Attica Sprint Title to push off for 2012
By Scott Porter - F.A.S.T.
(Maumee, OH) Coming off the
most competitive season to date, the Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica
Sprint Title (F.A.S.T.) Championship Series presented by Engine Pro and
KS Sales & Service is ready to push off its 2012 campaign. Drivers
have their sights set on the $10,000 to win championship, but 20 grueling
events lie ahead over the upcoming summer months to ultimately decide who
will be named the 2012 F.A.S.T. Champion. The title hunt begins this weekend
with events at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, April 20th with a $3,000
to win feature before making the haul to Fremont Speedway on Saturday,
April 21st for the season opener at "The Track That Action Built".? ?
The Northern Ohio sprint
car championship will combine points over the course of 20 nights between
two of the premiere dirt racing facilities in the country and will ultimately
reward its competitors with a cut from an independent point fund separate
from the track's season championship point funds. Entering its fourth season,
the F.A.S.T. Series has handed out over $180,000 in cash, prizes, and contingency
awards to local sprint car teams that compete at Attica and Fremont. Also
increased exposure has been brought to the area through the hard work of
a dedicated group of fans from the stands.?
?"Its hard to believe we're
kicking off our 4th year with this deal," said Bryan Autullo of the F.A.S.T.
organization. "We sat around 5 years ago wondering what we could do to
increase the payout and the level of competition at our two home tracks
and Scott Porter, Chris Kettman, and I came up with this simple idea.
Some people thought we were crazy in the beginning, but what we've done
here has put a lot of cash and prizes back into the local race shops. We've
met our goal and we've seen some great point battles develop for that $10,000
top prize. We're looking forward to another great season."? ?
Bryan Sebetto captured the
2011 F.A.S.T. Kistler Cup in large part due to three consecutive wins that
the Burmeister Racing team rattled off at season's end to narrowly beat
out Dean Jacobs by just 27-points for the title. 2010 F.A.S.T. Champion
Byron Reed was just 62-markers back in third place with 2009 F.A.S.T. Champion
Craig Mintz in fourth, while Phil Gressman rounding out the top-five. The
series saw 8 different feature winners in 16 nights of racing last year,
with Sebetto scoring the most wins with five. Byron Reed, Phil Gressman
and Brandon Martin each collected two apiece, while Tim Shaffer, Danny
Smith, Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Brad Haudenschild each visited Engine Pro
Victory Lane once.? ?
Attica Raceway Park kick-offs
the F.A.S.T. Championship Series season with a $3,000 to win feature on
Friday, April 20th. John Bores has been gracious to schedule a total of
four $3,000 to win events over the course of the season on various F.A.S.T.
nights. "Ohio's Finest Racing" speed plant as already hosted three 410
sprint car events this season, which has set up Craig Mintz as an early
title contender in the mind of many. The Gibsonburg, Ohio native scored
his first career UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions feature win after he
chased down "The Black Bandit" Stevie Smith and narrowly beat him to the
line by just 0.146 of a second. Mintz also finished 2nd to Dale Blaney
on the previous night in All Star competition. Dean Jacobs, who has not
competed yet in 2012, will also be a contender for the title aboard the
Seeling Motorsports #97. Jacobs proved to be the most consistent driver
at the 1/3-mile high-banked clay oval in 2010 en route to winning his first
track championship at Attica.? ?
Fremont Speedway will host
its first F.A.S.T. event of the season on Saturday, April 21st, which will
also serve as the opening event for the speedway’s 61st year of racing.
Bryan Sebetto put the icing on the cake at Fremont last season by picking
up the track championship, as well as, an All Star feature win and podium
finish with the World of Outlaws at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds to
conclude his 2011 campaign. With the track's opener rained out last weekend,
drivers will have to fine-tune their machine's setups for the tricky 1/3-mile
clay oval on the fly in hopes of not putting themselves into a hole so
early in the year.? ?
Many in the top-15 in points
from last season are expected back to compete for the 2012 F.A.S.T. Championship
along with the likes of Dean Jacob's nephew Lee Jacobs who will pilot the
famous Rick Ferkel owned #0, Avon, Indiana's Miranda Throckmorton and Bowling
Green, Ohio's Travis Philo.? ?
Some familiar faces to the
series' 2011 story lines find themselves in new places as the defending
champion vacated the Burmeister Racing #16 in favor for a new endeavor
in the Hammer Motorsports #24H. The Burmeister Racing team chose 2007 National
Sprint Car Hall of Fame Rookie of the Year and 2010 Attica Raceway Park
Track Champion Chris Andrews to strap into their Adkins Radiator, Flooring
America, K&N Filters, Lucas Oil #16 Maxim. Also 2011 F.A.S.T. Rookie
of the Year Brad Haudenschild has a new ride for the 2012 campaign aboard
the Pete Grove Racing #70.? ?For more information on admission prices,
start times and directions to either Northern Ohio track visit www.atticaracewaypark.com
or www.fremontohspeedway.com for more information.
To find out more about the
Kistler Racing Products F.A.S.T. Championship Series presented by Engine
Pro & KS Sales and Service visit www.fastondirt.com.
FAST On Dirt, Inc. would
like to thank the following contributors to the 2012 Fremont/Attica Sprint
Title point fund:
Kistler Racing Products,
Engine Pro, KS Sales & Service, Engler Machine & Tool, CP-Carillo
Pistons, Design Graphics Group Inc., Black Swamp Media Group, SCS Gearbox,
Pukka Headwear, Reebar Die Casting, Hoseheads.com, Level Performance, MyHeroCards.com,
J&F Construction & Development, Inc., Young's RV Centers, FSR Radiators
& Racing Products, GL Heller Company, High Vista Videos, Gressman Powersports,
Action Photos, Hoserville Ohio, October Hills Farms, Jon Wright Custom
Chrome Plating, JD Automotive, Midwest Auto Sales, Commercial Motor Freight,
Fremont Fence Company, Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway.
Also, a very special thanks
to all of our contingency award sponsors:
Golden Graphics & Design, All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Henry MotorCar
Motorsports, DMI Racing Products, Fuel Safe, Productive Tools & Equipment,
Hinchman Indy Racewear, OC Shocks, J&J Auto Racing, Kear's Speed Shop,
Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kinser Air Filters, Kinsler
Fuel Injection, KSE Racing Products, Linder's Speed Equipment, Outerwears
Performance Products, Pro Shocks, R2C Performance Products, Rocket Headers,
Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ti22 Performance, VRP Shocks,
Weld Racing Wheels, Wings Unlimited and Zemco Headers.