Foos Wins, Kofoid Locks Up Fremont Crown

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FREMONT, Ohio – D.J. Foos did all he could to try and claim the Fremont Speedway 410 track title Saturday.

He won the his second-straight feature, but it wasn’t enough to overtake Buddy Kofoid for the track title. Because Foos scored the win, Kofoid had to finish third or better to lock up his first championship and he did just that, finishing third to take the title by two points.

For Foos, his fourth victory of the season and 15th of his career at Fremont was tempered with the fact he just missed winning the track title.

“I gave it everything I had. We won the race…I knew if I won the race he (Kofoid) would have to take care of the rest. Hats off to the Linders and Buddy Kofoid. It feels good to win but man I really wanted that trifecta. We definitely have something to go off of for next year. Mikey had the car pretty good. I felt like I could go any where. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity this year the Burmeisters have given to me,” said Foos.

“I wish it didn’t have to come down to being that close. It’s stressful and I hate playing points like that,” Kofoid said. “D.J. and his crew have the best car at Fremont. We got a little bit better tonight in the slick. Hats off to D.J. and his crew, they did all they could do. The 410 championship is pretty cool. I can’t thank Ed Neumeister enough and Ray Brooks with Gill Construction and CK Plumbing and all the Linders and everyone who makes this car what it is.”

Caleb Griffith and Gary Taylor brought the field to green for the 30 lap Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 feature with Griffith gaining the advantage over Taylor, Foos, Craig Mintz, Kofoid and Nate Dussel. Following a lap two caution, Griffith once again pulled away as Taylor had his hands full with Foos who eventually took the runner-up spot two laps later.

While Griffith was glued to the bottom, Foos was able to make up ground quickly using the middle line and took the lead on lap nine. Kofoid used lapped traffic to take third on lap 13 just before the caution flew. With a clear track Foos pulled away on the restart over Griffith, Kofoid, Taylor, Mintz and Stuart Brubaker.

Foos built up a four second lead with 10 laps to go while Griffith held off Kofoid with Dussel closing.  A final caution flew with five laps to go, but Foos was too strong on the restart to pull away for the win over Griffith, Kofoid, Dussel and Taylor.

Alvin Roepke took the lead with five laps to go in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 feature and drove to his seventh career victory at Fremont Speedway.

With his fourth place finish, Fremont’s John Ivy claimed his second straight 305 track championship. It is Ivy’s eighth total track title as he has three 410 championships, four 305 titles and a dirt truck championship.

Kent Brewer had to hold off a last lap charge by Brad Mitten to score his seventh dirt truck feature win at Fremont Speedway. With his sixth place finish, Shawn Valenti wrapped up his second track championship.