Parker Price Miller earns 1st career 410 sprint win
to open Fremont Speedway season
April 11, 2015
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Saturday, April 11, 2015
Contact: Brian Liskai
Parker Price Miller earns 1st career 410 sprint win
to open Fremont Speedway season
Rando survives 305 feature for win; Fitch gets late model victory; Valenti holds on for truck win
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – Many, many years ago hall of fame driver Rick Ferkel scored the first of hundreds of his career sprint car wins at Fremont Speedway. On Saturday, a young protégé from Kokomo, Indiana – Parker Price Miller, 16 years-old – would take the lead from Byron Reed with just nine laps to go and drove to his first career 410 sprint car victory.
It was the 65th season opener for “The Track That Action Built” on Tanks Meats Night and Price Miller became the 407th different feature winner in the track’s long, storied history.
“There’s no other track I’d rather get my first 410 win at than Fremont. They say this place is tricky and it definitely is. Turn one and two had me for awhile…I figured it out. I got some help from some lapped traffic but that’s why you run 30 laps,” said Price Miller beside his PPM Titanium Products/Triple X Racing/Indy Race Parts backed #9P.
“Rick Ferkel, Jim Roby, my Dad and Mom, Kathy Ferkel all worked hard for me. I can’t thank Rick Ferkel enough. He does everything for us. Me and him are bonding together and I love him to death. It’s pretty awesome to get my first win at the track where he got his,” added Price Miller who said Ferkel’s advice before the feature – drive it hard.
In a crash-filled 305 feature Steve Rando of Lindsey, Ohio, would survive to score his sixth career Fremont win.
“I saw Jamie (Miller) drive by me…he was running lower than me and I tried going down there…there’s no way I could keep the car down there or I was going to flip like he did. So I went back up top and waited for him to make a mistake…too bad he ended up flipping but we got it done,” said Rando beside his Davis Fabricators/Westway Farms/North Coast Sealing/North Coast Asphalt/Attitudes Hair Salon/Thorbann Woodworking backed machine.
This winter Fremont Speedway Promoter Rich Farmer worked with others in racing to create a crate late model division for the track in an effort to control the costs of racing. The idea was to bring former racers back into the sport and give new racers a more affordable class to get started. The idea proved to be winner as long-time racer Chester Fitch from Tiffin, Ohio, came back to the sport and scored the first ever 602 Late Model victory. It was Fitch’s second career Fremont win.
“I was going to quit racing until Rich Farmer started this crate late model class. I lost my dad this past year and I know he was with me tonight. I have to thank my sponsors Tiffin Auto Auction, Westside Auto Sales, Hi-Way 101 Auto Parts, Danner’s Recycling and Towing, Handy Grafix and Swartz Race Cars,” said Fitch in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
Last year Shawn Valenti was nearly unstoppable at Fremont Speedway in the dirt truck division. A lot of other teams rolled up their sleeves and went to work in the off season and it showed Saturday. Valenti and Matt Foos would battle the last half of the feature before Valenti would claim the victory by just .024 seconds. It was Valenti’s 24th career Fremont win to move him into a tie for 19th on the track’s all-time win list.
“Hat’s off to the track crew. I know Rich (Farmer) busted his butt to get this track ready for us. I want to thank them or we wouldn’t be racing today after all the rain we got this week,” said Valenti beside his Craig Miller Trucking/KS Sales and Service/Day Dreams and Memories Crafts and Antiques/Real Geese Decoys.
Foos kept driving under Valenti and when Valenti went down to block Foos went up top and nearly stole the win.
“We set this thing up real free and I knew once I rolled off the cushion the top was getting blowed off and that’s why I was rolling through the rough stuff. I have to thank Jeff Babcock for putting me in this thing and hats off to Adam Jones for coming on board and helping us,” added Valenti.
Defending Fremont champion Byron Reed and Max Stambaugh would bring the field of 20 to the green for the 30-lap feature in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint Division. Reed would bolt into a big lead as third start Price Miller would drive into second with Stambaugh, Broc Martin, Dean Jacobs, Chris Andrews, T.J. Michael and Lee Jacobs in tow.
Reed would set a wicked pace and would drive into lapped traffic by the sixth lap as Price Miller closed. The action would grind to a half on lap eight when fast qualifier Stuart Brubaker flipped in turn two. He was okay.
On the restart Reed had his hands full with Price Miller as Stambaugh, Martin, Dean Jacobs and Jac Haudenschild gave chase. While Reed and Price Miller ran nose to tail the battle for third was entertaining between Martin, Stambaugh, Dean Jacobs and Haudenschild. Dean Jacobs would take the third spot on lap 11.
