Andrews breaks through for first FAST 410 win of the year at Fremont; Miller earns 4th straight FAST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Contact: Rich Farmer
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio -
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Contact: Brian Liskai
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - Chris Andrews knocked the gorilla off his back Saturday, June 30 at Fremont Speedway. The Sandusky, Ohio driver has dealt with mechanical issues and an ill-handling race car throughout 2018, but the Burmeister Racing team put it all together for Andrews to score his first FAST 410 sprint win of the year.
It wasn't easy for Andrews as he first battled with Broc Martin and then had to hold off a charging Tyler Gunn the final five laps to score his 10th career win at "The Track That Action Built." The win also will help Andrews inch closer to the top three in points for the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series Presented by Ohio Logistics.
"Track was pretty good tonight and the Kistler motor was running pretty good and Mikey (Sommers, crew chief) had the car good. I thought we had it a little tight at the beginning...it's a 100 degrees out and I was working twice as hard but I can't thank these guys enough. Channel Seed, Edwards Agriculture, ML Graphics, Kistler Engines, Kistler Racing Products, and Mikey and Rollie, Tommie, Glenn and Sharon Burmeister for putting up with all of us," Andrews said in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
"It's been a frustrating year. This is not easy. Broc Martin and Byron Reed and Stuart Brubaker...all these guys are tough and are getting better all the time," Andrews added.
Craig Mintz came into the night undefeated in 410 sprint racing at Fremont, earning the first four victories of 2018. He settled for a seventh place finish, good enough to maintain a comfortable point lead in the FAST standings heading into the July 3 Summer Sizzler at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.
Jamie Miller is the hottest 305 sprint car driver in Ohio right now. The Fremont, Ohio driver dominated the A-main for his fourth straight win in the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series Presented by Engine Pro. It was Miller's second win of the year at Fremont and his fifth overall victory of 2018. Miller will take a big FAST point lead into the series race at Waynesfield Raceway Park Tuesday, July 3.
"This isn't really my type of trace track. It was pretty slick for me but we have this car really dialed in. It doesn't seem like we can do any wrong with it. This things stutters and stumbles like crazy on starts and restarts but we worked on it and it was a lot better tonight. I popped off six in a row at Attica one time and I'm hoping to out do that. This is special because we have won four in a row at three different race tracks. It's tough to win that many races period in this division. On any given night there's 15 cars in the pits that can win," said Miller beside Sonic Hauling, Fostoria Mod Shop, Phil Rister Racing, NAPA of Attica, Reedtown Tavern, Branham Builders, Crown Battery, Avon by Angie, Sparting Underground backed #26.
Andrews and DJ Foos were scheduled to comprise the front row of the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint A-main but Foos went pit-side before the green could wave. That would move Broc Martin to the outside of the front row. When the green flew Martin grabbed the lead but Andrews raced to his inside with Byron Reed and Kody Kinser battling for third. Andrews took the lead on lap two but Martin continued to hound him to the outside over the next few laps.
Andrews began to steadily inch away from Martin while Kinser, Reed and Tyler Gunn gave chase. Just as the leaders were preparing to enter heavy lapped traffic with Kinser challenging Martin for the runner-up spot, Kinser spun. Andrews got a terrific restart and pulled away from Martin, Reed, Stuart Brubaker, Gunn, Nate Dussel (from 14th) and Craig Mintz. Reed took second on lap 14 and chipped away at Andrews' lead and was right on his rear bumper when they encountered lapped traffic again with nine laps to go. The car on the move was Gunn, who charged into third on lap 17 and was closing on Andrews and Reed when the caution flew for a Thomas Meseraull spin with seven laps to go.
With a clear track Andrews pulled away slightly when the green flew again with Gunn quickly taking second from Reed. With four laps to go Gunn was racing to Andrews' outside. The duo battled wing to wing to the checkers with Andrews scoring the narrow win over Gunn with Reed, Brubaker and Dussel rounding out the top five.
In the 305 A-main Kyle Peters and Miller brought the field to green with Peters gaining the advantage over Miller, Bobby Clark, Seth Schneider and Brandon Moore. Peters led until lap five when he got bottled up behind a lapped car and both Miller and Clark snuck around him. Miller steadily pulled away from Clark with Peters, Moore and John Ivy in pursuit. Miller was in heavy lapped traffic with seven laps remaining when the caution flew for Jim Taddeo. But, when the green came back out Miller pulled away once again to take the checkers with a huge advantage over Clark.
After the race Clark was found to be light at the scales so Peters would be credited with second and Ivy, Moore and Tyler Street would round out the top five.
Next up for the FAST 410 and 305 race teams will be the Summer Sizzler at Waynesfield Raceway Park on Tuesday, July 3. The NRA Sprint Invaders and mini-sprints will also be ina ction. The FAST 410 sprints will battle for $3,000 to win while the FAST 305 sprints compete for $1,000 to win and the NRA Sprint Invaders compete for $4,000 to win. Pit gates will open Tuesday at 4 p.m. with grandstand gates at 5 p.m. and racing under way at 7 p.m. For ticket information go to waynesfieldmotorsportspark.com
Last year at Waynesfield, Bellevue, Ohio's Cap Henry passed Cale Thomas on the last lap to score the FAST 410 win while Fremont, Ohio's John Ivy held off Nate Dussel for the FAST 305 victory.
