Meseraull earns 2nd Mike Hensel Memorial BOSS win at Fremont
October 3, 2017
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Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
By Todd Tappel
FREMONT, Ohio (Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017) - Thomas Meseraull led all 33 laps to capture the 5th annual Mike Hensel Memorial B.O.S.S. non-wing feature at Fremont Speedway, worth $5,000 Saturday, Sept. 30 on Fort Ball Pizza Palace Night.
The victory was the second at “The Track That Action Built” for “T-Mez” who drove the Stan Cortad Racing machine.
Fremont, Ohio’s Matt Foos used a late-race pass around John Ivy to win the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint main. It was the seventh career win at the track for Foos.
Delta, Ohio ’s Ky Harper dominated the McCullough Industries 602 Late Model feature to claim his sixth win of the season. The victory was Harper’s 15th career win at the track.
Fostoria, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti continued his mastery of the Burmeister Trophies Dirt Truck class. Valenti collected his ninth win of the season and the 41st of his career at Fremont Speedway, moving him into 10th on the track’s all-time win list.
Meseraull’s win was his second Mike Hensel Memorial victory and continues the streak of California drivers winning the prestigious event. Meseraull stated, “It was a tough track. The track staff kept knocking down the top and I appreciate that. It could have been a really rough track. Stan Cortad gives me an awesome car and it’s just about time I put it here in victory lane. The Cortad ride carries sponsorship from Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating, Big Daddies Body Shop, Terry Hawk Engineering, and Rick’s Hair Salon.
Meseraull took the opening advantage from his pole position and led early over Tim Buckwalter, who was making his first career start in a non-wing car. It only took three laps for Matt Westfall to charge from his eighth place starting position into the third spot. The action stopped on lap eight when Tyler Gunn took a hard tumble down the front stretch but walked away unharmed.
Shane Cottle moved into fourth by lap 11 and a great three car battle ensued for the runner-up spot behind Meseraull. Buckwalter, Westfall and Cottle would trade the second through fourth positions lap after lap before settling into their finishing positions on lap 26. A final yellow, on lap 29, for series champion Dustin Smith set up a four lap dash to the finish. Meseraull would go unchallenged and win over Buckwalter, Westfall, Cottle, and Dallas Hewitt. Brian Smith was the hard charger and picked up $333.33 from the Hughes family.
In the 305 sprint feature, Brandon Moore led the opening laps over John Ivy and Matt Foos. Moore held strong until smacking the front stretch wall on lap 17, ending his evening. Ivy held the point on the restart over Foos and 17th place starter Steve Rando. Foos stayed within striking distance and made the winning pass low in turn four coming to the white flag. Foos ran unchallenged the last lap, finishing ahead of Ivy, Rando, 14th starting Paul Weaver, and 16th starting Bobby Clark. The Foos ride is sponsored by B&B Drain Service, Adkins Motorsports, Buckeye Refuse, and Kistler Race Products.
Ky Harper led by nearly a half lap at certain points in the 602 Late Model feature before winning over Dustin Keegan, Chester Fitch, Chester Fitch III, and Brad Mitten. Harper is sponsored by B&R Powdercoating, H&H Environmental, Twist-T-Freez, and VA Risk Services.
In the Dirt Truck feature, Dustin Keegan led early over Steve Endicott and Kent Brewer. Jeff Ward had a nice run and eventually took the second position from Endicott on lap nine. Meanwhile, Valenti was moving through the field from his seventh place start. He passed Endicott on lap 12 and moved around Ward on lap 13. It would only take three more laps to supplant Keegan at the front. Keegan would hang onto second over Ward , Kent Brewer, and Endicott. Valenti is sponsored by A Plus Auto Center, Best Performance, and Craig Miller Trucking.