FAST round-up: Mintz takes big step toward 3rd 410 title with Fremont win; Clark's 305 bests 360
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Saturday, May 5, 2018
Contact: Brian Liskai
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - Though it's early in the season, Gibsonburg, Ohio's Craig Mintz took a giant step forward in his quest to claim a third All Pro Aluminim Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics title with his second striaght series win at Fremont Speedway Saturday, May 5 on AmeriGas Night.
For the second straight event at "The Track That Action Built" Mintz dueled with Cap Henry before a late race caution allowed Mintz to take the lead and drive to his 12th career win at Fremont Speedway.
Though it was only for show-up points for the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro teams Saturday, they held off the challenges of the K&N Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invader 360 c.i. sprints as Fremont's Bobby Clark edged Matt Foos for the feature win. It was Clark's 36th career win at the track, placing him in a tie for 12th on the all-time win list.
In the 410 sprint feature four time FAST champion Byron Reed jumped out to the lead but spun after a lap was completed, handing the top spot to Henry. Henry held the point until Mintz used the low groove exiting turn four on lap nine to take the lead. Henry regained the top spot on lap 12 and began pulling away. A caution with eight laps to go gave Mintz the chance he needed as he took the lead with six laps to go and pulled away to the win.
"I think Cap must have boiled the breaks. He had them glowing most of the race. He was rolling the top and showed me that was the way to go. Hats off to my guys for all their hard work and I want to thank Eagle Ignition Leads. They are from Australia and not many people here know what they do but they build superior ignition leads and battery cables and they do an awful lot for us," said Mintz of his Real Geese Decoys; Design Graphics Group; KS Sales & Service; Eagle Ignition Leads; Real Geese; Design Graphics Group; KS Sales & Service; Anjulina's Catering and Banquet Hall; Linder's Speed Equipment backed #09.
In the 305/360 feature Dustin Rall grabbed the early lead before third starter Jamie Miller drove into the top spot. Miller pulled away before he made contact with an infield tire on lap eight, ending his night. On the ensuing restart Bobby Clark blasted past Rall as Matt Foos joined the fray. Clark and Foos ran nose to tail until a caution with 10 laps to go. Clark executed a great restart to pull away from Foos slightly but Foos chipped into his lead lap after lap and with four circuits to go was side by side with Clark exciting turn four. As they took the white flag a lapped car was running in Clark's bottom groove. Racing into the final two turns Foos made a last ditch run around the top but Clark was able to rocket off the bottom to take the narrow victory.
"This is our new car and we won the first night out with it (at Attica Raceway Park). We ran it a couple of times after that and we had some problems with it but me and Dave (Foos, chief mechanic) talked and made some changes and it was pretty good tonight. I heard Matt for last three or four laps. I think I burnt the brakes out early so I started struggling on the bottom but until I got pressured I was just going to stick where I was at. We love racing here...I grew up here and I wouldn't mind getting a couple of more wins but they are getting harder and harder to come by," said Clark beside his Fremont Fence; Kear's Speed Shop; Shelluke's Bar; Big D's Pizza; Nagy Equipment; Miller Rigging; Schiets Motorsports; Willey's Towing; Fremont NAPA; B&L Plumbing backed #8.
Henry and Reed brought the field to green for the 30-lap Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 sprint feature with Reed, the track's defending champion, gaining the advantage over Henry, DJ Foos, Mintz, Stuart Brubaker, Jess Stiger and DJ Netto. Reed spin after a lap was scored, handing the lead to Henry. After another lap was recorded Meseraull spin and on the restart Tyler Gunn took a nasty flip but walked away from the crash.
When the green flew with three laps recorded Henry led Foos, Mintz, Brubaker, Shawn Valenti, Stiger and Netto. Mintz blasted into second a lap later but Foos stayed close. Mintz drove under Henry to grab the lead on lap nine and just as the leaders were set to encounter heavy lapped traffic Broc Martin would bring out the caution.