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 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 for more information
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, June 30, 2018
Willie's Sales & Service Night
Starting Position [*]
410 Sprints - Fort Ball Pizza Palace
Qualifying 1.23-DJ Foos, 12.267; 2.16-Chris Andrews, 12.297; 3.5K-Adam Kekich, 12.371; 4.9Z-Duane Zablocki, 12.394; 5.09-Craig Mintz, 12.444; 6.68G-Tyler Gunn, 12.460; 7.7-Shawn Valenti, 12.491; 8.97-Broc Martin, 12.492; 9.35-Stuart Brubaker, 12.550; 10.5-Byron Reed, 12.587; 11.98-Joe Trenca, 12.615; 12.4k-Kody Kinser, 12.623; 13.2+-Brian Smith, 12.624; 14.22M-Dan McCarron, 12.680; 15.4H-Cap Henry, 12.711; 16.8J-Jess Stiger, 12.779; 17.00-Thomas Meseraull, 12.819; 18.8M-TJ Michael, 12.831; 19.14H-Todd Heller, 12.887; 20.1-Nate Dussel, 12.945; 21.20I-Kelsey Ivy, 12.954; 22.4T-Tracy Hines, 12.963; 23.53-Brayden Fox, 13.068; 24.83-Adam Cruea, 13.766; 25.59J-Kirk Jeffries, 13.896; 26.2L-Landon Lalonde, 14.094; 27.96AU-Bruce White, 14.539;
Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 to A) 1. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 2. 5-Byron Reed ; 3. 23-DJ Foos ; 4. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 5. 2+-Brian Smith ; 6. 4T-Tracy Hines ; 7. 14H-Todd Heller ; 8. 8J-Jess Stiger ; 9. 59J-Kirk Jeffries
Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 to A) 1. 97-Broc Martin ; 2. 16-Chris Andrews ; 3. 98-Joe Trenca ; 4. 09-Craig Mintz ; 5. 1-Nate Dussel ; 6. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 7. 00-Thomas Meseraull ; 8. 53-Brayden Fox ; 9. 2L-Landon Lalonde
Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 to A) 1. 4k-Kody Kinser ; 2. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 3. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 4. 4H-Cap Henry ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael ; 6. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 7. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 8. 83-Adam Cruea ; 9. 96AU-Bruce White
B-Main 1 (10 Laps, top 5 to A) 1. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 2. 4T-Tracy Hines ; 3. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 4. 00-Thomas Meseraull ; 5. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 6. 14H-Todd Heller ; 7. 8J-Jess Stiger ; 8. 53-Brayden Fox ; 9. 59J-Kirk Jeffries ; 10. 83-Adam Cruea ; 11. 96AU-Bruce White ; 12. 2L-Landon Lalonde
A-Main 1 (30 Laps) 1. 16-Chris Andrews ; 2. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 3. 5-Byron Reed ; 4. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 5. 1-Nate Dussel ; 6. 97-Broc Martin ; 7. 09-Craig Mintz ; 8. 8M-TJ Michael ; 9. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 10. 4T-Tracy Hines ; 11. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 12. 4H-Cap Henry ; 13. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 14. 4k-Kody Kinser ; 15. 98-Joe Trenca ; 16. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 17. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 18. 00-Thomas Meseraull ; 19. 2+-Brian Smith ; 20. 23-DJ Foos
FAST Hard Charger:5K-Adam Kekich +9
305 Sprints - Fremont Federal Credit Union
Qualifying 1.26-Jamie Miller, 13.761; 2.19R-Steve Rando, 14.088; 3.21-Dustin Stroup, 14.191; 4.4*-Tyler Street, 14.283; 5.97-Kyle Peters, 14.334; 6.8-Bobby Clark, 14.409; 7.77I-John Ivy, 14.448; 8.7M-Brandon Moore, 14.458; 9.36-Seth Schneider, 14.509; 10.12-Kyle Capodice, 14.684; 11.4T-Jim Taddeo, 14.758; 12.09-Justin Adams, 14.902; 13.X-Mike Keegan, 15.629; 14.18R-Duffy Rubel, 17.189;
Heat 1, Group A - (8 Laps) 1. 8-Bobby Clark ; 2. 36-Seth Schneider ; 3. 97-Kyle Peters ; 4. 77I-John Ivy ; 5. 4*-Tyler Street ; 6. 21-Dustin Stroup ; 7. X-Mike Keegan
Heat 2, Group B - (8 Laps) 1. 26-Jamie Miller ; 2. 4T-Jim Taddeo ; 3. 7M-Brandon Moore ; 4. 09-Justin Adams ; 5. 18R-Duffy Rubel ; 6. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 7. 19R-Steve Rando
A-Main 1 - (20 Laps) 1. 26-Jamie Miller ; 2. 97-Kyle Peters ; 3. 77I-John Ivy ; 4. 7M-Brandon Moore ; 5. 4*-Tyler Street ; 6. 21-Dustin Stroup ; 7. 19R-Steve Rando ; 8. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 9. 36-Seth Schneider ; 10. 4T-Jim Taddeo ; 11. X-Mike Keegan ; 12. 09-Justin Adams ; 13. 18R-Duffy Rubel ; 14. 8-Bobby Clark
FAST Hard Charger: 77i-John Ivy +4