FREMONT, Ohio – The dirt truck feature winner at Fremont Speedway normally earns $400. Shawn Valenti earned that and $5,000 more Saturday at “The Track That Action Built.”
The Risingsun, Ohio driver took the Baumann Auto Group Big Bucks Bonus Bump and elected to go from the pole starting position to last and then proceeded to drive through the field for the $5,000 bonus. It was Valenti’s 9th win of the season at Fremont and the 18th of his career.
And not to be outdone, Brisbane, Australia’s James McFadden, who has a win, a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth in his only appearance in 2014 at Fremont Speedway in a 410 sprint car, also took the Baumann Auto Group challenge. McFadden had the crowd on their feet as he drove up to third with seven laps to go but couldn’t close the deal and would come home third.
“I have to thank the track and the Baumann Auto Group for putting this together. It’s unheard of for an entry level class to be racing for this kind of money,” said Valenti beside his Jeff Babcock owned #7B.
“I kept wanting the chance to do the challenge and when we were on that qualifying deal…it was tough to get a front row. I just wanted to stay out of trouble at the start and get as many trucks as I could on the first couple of laps and the first lap into it up was up to eighth. I knew I was rolling pretty good,” added Valenti. “I kept seeing the nose of Kent (Brewer) and I was trying to get a rhythm up on top and I was like ‘man Kent you know what I’m going for here.’ He raced me nice and clean…hats off to him, he’s getting that thing rolling.”
The Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 feature was exciting the last hand full of laps as Warrnambool, Australia’s Jamie Veal, Wooster, Ohio’s Dean Jacobs and McFadden battled for the lead. Veal, who lead laps 1-22, watched Jacobs slide by for the lead for four laps before Veal regained his momentum and drove by for his first career Fremont Win.
For Jacobs and his Jerry McClure owned team, he was happy to just be racing. The previous night the engine let go in his No. 9 and the team wasn’t sure they would be racing. However, they got in touch with engine builder Scott Gressman and he arranged for them to go to Pennsylvania to pick up one of his shop motors to compete.