FREMONT, OHIO – A week ago Brian Lay was hesitant in lapped traffic while leading the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint feature at Fremont Speedway.
With the talented field of cars that compete weekly at Fremont, any moment of hesitation can cost you and it did for Lay as he lost the lead and finished second. However, the Millbury, Ohio, driver wasn’t going to allow that to happen again on Root’s Poultry Night this Saturday. He muscled his way through and around lapped cars and went on to score his first career victory at Fremont Speedway, leading all 30 laps of the non-stop event.
“I’m so excited right now. This is my first win at Fremont. It’s been kind of a hard run. This track’s tricky to get around but tonight was our night,” said Lay.
“I lost one here last weekend to lapped traffic. I swore next time when I came to lapped traffic I wasn’t slowing down a bit and I tried my hardest to get through it and now we’re standing up here on the front stretch,” added Lay.. “All it takes is one bobble here and it will cost you the win. I’m so proud to be out here. I want to thank my whole crew and all my sponsors. it’s because of them we are standing up here.”
It was a good point night for Lay in the chase for the Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series. He became the fifth winner in five FAST events in 2014.
Broc Martin and Lay would bring the field to the green in the 30-lap 410 sprint feature with Lay getting the upper hand over Martin, Dale Blaney, Caleb Helms, Travis Philo and Dean Jacobs. Lay was setting a blistering pace on the fast track and encountered heavy lapped traffic by the sixth circuit.
Lay would slice his way through the traffic as both Martin and Blaney closed at the half-way point it was Lay over Martin, Blaney, Helms, Jacobs, Philo, Byron Reed and D.J. Foos (up from his 18th starting spot. Blaney would use lapped cars to drive into second on lap 19.
With five laps to go Lay was in heavy traffic and Blaney closed quickly. With 28 laps in the books Blaney was right on Lay’s rear bumper. However, Lay was able to negotiate through the lapped cars and drove to the win over Blaney, Martin, Helms and Jacobs.
Last year’s rookie of the year in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints T.J. Michael patiently made his way to the front of the field from his 11th starting spot. He moved into second by lap 15 as Nate Dussel seemed to be headed to the victory. But, a caution with four laps to go put the Plano, Texas driver right on the rear bumper of Dussel and he made the most of the opportunity. Michael drove under Dussel with two laps to go and went on to score his second career Fremont victory.
Shawn Valenti continued his hot streak in the AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Trucks, driving to his fourth win of the season at Fremont. It was the 13th of his career at the speedway. Coupled with wins at Attica Raceway Park, Valenti now has six total victories in 2014.