4 - (8 Laps -
Top 4 Transfer)
1. 10-Brad Haudenschild;
2. M28-Josh Muntz; 3. 10S-Roger Shammo; 4. 55-Jamie Miller; 5. 71-Bill
Kraylek; 6. 25-Jason Keckler; 7. 1M-Mike Moore
B-Main - (10 Laps -
Top 4 Transfer)
1. 9-Jimmy Colvin; 2. 8K-Zack
Kramer; 3. 81-Bobby Clark; 4. 1-Nate Dussel; 5. 2N-Brian Neeb; 6. 71-Bill
Kraylek; 7. 25-Jason Keckler; 8. 39-Matt Merrill; 9. 12-Brett Lane; 10.
30-Adam Ollom; 11. 1M-Mike Moore; 12. 8J-Jess Stiger; 13. 3B-Tim Bottles;
14. 87-Ryan Hetrick
A-Main - (20 Laps)
1. 10-Brad Haudenschild;
2. 16-Bryan Sebetto; 3. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 4. 1W-Paul Weaver;
5. 10S-Roger Shammo; 6. M28-Josh Muntz; 7. 48-Mike Burkin;
8. 5-Dustin Dinan; 9. 1-Nate Dussel; 10. 55-Jamie Miller; 11.
8K-Zack Kramer; 12. 19R-Steve Rando; 13. 14-Chad Wilson; 14.
94-John Ivy; 15. 10X-Dustin Stroup; 16. 81-Bobby Clark; 17.
11F-D.J. Foos; 18. 9-Jimmy Colvin; 19. 22D-Dan Hammond; 20.
Hard Charger: 1-Nate Dussel[+11]
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