On the ensuing restart Henry pressured Mintz and drove under him as the pair were literally tied for the lead at the flag stand on lap 12. Henry surged ahead when the caution flew for Foos with 14 laps scored. Once the green reappeared Henry pulled away slightly from Mintz as Brubaker closed with Netto, Rob Chaney, Stiger and Briscoe in pursuit.
With eight laps to go the leaders once again prepared to encounter heavy lapped traffic but the caution came out for an Adam Kekich spin. Mintz used the restart to pressure Henry and was able to take the lead on lap 24. Mintz began to pull away as Henry now had his hands full with Brubaker and Netto.
Mintz powered to the victory with Brubaker nipping Henry at the checkers for second with Netto and 16th starter Chaney rounding out the top five.
A pair of 305 sprint drivers - Dustin Rall and Matt Foos - brought the field to green for the 25 lap 305-360 feature that had eight 360 drivers and 12 305 drivers in the field. Rall led the first lap over Jamie Miller, Foos, Clark and Jeff Williams. Miller blasted into the lead on the second lap and began to pull away, building the advantage to nearly three seconds with seven laps scored.
Miller made contact with an infield tire on lap eight, ending his run and putting Rall back to the point. But on the restart Clark and Foos ganged up on Rall to take the top two positions. A final caution with 14 laps scored for Justin Adams who lost a wheel, set up a barn-burner finish.
Clark got an excellent restart but Foos closed quickly as the pair raced side by side while Steve Rando charged into third over Rall and Cody Bova. With two laps to go Foos looked like he might get by Clark with Rando, Rall, Bova and 18th starter John Ivy in pursuit. Coming to the checkers a lapped car on the bottom slowed Clark somewhat and Foos blasted to his outside. It was a drag race to the checkers with Clark edging Foos while Rando, Rall and Bova completed the top five.
The FAST 410 championship series will travel to Sharon Speedway on Friday, May 11, the first ever appearance of the series at the historic track.
The FAST 305 championship series will be back in action Friday, May 18 at Attica Raceway Park.
About the FAST Championship Series:
The FAST Series was started as a way to promote the great racing fans have enjoyed in Northwest/North Central Ohio at Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway – thus the FAST acronym stood for Fremont Attica Sprint Title. Over the past couple of years the series has expanded to include other tracks and is now known as simply the FAST Championship Series.
Those who are seeking additional information regarding the 2018 All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Series presented by Ohio Logistics, or the 2018 JLH General Contractors FAST ‘305’ Series presented by Engine Pro, can do so by logging on to the official online home of the FAST Series at www.fastondirt.com. Be sure to stay updated on everything FAST related and ‘Like’ FAST on Facebook at fb.com/fastondirt and follow FAST on Twitter at @FASTseries.
FAST On Dirt, Inc. would like to thank the following contributors to the 2018 FAST Series point fund: All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Ohio Logistics, JLH General Contractors, Engine Pro, Kistler Racing Products, Engler Machine & Tool, CP-Carillo Pistons, Design Graphics Group Inc., SCS Gearbox, Reebar Die Casting, Hoseheads.com, Level Performance, Young's RV Centers, Gressman Powersports, Hoserville Ohio, Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating, Fremont Fence, Baumann Auto Group, Fricker’s, Goofy Golf, NAPA Auto Parts, Hoosier Tire, UNOH, Welty Financial Services, EZ Shop, US Army, Weld Racing Wheels, Joe and Fran Darmofal and the Pub 400 of Fremont
About All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads:
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, based in Johnstown, Ohio, is the Industry Leader in Small Block Chevy Aluminum Cylinder Heads, as well as the new Generation 3 and Mopar W9RP, catering to the hard core racer always looking for the perfect design for a specific application. Whether it's Sprints, Super Late Models, Drag Racing, Off-Road, Marine or Road Racing, you can count on All Pro. Visit www.allproheads.com for more information.
