Local Fair Board Buys Fremont Speedway

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Fremont Speedway has been sold to the Sandusky County Agricultural Society. (Todd Ridgeway Photo)

FREMONT, Ohio — Fremont Speedway has been sold to the Sandusky County Agricultural Society.

Rich Farmer, who owns Fremont Speedway, which is located on the grounds of the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, has sold the historic third-mile dirt track to the fair board and will be retained as promoter of the storied facility, which hosts weekly racing headlined by winged 410 sprint cars.

“The Sandusky County Agricultural Society was presented with the opportunity by Rich Farmer, current owner of Fremont Motorsports Park LLC, to purchase his interest in the speedway,” Sandusky County Agricultural Society officials said in a statement. “Effective November 1, 2017, the Sandusky County Agricultural Society will attain full ownership of Fremont Motorsports Park LLC.

“The Sandusky County Agricultural Society Board of Directors will maintain current management, Rich and Shelly Farmer, to allow for the success of past years to continue uninterrupted. The Board and Race Track Management look forward to many exciting future racing seasons for fans, racers and employees. This transaction along with the capital campaign currently being conducted are steps undertaken to ensure a successful future and longevity of the Sandusky County Fairgrounds and Fremont Speedway.”

Farmer sold the track for an undisclosed amount with the idea that operation of the track, which held its first auto race in the 1920s but began weekly racing in 1951, would make operations with the community with one entity ultimately responsible for all facets of racing at Fremont Speedway.

“The sale of Fremont Motorsports, LLC to the Sandusky County Agricultural Society ensures stability and community support for Fremont Speedway for many years to come,” Farmer said. “We will continue to work hard to bring exciting racing and entertainment to ‘The Track that Action Built.’”

The sale of the speedway does not include the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame, which Farmer is retaining.