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Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

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By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – Fremont Speedway wrapped up it’s 68th year of racing Saturday, Dec. 1, handing out the season-ending awards to the top 10 in points in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks and the McCullough Industries Limited Late Models.

Before the point fund money and trophies were handed out, out-going Fremont Speedway Promoter Rich Farmer thanked all those who made his 11 years running “The Track That Action Built” so very special.

“Over the past 12 years I have been on the stage to talk about Fremont Speedway…all those years ago my first time was Jim Ford’s final time and I knew I had big shoes to fill and the challenges would be difficult. I had no idea what it really took to put on events, order food or anything else for that matter. I was just 28 years old and it was like buying my own playground. I was a driver and then a car owner…neither f which helped prepare me for being a track promoter. After some great learning lessons and some great mentors I found my way,” Farmer said.

“Going forward Fremont Speedway will continue to find its way under Ryan Schiets who is putting together a team of people who will do a great job. Justin Liskai will become the competition director and things will be good at Fremont Speedway for 2019 and beyond,” he continued.

Farmer thanked the many people who have worked at the speedway over his tenure along with the race teams and the push truck drivers. Brian Sabo was given the Dedicated Employee of 2018 award and Scott Barman who is retiring as assistant flagman, was also presented an award.

“My entire staff have been amazing. Some have had calls late at night to discuss some crazy ideas I dreamt up or left their family to come work long evenings. Everyone has given their all to Fremont Speedway and I appreciate each and every one of you. The racers….you guys and gals are what makes what we have been able to do a reality. You strap in and stand on the gas and throw dirt into the stands and make the excitement happen. I will enjoy seeing you on the other side of the fence. My appreciation for what you and your families and teams sacrifice to come out and put on an event is more than I can find the words for. You pushed us to always be better…to always try harder and strive to be the best,” Farmer said.

Farmer also thanked the many businesses partners who sponsored race nights, billboards and other things around the track. The Alex Burkett Business of the Year Award went t the Fremont Fence Company.

“What can I say….thanks for helping to pay the bills. Without everyone of you we would have not been able to have the highest weekly purses in Ohio for nine of the 11 years together. We would not be able to hand out the prize money tonight and most of all we would have not been able to become friends,” he said.

Farmer thanked his wife, Shelly and his kids for all the sacrifices they made over the past 11 years.

“No words will every say how grateful I am to have you along for the ride. You have balanced me and stood strong when the world tried to tear us down. Be proud as you have made your mark and will continue to do so. I know it has been a challenge for our family as this has been our life. I promise we will race on just in a different role,” he said.

“Thank all of you for the wonderful ride. As I always said, you people provide the horsepower; I just go to drive it,” he concluded.

Gibsonburg, Ohio’s Craig Mintz earned his third 410 sprint car track championship. Fremont’s 2010 and 2012 410 track champion competed in all 10 A-mains in 2018. The three time FAST champion started the season with four straight wins to run his career total to 14 at Fremont Speedway. In fact Mintz never finished worse than 7th until the final two shows of the year. He recorded 7 top 10 finishes and 8 top 10 runs. His average A-main finishing position was a remarkable 5th.

Fremont, Ohio’s John Ivy wrapped up his seventh overall Fremont Speedway track championship, claiming the 2018 305 sprint title. Fremont’s 2001, 2002 and 2004 410 track champion, 1994 and 2013 305 champion and 2013 dirt truck champion competed in all 11 A-mains in 2018. Other than a 12th place finish on July 12, Ivy never finished outside the top 6! He recorded 8 top 5 finishes with a season best pair of runner-up finishes on April 21 and Sept. 2 to go with three third place runs. Ivy’s average A-main finishing position was a remarkable 5th.

Fremont’s Keith Sorg and Sandusky, Ohio’s Jeff Ward tied atop the dirt truck points but Sorg’s lone victory of the season propelled him to his second Fremont Speedway championship. Fremont’s 2016 truck champion joined Jamie Miller as the only other drivers in the division to defeat Shawn Valenti in 2018. Sorg never finished outside the top 11 and recorded 5 top 5 finishes, picking up his 5th career Fremont win on June 15. His average A-main finishing position was a remarkable 5th.

Fremont’s Dustin Keegan followed up his 2017 Fremont dirt truck title with the 2018 late model championship.

Keegan competed in 6 of the 7 A-mains, missing only the season finale. He never finished out of the top 5 and scored his 7th career Fremont win on opening night to go with a pair of runner-up finishes. His average A-main finishing position was a remarkable 3rd.

The rest of the top 10 in points for the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints:

Rookie of the Year – Kelsey Ivy, Fremont, Ohio. Ivy finished 11th in points and competed in 7 of the 10 A-mains in 2018. She recorded a season best 11th on Aug. 4. Her average A-main finishing position was 15th.

10th. TJ Michael, Plano, Texas. Michael competed in six of the 10 A-mains in 2018, finishing no worse than 10th. His season best finish was fifth on July 28. His average A-main finishing position was seventh.

