FREMONT, Ohio — Jon Henry knew on a tight bullring like Fremont Speedway, lapped traffic would come into play. He and Curtis Roberts battled each other and heavy lapped traffic during the middle portion of the Sunoco American Late Model Series feature at “The Track That Action Built” before Henry used the high line in turn four to grab the lead on lap 16 and then survived several late race cautions to score his second career win at the track on Underground Utilities Inc. Night.
“You do what you have to do. The guys were telling me it seems like the high side was fastest. So I figured if I just calm down a little bit on the top and get through the bumps, I didn’t think anyone could pass me on the bottom. I have to thank all these fans for coming out here. This is a fun place to come race. We don’t get to race here that often. I really have to thank my Dad, John and Randy for all their help. I have to thank Rocket Chassis. This is a brand new orange front end Rocket and has two heat race wins and two wins,” said Henry beside his Fultz Fabrications backed machine.
“That’s one thing when you come to Fremont…you know it’s tight and you know you’re going to have to battle around traffic. I knew when I rolled up there pretty quick and got to Roberts…he was kind of dicing and I was able to hang with him and I knew I had to go back to the top shelf and see if I can get around him,” added Henry from the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
“I really have to thank the Dirty Dozen. They are the reason I’m able to do this this year…all 12 of them,” said Henry of the sponsors JLH General Contractor, William H. Bass Trucking, Reproductive Assistance, Truman Quarter Horses, Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio, Home Savings and Loan, Mike and Sheila Keller, Ron Spencer Real Estate, Automated Transport, Lehman & Lehman, Norada Lanes and APC.
In the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, hometown driver D.J. Foos executed a slide job on Nate Dussel in turns one and two on the last lap to take the lead and his fourth career Fremont Speedway win. It was Foos’ fourth win of the season as he has scored three at Attica Raceway Park.
“I just had to wait until we got to lapped traffic…I tried and tried. He (Dussel) bobbled a couple of times in the hole down in turn four and I followed him right through it. Was that a good race or what?” asked an elated Foos beside his Level Performance, Automatic Fire Protection, Tender Turn Car Wash, Buckshot Farms, Pit stop Carryout backed #11F.
“I couldn’t ask for a better season so far. A couple of weeks ago here we struggled…this makes up for that,” added Foos, thanking his Mom and Dad and sponsors, Crown Battery, Kistler Racing Products, Gyro Motorsports and Linder’s Speed Equipment. “This afternoon Daryl Schiets (of Schiets Motorsports) said ‘look, I have some money for you now make it happen.’ I have to take my motor to Level’s…I have a cracked block we found today. But this feels good.”
It was a marathon race of attrition in the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks as numerous cautions slowed the flow of the race with only nine of the 20 starters taking the checkered flag. But, Fremont’s Dustin Keegan held off challenges from Bob Dible then Art Ball and John Ivy to score his first career Fremont Speedway victory.
“This is awesome. I didn’t think this would come in a truck…I thought it would be a sprint car (he has raced 305 sprints over the years) but I’ll take this one,” said Keegan in the Engine Pro Victory Lane. “I knew Art and Johnny were coming…I just didn’t know how close. I was nervous on those last restarts…I just wanted to see that checkered. I have to thank Ted Foster and Foster’s Auto Body, York Fabrication, Chuck Roelle Fabrication and Advanced Auto Parts. And the truck owner Joe West for putting this thing together for me, my dad and all the crew.”