Fremont Will Race This Weekend
By Brian Liskai:
FREMONT, Ohio (Sept. 13) - Fremont Speedway is still planning to run its regularly scheduled show this Saturday, Sept. 15, with the American Late Model Series, 305 sprints and dirt trucks on the card.
"We did a lot of sole searching before deciding to continue with our racing program Saturday," said Fremont Speedway Promoter Jim Ford. "Americans are strong...we will bounce back from the cowardly act of terrorism. We hope by resuming our regular schedule, we can help people start to put order back in their lives and give them a brief break from the stress of this past week. Cancelling the racing would give in to just what the terrorists wanted to do...disrupt our society."
"Of course, our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of Tuesday's catastrophe. Our prayers also are with those brave men and women who are putting their own lives in danger to search for survivors," Ford continued.
Ford said there will be donation canisters throughout the stands for race fans to make contributions to the American Red Cross to help with the relief effort in New York.
"Race fans are the greatest people in the world. We know how unselfish they are...they've demonstrated that time and time again by reaching into their pockets to help other fans, drivers, crews and other charities. I'm sure we'll be able to hold our heads proud when we send that money to the Red Cross...they will know how great our fans are," said Ford.
Saturday will mark the second appearance of the 2001 season at "The Track That Action Built" for the ALMS Late Models. True Value Hardware of Woodville is sponsoring the night's racing, which pays the late model feature winner $2,000. Curtis Roberts won the first ALMS visit to Fremont in a very competitive, non-stop feature. There were over 40 late models in competition.
The 305 sprints will pay $1,000 to win Saturday thanks to backing from Chaney Roofing of Fremont. Griff's Engines is also putting in $150 to the highest place finisher in the feature running a Griff's Engine.
The popular Fremont Speedway Dirt Trucks will also be on the racing card.
Saturday will conclude the 50th anniversary season at Fremont Speedway. The track's awards banquet has been set for Nov. 10 at PK's Banquet Hall on Hayes Ave. in Fremont. The top 10 in the final point standings will receive cash awards and trophies. More details on the banquet will be forthcoming.
Gates will open Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. For more information call 419-862-2206 or visit the track's website at www.fremontohspeedway.com.