FREMONT, Ohio – Tim Shaffer iced the field to open Fremont’s Speedway’s 62nd year of racing Saturday.
The Aliquippa, Pa., driver waged a great battle the first half of the race with defending track champion Craig Mintz, but pulled away late to capture his 13th career 410 sprint car win at Fremont on JRC Transportation Night. It was also the season opener for the Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series, a separate point fund from both race tracks that will pay the season-ending champion $10,000.
On a cold, blustery evening, Fremont, Ohio’s John Ivy got around Nate Dussel late in the 305 sprint feature, which was a JLH General Contractors FAST event, and went on to score the victory.
Ivy then hoped in a dirt truck and led all 20 laps to take the victory. The back-to-back wins move Ivy’s career total to 38 at the track, just two behind tying hall of famer Harold McGilton for 8th on the track’s all-time win list.
In the sports compacts, Delta, Ohio’s Maverick Wright led all 12 laps to score his first ever Fremont win.
In the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint feature, Shaffer would race side by side with Mintz from lap 6 through10 before driving under Mintz exiting turn four on lap 11 to take the lead for good.
“Hats off to these fans. It’s way too damn cold. Farmer (Rich, track promoter) and the guys did a great job…they gave us a great track. I could move all over the place. I had a great car. The CH Motorsports team has been awesome and it’s good to get a rebound and go for another championship,” said Shaffer in Victory Lane. “The car was amazing. I could go top bottom through the middle…it makes my job a lot easier/ Wish we could get it like that every night. It would be a lot easier to drive.”