About JLH General Contractor:
Based in Fremont , Ohio and owned by long-time racing supporter Jon Horn, The JLH Co. LLC is your one-stop for custom home remodeling, plaster restoration, and drywall installation services. Their dedicated craftsmen will help you build the home you want out of the house you have. You can also trust JLH for construction services, including garages and pole barns. JLH also provides custom siding, roofing and window installation. Visit www.jlhcompany.com for more information
About Ohio Logistics:
Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, Ohio Logistics provides all the assets and operational support necessary to meet your most sophisticated logistical requirements. The company’s story is one of very impressive growth. Started in June of 1988, Findlay’s Tall Timbers Distribution Center, Inc. opened in the General Purpose Foreign Trade Zone #151 in the Tall Timbers Business Park. By 1996 the company had grown to 5 locations in 3 States and started doing business as Ohio Logistics. Currently Ohio Logistics is in 18 locations in 6 states operating over 6,000,000 square feet. Built on a sound financial base, Ohio Logistics will strive to exceed your expectations regarding your leasing and supply-chain management needs. Visit them online at www.OhioLogistics.com
About Engine Pro
Engine Parts Group, Inc. the parent of Engine Pro was founded in 1989 by independent engine parts distributors looking for a way to work cooperatively in buying and marketing. Today it functions as both a distribution network for brand name internal engine parts and as a specialty engine parts producer, marketing under the Engine Pro name. Engine Pro sells exclusively to engine builders, machine shops and jobbers. As part of our tradition of specializing in distributing engine parts to engine professionals, Engine Parts Group now serves more than 12,000 customers from 36 distribution centers. Engine Pro products high performance engine parts and the line continues to grow with the frequent addition of new parts and applications. Engine Pro brand products are designed to offer the highest quality in high performance parts along with a moderate price to give racers and performance engine builders a more affordable way to do what they do best—win races. Find the nearest Engine pro distributed at enginepro.com
Saturday, May 5, 2018
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410 Sprints - Fort Ball Pizza Palace
Qualifying 1.23-DJ Foos, 11.979; 2.09-Craig Mintz, 12.189; 3.5R-Byron Reed, 12.206; 4.16-Chris Andrews, 12.229; 5.8M-TJ Michael, 12.232; 6.5K-Adam Kekich, 12.243; 7.4H-Cap Henry, 12.265; 8.11N-Dj Netto, 12.275; 9.35-Stuart Brubaker, 12.291; 10.8J-Jess Stiger, 12.295; 11.7-Shawn Valenti, 12.322; 12.4T-Tracy Hines, 12.372; 13.1-Nate Dussel, 12.461; 14.9Z-Duane Zablocki, 12.468; 15.22M-Dan McCarron, 12.476; 16.41-Thomas Schinderle, 12.548; 17.85-Mike Terry Jr, 12.599; 18.97-Broc Martin, 12.607; 19.83-Rob Chaney, 12.622; 20.00-Thomas Meseraull, 12.641; 21.45L-Brian Lay, 12.643; 22.5-Chase Briscoe, 12.732; 23.68G-Tyler Gunn, 12.871; 24.20I-Kelsey Ivy, 12.915; 25.2-Ricky Peterson, 12.998; 26.5M-Max Stambaugh, 99.939;
Heat 1 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A) 1. 4H-Cap Henry ; 2. 8J-Jess Stiger ; 3. 23-DJ Foos ; 4. 16-Chris Andrews ; 5. 1-Nate Dussel ; 6. 83-Rob Chaney ; 7. 5-Chase Briscoe ; 8. 41-Thomas Schinderle ; 9. 2-Ricky Peterson