9th. Dan McCarron, Britton, Mich. McCarron competed in 9 of the 10 A-mains, missing only the May 4th event. He scored a season best fifth place finish on June 2. His average A-main finishing position was 14th.

8th. Jess Stiger, Sycamore, Oh. Stiger, Fremont’s 2016 rookie of the year, competed in 7 of the 10 A-mains in 2018. He recorded a pair of top 10 finishes including a season best 9th on May 4. His average A-main finishing position was 14th.

7th. DJ Foos, Fremont, Oh. The 2017 FAST champion and Fremont’s 2012 305 champion and 2013 rookie of the year, competed in all 10 A-mains in 2018. He posted three top 10 finishes including a season best 4th on opening night. His average A-main finishing position was 15th.

6th. Nate Dussel, Gibsonburg, Oh. Fremont’s 2016 and 2017 305 sprint champion competed in all 10 A-mains in 2018. He racked up four top five finishes and 6 top 10 runs. His best finish was a runner-up on June 2 and a pair of thirds. Dussel’s average A-main finishing position was 9th.

5th. Tyler Gunn, Napoleon, Oh. Fremont’s 2012 305 rookie of the year in 11 A-mains in 2018 including the two non-wing BOSS events, missing only the Sept. 14 show. He recorded four top five finishes and seven top 10 runs including a pair of season best runner-up finishes on the BOSS show on June 16th and the June 30 FAST event. Gunn’s average A-main finishing position was 10th.

4th. Cap Henry, Republic, Oh. Henry competed in all 10 A-mains in 2018. He recorded five top five finishes including back-to-back wins on July 28 and Aug. 4 to run his career total to six at Fremont. He had 8 top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 6th.

3rd. Chris Andrews, Sandusky, Oh. Andrews competed in all 10 A-mains in 2018. He posted 3 top 5 finishes including back-to-back wins on June 30 and July 7 to run his career total to 11 at Fremont. He also posted five top 10 finishes and his average feature finishing position was 10th.

2nd. Stuart Brubaker, Gibsonburg, Oh. Brubaker, Fremont’s 2008, 2010 and 2011 305 track champion and 2012 410 rookie of the year, competed in all 10 A-mains in 2018. He compiled 4 top 5 finishes including a season best pair of runner-up finishes on May 4 and July 7. He also racked up 7 top 10 finishes and his average A-main finishing position was 8th.

The rest of the top 10 in points for the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints

Rookie of the Year – Mike Keegan, Fremont, Oh. Keegan debuted mid-way through the season and made six of the 11 A-mains in 2018, finishing 15th in the Fremont point standings. He scored a season best 11th on June 30.

10th. Kyle Peters, Mansfield, Oh. Peters competed in 10 of the 11 A-mains in 2018, missing only the June 2nd event. He racked up four top five finishes including a season best pair of runner-up finishes on June 30 and Sept. 14. Peters’ average A-main finishing position was eighth.

9th. Tyler Street, Fredericktown, Oh. Street competed in 10 of the 11 A-mains in 2018, missing only the June 2 event. He never finished out of the top 10 all season, recording six top five runs including a pair of season best runner-up finishes on June 16 and July 28. His average A-main finishing position was fifth.

8th. Justin Adams, Gibsonburg, Oh. Fremont’s 2017 305 rookie of the year competed in all 11 A-mains in 2018. He recorded a season best three 12th place finishes and had an average A-main finishing position of 15th.

7th. Jamie Miller, Fremont, Oh. The 2018 305 FAST champion competed in 10 of the 11 A-mains in 2018, missing only opening night. His phenomenal season at Fremont included five straight wins and six overall checkers to run his career total to 20. He became the only driver in track history to win 3 features in 3 different divisions on the same night on Aug. 4. Miller had 8 top 5 finishes and other than a 19th against the 360s on May 4, never finished worth than 8th. His average A-main finishing position was 4th.

6th. Bobby Clark, Fremont, Oh. Fremont’s 1992 and 1993 360 track champion and 2015 305 champion competed in all 11 A-mains in 2018. The 2015 305 FAST champion recorded 7 top 10 finishes and picked up his 36th career Fremont win on May 4 against the 360s. He is now tied for 12th on Fremont’s all-time win list. Clark’s average A-main finishing position was 9th.

5th. Brandon Moore, Clyde, Oh. Moore competed in 10 of the 11 A-mains in 2018, missing only the final show of the season. He compiled 5 top 10 finishes including a season best pair of 4ths. His average A-main finishing position was 9th.

4th. Steve Rando, Lindsey, Oh. Rando competed in all 11 A-mains in 2018. He racked up 4 top 5 finishes and 9 top 10 finishes. He picked up his 11th career Fremont win on May 26 and had an average A-main finishing position of 7th.

3rd. Kyle Capodice, Sandusky, Oh. Capodice competed in 10 of the 11 A-mains, missing only the 360 challenge on May 4. He never finished worse than 11th all season and his season best was a pair of thirds. His average A-main finishing position was 7th.

