Griffith Stuns Shaffer At Fremont
Not to be outdone, the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints also put on a tremendous show on a JLH General Contractors FAST points night. Jason Keckler led early but rookie T.J. Michael raced him hard the first eight laps before taking over the top spot on lap nine. Michael could not shake Keckler and a closing Nate Dussel and on a restart on lap 13, Dussel would take the lead. Michael would not give up and continually raced under Dussel and would lead lap 15 but the caution would fly.
On the restart Dussel shot back into the lead but a caution and another restart would see Michael regain the top spot. Another caution and another restart would find Dussel back into the lead. Once the race got going, Dussel would pull away for his fourth win of the season at Fremont and the 11th of his career at the track.
“I could see I needed to get around him (Michael) on top cause I could see the top was starting to go away in just a matter of laps. I got lucky and got around him and got to the bottom. He did a hell of a job for his first year in a sprint car. It took everything I had to get around him,” said Dussel in the Engine Pro Victory Lane. “This is the first time my big sponsor, Kylynn and Tommy and Dawn Dussel and my buddy Kevin who says he comes all the time and I don’t win got to see this.”
In the AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Trucks, Jeff Ward would lead the first seven laps before John Ivy would jump into the top spot and go on to his fifth feature win of the season in the division. Ivy also has a pair of 305 sprint victories at Fremont this season and his career total now stands at 43 at the track, just one away from tying Wayne Maffett Sr. for 7th on the track’s all-time win list.
“This is a whole lot of fun. I have to thank Charlie and Craig…Kelsey (John’s daughter) kind of hurt this thing last night (at Attica) and they busted their butts all day to get it ready. And all they asked me to get it up on the front straight away,” said Ivy. “I would have liked to have gotten the double tonight (win the 305 sprint and truck features) for the hall of fame deal since Sonny (Conger) was inducted. Sonny’s helped us out a lot. He’s been a big inspiration to me and if it wasn’t for him we probably wouldn’t be racing.”
In the Surfin’ Sweepstakes Sports Compacts, Brandon Leighton would lead early before Andrew Schroeder would take over on lap six. Schroeder would hold off several challenges from Tyler Sherman to claim his first ever Fremont victory.
“We’ve been working hard all week getting this car ready. I’m so excited,” said Schroeder.