FREMONT , Ohio – In an effort to provide racers with a less expensive way to get involved in dirt track racing, Fremont Speedway will incorporate a new division in 2015 – the 602 Late Models.
“Not everyone who has a desire to race can afford a sprint car or super late model. The engines are the most expensive part of a race car. This 602 Late Model Division keeps the engine costs in check. A brand new crate engine is around $3,000. But the bigger savings comes in not having to rebuild the engine every eight races. By changing the oil and filter regular and general regular maintenance, you can run one of these engines for over 60 shows before you need to replace it,” said Fremont Speedway Promoter Rich Farmer.
“The fans and drivers have asked for the return of late model racing to the rich tradition of Fremont Speedway and this division will allow that to happen and get more people involved in dirt track racing,” added Farmer.
Farmer has had one of the late models assembled and says he has about $10,000 in the machine, ready to race.
“You can purchase a good used late model from any team across the country. This is a great option for those in dirt trucks, street stocks, sportsman divisions who feel they can’t afford to spend the money to compete in those divisions any longer,” said Farmer.
Farmer said there will be shock restrictions and a tire rule in place for the division as well to help keep costs in line.
“This class will utilize the 602 crate engine from GM along with the traditional late model chassis. Hoosier tire has worked to bring a tire to the program that will allow for great racing with less expense to the teams. Jim Linder of Linders Speed Equipment has helped to create a cost effective shock program. Jerry Huff of York Fabrication has brought his years of experience in the late model world to this project as well. JEGS Performance has also helped with this project and the second shipment of engines is on order at this time,” added Farmer.