Heat 2 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A) 1. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 2. 11N-Dj Netto ; 3. 09-Craig Mintz ; 4. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 5. 85-Mike Terry Jr ; 6. 8M-TJ Michael ; 7. 00-Thomas Meseraull ; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 9. 5M-Max Stambaugh
Heat 3 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A) 1. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 2. 4T-Tracy Hines ; 3. 5R-Byron Reed ; 4. 97-Broc Martin ; 5. 45L-Brian Lay ; 6. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 7. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 8. 20I-Kelsey Ivy
B-Main 1 - (10 Laps, top 5 to A) 1. 83-Rob Chaney ; 2. 5-Chase Briscoe ; 3. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 4. 8M-TJ Michael ; 5. 00-Thomas Meseraull ; 6. 41-Thomas Schinderle ; 7. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 9. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 10. 22M-Dan McCarron
A-Main 1 - (30 Laps) 1. 09-Craig Mintz ; 2. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 3. 4H-Cap Henry ; 4. 11N-Dj Netto ; 5. 83-Rob Chaney ; 6. 5-Chase Briscoe ; 7. 8M-TJ Michael ; 8. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 9. 8J-Jess Stiger ; 10. 97-Broc Martin ; 11. 45L-Brian Lay ; 12. 85-Mike Terry Jr ; 13. 00-Thomas Meseraull ; 14. 4T-Tracy Hines ; 15. 1-Nate Dussel ; 16. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 17. 23-DJ Foos ; 18. 5R-Byron Reed ; 19. 16-Chris Andrews ; 20. 68G-Tyler Gunn
Hard Charger: 8M-TJ Michael +12
305 Sprints - Fremont Federal Credit Union
Heat 1 - (8 Laps, top 4 to A) 1. 19R-Steve Rando ; 2. 9R-Dustin Rall ; 3. 20B-Cody Bova ; 4. 21-Dustin Stroup ; 5. 66D-Chase Dunham ; 6. 36-Seth Schneider ; 7. B20-Butch Schroeder ; 8. 29-Bryan Sebetto ; 9. 90-Tommy Nichols
Heat 2 - (8 Laps, top 4 to A) 1. 8-Bobby Clark ; 2. 26-Jamie Miller ; 3. 5W-Jeff Williams ; 4. 15-Brandon Ferguson ; 5. 18-Tood Heuerman ; 6. 88N-Frank Neil ; 7. 47-Matt Lucius ; 8. Z10-Kevin Mingus ; 9. 5WC-Ryan Coniam
Heat 3 - (8 Laps, top 4 to A) 1. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 2. 09-Justin Adams ; 3. 22D-Aaron Robnolte ; 4. 97-Kyle Peters ; 5. 77I-John Ivy ; 6. 17-Jared Horstman ; 7. 28-Phil Gressman ; 8. 73-Joe Armbruster ; 9. 11N-Ed Neumeister
Heat 4 - (8 Laps, top 4 to A) 1. 7M-Brandon Moore ; 2. 23-Devon Dobie ; 3. 2F-Matt Foos ; 4. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 5. 2-Kyle Sauder ; 6. 4*-Tyler Street ; 7. 22H-Randy Hannagan ; 8. 12-Kyle Capodice
B-Main 1 - (10 Laps, top 4 to A) 1. 2-Kyle Sauder ; 2. 77I-John Ivy ; 3. 4*-Tyler Street ; 4. 17-Jared Horstman ; 5. 22H-Randy Hannagan ; 6. 66D-Chase Dunham ; 7. 28-Phil Gressman ; 8. 29-Bryan Sebetto ; 9. B20-Butch Schroeder ; 10. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 11. 47-Matt Lucius ; 12. Z10-Kevin Mingus ; 13. 73-Joe Armbruster ; 14. 11N-Ed Neumeister ; 15. 36-Seth Schneider ; 16. 88N-Frank Neil ; 17. 90-Tommy Nichols
A-Main 1 - (20 Laps) 1. 8-Bobby Clark ; 2. 2F-Matt Foos ; 3. 19R-Steve Rando ; 4. 9R-Dustin Rall ; 5. 20B-Cody Bova ; 6. 77I-John Ivy ; 7. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 8. 23-Devon Dobie ; 9. 7M-Brandon Moore ; 10. 4*-Tyler Street ; 11. 21-Dustin Stroup ; 12. 97-Kyle Peters ; 13. 2-Kyle Sauder ; 14. 22D-Aaron Robnolte ; 15. 5W-Jeff Williams ; 16. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 17. 09-Justin Adams ; 18. 15-Brandon Ferguson ; 19. 26-Jamie Miller ; 20. 17-Jared Horstman
Hard Charger: 77I-John Ivy +12