The leaders would encounter lapped traffic again by the 15th circuit with Reed leading Price Miller, Jacobs and a three wide battle for fourth between Haudenschild, Martin and Stambaugh. With 10 laps to go Reed would slip over the cushion in turn one and Price Miller was there to pounce as he drove under for the lead with Haudenschild moving into third.
Price Miller would pick his way through traffic to continue to lead over Reed, Haudenschild, Dean Jacobs, Martin and 18th starter Cap Henry when the caution flew with five laps to go. With a clear track, Price Miller drove away while the battle behind him was ferocious as Dean Jacobs got around Reed for second.
Price Miller would drive to the checkered over Dean Jacobs, Reed, Henry and Michael.
Seth Schneider and Rando paced the field in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint Division 25-lap feature. Rando would grab the early lead over Schneider, Brandon Moore, Alvin Roepke, Paul Weaver and Jordan Ryan. The first caution would fly after a lap was completed when Ricky Peterson came to a rest after hitting the front stretch wall.
On the restart Rando pulled away as Moore moved into second. Mike Burkin would stop after 3 laps were scored to bring out the second caution. Again when the green flew so did Rando, pulling away from Moore as Schneider, Weaver, Ryan, Roepke, Michael, Jamie Miller and Bobby Clark gave chase.
The leaders raced into traffic by the eighth circuit when the caution flew for Brian Gibbs. On the restart second place runner Moore got upside down in turn one with Bobby Clark and Trey Jacobs getting together on the front stretch sending Clark tumbling. All drivers were okay. On the next attempt at a green second place running Schneider lost a right front wheel.
The third try at a restart was the charm as Rando lead Weaver, Ryan, Miller, Roepke and 15th starter John Ivy. On lap 11 Miller would move into third and earned second when Weaver spun in turn two on lap 12.
On the restart Miller executed a perfect slider on Rando in turns three and four for the lead. But, it was short-lived. On the next lap Miller caught the cushion in turn two and rolled his sprinter. The restart order was now Rando, Ryan, Ivy, Jason Keckler, Kyle Capodice and Roepke.
Rando would pull away as Ryan had his hands full with Ivy. Ivy would take second on lap 18 but Ryan drove back by five laps later and closed on Rando. But, it was too late as Rando took the win over Ryan, Ivy, Keckler and Capodice.
Fitch and Jeff Hites led the field to green in the 15-lap feature for the McCullough Industries 602 Late Models. Fitch would grab the lead while Tim Sabo slid into second followed by Dustin Keegan and Dale Cole. Fitch and Sabo pulled away and soon were locked in a torrid battle for the lead while Dustin Sautter drove into third by lap seven.
Sabo’s challenge for the win ended when he smacked the front stretch wall on lap 11. Fitch would pull away the final four laps for the win with Sautter, Cole, Keegan and Hite rounding out the top five.
In the AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Truck feature, Keith Sorg and Cory Ward led the field to green with Ward grabbing the top spot. Valenti drove around Ward for the lead on lap 2 only to see Ward retake the top spot on lap three. The pair raced side by side over the next few laps before Valenti took the lead for good on lap five.
Valenti could not pull away though as the race for second heated up between Ward and Foos with Jeff Ward, Sorg, Brad Mitten and Dana Fry staying close at the half-way point. Foos took second on lap 11 and slowly reeled in Valenti. With four laps to go Foos was right on Valenti’s rear bumper. The two raced side by side to the end with Valenti hanging on for the victory. Foos, Cory Ward, Jeff Ward and Sorg would round out the top five in a race that had only one caution.
Fremont Speedway will be back in action Saturday, April 18 for Level Performance/Gressman Powersports “Bring a Friend to Autism Action Night.” There will be lots of activities throughout the night to raise funds for kids with autism who reside in Sandusky County. Gates will open an hour early at 3 p.m. for families to come early and get their picture taken with sprint car driver Kirk Jefferies and his Make It Fit Foundation Sprint Car.
The night kicks off the $10,000 to win Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship series for the 410 sprints at Fremont and the JLH General Contractor FAST Championship series for the 305 sprints. The 602 late models and dirt trucks will also be in competition.
For more information go to www.fremontohspeedway.com or follow the track on Twitter @FremontSpeedway.
Fremont Speedway - 4/11/2015
Tanks Meats Night
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints (29 Cars)
Qualifying - Fricker’s Restaurant/Callie’s Performance