Shaffer Charts $10,000 Ford Classic Win

Tim Shaffer (83) races under Dean Jacobs en route to winning the Jim Ford Classic at Ohio's Fremont Speedway Saturday night. (Julia Johnson photo)
Tim Shaffer (83) races under Dean Jacobs en route to winning the Jim Ford Classic at Ohio's Fremont Speedway Saturday night. (Julia Johnson photo)

FREMONT, Ohio — Tim Shaffer was sick of finishing second and third.

The Aliquippa, Pa., driver took out his frustrations on the field at Fremont Speedway Saturday, dominating the last half of the 50-lap Jim Ford Classic Presented by Ludwig Propane to claim the $10,000 payday.

The win was Shaffer’s 12th career victory at “The Track That Action Built,” and his sixth win of 2012 with the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions. S

haffer, who leads the series’ national points with just one race left, now has 51 career UNOH All Star victories. Shaffer is aiming to become only the third driver in series’ history to win four straight championships. He is also inching closer to Dale Blaney for the Ohio region championship.

“This feels so good. It’s been awhile. This year it seems like we’ve run seconds and thirds which is not a bad year. But, you want to win…you’re used to winning, it just feels great,” said Shaffer beside his Aaron Call/Janet Holbrook owned No. 83.

“I really love running this place because it changes throughout the night and you have to move around. It seems to fall in my hands. For the fans this is a great race track and Farmer (Rich, promoter) and the guys did a great job of prepping the track,” added Shaffer.

Fremont point leader Craig Mintz, who broke bones in his hands earlier in the week in a non-racing related incident, drove from his 12th starting position to end up second.

“I like the track like this. When it gets black and slick you have to pedal it and it makes for great racing. We didn’t have anything for the 83 car,” said Mintz. “My hand is thumping pretty good right now but when you end up on the front stretch it makes the pain go away.”

Danny Holtgraver finished third.

In the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint feature, Nate Dussel would spin while leading on lap 10, handing the point to D.J. Foos. The Fremont driver who leads the division’s point standings, would pull away for his sixth win of the season at Fremont Speedway. The victory was Foos’ 11th overall as he ended with five wins at Attica Raceway Park. Foos now had nine career wins at Fremont.

The finish:

Tim Shaffer, Craig Mintz, Danny Holtgraver, Dale Blaney, Chris Andrews, Bryan Sebetto, Cap Henry, Greg Wilson, David Gravel, Brandon Martin, Byron Reed, Paul McMahan, Dean Jacobs, Chris Bell, Brad Bowman, Cole Duncan, Rob Chaney, Mike Linser, Jody Keegan, Stuart Brubaker, Caleb Helms, Stevie Smith, Phil Gressman, Danny Smith.