FREMONT, Ohio – Chris Andrews used to struggle at Fremont Speedway. But once he got behind the wheel of the Burmeister No. 16 and teamed up with crew chief Mike Sommers, that has all changed.
The Sandusky, Ohio resident took the lead from Mike Linder on lap 9 of the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint feature Saturday and drove away to his second win of the season. The victory was Andrews’ fifth career at “The Track That Action Built.”
“I never really have performed my greatest here but this year ever since I joined the 16 car, the Burmeister racing it’s actually been the better track for me,” said Andrews beside his Steven Mapus Productive Tools/Lucas Oil/K&N Filters/Schiets Motorsports/Adkins Sanitation/Goofy Golf/DB3 Imaging No. 16.
“I hated getting teased by all those cautions late especially when you have guys like Bryan Sebetto behind me. We gambled…we put a crazy left rear tire on this thing just to throw something at it and it worked out pretty good. Mikey Sommers usually nails it all the time and when it doesn’t work out it’s usually my fault,” added Andrews from the Engine Pro Victory Lane, also thanking his owners Sonny and Sharon Burmeister.
Craig Mintz would drive to a sixth place finish and would wrap up the track championship in the 410 sprints. Mintz, a 2010 Fremont Speedway champion, also claimed Attica Raceway Park’s title in 2012.
“I caught myself points racing at the beginning and got tired of it. I shouldn’t be doing that but it was so hard not to. We had a good car. Paul Kistler builds a heck of a motor. We’ve got a motor that has 27 or 28 races on it and we’re still competitive. And Ti22 puts a pretty good race car under us,” said Mintz beside his Erie Shore Propane/KS Sales and Service/R2C Filters/Real Geese Decoys/Wasserman Construction/Keller Chevrolet backed No. 09.
In the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, Paul Weaver would battle with Steve Rando and then Nate Dussel before emerging the victor. It was Weaver’s first win of the season at Fremont and the 31st of his career, moving him into a tie with Rollie Beale for 12th on the track’s all-time win list.
“I just plain screwed up two times and got lucky with the caution,” said Weaver beside his M&L Excavating/Schiets Motorsports/Tender Touch Car Wash/Weaver Performance Center/Buckeye Mobile Coating backed #1w.
Fremont’s D.J. Foos would come home in the eighth spot and it was good enough to earn him his first ever Fremont Speedway championship.
“I tried to give this away when we had those two features a couple of Fridays ago. But everything just panned out and this is just so awesome,” said Foos beside his Automatic Fire Protection/Schiets Motorsports/Buckshot Farms/Pit Stop Carryouts/Crown Battery/Level Performance/Tender Touch Car Wash backed machine.
“It all started right there by the flag stand. I used to come and stand and watch Mike Linder and cheer him on and now here I am on the front stretch winning a championship at my home race track,” added Foos.
The Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks ran two features – the night’s regular event and the make-up feature from the Aug. 4 rain out. In the make-up feature, Art Ball, who was celebrating his 74th birthday, would take the lead from race-long leader Cory Ward as they raced to the white flag. Ball would go on to pick up his third victory of the season and the 74th of his career as he sits atop the track’s all-time win list.
“The restarts weren’t good for me. I’d lose a truck length every time. But once I caught up I could get under him (Ward). I never thought I’d get buy,” said Ball of his Ritzler Accounting/Faber Subcontracting/Lash Family Racing/Pierce Engineering/Warpaint Graphics backed No. 01.
Ball would finish third in the second feature and would lock up the track championship for the second year in a row. He also has two late model track titles on his resume. Ball, who has been racing now for 51 years, has scored 298 career feature wins and now has 25 championships.
“This is awesome night for me…my birthday, win a feature and win a championship. You can’t get no better than that,” said beside his Kear’s Speed Shop/Chaney Roofing & Maintenance/Distel’s Septic Service/Nye Farms/Harley and Bev Lee backed machine. “We’re going to go to Eldora later to race and I’m excited about that. I have to thank my crew. We wasn’t good in hot laps but we’ve been great since then. They worked their tails off.”
In the night’s regular feature, John Ivy would take the lead when Steve Sabo suffered a flat tire on lap seven and then held off Andy Keegan to score his third truck win of the year. The victory was No. 36 in Ivy’s career and moves him into 9th on the track’s all-time win list, just four away from tying Harold McGilton.
“I’m glad I got out front as early as I did because I didn’t have time to put tear-offs on after the 305 feature. I was wiping from the beginning when I was behind them guys I was having trouble hanging on with one hand,” said Ivy beside his Diversified Machine & Welding/Perkins Tree Service/Level Performance/Vision Quest backed No. 94.
“It would be cool to tie Harold McGilton on the win list. He was a big fan of mine. He used to come watch me race go-karts and we drank a lot of beer together over the years. I’m out here having fun and these guys work hard to keep me out here,” added Ivy.
In the Surfin’ Sweepstakes Sports Compacts, Gibsonburg, Ohio’s Amanda Shammo would wrestle the lead away from Chevy Farmer just past the half-way point and would hold off Brandon Myers to score her first career win. Myers would take the track championship.
“I have to tell Chevy I’m so sorry. I didn’t do that on purpose. What ever my dad did to this thing it was really fast,” said Shammo beside her Wetland Auto parts/Design Graphics Group/Braedan’s Bridge to End Duchene Muscular Dystrophy backed No. 14.
“Those last few laps it kept coming out of gear and I had to hold it in. It’s pretty hard to get around the track with one arm,” said Myers of his BG Radiator/Mark Shultz Signs/R&R Repair backed No. 32.