FREMONT, Ohio – Chris Andrews isn’t a very big, physical person. But, the Sandusky, Ohio driver muscled his way into the lead with seven laps to go to take his first win of the season at Fremont Speedway Saturday Night.
The track was very heavy following rains all morning and early afternoon which made for difficult passing. Andrews, who picked up his first UNOH All Star win at Attica a month ago, started fifth and was part of a terrific three car battle throughout the race with Jody Keegan and Australian Stuart William.
And when Williams opened the bottom groove ever so slightly on lap 23, Andrews pounced and lead by a nose at the flag stand when the caution flew for fourth running Stuart Brubaker who made contact with an infield tire barrier, moving it onto the track, necessitating a caution. Once out front and no traffic to deal with, Andrews ran away for his sixth career Fremont win in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints
“Muscle is not the word…pulled something out of my you-know-what is what that was. Wow, that was probably the most work I’ve ever done in an A-main. Stuart ran me pretty clean and he’s a fun guy to run with,” said Andrews.
“I’m probably not the first person to want to race on a track like this but once we got out front in the clean air the car did what ever I wanted it to do. Rich Farmer (track promoter) and the guys worked their butts off to give us a chance to race today. This Kistler motor is running awesome and Sonny and Sharon (Burmeister). I appreciate they put me in their car and give me everything that I need. I have to thank Mikey and Tommy and Rollie for all they do.”
With just a few races remaining in the Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title (FAST) Championship Series Presented by KS Sales and Service, Craig Mintz was able to score another top five finish to add to his point lead. Mintz, Fremont’s defending track champion and a former FAST champion, would come home third in the feature.
The Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint feature was a dandy as Dustin Dinan and Nate Dussel literally ran side-by-side the last eight laps, even rubbing tires. Dussel drove around Dinan – who had lead from the drop of the green – with four laps to go to take the lead. But, as they raced into turns three and four toward the white flag, Dinan used a lapped car as a pick and drove under Dussel for the lead and then held on for his third win of the season. It is the sixth win of 2013 for Dinan who also scored his third win of the year at Attica Raceway Park the previous night. Dinan now has seven career wins at Fremont.
“That’s what we are here for – to put a show on for the fans. Nate raced me pretty clean and that lapped car – they will either hurt you or help you and he helped me tonight. I was better in lapped traffic than Nate was. I have to thank Rich Farmer and Shelly Liskai and my crew, Dave Foos, A.J. Sleek and Tom Losher and Aaron Fought and Jamie Adams,” said Dinan.
The weekend sweep of the JLH General Contractor 305 FAST Championship Series events has Dinan knocking on the door for the point lead.
The 20-lap feature for the AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Trucks would go non-stop. And while Risingsun, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti would dominate for his second win of the season, the action for second was fantastic with five trucks battling it out to the end. Valenti scored a stock car win at Limaland the previous night. His win at Fremont is the seventh of his career for the former 410 sprint rookie of the year.
“It’s nice to pull a weekend sweep finally and get this thing rolling. I have to thank Jeff Babcock (who competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series earlier in the week at Eldora Speedway) for putting me in this and Tim Kern for turning wrenches on it and getting is going in the right direction,” said Valenti. “I couldn’t ask for a better track to get back up there and grab the cushion and get to the high side where I belong. Once you leave a sprint car and go back to a truck you’re trying to get that sprint car feel and tonight the way the track was it was nice.
In the Computer Man Sports Compacts, 12-year-old Evan Patynko passed Taylor Holland and Chevy Farmer on a restart with three laps to go and went on to score his first career Fremont victory.
“My Grandpa told me all night to go high and it worked out. I have to thank my dad and my grandpa for all their help and my mom who couldn’t be here tonight,” said Patynko.