2nd. Seth Schneider, Fremont, Oh. Schneider competed in 9 of the 11 A-mains in 2018, never finishing worse than 9th. He recorded a season-best runner-up finish on Aug. 4 to go with 4 top 5 finishes. Schneider’s average A-main finishing position was 6th.

The rest of the top 10 in points for the Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks 2018

Rookie of the year – Ben Clapp, Republic, Oh. Clapp competed in all 7 A-mains in 2018, recording a pair of season best 10th place finishes while finishing 14th in the Fremont point standings. His average A-main finishing position was 13th.

10th. Noah Wagner, Fremont, Oh. Wagner competed in all 7 A-mains in 2018, recording a season best 7th place finish on June 15. His average A-main finishing position was 12th.

9th. Jim Holcomb, Tiffin, Oh. Holcomb competed in six of the 7 A-mains in 2018, missing only the final event of the year. He recorded a pair of top 5 finishes including a season best runner-up finish on June 2. His average A-main finishing position was 13th.

8th. Cory McCaughey, Toledo, Oh. McCaughey competed in all 7 A-mains in 2018, recording five top 10 finishes and a pair of top five runs including a season best runner-up finish on July 28. His average A-main finishing position was 9th.

7th. Brad Keckler, Green Springs, Oh. Keckler competed in all 7 A-mains in 2018, chalking up six top 10 finishes. Other than a 20th on Aug. 4, he never finished outside the top 9. He recorded a season best runner-up finish on June 15 and his average A-main finishing position was 8th.

6th. Dustin Keegan, Fremont, Oh. Fremont’s 2018 late model champion and 2017 truck champion competed in all 7 A-mains in 2018, recording 5 top 5 finishes including a season best runner-up on opening night. Keegan’s average A-main finishing position was 8th.

5th. Eric Devanna, Kansas, Oh. Devanna competed in all 7 A-mains in 2018 and recorded four top 10 finishes including a pair of top five runs. His season best finish was a fourth on opening night. His average A-main finishing position was 9th.

4th. Brad Mitten, Fremont, Oh. Mitten competed in all 7 A-mains in 2018 and other than a 13th place run on June 15, never finished worse than eighth. His season best finish was a third on July 28. Mitten’s average A-main finishing position was 7th.

3rd. Brad Stuckey, Tiffin, Oh. Stuckey competed in 6 of the 7 A-mains in 2018, missing only the final event of the year. Other than a 15th place run on Aug. 4, he never finished worse than ninth and had 3 top 5 finishes including a season best third on June 2. Stuckey’s average A-main finishing position was 7th.

2nd. Jeff Ward, Sandusky, Oh. Though he tied with Keith Sorg atop the Fremont Speedway standings, he lost the tie-breaker as Sorg scored a victory in 2018. Ward competed in all 7 A-mains in 2018, recording 5 top 5 finishes including 3 third place runs. Ward’s average A-main finishing position was 7th.

The rest of the top 10 in points for the McCullough Industries Limited Late Models 2018

10th. Bill Clapp Jr., Flat Rock, Oh. Clapp competed in the final 4 of the 7 events in 2018, recording a season-best sixth place finish on July 7. His average A-main finishing position was 8th.

9th. Wes Morrison, Ohio City, Oh. Morrison competed in 3 A-mains in 2018, recording a season best pair of 4th place runs. His average A-main finishing position was 4th.

8th. Kyle Dukeshire, Fremont, Oh. Dukeshire competed in 4 of the 7 A-mains in 2018, scoring a season best third on June 2. His average A-main finishing position was 9th.

7th. Jay King, Bettsville, Oh. King competed in 5 of the 7 A-mains in 2018, missing only opening and closing nights. He scored a season-best 4 fifth place finishes and had an average A-main finishing position of 5th.

6th. Jamie Miller, Fremont, Oh. Miller competed in 6 of the 7 A-mains, missing only opening night. He recorded 3 top 5 finishes including a win on Aug. 4. His average A-main finishing position was 5th.

5th. John Mayes, Clyde, Oh. Mayes competed in all 7 A-mains in 2018 and never finished worse than 7t. He recorded 5 top 3 finishes including a pair of season best runner-up finishes on April 21 and Aug. 4. His average A-main finishing position was 4th.

4th. Brad Mitten, Fremont, Oh. Mitten competed in 6 of the 7 A-mains, missing only the season finale. He recorded a pair of top 5 finishes including a season best third on opening night. His average A-main finishing position was 7th.

3rd. Chester Fitch, Tiffin, Oh. Fitch competed in 5 of the 7 A-mains, missing opening night and on Aug. 4. He recorded 4 straight wins from June 2 through July 28 to run his career total to 13 at Fremont Speedway. His average A-main finishing position was 3rd.

2nd. Steve Sabo, Fremont, Oh. Fremont’s 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2010 truck champion competed in all 7 A-mains in 2018, recording 4 top 5 finishes. He posted a runner-up finish as his season’s best on the final night of the year. Sabo’s average A-main finishing position was 5th.

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