FREMONT, Ohio — All it took was one very little mistake by Dale Blaney on a restart with four laps to go Friday at Fremont Speedway and Bryan Sebetto was there to pounce.
Sebetto executed a perfect slide job in turns three and four to take the lead and went on to score his 22nd career win at “The Track That Action Built.” While the win against the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions is the third of his career, it was the first for Sebetto’s car owners Randy and Lisa Hammer.
Blaney came into the weekend at Fremont having won all four of the UNOH All Star events at the track in 2012. But, Sebetto gave notice in the dash that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with on the opening night of the Jim Ford Classic weekend presented by All Pro Cylinder Heads. Sebetto hounded Blaney the entire distance of the six lap race and Blaney knew come feature time he would have his hands full with Fremont Speedway’s 2011 champion and the recently crowned Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title (FAST) champion.
The victory was the second straight at Sebettto’s hometown track. Overall Sebetto has nine wins in 2012 – four at Attica Raceway Park.
“I was winning Gressman (Scott, the engine builder) an All Star race. That was my mind on that restart…I’m not running second,” said Sebetto beside his Hammer Pallets/Crown Batter/Gressman Powersports/Meggit Powder Coating/OC Shocks backed machine. “I told Blaney he wasn’t winning all the All Star shows at Fremont this year. I say the same thing every time…this team is just so freaking awesome. We’ve had such awesome luck and I have such great people behind me. It was a great honor to win the Jim Ford Classic last year. I knew Jim Ford personally and I want to make it two in a row. I know we’ll have our hands full tomorrow night, but this team can get it done.”
For Blaney, who has nine UNOH All Star wins in 2012, he was pleased with his car.
“I just made a mistake on that restart. We were really maneuverable and traffic was really good for us. If we don’t get into open area those last four laps we’re probably okay. I didn’t catch it real good down in one and two and I should have protected myself going down into three. I thought half way down the back straight away I should have turned left and drive across. I had a feeling he was probably coming but I thought if I got it in there hard and beat him into four I’d be OK. I didn’t do it…I just made a mistake and he ran a good race,” said Blaney.
David Gravel finished third.
The Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints would run two features – the final 23 laps of the rained out Aug. 4 event and the night’s regular program. In the make-up feature, Fremont’s Zack Kramer would hold off Alvin Roepke to claim his second win of the season and the fifth of his career.
In the night’s regular feature, John Ivy would take the lead from Kramer on lap seven and survived a couple of late race restarts to claim his second win of the season in the division. For Ivy, it was career win No. 34 at Fremont, tying him with Al Franks for ninth on the track’s all-time win list.
Bryan Sebetto, Dale Blaney, David Gravel, Rob Chaney, Dean Jacobs, Brandon Martin, Cap Henry, Brad Bowman, Danny Holtgraver, Cole Duncan, Mike Linder, Chris Bell, Paul McMahan, Craig Mintz, Jody Keegan, Byron Reed, Stuart Brubaker, Chris Andrews, Caleb Helms, Phil Gressman, Dallas Hewitt, Tim Shaffer, Greg Wilson, Stevie Smith.